Wednesday, November 18, 2009

EFF's Global Sourcing Marketplace is This Weekend

(image: SUNO NY Collection)

The much-anticipated Global Sourcing Marketplace (GSM) hosted by the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) will be in full-swing this weekend in the U.K. Exhibiting at the event will be ethical garment and textile manufacturers, suppliers of organic and fair-trade cotton, representatives of cooperatives and community groups, eco-colour dye and printing specialists, suppliers to leading retailers, and sustainable designers and pioneering brands. GSM is guaranteed to be a true fashion-forward convergence for all vital links in the ethical sourcing, manufacturing, design, and retail chain.

(African textile image via The New York Times)

Run in partnership with some of the most established global networks of suppliers and experts in the ethical, eco and fair-trade fashion fields (including The Fairtrade Foundation, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), Made By and the Textiles Environment Design project at Chelsea College), GSM will also be demonstrating how sustainable fabrics can become high fashion with an exclusive view of the iconic pieces designed for the RE:Fashion Awards 2008 by designers Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes. Both fashion-personalities worked with fabrics and components sourced from African manufacturers and community groups. Gorgeous designs by Preen and Boru Aksu will also be on view.

Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes (image via edictive)

Dame Viv and Daisy Lowe (image via Treehugger)

The state-of-the art RE:Fashion Awards pieces are being shown exclusively for the first time since they were modeled by Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, Leah Wood, and Leah Weller. There will also be inspiring designer and supplier stories by Ascension & Sewa and Edun Live & Phenix.

The Global Sourcing Marketplace
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November 2009

Friday, 10am –7pm
Saturday, 10.30am –5pm

Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip Street,
London, SW1P 4JU

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