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NEW DESIGNER ALERT! ALAY&CO

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ALAY&CO just joined the Goshopia family with their beautiful sustainable clothes and we want to welcome them by introducing you to their masterminds. Meet Andrea and Isidora. These two Chilean ladies are the creative powerhouses that fuel the designs and ethos behind ALAY&CO, a Spanish fashion brand, based in Madrid fueled by Latin hearts.

Now you can get all their gorgeous pieces in the Middle East at Goshopia.com with the Free shipping worldwide. What are you waiting for? For sure, you will like them all!

MEET THE DESIGNERS BEHIND ALAY&CO

Isidora & Andrea- The Souls of Alay&Co

What got you to start a sustainable clothing brand?

What led us to create ALAY&CO was the desire to positively contribute to the planet by minimizing the environmental impact and establishing a circular economy based in our passion and knowledge: Design and aesthetics.

Through fashion, we seek that people choose consciously, opting for timeless and versatile sustainable garments that transcend in time by guaranteeing their quality.

We want to connect with people who share our same values ​​and philosophy of creating a conscious habit consumption and having a responsible lifestyle. We do this by offering a reliable and sustainable alternative when it comes to dressing so everyone can feel authentic and confident at any occasion.

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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

What challenges did you find?

Along our path  we have faced many challenges. Sustainable fashion requires meeting high standards. For us, one of the most important factors is to respect each production chain link, from who makes our garments to who buys them to wear and enjoy them.

We understand that sustainability is a challenging area and that involves a long journey. At ALAY & CO we not only produce garments with sustainable materials, but we also seek to create a sustainable business model, avoiding  encouraging compulsive shopping.

Along with the sustainability criteria, there is also the need to generate a change on people’s habit when choosing their garments. We want them to prefer those that are sustainable, understanding the benefits it has for them and for the environment. It is about choosing a conscious lifestyle by buying less and of a better quality.

With all that said, we also face another big challenge which is having to work remotely. We are two Chilean partners, one based in Spain and the other in Chile, and it has not been easy to learn how to coordinate everything considering the different time zone, but every difficulty has its positive side and we have gain the understanding of seeing these challenges as opportunities to carry out our project.

ETHERNAL STATE OF MIND

What is the meaning of the name ALAY&CO?

ALAYA – Universal Soul. Thinking of all the souls and living beings that live in this world + Co – Company. We know that working as a team and sharing ideas is very important for the project to succeed. ALAY&CO comes from the word “Alaya” considering the need to protect the planet, people and animals.

We think of all those who live in this world in order to improve their quality of life. We do it with the support of those who share our same ideals, understanding that collaboration is key to generate the impact we want to accomplish. It is about encouraging the responsibility needed to become aware of who we are, where we live and that all our decisions have an impact on the world we inhabit. This belief goes along with our Eternal State of Mind philosophy, which is spread through our actions. We want our Alay community to consciously buy and prefer those garments that last over time and that create stories that will go on from generation to generation.

Acting consciously today means taking care of those who will arrive tomorrow, and that through our actions, such as being informed at the time of buying and choosing sustainable garments, we can make a big difference. We are convinced that we will contribute, in one way or another, to souls from this eternal universe.

THE MUSE BEHIND THE BRAND

Who is the Alay Woman?

The Alay woman has style and attitude. She chooses to feel and look good in a responsible way and tend to lean towards what is fair and ethical. She also looks for simplicity in her day a day dress style without having to trade off glam or elegance. A conscious, authentic and empowered woman who understands that dressing responsible promotes social and environmental change.

She is consistent with her way of being, thinking, and living, and aware that her daily actions and habits can generate a positive impact on her environment. She chooses her clothes in an informed and conscious way because she knows that what to add to her wardrobe is today an important and meaningful decision. What determines the Alay woman is not a specific age but her acting through her habits and her responsible behavior.

INGREDIENTS OF A MASTERPIECE

What are your favorite materials for Alay&Co?

Our three favorite sustainable materials today are Linen, Bemberg and Organic Cotton.

We love Linen because in addition to being the historical fiber by excellence, it’s comfortable, and has great resistance to degradation by heat. Bemberg is another of our must-haves because it’s a soft fiber with great durability, and similar to silk in texture. This pure cellulose fiber wraps the cotton seeds. Due to its durability and breathability, it has been used as the luxurious overall fabric for ages. Organic Cotton, has this extreme softness that we love. The process of harvesting by hand, preserves the purity of each fiber. These attributes take into account the human, animal and environmental welfare that also aligns with the fashion industry best internationally recognized practices.

