Embankment Summer Market

 

The Embankment Summer Market took place this weekend and it was no dissapointment when it came to finding great independent and sustainable businesses. Not only that, but the brands we came across were innovative, quirky and a great example of what ethical design can be - from upcycling to eco friendly alternative leathers, to artisanal craftsmanship.

The first stall we introduced ourselves to was the label We told her all about BODO and swapped contact details

  

As the photo (above, left) shows, sustainable labels are already starting to experiment with alternative forms of leather -  and with stunning results may we add!

 

The Connection showcased the work of homeless artists, as they set up shop to help give back to those who need housing shelter.

 

June 30, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

TRAID Late Night Ethical Shopping at Brixton

 

 

 

 

BODO stopped by Brixton to attend TRAID's late night event, held once a month to celebrate sustainable and second hand fashion with a night of music, styling and late night bargain shopping. Yep, there even was a hired DJ spinning some serious soulful tunes to ease you into the eve!
If you haven't yet heard of TRAID (which stands for Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development), it is an organisation that specialises in combatting clothing waste. As a waste reducing company ourselves, we're big fans of what they stand for and their ability to bring conscious consumerism to the forefront of our high street.  They even have their own line of repurposed clothing called TRAID Remade.
Check out their latest collaboration here. Find out where your local branch is and get involved in the fun!
May 28, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

Camden Passage: Islington's Hidden Gem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camden Passage is a great little hidden gem behind the scenes of Angel Islington's high street. It's thriving with independent businesses like BODO, offering hand made, second hand and unique pieces full of character and made with love. From artisanal beaded accessories made in East Africa, to hand made greetings cards - and of course plenty of interesting clothes from vintage to quality made in England designs.

It's easy to wile away the time away, getting carried away with the different stalls and just the general buzz of the local community on a sunny day. It's an atmosphere you don't get out on the high street just a road away, like you've entered another world full of little passageways crammed with interesting finds.   

  

This is an ideal place for BODO to set up a stall in the summer, especially with sandals being a summer staple. Watch this space!...

  
 

 

 

 

May 19, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

Fashion Revolution Day Takes to the Highstreet

Fashion Revolution day took place this April 24th across the globe and social media. It is a day to commemorate the garment workers that fell victim to the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh 2 years ago. Fashion Revolution Day also celebrates sustainability within the industry and fair trade, encouraging consumers to ask 'who made my clothes?'
 BODO took to the high street to find out whether Fashion Revolution Day had affected any major retailers. We noticed that blue placques had been placed on Zara, River Island & H&M, which read "Rana Plaza 24th April 2013, 1338 workers killed by corporate greed."  A strong message, but one that will hopefully leave consumers with the need to find out more about High street retailer supply chains and the workers behind our labels. You can find out more about Fashion Revolution Day at Fashion Revolution.org
April 25, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

Art, Craft and Local Business in Hampstead

 

Tucked away behind the main street, where you'll find all the big chain stores like Waterstones and Starbucks is a quaint little side street called Flask Walk, buzzing with local business. From second hand clothes stores, to antique bookshops and hand crafted ceramics, a part of the old Hampstead remains.

 

Visiting yesterday, I came across a local painter at his easel painting a young guy, while the antique bookshop nearby was brimming with £2 books on sale outside as a special deal. The bookshop itself (which is called keith Fawkes), is owned by a descendant of Guy Fawkes, adding to the sense of history and community of this hidden gem of a side road. 

Flask Walk would be a great place for us to sell some of our BODO sandals, and set up a pop up shop for those who care about the story behind the things they buy. Whether it's a rare second hand book, a painting or a donation sandal made using recycled car tyres, Flask Walk is definitely a unique place for interesting  independent business!

April 20, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

Camden Market: The Heart of Sustainability and Independent Business

Camden market is not only one of London's historical landmarks, but it also encompasses the spirit of community and independent businesses. From stalls selling vintage records, to upcycled jewellery and second hand books, sustainable businesses and local labels thrive in Camden. 
 
Last weekend BODO took a little trip down to the Lock and the heart of market life. As expected we came across a number of interesting labels selling sustainable and ethical products like our BODO sandal. From upcycled clocks made from old vinyls, to hand made phone cases. We also came across a great brand called Aoshii, which specialises in japanese origami jewellery made from washi paper and then patterned with gold leaf designs. They also sell some fantastic bookmarks in the form of japanese women in traditional dress.
 
Of course, being in Camden, we had to take a little trip to TRAID, which is a second hand shop selling clothing and accessories, but also makes their own clothes by upcycling old discarded clothes and materials. They also mend clothes, discouraging people to throw away used garments unnecessarily.
  
TRAID funds projects that fight global poverty, as is our mission with BODO. They also highlight that most of what we consider waste never really is. There's always a way to recycle or upcycle and repurpose - which BODO does with our recycled car tyred soles. Coming soon to a shop near you!
March 30, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

Sustainability & Recycling at Natural History Museum Lates!

Amongst all the creepy crawlies and prehistoric skeletons within the Natural History Museum, there lies a fascinating section on the earth and all things ecological. From recycled plastic to make clothes, to playground surfaces made from old car tyres, just like our BODO sandals. The museum dished out some interesting facts, such as the UK produces 140 million tonnes of solid waste each year, 89% of which is buried in landfill sites.

