Everyone loves a bargain. A jumper for five pounds, a dress for seven, a pair of earrings for two, yes we all love a bargain. But the lower the price on the shop floor, the lower the ethical and sustainable practises behind closed doors. Brighton Fashion Week is working hard this year to promote sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion industry, and Brighton is a great place to show this due to the many ethical shops we have in the city. Here are five shops that have ethical and fair trade products for sale.
Love that Stuff: Based in Brighton Marina, Love that Stuff stock everything from purses to men’s shirts to home-ware, all of which is fair trade. They use eco-friendly materials and acqu
ire their products at a fair, mutually agreed price. The founder also visits those she buys the products from to discuss the best ways in which they can work together. All of these visits, and more information about the company and their products, can be found at www.lovethatstuff.co.uk
The Hippy Clothing co.: Based in the Lanes, The Hippy Clothing co. is the best place to go for all your festival clothing needs. Jumpers, dungarees and ponchos all feature in this boho shop. All items are fairly sourced from the suppliers. Head to their online shop to browse everything from incense to felt mushroom hats! www.hippyclothingco.co.uk
Vegetarian Shoes: A symbol of the lanes, Vegetarian shoes have been trading for twenty-five years and don’t seem to be slowing down. The Vegan friendly shoes are environmentally friendly and provide manufacturing that is worker friendly. Boasting customers such as Paul McCartney and Chrissy Hynde, a visit to Vegetarian shoes is a must. To find out more about their practices and their famous customers visit www.vegetarianshoes.co.uk
The Open Market: Though not a shop, the Open Market hosts a number of traders that sell ethically sourced products. From upcycled furniture to fair trade jewellery, the Open Market puts an emphasis on using traders who ethically source their products. A full list of traders can be found at www.brightonopenmarket.co.uk
The Fair Shop: The Fair Shop on Queens Road specialises in Fair Trade clothing. They store a variety of brands, including The People Tree, that support Fair Trade practices a
s well as using organic and sustainable fabrics. Although currently it only stocks womenswear they are developing a range of menswear as well as a homeware range. Find out more about the labels they stock and their story at http://thefairshop.co.uk/
So there we have it, five shops you simply must visit for products that are ethical and sustainable.