How would you describe your style?

The Alay woman stands out for being transversal and versatile, just like the clothes she likes to wear. Among the values ​​behind her style are her self-confidence and coherence within her actions. She prefers to feel comfortable using a smart-casual attire and prioritizes esthetics and quality with a minimalist concept. She thinks, lives, and feels under a more conscious way.

SHARING THE GOODNESS

What is your message for the people that don’t know how pollutant fast fashion is?

Fashion is the second most pollutant industry in the world after oil. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize this impact. This is why we feel the need to create a fashion-style that positively contributes to the ecosystem in all its forms. We invite you to be part of our conscious journey to achieve this goal.

Today our planet is threatened by various companies that allow high contamination in their production processes. According to the latest data from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), making jeans requires about 7,500 liters of water per unit, the equivalent amount that an average person drinks in seven years. Crazy, right? This is just one example of many others that should worry us considering the effect on our health and carbon footprint.

On the other way, Slow Fashion is purposeful and considers the whole product lifecycle and the impacts on workers, communities and the ecosystems. It is a different approach that encourage the use of fabrics that have little to no adverse effects on the environment. Slow fashion is ethical and works under the principle of buying garments for quality and longevity.

THE FUTURE IS GREEN

 Where would you want to see your brand in the next 5 years?

Our vision is to be a world leading company in the field of sustainable fashion. We dream that people, through the way they dress and by being aware and informed when choosing their clothes, will make a difference in the world.

If people prioritize buying better-quality garments that will last for longer we will all be reducing the number of garments we have in our closets today. We aspire to be as friendly as possible with our environment, to become a B corporation and to have an entire production chain working dynamically under a circular economy model to minimize our carbon footprint.

At Alay&Co collaborative work, ethics, transparency and the human effort behind each decision is key. This is why we want our actions to be reflected in metrics and results, so we can prove that our work is a real contribution to generate a triple positive impact: social, economic and environmental.

We are convinced that what today looks like a trend in terms of sustainable fashion, is actually a sign of what our planet desperately needs, and we have to be conscious and make decisions around it.

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IMPORTANT VOICES IN SUSTAINABLE FASHION

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Sustainable fashion is a movement that started back in 1962 with the publication of the book Silent Spring by  Rachel Louise Carson. She was not a fashion icon but rather a scientist, a marine biologist, and a conservationist. She raised her concerns on how the chemicals and pesticides used in agriculture were affecting the environment. Her writings helped advance the global environmental movement. At that time, it was a more generic approach. But the Rio Earth Summit happened and fashion, textiles and their wasteful ways started to be displayed as “green issues”.

Some took the lead and started working towards a more sustainable fashion industry from different perspectives. These are some of the voices we admire, follow, and read because their words and their actions create change. At least within us.

OUR TOP SUSTAINABLE FASHION VOICES

Sass Brown

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Sass Brown was the founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. She is an amazing researcher, writer, and educator. Brown set up herself as a designer with her own signature collection. Ethical fashion is her area of expertise. A pioneer and die-hard fashionista, she has distributed papers and spoken extensively about sustainable fashion, she has filled in as a sustainable designer counselor to women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, etc.. all this, when no one spoke about sustainable or ethical fashion.

She wrote two books that are the Bibles of Sustainable Fashion: Eco Fashion and Refashioned. In Dubai, we miss very much her energy and enthusiasm to shift things and push boundaries. As she came to give shape and launch an iconic educational institution: DiDi.

Simone Cipriani

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Simone Cipriani is the founder and Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (ETI), which is part of a joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO. In 2013, Simone Cipriani was included in Business of Fashion’s list of 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry.

The Ethical Fashion Initiative goes about as a bridge, connecting underestimated craftsmen with top designers like Stella McCartney or Vivienne Westwood.  According to their website,” is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions, and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. Our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security, and equity.”

Their mission is to move in the direction of the sustainable development goals and make a huge impact on the networks in which they work. ETI wants to bring pride to the lives of the people who make your garments. Today, through his work at the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani has turned into a key representative at the front line of the worldwide development for ethical supply chains in the fashion industry.

Safia Minney

 

Safia Minney is a social entrepreneur and author. You might remember her from The True Cost. This inspiring lady is the founder of People Tree, much more than just a gorgeous fashion brand. Fair trade, fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, environmental best practices, gender equality…  All this is at the very core of People Tree and that is why it sets a standard for conventional fashion companies wanting to improve their supply chains.

