10 things to see and do during Fashion Revolution Week

Images via Lois Hazel
Words by Emily Lumsden

You might learn a thing or two.

Fashion Revolution Week is back once again for 2019, with a huge range of events from panel discussions to tassel-making workshops.

Taking place until April 28, Fashion Revolution is a movement pushing for greater transparency and ethical manufacturing in the industry.

If you’re interested in getting involved, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to see and do all around the country.

Upcycled tassel workshop

While you’re out there helping the environment, it can’t hurt to learn a new skill or two. Lois Hazel and Simétrie Studios will teach you to make leather tassels in an environmentally friendly way, using both labels’ leftover materials. The designers will walk you through the creative process while fostering dialogue about sustainability and ethical practices.

Lois Hazel/Simetrie Studios
7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick VIC|
Wednesday April 24, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Tickets are available here.

RiverBlue film screening

Join The Clothing Exchange and Nadia Foti for a private screening of RiverBlue, a doco exploring the impact of denim production on both the environment and workers. Tickets are $10, with $5 from every purchase going to Fashion Revolution. Food and drinks will also be available to enjoy while you watch and learn. Seats are limited, so get in quick.

318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North VIC
Wednesday April 24, 6.30pm-10pm

Tickets are available here.

Brigid McLaughlin open studio and morning tea

If you’re keen to learn more about sustainability, upcycling and reducing waste, head along to Brigid McLaughlin’s open studio. You can enjoy a morning tea while you meet the studio team and check out the label’s range. Be sure to bring along items you want to upcycle, and the team will help you brainstorm ways to give them new life.

Brigid McLaughlin
67 Waratah Street, Haberfield NSW
Friday April 26, 10am-5pm

More information here.

EKO MINDFUL boss ladies brunch

Chowing down on brunch is a major bonus when attending fashion events. Join EKOLUV – Australia’s first zero-waste sustainable dress hire and consignment store – for a plant-based high-tea, styling session and tour of the boutique. While you eat, you’ll enjoy a panel discussion featuring EKOLUV’s founder as well as Salvos ambassador Faye Delanty, founder of Tommie Magazine Natalie Shehata and more. This ‘boss lady’ boot camp will teach you to find and nurture your passion and create a powerful, sustainable business.

14 William Street, Paddington NSW
Saturday April 27, 11am-3pm

Tickets are available here.

The Slow Fashion Market

Organised by the team at the Makers & Shakers Market, this environmentally-friendly fashion market hosts independent brands with a focus on quality and durability. For just a $2 entry fee, you can make your bank card cry while wandering the Coburg Town Hall with a coffee and some good food in hand. It’s worth noting that everything on offer is brand new, so don’t attend looking for a second-hand shopping spree.

Coburg Town Hall
90 Bell Street, Coburg VIC
Saturday April 27, 10.30am-3pm

More information here.

WhoMadeMyClothes walking trail

Maybe exercise won’t feel like exercise if you’re learning about fashion while you do it. Hosted by Rowena Foong from High Tea with Ms Woo, this walking trail points out the good folk around Newcastle City looking out for Mother Earth. You’ll get the who’s who of designers creating sustainable clothing, as well as businesses providing their workers with great education and skills training. Bookings are required due to limited spots.

Starts at Rundle Tailoring,
767 Hunter Street, Newcastle West NSW
Saturday April 27, 8.30am-2.30pm

Bookings can be made here.

Otway Food and Fibre Showcase

For those who love food as much as fashion, this Otway showcase is right up your alley. Get a sense of how small scale food and fibre production works, as well as how it can produce positive environmental change. Of course, there’ll be plenty of cheese, fruit and wine to snack on while you listen to all the local growers and makers who have come to share their wisdom.

Colac Showgrounds
Corner Princess Highway and Bruce Street, Colac VIC
Sunday April 28, 9am-4pm

More information here.

Spunky Bruiser T-shirt and denim upcycling

T-shirts are one of those things people hold onto forever, even if they don’t wear them anymore. If you’ve got an old, sentimental favourite lying around, get in touch with the team at Spunky Bruiser. For two days during Fashion Revolution Week, the brand will take your old T-shirts and denim and turn them into a one-of-a-kind, totally customisable BONKAS tee or a pair of WHO RU pants.

The Spunky Bruiser Shop
19 Foley Street, Darlinghurst NSW
Saturday April 27, 11am-5pm
Sunday April 28, 11am-5pm

More information here.

Make your own zero-waste tote with Citizen Wolf

Since tote bags never go out of style, it’s worth investing a little time and effort into finding the right one. Better yet, let your creative side take over for a couple of hours and design one yourself.  Use offcuts from Citizen Wolf’s T-shirt production and reclaimed event banners to create a fully lined patchwork tote. You’ll end up with a totally unique accessory and pick up some sewing skills along the way. Sessions are super limited, so be sure to book ahead.

Citizen Wolf
75 Mary Street, Saint Peters NSW
Saturday April 27 – Sunday April 28

Tickets are available here.

The Clothing Exchange’s swapping revolution

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and the same applies to all the clothes you just aren’t in love with anymore. The Clothing Exchange is hosting a special clothes swap just for Fashion Revolution Week, where you can part with your old clothing to find something new. Making this exchange even more sustainable, any items that aren’t swapped will be going to charity. Tickets are each $25 with 10 per cent of sales going towards Fashion Revolution, and each participant can bring six items to swap.

Noisy Ritual
249 Lygon Street, Brunswick East VIC
Sunday April 28, 10.30am-12.30pm

Tickets are available here.

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