I was contacted via email by a researcher at the University of Helsinki about this short film on the Slow Fashion movement in Finland. The film is the result of academic research. It can be viewed in its entirely for free on Vimeo. Help spread the good word. #slowfashion
This research-based film explores how clothing designers and seamstresses in the Kallio neighborhood of Helsinki understand and practice sustainable fashion. It discusses contradictions of the concept of sustainability and emphasizes that sustainability should include responsibility towards nature and also towards people, including the designers and seamstresses themselves, who experience precarity because of tension between sustainability and profitability of their micro-enterprises.
Here is another reason to love Emma Watson. You should follow her on Instagram.
For the last few decades, if someone asked you, “Did you make your dress?” — it was not exactly a compliment. If your dress looked “homemade” then it was construed as not chic. It feels like the pendulum is swinging and we are in a time when wearing your sustainability on your sleeve is respected and admired.
This Friday, I feel lucky to be able to attend TEDx PiscataquaRiver at 3S Artspace. I am most excited to see Maxine Bédat, the co-founder and CEO of Zady. Zady is a clothing and consumer goods e-commerce company that emphasizes ethical consumerism. Thinking about all this prompted me to scroll through the Zady Instagram page. I was struck by this quote below.
Wouldn’t it be great if Portsmouth became the capital of sustainable style? Let’s start by supporting our local tailors.
The holiday season is probably the least sustainable time of the year. My recovergirl reaction to that is to shop for local, handmade, sustainably designed items, and/or up-cycled or vintage versions of things I desire.
Like I’ve said before my list wish is not a hint to anyone in my family. These are things that I will probably get around to getting for myself in the future if my budget allows. Here goes:
- A Serpent and Bow bra and underpants set. I’m so inspired by this designer and her work. You need to follow her on Instagram.
- Minimalist balayage highlights from Alex at Pinup Hair Studio in Dover, NH. Image source and more hair inspo can be found on my Hair Brained Pinterest board.
- I think everyone should do their grocery shopping with gold Tyvek bags by Maybebags London. I know, right.
- A friend of mine at work has been recommending I try coconut oil for years. Maybe I’ll give Conscious Coconut a try.
- I have a king-sized bed and yet I still use twin and queen sized blankets. Someday I’ll invest in a full set of linens from Rough Linen.
- I would live in a pair of Clyde pants from Elizabeth Suzann.
- For whatever reason I’m back in love with the Prada fake fur scarf from 2011. I’m on the lookout for a vintage or handmade version. This one on Etsy isn’t too bad. #muppetchic
- I love all things Jenny Pennywood. This unique pillow would fit right in with my decor as if it had always been there.
- I just want gold brogues. I can’t explain it. These ones shown are actually for kids. I don’t like any of the adult versions on the market — too stiff looking. I want a comfy version. I may try to find a beat-up pair of old Doc Martins and paint them gold and then add a new pair of laces in a pop color.
I hope you enjoyed my list and are inspired to think more sustainably when shopping this holiday season.
Happy Holidays + Cheers! xo jam