Additionally, Safia is a keynote speaker, a consultant on everything sustainable, and a campaigner on fair trade and ethical fashion. She initiated World Fair Trade Day in 1999. She also wrote and co-authored a couple of books. Naked Fashion, The Sustainable Fashion Revolution, Slow Fashion, Aesthetics meets Ethics and Slave to Fashion.  

Livia Firth

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Livia Firth is the founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age, a consultancy that empowers organizations to accomplish development by adding value through sustainability. She is also the organizer of the Green Carpet Challenge. Don´t know what is that? You might have seen celebrities wearing beautiful pieces that were sustainable. Yep! Caring is not at odds with being stylish. We need to break the stereotype that sustainable fashion is not “fashionable”. Is it familiar? Pretty much as what we intend to do with Goshopia with our 4th S. From her position, she helps raise awareness and funding to important causes. For example, she founded together with Annie Lennox The Circle. An organization where women support women and we fight together for our rights and our growth. She also produced The True Cost. One movie we will never stop recommending.

She is also Oxfam Global Ambassador, UN Leader of Change,  awarded the Rainforest Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and the Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Foundation. Now we can read her articles in Vogue Arabia as she is Sustainability Editor at large. Yey!

Elizabeth L. Cline

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Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based author, writer, and expert on consumer culture, fast fashion, sustainability and work rights. She runs an effective online clothing resale business on eBay and Poshmark. She has widely examined the clothing waste stream in both New York City and Nairobi, Kenya. Her first book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion uncovered the effects of fast fashion on nature, economy, and society. It was really eye-opening! In her second book The Conscious Closet: A Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good Cline talks about new research on fashion’s effects and demonstrates how we can use our ordinary fashion decisions to change the clothing business and improve the world. Inspiring and powerful!

Javier Goyeneche

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Javier Goyeneche is the founder of ECOALF, launched in 2013. The Spanish fashion brand turns disposed fishing nets, plastic bottles, and coffee into garments. This company has developed consistently and now delivers a collection of outerwear, swimwear, casual clothing, shoes, and accessories. They have created more than 98 diverse reused fabrics which are exactly the same to touch as a typical fabric. They fundamentally need 70 bottles to make 1 meter of fabric and 80 bottles to create one jacket. To expand the production and brand image Ecoalf has made coordinated efforts with organizations like Apple, Swatch, and other brands.

Marci Zaroff

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Marci Zaroff first the first person who coined and trademarked “Eco fashion” in 1995. She is the founder of the sustainable lifestyle brand Under the Canopy and now Metawear. Her brands deal with women’s clothing, men’s wear, children, home, and accessories. Her mission is to change the fashion business through education, motivation, coordinated effort, and innovation. She wrote a book called “Eco-Renaissance,” which is about co-creating a stylish and sustainable world. This powerhouse also produced Thread and the short film “Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta”. 

Marie Claire Daveu

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Marie-Claire Daveu is Kering’s chief sustainability official and head of global institutional affairs from 2012. In case the name is not familiar, Kering is a luxury group that holds brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton… It translates to LUXURY in big caps. And there, she is in charge of the advancement of Kering’s sustainable strategy and the direction of the Group’s institutional issues. Luxury had constantly started the trends that stream down through the rest of the fashion universe. Marie Claire Daveu hopes that these efforts get seen, appreciated, and replicated not only in our industry but everywhere else. Her initiatives cover also education such as the course Kering is doing together with the Center of Sustainable Fashion and that you can join free.

But let me tell you more about this amazing lady. She has served many Ministers and Councils in France and knows very well the ins and outs of sustainability as her first degree was about Rural Engineering, Water and Forests. She has a deep understanding of the origins of the materials and how to take care of our ecosystems no matter the industry.

Lucy Siegle

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Lucy Siegle is an author, journalist, and presenter based in London. From The Observer, Thr Guardian to the BBC´s The One Show she has been sharing her passion for sustainable living and social justice. She has authored and co-authored four books: Green Living in the Urban Jungle (2001), A Good Life (Guardian books, contributing author), To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world? (2011) and Turning the tide on plastic (2018). Together with Livia Firth, she is also one of the executive producers of The True Cost and organizer of the Green Carpet Challenge.

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Eva Kruse

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Eva Kruse is the president and CEO of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. GFA is the leading authority for industry coordinated effort on sustainability in design. Its central goal is to make sustainability in vogue, guide, and support industry pioneers in changing the manner in which they produce, market, and distribute fashion. Kruse has worked ambitiously to push this motivation globally. She was also part of the media, as editor-in-chief of Eurowoman and as a TV presenter on the Danish broadcasting networks TV2 and TV3.

