In honour of Fashion Revolution Week, we thought it'd only be fitting to host a week of events here at Sancho's to celebrate ethical fashion and encourage more people to join us on our sustainable journey! Today we'll be sharing with you what went on each day, in case you missed out and want to find out more, and to encourage you to attend these kinds of events, hosted by us or otherwise, in the future. We'd like to thank every single person who helped make these events possible and, of course, all of you for attending so many of our events. We hope you found them of great benefit!
Before we get into the events, we'd like to let you know that we're giving away a goodie bag, filled with People Tree jewellery, a copy of Slave to Fashion by Safia Minney, a Sancho's tote bag and a £20 Sancho's voucher, every week this month on Instagram. In the final week of May, we will be giving away another £100 Thought voucher. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes is post a photo on Instagram of Sancho's/your Sancho's pieces and tag us in the photo, caption and location. Good luck!
We'd also like to let you know about an event which is happening in Exeter tomorrow night on 3rd May with economist, Kate Raworth. Kate will be discussing her latest book 'Doughnut Economics' in the Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, at the University of Exeter. Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century's social and ecological challenges, and she is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. It should be a really great, informative talk
Monday: Repair and Rejuvenate Workshop
Kicking off the week was our Repair and Rejuvenate Workshop for anyone who was looking to fix and freshen up worn out or broken clothing items and learn some new skills along the way! This was a great way for you all to save money and reduce clothing waste whilst gaining some fresh wardrobe additions.
Local seamstresses ran five different skills workshops in embroidery, button repairs, patches, tie-dying and sewing that everyone rotated around. We caught up with some of the lovely ladies who attended our workshop and left with a repaired and rejuvenated wardrobe!
We caught up with... Louise Fisher
“I brought an old plain white t-shirt for tie-dye as I wanted to see what I could do with it that was creative, rather than throwing away an old, unloved boring top. I came away with loads of ideas for more projects which is so exciting!”
We caught up with... Vigdis Gilje Arben
“I thought I would bring two tops to try some tie-dye on them, as I had never tried it before. On one top I tried a simplistic dye at the bottom of the hem, which I’m excited to wear with a pair of jeans. I really loved learning something new this evening!”
Tuesday: Clothes Swap and Second Chance Sale
Our Clothes Swap and Second Chance Sale, in aid of Surfers Against Sewage, was a huge success with about 150 of you turning up to our little Fore Street store! People brought clothing items that no longer serve them and swapped them for something "so you this season". We also had an amazing range of second-hand items provided by top brands on sale for you all. Over the course of the night, we successfully managed to raise £300 for Surfers Against Sewage! You all loved this event so much, and we can't wait to host similar events in the future. If you want to find out more about the event, you can watch the video we made on it, over on Facebook!
Wednesday: Sancho's Capsule Collection Launch
On the third day of Fashion Revolution Week, we launched our Spring 2018 Capsule Collection. We had an exclusive, intimate shopping evening with some of our loyal customers who were the first to purchase the collection. Our collection contains staple, timeless and diverse wardrobe items that can be effortlessly mixed and matched and worn for many different occasions. About ten women of all ages turned up for an intimate evening of drinks, nibbles, and a good old chit chat, before trying on (and purchasing) the collection!
We caught up with... Lyla Smith
"Today I'm investing in a capsule collection mainly because of the ease of getting everything done at once. I think I have an okay fashion sense but I'm definitely not as good at putting things together as other people so having that done already is just so great. I'll no longer have to get in a tizz in the morning deciding what to wear! The brands in this capsule collection are really great and the materials they use are lovely - the clothes just feel really good on. But also, I just really love the shop and its ethics, and I want to support keeping it here, so it's a win, win. As for what piece I'm most excited to now own, it's a tie between the dungarees and the Marley trousers!"
We caught up with... Hannah
"I've just done a clear out at home of my own clothes and I've realised how much of it has been a waste of money. I've always quite liked the idea of a capsule wardrobe! I usually have a few favourite clothes that I wear and ones that I don't, so now that I've got rid of a lot of my stuff I want to really consciously build a wardrobe that I'm going to wear again and again and which will last much longer too. All of the pieces I've thrown out have been very trend-based or just don't suit me. Seeing all that waste has really encouraged me to buy more carefully and your capsule collection is my first step towards that!"
Thursday: Introduction to Ethical Fashion Talk
On Thursday we hosted an introductory talk to ethical fashion where our founder, Kalkidan, covered a brief history of modern fashion, the emergence of fast fashion and why ethical fashion is the future! This was followed by a Q&A session with all of our audience members who asked some really insightful questions about ethical fashion. We will be uploading a full video of the talk to our Youtube and Facebook page soon so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Friday: Meet the Makers Panel Discussion
Our penultimate event for Fashion Revolution Week was our Meet the Makers Panel Discussion on sustainable fashion and the benefits it can bring to our economy, our environment and the beautiful people of our world! We were joined by Professor Ian Cook, a member of the global coordination team for Fashion Revolution, Ed from Bird Sunglasses, Howard from Submariner and Anna from Lush Exeter. The talk was both entertaining and educational and was followed by a group discussion with the audience who were keen to ask plenty of questions to our team of experts!
Saturday: Fashion Revolution Party