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From Easy Ways to Quit that Fast Fashion Addiction to Celebrity Trendsetters Making a Difference

Mar 26th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Do you know the difference between fast fashion and slow fashion?

Which celebrities do you admire for their ethical style?

And who graces the cover of The Business of Fashion this month?

For Ethical Fashion Friday this week, we’ve found a little bit of education and a whole lot of inspiration.

The Dark Side of Fast Fashion and how to quit your addictionEmily Deschanel at the Emmy Awards in an ethically made dressEthical Fashion Friday: Celebrity Trendsetters Doing Good and The Dark Side of Fashion

The Dark Side of Fashion

For the next six months, an exhibit at the MKG Museum in Hamburg, Germany will ask museum-goers to face some uncomfortable questions when shopping for clothes. Revealing the full spectrum of the clothing industry for the first time, the Fast Fashion exhibit aims to raise awareness about the darker side of the industry and encourage us to shop responsibly.

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Spotlighting Spring & Summer Trends for this week’s Ethical Fashion Friday

Mar 19th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday | Indigenous timeless spring and summer trend report for 2015The snow may still be piled high in some places but the air carries promises of spring. And with the dawn of spring comes the opportunity to switch out winter grays and cozy sweaters for bright colors and breezy spring skirts.

The runways have been showing spring-inspired clothing and informing this year’s trends for months. And it’s tempting to jump on board. It’s tempting to rush out to grab this year’s color or key piece, without giving a thought to how they were made. It’s tempting to get caught up in the trend and forget to consider where your clothes originated, not to mention considering what will come of these fabrics next year when the trend has passed and a new one has taken over.

Of course, trendy can also be fair trade, sustainable, and ethical.

This week, we took a look at styles the runways have put in demand and picked out some of our favorites. Unsurprisingly, we love the trends that are classic, reliable, and simple without sacrificing style and fun.

Spring and Summer Trends Report - White on White, Stripes and Fringe. Ethical Fashion Friday

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Hope, Help, and History take the stage in this week’s Ethical Fashion Friday

Mar 12th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday | Indigenous organic and fair trade fashion blog

Do you remember the Versalette?
Have you heard that green (not orange) is the new black?
And what’s causing the rising self-confidence of women in African countries?

For Ethical Fashion Friday this week, we’ve found a little bit of hope, a whole lot of help, and a brief history lesson that ties together all of our work and passion.

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Fashion Week, Saving South Africa & Extending the Life of Clothes: Ethical Fashion Friday

Mar 5th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday | Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion blog

The fair trade fashion revolution is making headlines. From a New York Fashion Week fail, to saving South Africa's clothing industry, see what caught our attention this week. 

New York Fashion Week Drops the Ball on SustainabilitySouth Africas Garment Industry Might be Saved by the Ethical Fashion Movement

Tiger Lily, a new ethical and sustainable fashion store opens in Bristol, UK.Sustainable Clothing Design Award Finalists Unveiled


A Glimpse of Fall Fashion at WWDMagic White 2015

Mar 1st, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

From the runway to 50 Shades of Gray. See what went on at WWDMagic White and preview Ethical Fashion on the horizon for Fall & Winter 2015.

WWDMagic White 2015 | Inside Look at Ethical Fashion for Fall and Winter 2015

Indigenous ethical fashion on the runway at WWDMagic White 2015

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You are Making a Difference

Dec 30th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Thank you and Happy New Year to all those who wear, give, and support ethical fashion.

What's even better than charity? Giving good, steady work to people who need it.  Giving a leg up and a livelihood to people who are bettering their lives and making a difference in their communities. This is what it means to relieve poverty in a truly sustainable way.

You have already made a difference, simply by buying with your heart. Clothes by Indigenous aren't just stylish. They're also made with respect for the people who make them, and for the planet we all share. 

anaindigenous cotton farmers

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The Sad Truth

Nov 14th, 2014 - contributed by Indigenous

The Shipibo Bag, Supporting Indigenous Artists and Their Way of Life

Nov 10th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Womens Shipibo Design Shoulder Bag Purse Tote with Traditional Pattern

You respect the rights of indigenous cultures. You give value to their unique ways of seeing the world, and their right to live they way they wish. So do we. 

INDIGENOUS is excited to introduce the Shipibo Bag. Each is a work of art, supporting the Shipibo women of the Amazon, allowing them to continue their traditional art and way of life. 

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Photos from Cavallo Point Mercantile | Ethical Fashion Event

Sep 2nd, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Thanks to all who came out to support Ethical Fashion while winning prizes and supporting RSF Social Finance! The evet at Cavallo Point Mercantile was a stunning success.

Ethical Fashion event at Cavallo Point Mercantile in San Francisco, August 2014

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INDIGENOUS at Cavallo Point Mercantile in San Francisco… Prizes & Give Back Program!

Jul 19th, 2014 - contributed by Indigenous

Cavallo Point – August 22, 2014:

It only takes one look to know that Cavallo Point is an extraordinary place. The warm ambiance and charmed location make Cavallo Point Mercantile the perfect place to shop for elegant, sustainably made clothing, jewelry and accessories. Join us there on August 22nd to celebrate an innovative partnership. You’re invited to preview the future of fashion with CAVALLO POINT MERCANTILE, INDIGENOUS AND RSF SOCIAL FINANCE.

Cavallo Point Mercantile will show Indigenous Ethical Fashion with proceeds benefiting RSF Social Finanance


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