In 2013, Kruse gave a TEDx Talk on the topic “Changing the world through fashion” in which she advocated all of us, that not only companies and politicians, should be at the forefront of sustainability efforts. It is very inspiring! Check it out here.

 

Andrew Morgan

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Andrew Morgan is a universally recognized award-winning movie director and producer focused on sharing stories for a better tomorrow. With The True Cost, he was awarded a Sustainability in Film Award. This docu movie that we love so much talks about aspects of the clothing industry from production to its after-effects. Water and soil contamination, pesticide pollution, disease, poverty, and death. The True Cost uncovered the global fashion industry’s dark side. Morgan was attracted to these themes. So, he began the undertaking and made a trip to thirteen nations to gather information and conduct interviews. The results are Wow!

Vincent Vittorio

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Vincent Vittorio is one of the Co-Executive Producers of The True Cost. He is also the founder of Life Is My Movie Entertainment. It is a documentary studio creating, delivering, obtaining, and circulating captivating non-fictional films. He and his group trust in the positive impact a movie can have on society and we couldn’t agree more with them. Check his latest movie called The New Breed about social entrepreneurs and conscious capitalism.

 
 
 

Amy Ann Cadwell

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Amy Ann Cadwell is CEO and Co-Founder of The Good Trade, a digital media and lifestyle brand covering sustainable fashion, wellbeing, money, and lifestyle. She wanted to create and utilized that enthusiasm for her passion for sustainable development. The True Cost showed her the dull underbelly of fast fashion, and it indicted her to use her graduate work in the direction of solving labor issues and advancing sustainability in the fashion business.

 

 

Of course, within this list of sustainable fashion voices, we had to include the founders of Fashion Revolution and Remake. Two organizations that we are active in and we feel deeply grateful for. They helped us open our eyes to the ugly truth of fast fashion and make us feel part of a community of people believing that fashion can be a force for good.

Ayesha Barenblat

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The lovely founder of Remake, of which we are proud ambassadors, is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. She has been promoting social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry for over a decade already. And decided to start Remake to ignite a conscious consumer movement. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them, and what their lives are like. She has worked with brands, governments, and labor advocates to improve the lives of the women who make our clothes. As ambassadors of Remake, we have done some gorgeous events and will continue doing more when life goes back to a new normal.

Orsola de Castro

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Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere, which she launched in 1997 until 2014. 

Her designer collaborations include collections for Jigsaw, Tesco, Speedo, and 4 best selling capsule collections for Topshop from 2012 to 2014. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014. 

In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 100 countries around the world. Orsola is a regular keynote speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow.

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Carry Sommers

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Carry Somers was inspired to act after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 and founded Fashion Revolution. For the previous 20 years, Carry’s fashion brand Pachacuti- gorgeous Panama hats!- had pioneered radical supply chain transparency, mapping the GPS coordinates of each stage of the production process, from the community plantations where the straw grows, through to each Panama hat weaver’s house. Championing the traditions, quality, and craftsmanship of the Andes, her collections were at the most important fashion weeks and sold in some of the world’s most luxurious stores. Carry has contributed to several books and publications, won numerous awards for her work, and met the Queen in recognition of her significant contribution to British business.

Clare Press

Clare Press

She had to be part of our list of favorite Sustainable Fashion Voices. Clare is the host and founder of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast in 2017, a podcast we love and follow. A Sydney-based, British journalist, author, and activist. In 2018, she became the first-ever VOGUE Sustainability Editor – a pioneering role in international media.

Clare is a Global Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative and is part of the Fashion Roundtable team in the UK. She has been a member of the Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution since 2014. She sits on Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is one of Global Fashion Agenda’s Content Experts. In 2019, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and won the Green Globe Sustainability Champion Award.

If all these credentials are not enough, she is also the author of three books. The Dressing Table ( 2011), Wardrobe Crisis, How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion and Rise & Resist, How to change the world about activism (2018).

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Kerry Bannigan

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Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign and working together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. She puts together events that drive impact to important causes. In her own words “we are facing important global challenges, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. We know the fashion industry heavily impacts on most, if not all of these challenges. So, the potential for change when you engage the fashion industry is exponential. If we work together to shape the future of fashion, we will create dynamic impact, innovative lasting change, and deliver on our core mission to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality and make the next decade the most impactful yet.”

