HAULS (Pt.4): SECOND-HAND & MADE LOCAL
Sorry I've been absent for a while. I don't have a good excuse. I've just been trying this new thing called 'leaving the house'. It's pretty hot, let me tell you.
Jumpin' straight in, today's haul post is all about #fashion. I know it's a little off-brand for me 'cause I've never really talked to you guys about it, but I'm actually super into it. When I was younger I would wear the weirdest shit - and not, like, in a casually-the-coolest-person-ever way. Just, like, odd, and not very stylish. But I still loved dressing up. I loved playing with looks that didn't always (read 'ever') work out. In that way fashion was then what painting, singing, sewing, cooking, baking (many an '-ing', really) would be to me later - a fantastic expression of passion for something I'm not very good at.
I think that's so important. When you do and enjoy things you're not great at, it can feel just as good as completely nailing something you're the best at, and I reckon it's twice as good for your soul.
At this point it's like, 'Remember when she said she was going to get to the point right away?' Sorry. Anyhoo. Long story short, I dig clothes. I like wearing them, I like looking at them, and I like buying them. Well, some of them. I'm not a fan of clothes made through a production line that exploits the planet and it's human friends. Which rules out a lot of clothes. One solution is to look for labels that endorse 'slow fashion' principles, and are ethically-made. One very good way of checking this right now is simply by doing a bit of light reading on that given brand. The slow fashion movement is still so small that the few people under its banner are very vocal about following this earth- and people-friendly way of creating textiles. TOOFUFU ally, Black Bean and Silk, are a good example.
Another solution is to buy secondhand clothes, or vintage clothes - although the lines between these are rather blurred outside of Camden market. I chose this route when I began the hunt for a denim jacket. Because a lot of denim is made from the poster child for resource-intensive textiles - cotton - it's necessary to look at spending upwards of a grand (ZAR) for an ethical denim item. Even then, 'ethical' is a strong word, and you'll likely still need to clench your teeth and look the other way on some levels. So, why not buy denim that's already been made? You know what that is? Upcycling, bitches. CIRCULAR ECONOMY, SAY WHAT?!
I bought the babe above from Vintage Lover - a pretty groovy spot for all things secondhand and wonderful. They also have new clothes, like the boobie top below. I'm not sure where the tee comes from, but I assume (maybe incorrectly, rather optimistically) that it was at the very least designed locally (Confirmed: it is made here!). Tits up for awesome design and supporting small, local business owners!
And speaking of small, local business owners, I got my 'VEGANS ARE SEXY' tee from Ecogemgem - a tiny, eco-conscious retailer currently operating from Instagram, run by a dynamic woman with kick-ass hair. How cute? They're currently on special, too, so hurry up an get 'em! Just don't wear yours as you're coming out of a gym class with the frantic look of someone who came very close to death. 'Cause that's not sexy. That's me. You're me.
K, outtie! See ya'll soon.