27/07/2014

diy hangover shorts



Nothing says "adios school" and "hellooo summer" like a good old DIY. 

The baggy and relaxed fit of UNIF's 'Hangover' shorts definitely caught my eye when I saw them in Mika's video here
So, naturally, I was on the hunt for the second-hand denim to DIY myself some. And when I stumbled across this pair of shorts whilst scouring the East End Thrift Store there was no doubt in my mind that they would make the cut. 
(Pun totally intended.) 
Snip snip. 

13/07/2014

everything must go



Designer, illustrator (and general master of all creative fields) Alex Noble is up to his old tricks again. 
This time, they take the form of a brand-spanking new and uber cool ethical fashion initiative by the name of Everything Must Go (EMG).

The appropriately named label is pioneering a new means of ethical and sustainable fashion, sneaking the leftovers of many high end brands, and whipping them up into scrumptiously inventive garments.
Not only is EMG injecting a new lease of life into would-be obsolete scraps, but all the proceeds are set to go to charity. Oh yeah, they also look pretty-frickin-awesome. Win, win, win.

The exposition of Cycle 1, the first phase of the project, is just around the corner and excitement is swelling for what EMG has to offer: this stage will consist of Salvage T's, featuring a medley of cut-offs from many a big name (Giles Deacon, Zandra Roades and Louise Gray to list a few). 
The funds from this cycle are being donated to TRAID and Childhope to support the amazing work they do in Bangladesh.

So, if you're keen to back EMG and get your hands of one of their Salvage Ts, tag along to their pop up shop at:
 1 Silver Place
 London
W1F OJW 
Which will be open from 25th July for 10 days. 
And if you're not London-based, never fear - you will also be able to find them on their website

#dontletbeautygotowaste

Pretty cool, huh?

09/07/2014

how's it hanging



A tidy closet = a tidy mind, right?

Colour coding is always pretty satisfying
even if the other three corners of my room are an absolute tip.

You know what else is satisfying?
Erry-thang hanging here is self-made or secondhand.

Ethical high-fives all round.


04/07/2014

a fresh start


I'm aware that my last post left the fate of this blog a little ambiguous. 

Recognising that I was running a sort-of fashion blog with a growing dislike of the foundations of the fashion industry put me in an odd predicament - one that left my curser hovering over the dreaded DELETE BLOG button on more than one occasion. 

But the reason I refrained from that fateful click came with the realisation that my little corner of the internet gives me a chance to talk to people about the matter at hand:

The fashion industry is (a) a pretty cool and versatile place but also (b) pretty sucky when it comes to ethics.

But the super duper awesome thing is that we - me and you - can make a difference.

I'm not suggesting we all just throw caution to the wind, throwing out all our old clothes and commit to wearing hessian sacks all the time, but from now on, i'm making it my aim to be more style-concious, ethics-aware and sustainability-mindful. 

I'll do this by:
Supporting ethical and sustainable retailers
Buying second hand (or third...or fourth...)
Making my own clothes
"Make-do-and-mend"-ing old clothes
Trying to learn more about the fashion industry and how it works.

I want this blog to be a marriage between ethics and fashion. 
So if you are interested by either one, or both, please stick around. 
I'm very excited (like bouncing up and down on my chair kind of excited) to share it with you.

So, yeah. What i'm trying to say is:

Welcome to the new, now-slightly-ironically-named-in-light-of-my-recently-voice-environmental-concerns Bleached Mort.

(somehow Certified Naturally and Ethically Dyed Mort doesn't have the same ring to it)

02/07/2014

i'm sick


Hi. Hello There. How's it going? Is that a new sweater? Have you done something different with your hair? It looks great. 

So I know it's been a while, and whilst I am aware that you most probably have not been concerned with my temporary online absence, it is definitely something that has been plaguing my mind for the last couple of months. 

The reason for my truancy? I could list a dozen excuses, but the truth is: i'm sick. 

Sick of fashion.

The hysterical rush to acquire each fleeting trend, the rampant pattern of buy-discard-buy-discard and the incessant demand for a constant supply of cheap, new clothing leaves us all with closets overflowing with garments, but lacking the knowledge of who made them, how and where.

The ethics of the fashion industry have been concerning me for a while now, but like most consumers I found myself shrugging off the nagging voice of my conscience which pondered the actual cost of the high street bargains I was pacifying myself with, to return to the blissful, easy state of unconscious ignorance.

So why start paying attention now?

A couple of months ago I attended a talk about the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh on the 24th April last year, killing over 1,100, leaving many more injured and many families broken. Despite the growing cracks in the obviously unstable building, 3000 garment workers were ordered back into the factory- There were garments to make, orders to complete, profits to make. At 8:57am, the factory collapsed. The devastation was colossal; shocking pictures of people buried alive amongst the ravaged rubble and the desperate survivors who waited helplessly overlooking the rescue operation to hear the fate of their mother or father or sister or brother or friend swarmed the media, provoking a resounding gasp from the western world.

Over a year after, reports of what happened at Rana Plaza and it's consequences still trickle into our newspapers- albeit perhaps not as extensive as those covering Kim Kardashian's wedding- and continue to shine a spotlight on the embarrassed high street chains who are all quick to assure us that everything is under control.

So why does it seem that very little has changed?

It's not difficult to find shocking evidence of what really goes into the manufacture of some high street clothes: working exhausting hours, in unsafe conditions, for what is barely a living wage. Yet the first world consumers still seem content to sweep the truth of the overwhelming moral corruption of the fashion trade under the carpet with the toe of this season's must have Balenciaga-look-alike boot.

The truth is that by recognising the faults in such an extensive industry, we open a pandora's box of social and environment implications - understandably the consumer prefers to keep this box firmly chained and padlocked.

But even the diehard fashionistas will have to admit that something has to change.
And we're the ones holding the key.

23/03/2014

simplicity




There is nothing better than simplicity. Clean colours, clean lines, clean structures.

I actually used to shy away from faux leather as a clothing fabric, always thinking it far too 'sexy'.
But recently it dawned on me that I cannot possibly think of anything as unsexy as wearing fake cow skin.

Having said that, it's a little nightmare to sew with, so this will probably be the last leather garment I make for a while...

Have a fab Sunday

11/03/2014

(n)ew



A game a like to play in the fabric store is who can find the ugliest fabric.

This vinyl tan faux snakeskin material won hands down. Ew. My sister pointed out that it's the kind of fabric that is reserved for only Miley Cyrus' stage costumes/undergarments, but for only a few pennies I challenged myself to make something slightly more wearable and slightly less...eyebrow raising.
The product is this asymmetrical, wrappy-flappy, yes that's a technical term, skirt.

It may be my naive perceptions and limited exposure to the fashion industry, but I often feel as though fashion is as much about the concept of finding something hideous and making desirable (see the illustrious Moschino F2014 collection under the reign of Jeremy Scott) as it is about anything else.
 Or maybe it's just the way the industry aims to feed a culture obsessed with constantly attaining something new, something exciting, something shocking.

humph.