 

Kestrel Jenkins

Kestrel Jenkins- Sustainable Fashion Voices

She started interning with People Tree in London. From that point on, she knew the only world she wanted to live in was one where she could embrace her style without sacrificing her values. We feel you Kestrel! This is why we started Goshopia too!

Kestrel is a storyteller & conscious style maven who believes fashion + ethics can jive, and maybe even thrive together. For over a decade, she’s been enthralled with asking questions about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who made them. Her podcast Conscious Chatter is fantastic!

Christina Dean

Dr. Christina Dean is the Founder and CEO of Redress, an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Christina is a regular speaker at seminars. She was listed by U.S. online magazine Coco Eco as one of ‘2010s Most Influential Women in Green’ and by U.K. Vogue as one of the U.K.’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’. Prior to founding Redress, Christina was a journalist and a practicing dental surgeon.

 

I am sure we are forgetting someone because we love the topic and we get information from all over the place. So, no worries because we will keep on updating the list. If you want to nominate someone to be part of the list, just send us an email here.

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BEST FILMS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FASHION EVER

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You know we deeply care about sustainable fashion. We are also a pretty visual generation- that is what Google says! So, we have put together a list of more than 20 amazing documentaries and films about sustainable fashion that will help you understand its importance and hopefully embrace it. There is a myriad of ways we can help. You can buy second-hand clothes, you can rent dresses for special occasions, you can buy sustainable clothes such as ours at Goshopia.

Now with all of us quarantined due to Covid-19, we feel there is no better time to share this list. Get yourself some popcorn and get ready to see the ins and outs of our industry. To change something, we need first to understand it.

Out of these sustainable fashion movies, you will see the different dimensions the fashion industry impacts… we can safely speak of 4 dimensions: Economic, Social, Cultural and of course, Environmental. If you want to see many of these movies we have them added to our Understanding Sustainable Fashion Playlist on Youtube. It is about 50 movies and documentaries in the playlist. To access it, just follow us and look for that playlist or check the playlist below.

 

OUR LIST: Best Films About Sustainable Fashion

The True Cost

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Truth be told, the fashion industry is not all glamorous. There is a lot of people and work behind each garment. The True Cost dives into the concept and consequences of fast-fashion. Director Andrew Morgan’s inspiration comes from the unfortunate building collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. The incident killed over a thousand workers who were working under extremely dangerous conditions. Furthermore, the documentary compiles interviews from a list of environmentalists, workers, and factory owners, etc. It allowed us to see and understand what is behind all those cheap-priced clothes and the importance to promote sustainable fashion and fair trade.

Filmed in different countries, it showed the connection between the coolest runways and the most terrible slums.  The documentary shares the views of the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Lucy Siegle, and Vandana Shiva. We loved the journey around the world to see first hand the lives of people and places behind our clothes. For us, it is THE movie about sustainable fashion that you can not miss.

RiverBlue

The award-winning film RiverBlue is a river journey following an international river conservationist Mark Angelo. It talks about how he uncovered the heights of fashion pollution in the world. RiverBlue focuses on how severe chemical processes and incautious disposal of toxic waste during the production of the classic blue jeans has contributed to the destruction of some significant rivers around the world. This film, in addition, raised public awareness greatly about why sustainable fashion has to be adopted to protect the planet.

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Alex James: Slowing down Fast fashion

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Alex James who presents this documentary is an English musician- remember Blur?-, songwriter, journalist, and cheesemaker. The film takes a deeper look into the repercussions of fast fashion and exploring ways to really slow it down. It talks about the unwelcome effects of cheap and substandard garments on humans and the environment. It draws attention to workers toiling in sweatshops, irresponsible cloth disposal and heightened pollution. A great film to watch and understand the need for a more sustainable fashion.

China Blue

It is a documentary film following the life of a teenager laboring in a clothing factory producing blue jeans (in China), under extremely undesirable working conditions. It talks about unfair wages paid to the employees for hours of hard work and elbow grease. China Blue draws attention to sweatshop conditions and the unethical practices that take place in the garment construction industry like how the workers’ pay is cut short for the profit of the company. This film specifically provides a great insight into the happenings in the production place. It was made without permission from the Chinese Government in 2005. It is an ugly truth so many want to keep covered.

Luxury: Behind the mirror of high-end fashion

A pretty recent documentary from the Deutsche Welle (Nov 2019) shows the insides of the luxury fashion. NOt all the Made in Italy is as great. We have a lot of work to do- also in luxury!

