We’ve been sharing the joy and benefits of buying preloved with Round She Goes now for 10 years, and we are excited to announce that we’re expanding to a new concept. The Slow Fashion Market will be Sydney’s first sustainable and ethical fashion market for new clothing. It is an event for people who care about how their fashion is made and who made it.
The one day event will take place on Saturday 1 September at the deco-era Petersham Town Hall with 40 independent brands. The stallholders are those that produce fashion and accessories (women’s, men’s and children’s) with an emphasis on quality and durability, and who use materials that are sustainable and non-toxic, and who either make the fashion themselves or pay their workers fair wages.
I believe that fashion doesn’t have to be intimidating and serious. I want to make it easier for ethical designers to sell, and make it easier for shoppers to find them. And I love to put on events that are fun, where the atmosphere is about celebrating talented makers and about feeling good in our clothing. I want to create an environment where everyone is comfortable asking questions and ‘who made my clothes?’ is the core question at this event.
The movement around ethical fashion is growing rapidly. More and more, consumers want to feel that their purchases aren’t having a negative impact on the world.
Each year Australians send around $500 million worth of clothing to landfill, with around 85 percent of the new textiles we purchase are sent to the tip. The idea behind the ethical and slow fashion movement is to put the brakes on the pace of over-production, over-consumption and over-disposal of garments, by instilling an awareness, appreciation and connection to the process of quality and ethical production.
The Slow Fashion is starting in Sydney and we hope to bring the event to other Australian cities in 2019. The market will be open from 10am-3pm, and entry is $2.
And of course, speciality coffee and quality food will also be available.
Are you an ethical fashion maker or do you know one? Stallholder applications are now open via The Slow Fashion Market website.