News

The story of a website

Shop news Website

The story of a website

In the week when we are officially launching our new Shopify website, it seems like a good time to reflect on the long and tortuous journey we have been on to get to this point. All epic stories need to start in the traditional manner so here we go... Once upon a time, in a county far, far in the West, there lived an ethical trader called Jill. She was a passionate campaigner about single-use plastic and started a business called BagAge to promote reusable shopping bags and Fair Trade gifts.  In another part of the kingdom, a wanderer called...

Read more →


If only turtles worked in garment factories…

Yesterday marked the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster when 1,138 garment workers died due to the collapse of an unsafe factory in Bangladesh. And its my 3rd #fashionrevolutionweek writing a blog reflecting on that tragedy. Sometimes it is easy to get discouraged by the fact that such a shocking event hasn’t caused a seismic change in the attitudes and behaviour of consumers and the fashion industry. When you see whole school uniform sets being sold for £4 and people saying ‘I don’t know how they do it that cheap’ (could it be partly by paying the person who...

Read more →


Treats and not Tricks

If you have been following our blogs for any time now, you will be aware that fancy dress is very important to us, especially at Christmas and Halloween. But this year we came across a scary Halloween fact that really made our blood run cold. Our good friend and fellow BAFTS member Jo Salter (from the ethical clothing company Where Does It Come From) shared the following image (readers of a nervous disposition may want to look away now!): Horrifying isn’t it? £510 million spent on Halloween fancy dress a year, with 2 in 5 being worn only once and 7 million costumes...

Read more →


Recharging our Fair Trade batteries

Well we are definitely living in interesting political times at the moment! However, I’m sure people from all sides of the political debate would agree that retail has been a tough place to be recently. With uncertainties over Brexit and election results, consumers have not been feeling very flash with their cash, and our Fair Trade producers have also been affected by the fall in the value of the pound. But sometimes when you are busy worrying about the pennies, it can be easy to forget why you are doing what you are doing in the first place. With that...

Read more →


Make Do or Spend

Last weekend Newcastle Emlyn celebrated its annual Vintage Day. A great excuse for us to get our fit and flare frocks out for some Fairtrade fun (of course no actual rats were harmed during the course of thew day – we are an ethical business after all!). But donning 50s fashion also made us think about how fashion has changed over the last few decades, and what that means for workers and the environment. This week marks Fashion Revolution Week, when we commemorate the 1,138 people killed in the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh on the 24th April 2013. These were garment...

Read more →