The Next Black: A Film About The Future of Clothing

The Next Black is a documentary film that delves into the future of clothing. It shows the innovativeness of several companies finding solutions to the environmental consequences that the fashion industry creates. The film tackles aspects like clothes consumption patterns, smart clothing and organic, traditional and sustainable methods adapted by the clothing industry to reduce environmental impacts. The Next Black will help you understand and redefine what you want to wear.

 

Clothes to Die For

Clothes to Die For is a BBC documentary about the infamous Rana Plaza incident. The film moreover revolves around the collapse of the eight storied building. The tragedy left about 2400 people injured and killed over 1100. It was accounted as one of the worst industrial disasters to have ever happened. It talks about the rampant corruption, greedy practices and the little to no care given for the employees.  The end gives us a bit of hope. We were happy to see the new factory of some of the Rana Plaza survivors. A cooperative that makes sure the workers are in proper working conditions and shares the profits with them.

The Machinist or Udita (Arise)

The Machinist is a British documentary film that focuses on the personal stories of three female workers of the garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The film further shows scenes from their everyday lives drawing lights to their struggles to fight the unfair practices and illegally low wages. The film best highlights the objectionable human cost of high street fashion. Food for thought and how we could make the workers’ lives a little better.

Unravel

Well, recycling is also part of being sustainable and this movie reflects how that happens in the Nort of India. Would you think that the clothes produced in South East Asia, sent to Western Countries may come back again to be recycled and turned back into yarn? Well, that is the history behind Reshma at Panipat. The girls at the recycling facility imagine how are the countries and the people those clothes are coming from.

Made in Bangladesh

CBC Television journalist, Mark Kelley, and Sujeet Sennik, a former design director for Walmart, investigated the factories that failed safety audits but were still contracted to make clothes for fast-fashion brands. They visited the place where once was Rana Plaza one year after.  Super recommended!

The Minimalists

A  huge problem is actually our consumer habits. We tend to over consume and as we need space for new things, we keep on discarding items. The minimalists showed how they changed their ways and that is possible to live on fewer items. I love the idea, but we need more female minimalists. Guys tend to be more minimalist in my opinion. Watch it on Netflix.

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SweatShop

Not a sustainable fashion movie per se, but a reality show. They took some Norwegian shopaholics to Cambodia to see how their clothes were produced. It is a good way to make see, right? This is the shortened version of the show.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

This cute shy Japanese lady made us review and observe our closets – and our whole house for that matter- with different eyes. I love the philosophy behind “Buy only what sparks Joy” and “Care for what you own”. There is not only order behind the teachings of this series. Besides, I just love watching everyone else´s mess!

Made in Mexico-From Remake

Araceli Gallego, our Founder, is also a proud ambassador of Remake. This organization supports sustainable fashion and women empowerment throughout the fashion industry. They did a documentary showing the reality of the maquilas (or factories) in Mexico.  Have a look at it here.

Machines

Thread

This documentary explores cotton production and how is impacting the life of farmers and the ecosystem. Check the trailer here.

Traceable

As our motto goes… Another fashion is possible and the time is now! Laura makes it possible and you can too!

1000 Feet Under

In this documentary, we learn about the critical situation the farmers in India are going through. Many are taking their lives. What is causing them to go to these extremes? You will be surprised… or maybe not. It is about time the supply chain includes them too.

2040- What is your 2040?

Not focused on the fashion industry but an amazing movie to reconsider how we can transition to a greener economy and a better future for our children. Very inspiring, especially now with Coronavirus giving us the chance to sit, and think about what do we want to see in our 2040.

Before the flood

Produced and hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio this documentary talks about climate change in general. It is not specific to fashion but we need to understand that fashion is one of the most pollutant industries in the world. So, hello? There is so much we can do! Check it out in this link.

As fashion and beauty go so much hand in hand, we have added this movie to our list. Released in 2019 and directed by Phyllis Ellis, this is another controversial documentary revealing the back of the house of the cosmetic industry, the lack of regulation and some eye-opening research. Toxic chemicals on cosmetology can bring ovarian cancer, hormone-related issues, breast cancer, infertility… Did you know that they found asbestos in baby powder? Wow! A must watch although be ready for emotional and a bit of fear-mongering.

