Welcome to those of you who have recently joined the Fellowship 500 or have become subscribers to the SOURCE.
For those of you I have not met – I am Sarah Ditty, Deputy Editor of SOURCE Intelligence.
By popular demand, every month we are putting together a concise list of the best content on SOURCE Intelligence – especially for those of you with very little time. This should help you navigate the magazine and to save you time.
Without further ado, we bring you this month’s EDITOR’S PICKS. We hope this selection of articles and resources both informs and inspires you!
Deputy Editor, SOURCE Intelligence
Ethical Fashion Forum
1. GLOBAL OUTLOOK – SUSTAINABLE FASHION IN SOUTH AMERICA
As part of a 6 part series, SOURCE explores the sustainable fashion scene in Brazil. Don’t miss our interview with Daniela Falcão, the Chief Editor of Vogue Brazil, about raising consumer awareness of sustainable fashion in this rapidly developing region. Watch for the next interviews in the series where SOURCE meets Fernando Pimentel, the CEO of the Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association (ABIT) and Waldermar Iodice, the founder and CEO of the acclaimed Brazilian brand Iodise.
We also look at latest developments in other regions such as Uruguay, where a cooperative of craftswomen under the umbrella group Manos del Uruguay are proving that artisanal fashion can deliver high quality product on time. Click here to discover the more about Manos del Uruguay.
Stay tuned next month for a Global Outlook on some exciting projects from Africa.
2. SOURCING & MANUFACTURE IN THE UK
Over the last month, the SOURCE team focused on the opportunities for reviving local sourcing and manufacture in the UK. We compiled research into more than 30 suppliers of fibres/fabrics and manufacturers of apparel producing in the UK to ethical and environmental standards – presented in a handy downloadable matrix. Click here to download the UK Sourcing & Manufacture pdf.
We also explore the opportunities, challenges and the future of upcycled fashion in the UK, we speak to 5 leading upcycling designers. Read the full case studies here.
Also not to be missed – Christian Smith, CSR Manager at leading fashion retailer ASOS.com, shares his expert view on the crucial socio-economic factors shifting global production, including the rising cost of resources and labour costs in China.Click here to read more about the future of UK production.
3. KEY TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR BRANDS:
Our Resources section on SOURCE Intelligence provides invaluable information for any start-up or brand that wants to be more socially and environmentally sustainable. Don’t miss my latest piece on Trends in the Market, Sourcing and Business Best Practice 2011-2012. As part of my presentation at July’s inaugural SOURCE Summit, you’ll find concrete, practical examples of how the sector is evolving, drawing upon businesses both big and small.
Make sure to check out this piece on How to get your brand featured on fashion blogs from marketing and communications expert, Ceri Heathcote. She interviewed several influential fashion bloggers in the UK and US to find out more about how ethical brands can work with them to gain coverage, highlighting some interesting new developments within the fashion blogosphere.
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