WHAT is SLOW FASHION?
(And why is it important?)
Slow Fashion is essentially the opposite of fast fashion, and fast fashion is the clothing you see in most shops: an ever-changing selection, often mass-produced in questionable conditions. The throw-away mentality of fast fashion harms people and the environment in ways that may not be immediately apparent to those of us living in places where clothing isn’t produced.
Slow fashion, on the other hand, encourages a connection to ones clothing, and ideally this connection is what enables us to make better choices: instead of purchasing new clothes all the time, slow fashion encourages us to care for what we have, thrift or swap, create our own clothes, or purchase clothing from artisans and companies with more ethical and sustainable practices.
This is a growing directory of slow fashion resources, including fabric sources, how-tos, blogs, ready-made clothing, and more.
(Also….I love books by Wendell Berry such as What Are People For? and The Unsettling of America. While these are not books about fashion, Berry very eloquently writes about agriculture, people, and the connection between everything. His philosophy can be applied to all aspects of production and use, including clothing.)
Sewing, Knitting, and Mending
Visible Mending features a gallery of visible mending techniques.
Reclaimed & Rescued Fabric
FABSCRAP is located in Brookyn, NY and recovers fabrics from high-end designers in New York City, sold as a sustainable alternative to destruction and discard in landfill. Their stock is unique and changes frequently because of the nature of their items.
Natural Fiber, Yarn, and Fabric
HoneyBeGood carries popular organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly fabrics for quilting, apparel, and more.
Blogs & Educational Resources
Eco- is a website aimed at making sustainable consumption easier. More specifically, it features an article discussing different types of fibers and their implications for the environment, which you can view here: Clothing Fabrics: How Sustainable is Your Wardrobe?
Fashion Revolution is a social enterprise wanting to “unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way.” Visit their site to learn about the importance of transparency in the fashion industry.
Regeneration International hosts a Care What You Wear campaign, and their site includes educational resources, statistics, and a directory of responsible brands.
Online Tools & Apps
Clothes Making Mavens: a sewing podcast about handmade fashion.
Seamwork Radio: stories about designing, making, and wearing your own clothing.
Thread Cult: a podcast for the sewing, fashion, and textile obsessed.
Sustainable Clothing & Accessories
Climate-benefiting leather handbags are crafted from certified Animal Welfare Approved flocks raised in the Midwest. CGC’s full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather comes directly from lambs that are shepherded ethically on pasture, then manufactured in small batches in the US. Thanks to a closed-loop production process, your CGC leather handbag is traceable all the way back to the farm, connecting you to the soil. cgchandbags.com
Handmade in Kansas; unique and custom-made clothing, accessories, and more.