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GLOSSARY OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION TERMS

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We know how overwhelming and confusing it can be certain terminology. In sustainability, we have also our own slang and sometimes it needs a bit of explanation. That is the reason why we have put together this glossary or minidictionary about sustainable fashion terms. If you are missing any word, send us an email and with pleasure, we will add it to the list. Continue reading GLOSSARY OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION TERMS

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VALENTINE´S ECO GIFTING GUIDE

SUSTAINABLE VALENTINE GIFTING GUIDE

February is one of our favorite months at GOSHOPIA. You can feel the love in the air! Tradition has changed over the years but we love, never better said, the essence of the 14th of February: the expression of LOVE and CARE. And because we know how difficult sometimes is to find the perfect gift, we have created a list with some ideas. As we are very original, we have called it the Valentine´s Eco Gifting guide. 😂

Let´s be honest, although we know we should not limit the demonstration of this powerful feeling ❤ to only one day a year, it is amazing the way millions of hearts, chocolates and red roses everywhere make us feel. It is a reminder that tells us: yes, it is a chaotic world and yes, we still have lots of challenges, but there is a huge room for Love and Hope. And mind you, this is a celebration of love, not only romantic love. In many countries, Valentine´s day is “el día del amor y la amistad” and friendship and no only love is celebrated. Isn´t it a cool idea? We are all for it!

SUSTAINABLE VALENTINE GIFTING GUIDE
Our very sustainable love letter to you!

BE AN AMAZING VALENTINE WITH OUR ECO GIFTING GUIDE

The tradition has changed over the years, from Romans´ wild parties to honor fertility to modern romance and consumption. We want to give it another twist. What do you think about an eco and sustainable 14th of February; a Valentine GOSHOPIA style? Knowing that every item you buy is unique, that it has a story behind, and that you are supporting designers that believe in a better and more sustainable way of doing fashion.

The listed gifts below follow GOSHOPIA´s three S´s: Slow, Sustainable or Socially Responsible fashion. These days more than ever, the way we buy should reflect our love and respect for our planet and the people on it.

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR HER

Either you want your love partner to give you a beautiful red or pink dress for San Valentine´s Day or you buy it yourself because you know that you deserve it, check out Stone Grey timeless collection.

Skye Maroon Backless Maxi Dress Stone Grey
Sky Maroon Backless Maxi dress by Stone Grey. 650.00 AED
Alivia Maroon Midi Dress Stone Grey slow fashion
Alivia Marron Midi Dress by Stone Grey. 550.00 AED
Red Collared Dress Slow Fashion
Red Collared Dress by Stone Grey. 700.00 AED
Kiara peach maxi dress slow fashion
Maxi Dress by Stone Grey. 600.00 AED
Layered Sleeve Abaya Slow Fashion
Layered Sleeve Abaya by Stone Grey. 950.00 AED

If you love dresses and it is important for you to feel comfortable while looking stylish, without a doubt Essa Walla collection is the best choice for you. Visit Goshopia´s Dresses and Coats sections, where you will find a huge variety of colors, designs, and styles for every occasion. Thanks to its cut, these dresses and coats fit any body shape.

Rabbit and The Moon Dress
Rabbit and the Moon Pink Dress by Essa Walla. 1, 100.00 AED
Pink Blossom Coat
Pink Blossom Coat by Essa Walla. 1, 200.00 AED

MyKaftan is one of our main Modest Fashion brands, due to its tailoring and elegant designs. What we love about the kaftans is that they can match with every outfit, making you look more sophisticated.

MYKAFTAN INVINCIBLE RED KAFTAN SLOW FASHION
Invincible Red Kaftan by MyKaftan. 1, 600.00 AED
MYKAFTAN REVERSIBLE ROBE SLOW FASHION
Gold/Ruby Reversible Robe and Dress by MyKaftan. 2, 200.00 AED
LIGHT ORIENTAL SALMON KAFTAN SLOW FASHION
Light Oriental Salmon Kaftan by MyKaftan. 481.00 AED

At the end of February, we can start thinking about the arrival of spring. Goodbye coats, hello tops! The colorful blouses collection of Vino Supraja, Castaño de Indias, and Stone Grey are a manifestation of joy and the best thing is that you can combine with your favorites jeans, pants or skirts, that, of course, you can also buy at GOSHOPIA 🙂

deco blouse vino supraja sustainable fashion
Deco Blouse by Vino Supraja. 549.00 AED
deco collage shirt vino supraja sustainable fashion
Deco Collage Shirt by Vino Supraja. 599.00 AED
geometric pink crop top vino supraja sustainable fashion valentine´s eco gifting guide
Geometric Pink Crop Top by Vino Supraja. 549.00 AED
red blouse with bow castano de indias sustainable fashion valentine´s eco gifting guide
Gots Red Blouse with Bow by Castaño de Indias. 395.00 AED
June Maroon top Slow Fashion Stone Grey
June Maroon Top by Stone Grey. 440.00 AED

ECO ACCESSORIES FOR HER

Often, great things come in small packages. Take a look at the beautiful earrings and purses below. They might be the perfect eco gift for your special one!

