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Working with sterling silver and rose gold elements to communicate her love of Mother Earth's majesty, Aimee Fairman employs multi-sensory immersive installation, kinetic sculpture and photography to engage with ideas of psycho-geographical landscapes.

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If you've been trying to start an ethical fashion label in Australia and you're facing roadblocks, the solution is simple: invest in your knowledge and find the right people to help you piece together your supply chain.

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I’ve always been a bit of a bra-burner. I’m the kind of woman who stands up against injustice, I advocate for equality, and I champion ethics. I don’t ever write about politics, but I couldn’t help myself with this story.

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Bees are amongst the most important creatures to humans on Earth and they pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops.

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Harlow is a fashion label that ticks all the boxes. It is sustainable, Australian owned and made, size-inclusive, ethical and accessible.

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Creative Cubes is not just a co-working space. It’s a community of like-minded businesses, startups and entrepreneurs elevating each other to success.

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The Kangan Institute Rags to Runway showcase proved that through collaboration and the right motivation, sustainability is genuinely possible for the fashion industry.

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I’m big on sustainable business, and that means building your business blocks when you can afford it, or leaping at a fantastic opportunity when it presents itself.

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Ethical fashion is about the people behind it, the intent and the impact of it, and it's the kind of fashion you want to be involved in.

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In the 90s, we were blonde and skinny bombshells. Today, we are empowered, diverse and determined – and none of that has anything to do with what we look like.

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Now that Melbourne’s last artisan pleater is threatened, it’s clear the Australian fashion manufacturing industry is feeling the pinch.

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Vintage fashion is the antitheist of fast fashion, and buying preloved clothing is a sustainable way to shop. If it’s not something you’ve ever done before, now is the perfect time to dip your toes in a world of all things yesteryear.

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The Raisin Dit It now in its fifteenth year of operation, but it’s been a unique slow fashion label with a vintage-inspired twist from the very beginning.

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Values are what make us human. Values are what connect us, but they’re also what separates us. I value ethics and sustainability, and Burberry values their ‘reputation’, which is why they burn their end of season stock.

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While Lana, Rozalia and Jasmin run three distinctly different businesses of their own, they all have one thing in common – they understand the power of social media.

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Margaret Mead was the one who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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It is estimated that between 8 and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by seabirds, fish and other organisms, and more than 230,000 tonnes of it are microplastics. 

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Instead of just quitting fashion, I’m trying to change it. I embrace sustainability. I empower people who are designing for positive change. I advocate for transparency. I am socially responsible.

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I don’t care how expensive it seems, how flashy you make it look, or which Kardashian you drape it over; a $5000 bag is anything but desirable if a woman has been exploited to make it.

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The fashion industry moves fast. I’m not just talking about the shift from slow fashion to fast fashion – but the rate at which the sector innovates, expands and changes.

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To combat the environmental issues we face as an online retailer, we’re taking responsibility for our packaging, and within the next six months, The Fashion Advocate will be an entirely plastic-free e-commerce retailer.

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The latest Gun Shy collection, Cirque De Merde, has just arrived it all its fluffy glory, and it is the most dramatic range yet from the Melbourne made label.

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I spoke at Monash University in Melbourne yesterday to discuss Oxfam’s latest campaign, ‘What She Makes’, and here’s what I know right now: there isn’t a simple answer to the issue of fast fashion, and boycotting it will not solve the issue.

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After finishing her degree in Fashion Design in 2013, Lauren launched her label to fight the fast fashion craze. She wanted to create something different that she could feel good about wearing while embracing sustainability.

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