A busy week this week didn’t leave much time for catching up on news, so today’s ethical news headlines are short and sweet. Here’s to a quieter, more relaxing week!
I’m pleased to see ethical designers emerging from Vietnam! Usually known for cheap manufacturing, not ethical fashion, the stereotype is being turned on it’s head by label Kilomet 109. Founder Thao Vu employs traditional dying and weaving techniques of Vietnam’s northern Indigenous groups – including Indigo dying, which I tried my hand at when I visited Sapa in Vietnam in 2008.
I’m also pleased to read that ethical production is the keystone of Kelly Slater’s menswear label, Outerknown. In answering the question “how important is ethical fashion to you?” he says, “It’s really the foundation for the brand. We aren’t trying to force that down anyone’s throat — I just want that to be the pinnacle of what I’m doing, personally.” Ethical fashion as the status quo. How refreshing.