Circle and Heart Earrings Mariska Nell Upcycled Fashion
Circle & Heart Earrings by Mariska Nell. 70.00 AED
Heart Stud Green Earrings Mariska Nell Upcycled Fashion
Green Heart Stud Earrings by Mariska Nell. 70.00 AED
Hanging Heart Pink Earrings Mariska Nell Upcycled Fashion
Hanging Hearts Earrings by Mariska Nell. 100.00 AED
Pipa earrings raffia sustainable accessories valentine´s eco gifting guide
Pipa Raffia Earrings by Verbena Madrid. 245.00 AED
BEADED FLOWERS BUTTERFLY CLUTCH DUET LUXURY SLOW FASHION
Beaded Clutch by Duet Luxury. 1, 100.00 AED
belt shoulder bag sustainable fashion goshopia
Belt/ Shoulder Bag by Eli´s Boots. 635.00 AED
Magenta Travel Pouch Martina Wyss Sustainable Fashion-
Travel Pouch Bag by Martina Wyss. 600.00 AED
WOOD LEATHER WRISTLET RED DUET LUXURY
Wood and Leather Wristlet by Duet Luxury. 1, 450.00 AED
WOOD AND RED LEATHER CLUTCH DUET LUXURY SLOW FASHION
Wood and Red Leather Round Clutch by Duet Luxury. 1, 675.00 AED
Athena Bag Unsual Sustainable Fashion valentine´s eco gifting guide
Athena Bag by Marie de la Roche. 2, 553.00 AED

THE PERFECT ECO GIFT FOR HIM

Richmond Works and Eli´s Boots, two of our designers, know exactly what he needs and wants for Valentine´s Day. If he is a man who always needs to be close to his Laptop, do not look any further, you already found the perfect gift. The following Laptop bags have a balance between being practical and stylish. You can find each item in different colors, just click and discover.

Willie Laptop bag Sustainable fashion
Willie Laptop Bag by Richmond Works 975.00 AED.
SI SI LAPTOP BAG SUSTAINABLE FASHION
Si si Laptop Folder by Richmond Works. 475.00 AED
FINN LAPTOP BAG SUSTAINABLE FASHION
Finn Laptop Folder by Richmond Works. 450.00 AED in Five different colors: Charcoal, Desert Sand, Tui, Silver, and Gold.
Ipad Sleeve Sustainable Fashion
Ipad Sleeve in Camel Leather by Eli´s Boots. 695.00 AED
Komo Laptop Sleeve Sustainable Fashion
Komo Laptop Sleeve by Eli´s Boots. 805.00 AED

Is he a before or after work athlete? Or maybe he has been looking for an elegant bag to take to those short business trips. Maybe he is one of those guys who does not like to lose style during holidays. In any case, the Frank Duffel Bag and the Henry Toilet Bag below are a great idea for Valentine´s Day.

Frank Duffel Bag Sustainable Fashion
Frank Duffel Bag by Richmond Works. 1, 050. 00 AED.
Henry Toilet Bag Sustainable fashion
Henry Toilet Bag by Richmond Works. 375.00 AED

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR OUR BELOVED LITTLE ONES

Do you have kids? What about making Valentine´s Day dinner for three or four or…? Check out these lovely outfits and handmade shoes that come in a huge variety of colors.

Delicate Crochet Set of Baby Clothes Slow Fashion
Lilac Delicate Crochet Set of Baby Clothes by Feli Creaciones. 425.00 AED
Delicate Crochet Complete Set of Baby Clothes Slow Fashion
Delicate Crochet Set of Baby Clothes by Feli Creaciones. 550.00 AED
Moccas Double Fringe Sustainable Fashion
Moccas Tassels Elis Boots Sustainable babies Fashion

Moccas Double Fringe Baby Shoe and Moccas Tassels Baby Shoe by Eli´s Boots. 290.00 AED

We hope you find this Valentine´s Day Eco Gifting Guide helpful. Remember that by buying these products you are supporting slow and sustainable brands and designers, as well as promoting fair trade and the growing movement that believes that a better fashion is possible.

Also, remember that it is important to pamper your loved ones, but never forget the importance of self-love and self -acceptance. Happy Valentine´s Day 2020!

SUSTAINABLE VALENTINE GIFTING GUIDE

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