UPDATE on the proposed shutdown of LFW by Extinction Rebellion

Following on from our statement on the proposed shutdown of LFW by Extinction Rebellion, Fashion Roundtable will be organising a meeting before LFW at the Houses of Parliament. We believe that communication and collaboration are the best way to build bridges; through discussing these important issues we can understand and adapt to different positions and voices.

Why I shared my story for the Mixedracefaces project

Like many mixed race people, being in a binary world often isn’t easy; navigating multiple heritages whilst society tried forces you to choose which box you really fit into can be confusing, frustrating and tricky. It’s something even your own parents can struggle to understand. But since last year, a new platform called Mixedracefaces has been giving a voice to mixed race people, including me and giving them a unique experience of exploring their identity with other people like them.

Radio 4's fast fashion segment, the 1p fashion tax & beyond with Naomi Bulliard

Radio 4’s Fast Fashion: The Environmental Impact aired last week and featured a sample of accounts from some of the biggest authorities in the fight for fashion to become more sustainable: Dilys Williams FRSA, the Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), activist and designer Katherine Hamnett, Co-founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age, Livia Firth, Stella Klaxton of Nottingham Trent’s Clothing Sustainability Research Group, and BA Graduate Amber Kim.

Caroline Lucas's call to a cross-party group of 10 top female politicians to block a no-deal Brexit

Caroline Lucas, Green Party Leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion, called on an all-female emergency cabinet to work for reconciliation. Lucas’ letter, called on Heidi Allen MP, Kirsty Blackman MP, Yvette Cooper MP, Justine Greening MP, Sylvia Hermon MP, Liz Saville Roberts MP, Anna Soubry MP, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Jo Swinson MP and Emily Thornberry MP to form the all-party cabinet group. The letter attributed the state of emergency not only to Brexit, but also the failure of dealing with the climate crisis.

The New Cabinet in Context

By Jack Tindale, Policy Connect.

Mr Johnson’s handover of power was notable not just for speed but for its brutality. Theresa May’s purge of the supporters of George Osborne when she assumed the Premiership in 2016 was noted at the time, but now seems to be an act of supine mercy in contrast to the massacre that took place on the evening of 24th July. 

How is the textiles sector combating their waste?

The world is in dire need of a waste solution when it comes to clothing. The fashion industry moves so quickly, and it’s leaving a trail of quickly-discarded clothing in its wake. Businesses need to ensure they have a responsible waste management system in place, such as those provided by Reconomy, to ensure less waste hits the landfill. 

Mind the Gap: Is the fashion industry doing enough to close the gender pay gap?

Undoubtedly #MeToo and Time’s Up have cast a spotlight on the myriad aspects of gender inequality in society. Notably, there’s a renewed interest in the injustices of gender inequality in the workplace. Though fashion companies are traditionally considered to have more female-centric workplaces, the industry isn’t immune from the equal pay debate. In fact, earlier this year fashion brands were called out as some of the worst offenders.

APPG for Creative Diversity

On 23 July, Fashion Roundtable were joined by creatives across the sector to celebrate the launch of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Creative Diversity. The new group, featuring cross-party Parliamentary Members, was founded by Ed Vaizey and colleague Alex Pleasants, in order to identify and tackle obstacles facing diversity in the creative sector.

Festival of Fashion: PURE London event 22/07 

On 22 July 2019, Fashion Roundtable’s CEO Tamara Cincik was joined by Pauline Op de Beeck, Client Executive of Carbon Trust and Melanie Traub, Managing Director at People Tree, to deliver an informative and enlightening panel discussion on ‘Defining Sustainability, Where does the fashion industry go now?’

July Political Intelligence

July 2019 brought us a number of jaw-dropping moments. Multiple heatwaves with the highest ever UK temperature recorded in Cambridge hitting 38.5 °C, Boris Johnson elected as Leader of the UK Conservative Party and subsequently the new Prime Minister, and the UK encapsulated in various international disputes, with Iran seizing a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and with the US over leaked emails leading to Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch’s resignation. 

Size Inclusivity: A Big Opportunity for Retailers?

Luxury fashion has an almost complete absence of size inclusivity, and while the high street offers broader ‘plus size’ ranges, it suffers a lack of size standardisation which, when coupled with poor quality mass manufacturing, has led to cripplingly high return rates for retailers and stark inconsistencies in sizing— all of which has left consumers baffled and frustrated.

Global Britain, Local Stories: APPG Textiles and Fashion event at the V&A

Our unique event, ’Global Britain, Local Stories’ successfully fused narratives from politicians, designers, curators, and educators in order to deliver a deeply informative and interesting depiction of culture and sustainability within fashion. The event stimulated compelling stories about the importance of locality and identity within contemporary designer’s work, encouraging the audience to consider the multitude of cultures and identities which exist simultaneously within our local communities, which can be utilised to unite communities

Press Release: The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion launches Call for Evidence for their policy paper on Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry

“Fashion like politics and indeed the FTSE 250 needs to recognise that inclusion and representation have to be core to systemic change. If businesses and politics are to represent those they serve then we have to see a radical transformation to create a sector which is inclusive and representative of all of us. From the power of the purple pound, to the estimated 60% growth of the modest fashion market to 2021, for businesses to connect with our consumers those in charge need to recognise the need for change in order to be effective and valued in these growing and important markets.”