  

The display pictured above showcases te many ways we can recycle and do our part for the environment. As a permanent fixture within the museum, it's definitely worth a visit! Afterall, recycling and innovation is what BODO is all about. 

 

 

 

March 18, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

Guardian Ethical Fashion Masterclass

IMG_9896On Tuesday, BODO attened a Guardian masterclass on the subject of ethical fashion. Guests were from all areas of the business, from students, to designers, to retail professionals. It was an opportunity to delve into the world of sustainable design and connect with like minded people.

Hosted by journalist and TV presenter Lucy Siegle, with a guest appearance from Livia Firth (founder of Eco Age and The Green Carpet Challenge), the evening gave us an insight into how fast 

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Siegle shared some interesting information and statistics about ‘hyper consumerism’ – from the number of fashion seasons expanding (no longer just spring/summer, autumn/winter), to the typical Zara customer visiting on average 17 times a year.

A particularly interesting fact is that just clothing companies spend just 0.6% on labour costs. Imagine if we increased that by just 0.02 % what a difference it would make to garment worker’s lives.

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But also discussed was the wide range of sustainable labels out there. Siegle demonstrated this by giving us a glimpse into her wardrobe, with rails of ethical pieces from brands such as Patagonia and People Tree. Patagonia actually produce their clothing in Bangladesh, although using ethical measures. The North Face, another sustainable outerwear brand, is currently developing 1000 eco-friendly materials each year.

IMG_9904Safia Minney, founder of People Tree, saw her first profit from sales only last year, because her main concern is the welfare of the artisans she employs.

Another brand that works towards transparency in its supply chain is Marks & Spencer, who have a very good relationship with their suppliers and use recycling initiatives and swishing events to encourage consumers to make enviro-friendly choices.

Livia Firth discussed how she’s bringing sustainable style to the red carpet, with A listers wearing Green Carpet Challenge designs, such as Cameron Diaz looking glam in an upcycled Tom Ford dress.

IMG_9905Ultimately it is up to clothing retailers to make the changes that we are demanding more and more as consumers, but is us who have purchasing power, to bring these issues to the forefront and make more conscious choices in what we buy.

Let’s not be that woman who left her 6 Primark bags on the floor and walked off, because the bags were soaked through from the rain (something Lucy Siegle was actually there to witness). If anything defines out throwaway mentality, it’s that!

 

 

 

 

March 09, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

MA15 Graduate Exhibition

Graduates from the London College of Fashion put on a stunning display of their final year projects this month, showcased at Victoria House. From contemporary photography, to cutting edge garment design and technology, the exhibition was a real insight and exploration into the minds of the next generation of designers and innovators. 

 

The exhibition took place from the 18th-22nd February and was free and open to all. BODO went along to show support for local talent and discover what's next in the world of design. We weren't disappointed.

 

 

 

February 20, 2015 by Rosie Clarke

UAL Voice For Change Exhibition

Providing a platform for sustainable design and socially conscious clothing, professor Dilys Williams and Patricia Palesta has curated the Voice For Change Exhibition displayed at the UAL‘s showroom in Holborn. The designs on show have been produced by UAL students, who’ve come up with innovative and alternative forms of fashion, with an eco-friendly ethos.

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The students sourced eco-friendly materials and some even travelled across the globe to connect with each process of production, in order to maintain 100% transparency.

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From Ruiyin Lin’s upcycled jewellery made from bicycle inner tubes, steel and magnet catches, to Tara Baoth’s textured statement collars made from moss, you won’t find your typical high street styles here. The value and importance of craftsmanship is UAL’s number one priority, with each design being original and tied to the theme of nature.


IMG_9477“We have gathered here a range of these ideas to form a cycle of thinking that connects us to the earth, ourselves and each other through fashion’s relationships and artefacts, its meaning and its matter.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We particularly enjoyed watching a video called ‘Made In Patacancha’ which was in relation to Sabrina Kauz Lopez’s fashion label titled ‘Ode to Artisans’, where she travelled to Peru to study the art of weaving and slow textiles. Sabrina shared also shared the experience in a series of four photographs.

Another impressive project was Zuzana Gombosova's, which focused on the future of textiles, experimenting with bacteria cellulose, glass, metal and mechanical parts, to create objects that are transformed through colour and texture, as the bacteria grows. Zuzana has developed a '3D Feeder' device to grow a wide range of material qualities with applications in fashion and product design.

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Other work on display included abstract sequinned silk and wool dresses by embroidery technician Rachel Clowes,  along with her sketchbooks she used for inspiration. Rachel tutors on sustainable style and values quality, and beautiful craftsmanship in clothing, encouraging consumers to make socially conscious choices; 

“Keeping something for a long time, but not wearing it, is not sustainable behaviour, it is simply storing waste within the wardrobe.”

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Voice For Change is open to the public as well as students from 12th Jan-29th March at 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V7EY

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Zoe Grace Fletcher works with sustainable British yarns. Her company Britain Needs Ewe is a project  that explore sustainable knitwear practice, sourcing from just one breed of sheep, The Derbyshire Gritstone.

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January 22, 2015 by Rosie Clarke