Slow fashion

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The thrill of having the latest trend at your fingertips within days is coming at a big cost, with 6,000 kilograms of clothing being dumped into landfill every 10 minutes [i]. As instant gratification consumerist culture grows, so too does the Slow Fashion movement.

Slow Fashion is the act of consuming in an eco, ethical and green way. With the aim of lowering our carbon footprint and minimising waste, this means purchasing garments produced from ethical supply chains that use natural materials, and prioritise quality and longevity.

We're already a pretty sustainably-savvy bunch here in SA, with the Australian National Waste Report showing South Australia had the highest recycling rate in the nation, and there's some excellent city events on the horizon to both educate on the subject of Slow Fashion and inspire us to get involved. 

First-up, Adelaide's SLOW Fashion Festival runs from 20 to 27 September 2019 (various city locations) and is set to celebrate conscious decision making through consideration of the conception, creation and production of a garment. The festival seeks to instigate a wider conversation about sustainability through the fashion and textile industry as a conduit. 

Then, as part of the city's three-day Vogue Festival (17 to 19 October 2019), the inaugural Voices of Vogue Festival program will include a thought-provoking Q&A session with Slow Adelaide champions Anny Duff of Good Studios and Emily Sheahan of SWOP Clothing Exchange & Vintage Fashion. Meet the Slow Fashion Movement gets underway at 1:00 pm on Saturday 19 October on the Vogue Festival's main-stage near the Mall's Balls. Tickets can be purchased online.

Along with checking out these inspiring city events, get on-board the Slow Fashion movement by exploring some of these fun ways to eco-proof your wardrobe.

There’s a plethora of homegrown talent producing pieces that you'll love forever, all while supporting local businesses and the community. Here's two for starters:

Good Studios

94 Gilles St, Adelaide

Good Studios’ minimalist aesthetic draws inspiration from Japan and Scandinavia, in colour palettes that embody beautiful Australian nature. Collections come to life in luxe fabrics like linen, twill and wool.

Good Studios is committed to ethical manufacturing, with all pieces designed and made here in Adelaide. 


Peer Studios, 25 Gresham Street, Adelaide

NoRuYeLo is a human-centred NFP reusing fabrics destined for landfill. The design studio facilitates training and provides employment opportunities for people with barriers. 

The designs celebrate individualism and are as much about function as it is about fashion, with the label debuting their collection at the 2018/2019 ECO Fashion Week Australia. 

Noruyelo dress

NoRuYeLo dress.

Learn how to make something from scratch or breathe new life into an old favourite.

Adelaide Repair Cafe by Adelaide Sustainability Centre

The Joinery -111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Give your old treasures new life and develop your fix-it skills at the Adelaide Repair Cafe. From clothes, jewellery, ceramics to furniture, a savvy team of experienced repairers will equip you with the know-how to mend items that need a little love. Check their Facebook page for upcoming dates.

Sewing thread

Vintage and consignment shopping saves items from going to landfill and reduces the negative effects of new manufacturing. Give old treasures a new life and snag some seriously unique pieces.

Adelaide Vintage

Level 2, Myer Centre, 22 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Do you ever dream of an overseas vacay, but in another era? You’re in luck. Adelaide Vintage sources a large proportion of its threads from Japan, America and Canada. Spanning a huge corner space in the Myer Centre, there’s even a little 1950s-inspired café serving up some homemade sweets. Grab a milkshake and nestle in to soak up the retro vibes.

Adelaidevintage via Instagram

Adelaide Vintage | via instagram.

The Commons Studio + Exchange:

3/13-17 Young Street, Adelaide

The Commons Studio + Exchange opened its doors in late 2018, bringing access to a highly curated selection of designer and vintage pieces combined with an eclectic mix of independent and sustainable labels. If you're cleaning our your wardrobe, book an appointment to bring your goodies in for 'exchange'. Owner Emily Sheahan is no stranger to launching stores with a conscience, having run sustainable retail shopfronts across Australia.

Fox on the Run Vintage:

238 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Fox on the Run Vintage is a mix of old and new through a careful curation of authentic vintage pieces, vinyl you can play while you boogie on down in your new threads, as well as an array of designers committed to ethical production. No sustainable stone has been left unturned, with all their packaging and tagging made from recycled materials.

Why shop, when you can swap?

Sustainable Streetwear Clothes Swap

Sustainable Clothing Co. - 34B Hindley Street, Adelaide

Gather up the pieces that just aren’t doing it for you anymore and head over to Sustainable Clothing Co.'s Sustainable Streetwear Clothes Swap on 19 October from 11 am to 6 pm.

A donation of $5 gets you access to possibly an entire new wardrobe and the chance to win an awesome hamper of goodies.

Sustainable clothing co jackets

Finally, If you're planning a spring clean at home that includes a wardrobe re-boot - make sure you also check out our article Clean and green - for other ideas on how to sustainably dispose of unwanted clothing items. 

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Vivien Nguyen

Vivien Nguyen