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Ethical Menswear: Seasalt Menswear

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ethical menswear

2015 edit: Since this post Seasalt have sadly discontinued their ethical menswear line, but you might find this up-to-date guide to ethical men’s clothing companies useful.

I’ve done a few posts on fashion, but none on menswear yet, so I thought I’d rectify this right now with a post on Cornish based ethical clothing company – Seasalt.  I’m not aware of many ethical retailers for men, but Seasalt are leading the way: they have quite impressive ethical credentials, and have won a few sustainability awards.

And for another gold star, they’ve been increasing the amount of clothing they sell that is made in their local area by small scale producers, through their Locally Made project.  This helps supports and keep alive the remaining maritime textile traditions and other small scale manufacturing in Cornwall.  They’ve also branched out to other small-scale suppliers from other coastal areas around the UK & Ireland too, and aim to have at least 10% of their stock ‘locally’ made by next year.

Seasalt’s Menswear focus is on classic items that don’t date, so expect lots of heritage items:

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Yes, the Seasalt Menswear clothes aren’t cheap, but they’re built to last – the quality workmanship and use of high quality materials means you’ll get many, many, many wears out of their clothing.

Seasalt also do pretty nice clothes for ladies – think breton stripes and easy to wear dresses and you’re there.

If you have any recommendations for ethical men’s clothing then do let me know in the comments below!

Fashion, Life & Style

Style Is: Sustainable

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sustainable-style-blog

Sustainable fashion website Style Is have put together a sustainable outfit competition, and because I fully support the idea that clothing should be sustainable and timeless rather than disposable, I thought I’d submit an entry.  It’s a particularly timely and important thing to think about in light of the sad news in Bangladesh, where hundreds of people making clothes for the high street lost their lives – devastatingly showing the true cost of fast and cheap fashion.

Second-hand and ethical clothing can be incredibly stylish.  There are heaps of ethical brands out there making some great clothing and accessories. And, with the likes of eBay, Etsy and other online resources, you don’t even have to spend hours going round second-hand/vintage shops to find some second-hand bargains (although I do like a good rummage in a charity shop now and again, and the money raised goes to good causes).  And the best part about buying stylish rather than overtly “fashionable” clothing means you have a wardrobe that lasts a lifetime, rather than pieces that go out of fashion after a few months which will never see the light of day again.  So from a money-saving point of view it’s also good news!

The rules of the Style Is competition are that you have to put together an outfit containing at least one sustainable item of clothing, be it vintage, second hand, upcycled, or an item of clothing from an ethical manufacturer.  I went the whole hog, and went for everything second-hand

As our house is too small to get decent photos and it’s raining outside (oh Scotland!), meaning I can’t get out in the garden to take photos, I thought I’d take some individual photos to show the pieces in detail:

My Sustainable Outfit

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This is my forever favourite dress.  It’s vintage from Japan, and is the ultimate in eco-friendly dressing – it’s at least third-hand!  I bought it on eBay from girl in Manchester, who bought it in a vintage shop.  I paid £1.49 for it too, making it a super bargain!

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I love this jacket – it’s my summer jacket.  I bought it second-hand on eBay three years ago.  It’s in need of some TLC – perhaps a dye-job as it’s a bit faded in places, but that should give it life for years to come.

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This bag is my favourite.  I found it in the vintage section on Etsy five years ago, and it’s rarely left my side since. It didn’t cost me very much money – I think the postage cost more than the bag, as it came from the States.

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This necklace came from a charity shop in Edinburgh (Shelter in Morningside – in my opinion the best charity shop in Edinburgh!).  I don’t wear necklaces very often, being a mum to a small child, so it was a treat to wear it for these photos.

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I bought these boots secondhand on eBay last year, and have worn them in all weather.  They’re so comfortable and soft.

And voila, my secondhand sustainable outfit!  What do you think?

EDIT: I’ve put together a post on my top eBay shopping tips that you might find useful!