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Slow fashion

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. 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..

This year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival, presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley (AFF), is putting its best sustainable foot forward with their ethical and sustainable fashion presentation, SLOW Saturday presented by Karl Chehade Dry Cleaning. The program will be presenting a sustainable showcase of Australian brands that embrace sustainability and craftsmanship, explore the pros of vintage shopping and address deadstock in a new light.

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. So get on-board by checking out some of these fun ways to eco-proof your wardrobe.

Hemp Lined Button V Dress from good Studios
Hemp Lined Button V Dress | Good Studios

Shop ethical labels

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. Catch owner and designer, Anny Duff, at the AFF Slow Saturday to get inspired on your slow fashion journey.

Championing reconnection: Aunty Yvonne Agius

From Found
From Found is a stylish social enterprise with a big mission. All goodies are designed and made right in the heart of Adelaide. The collections fuse classic silhouettes with vibrant patterns and fabrics which are either ‘found’ (i.e. destined for landfill,) or fabrics that are ethically and sustainably made. The garments are made by women from refugee backgrounds, empowering them to gain employment skills and further their career pathways.

Forage by Lisa M Mattock
Forage by Lisa M Mattock | via Instagram

Skill up

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

Work-Shop Adelaide: 217-219 Flinders Street, Adelaide
Test your talents at one of Work-Shop Adelaide’s creative courses. Our sustainable pick would be the Slow Stitch Workshop which is an ode to the Japanese stitching methods of boro and sashiko, fusing an ancient art of mending fabrics with reinforcement stitching that is both beautiful and functional.

Vintage shopping

Vintage 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.

Adelaide Vintage
Adelaide Vintage | via instagram

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.

City gardens: small and shared

Clothes swap

Why shop, when you can swap?

Clothes Swap Party: The Joinery – 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide
Gather up the pieces that just aren’t doing it for you anymore and head over to The Adelaide Sustainability Centre’s Clothes Swap Party at The Joinery on 16 November, 2018 (6pm-8.30pm).

For $10, you’ll get some complimentary nibbles and drinks and possibly an entire new wardrobe.

Vivien Nguyen

Vivien Nguyen


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