Thank you!

BIG Thank you to everyone who came to The Festival of Sustainable Fashion at Hackney House last Saturday 24th November. I would like to share my deepest gratitude for an incredibly positive response from everyone who attended.  It is inspiring to me and the Sustainable Threads team to see your interest and your passion for change in the fashion industry. We hope the event helped you feel inspired by our speakers, our talented repair team and from a day focussing on solutions to many sustainability issues we are facing. 

Many thanks to Betsy’s Closet Swap Shop for the fantastic Clothes Swap on the first floor. If you want an alternative to shopping yet still need something new for the Christmas season, we encourage you to start your own swaps amongst your friends, family and colleagues. #Newtoyou is at the heart of swapping. Follow our hashtags on our instagram and facebook for more inspiration. 

A huge thanks to the tailors and menders in the Repair Cafe on the top floor and to those of you who brought clothes to us for mending. The team had a fun & creative day helping you give a new lease of life to your slightly tired but very loved items. We encourage you to look for repair cafes in your local area and we will soon list some recommended places for you to go, on our blog.

On the Sustainable Threads stage we discussed sustainability in the luxury market with Kresse, the owner of luxury brand Elvis & KresseBritta Von Basedow, Couture Designers & Senior Creativity Pattern Cutter – we’ll be uploading video of this to our blog soon. Our concluding message from Kresse was to “be an awesome human”. With every decision you make, how can we each take responsibility to be an awesome human, to each other, to our communities and to the earth.

Our afternoon panel Q&A was hosted by Fashion Roundtable founder, Tamara Cincik. An in-depth and inspiring Q&A with Jodi from Black Neon Digital, JJ from Noki, Rafaella fromFashion Roundtable  and Zero Waste blogger Pip Sadler.  Let’s keep the conversation going at Sustainable Threads. Share your thoughts, your ideas, your concerns and your solutions. And thanks again for your swapping and your mending! 

Ruth, Matt, VJ, & Iren and all of us at Sustainable Threads, Betsy’s Closet Swap Shop, the London Community Resource Network, and the North london Waste Authority who kindly funded the event.


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