Oxfam Fashion Show during London Fashion Week

On Monday 18th February we hosted our second Fashion Fighting Poverty Catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week. We wanted to showcase how Oxfam is part of the solution to fast fashion by giving clothes a second chance to be sold and preventing them ending up in landfill.

Here at Oxfam we never lose sight of the reason we sell fashion, which is to raise money to help the world’s poorest people. A £10 dress can provide clean water for 10 people in an emergency.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

Supermodels and music stars hit the catwalk for Oxfam show during London Fashion Week.

Bella Freud and Nayara Santos De Oliveira in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

Top models Stella Tennant, Daisy Lowe, Lottie Moss and Yasmin Le Bon were joined on the catwalk by super-cool designer Bella Freud and music stars Emeli Sandé and Una Healy.

Yasmin Le Bon and Malaika Firth in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

All the models were styled in Oxfam clothes, selected from the Oxfam Online Shop and Oxfam high street shops by Vogue Contributing Editor Bay Garnett. You can shop the catwalk  here:

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Music That Matters – an Oxfam Pop Up Shop in Manchester

Article by Alice Liddell

The Oxfam Festival Shop are bringing another exciting pop-up shop to Manchester in collaboration with Oxjam’s ‘Music That Matters’ event.

The one day pop-up will be held at ‘The Font Manchester’, New Wakefield Street from 3pm to 9pm on Saturday the 3rd of November. It will be open to those attending the Oxjam event along with ‘The Font’ customers.

A pair of denim dungarees styled with a Hawaiian shirt

The Festival Shop team has hand-picked pieces specially for Manchester. This includes brands such as Nike, Levi and Tommy Hilfiger, plus exciting one-offs. Accompanying these big brands will be an array of hats, headscarves, shoes and belts to complete any outfit. We have been stocking up on faux fur coats with enough vairety to suit everyone’s needs. The Festival Shop is based at Wastesaver, Oxfam’s textile recycling centre, giving clothes a second chance to be sold or resued and preventing landfill.

Two looks featuring denim

Oxjam Mcr will be hosted at five different venues throughout Manchester working with upcoming artists including the alternative band ‘Pacific’ and the comedic artisit ‘Chris Tavener’. There will be variety of music ranging from funk to garage rock to blues from 4pm – 11pm.

A selection of sport jackets and a peaked cap from Oxfam

The money raised from the pop-up will go to support important Oxfam campaigns such as the recent Indonesian earthquake and tsunami crisis. Along with long term projects such as preventing violence against women in Bolivia and empowering survivors of sexual violence in Iraq.

For more information on the pop-up, follow Oxfam Festival Shop:

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Coming Soon: The Oxfam Fashion Hack with Love Your Clothes

Watch this space for further information about our free Super Crafter events as part of Oxfam’s Fashion Hack with Love Your Clothes. Follow @OxfamFashion to stay up to date with the latest information.

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Breathe new life into denim. Turn an old jumper into a snuggly poncho. Transform a simple tee into a statement top. Anything’s possible with some upcycling know-how. And we’ve got all the know-how and pre-loved clothing you need.

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In partnership with our friends at Love Your Clothes, we’ve launched the first ever Oxfam Fashion Hack and we want you to be part of it. Because when you upcycle with Oxfam, you won’t just transform your wardrobe, you’ll help beat poverty too. You’ll also reduce waste, stopping yet more jeans, jackets and tees going to landfill.

Dates and activities will be released soon.

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A Pop-Up Halloween Surprise from Oxfam’s Festival Shop Team

by Oxfam Fashion volunteer Maddi Ruiz

The festival season is over but that is not reason for our Oxfam Festival Shop Team to settle back. As the most terrifying day of the year is approaching, and people are desperately looking for the perfect costume, Oxfam has stepped forward and set a small pop-up shop in London.

pop up shop decoration

Located in Boxpark, a small and cosy shopping centre in the arty Shoreditch area, you have the chance to find genuine treasures. I greatly enjoyed volunteering there for a few hours. It was a real pleasure to be surrounded of absolutely lovely, precious and especially, unique clothing! Going charity shopping is the only way you will find that uniqueness you are looking for as you will rarely find two same items.

 

People at the shop 1

 

All these clothes displayed are brought from our Oxfam Wastesaver in Batley, West Yorkshire. You will be able to find assorted outfits, second-hand or brand-new, cashmere or also luxurious brands like Burberry or Christian Lacroix. From dark and Gothic dresses, to red devil or even shiny and glamorous look, all of them donated to Oxfam. Not only that but accessories like hats or wigs are also available! They have
all been carefully selected by our volunteers for an occasion like Halloween.


Tinkerbell and CruelaCleopatra and Ariel




We raised around £4.000 last year and we intend to beat that number with your help, fighting the poverty all together.

If you still haven’t got your fancy dress for this Halloween come around, and we will help you with last minute costume ideas. You can find us from Tuesday 24th until Sunday 29th of October 2017 in unit 26 of Boxpark Shoreditch. Don’t miss this opportunity!

 

Remember to share all your findings with us @oxfamfashion #foundinoxfam

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Glastonbury Round Up 2017 – The Oxfam Shop Edition!

Each year the Oxfam festival team make the journey down to Somerset to assemble four Oxfam shops with four different themes, types of stock and targeted consumer in the hopes of raising as much money as possible for Oxfam’s many causes. This year we battled the hottest Glasto set up of all time and raised a record amount of money for the Festival shop! Here is a blog post to sum up our time at the festival and to mention some of my own highlights. If you want to take a sneaky look at some of the goodies in our shops check out my last blog .

Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops:

Glade

Oxfam Shop at Glade, Glastonbury

If you visited our shop in the Glade area of Glastonbury then you will know that it was a one-stop-shop for sleeping bags, wellies, socks and a dip into our £3 hat bucket (because why not). This year’s Glade shop had a 60’s ‘summer of love’ theme which was perfectly fitting for the weather. We stocked floral dresses and fake fur and sheepskin coats, which were, as always, popular amongst male customers and they pulled them off in true style.

Park

Oxfam Shop at Park, Glastonbury

If you were in the market for some ‘Wavy Garms’ then our shop in the Park area would have been perfect for you. Stocking everything from one off  vintage items to retro branded goods like Levi Jackets, Adidas tracksuits to name a few, Park catered to the eclectic tastes of Glastonbury’s hipsters. This year we also featured hand painted jackets created by some of our volunteers, these were popular amongst people wanting to get their hands on a one-off creation.

Treasure Trove

Oxfam Shop at Treasure Trove, Glastonbury

This year we said goodbye to one of our shops, Pom Pom Palace and said hello instead to Treasure Trove!  A shop that was filled with the best sparkle and gems that we could find. The shop’s new concept was embraced by everyone with free glitter being done by our Oxfam campaigns team.

 

4th Shop (Interstage)

Oxfam Shop Interstage, Glastonbury

Our 4th shop was located in the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stage of Glastonbury, catering to journalists and VIPs it stocking items like Cashmere jumpers, Barbour jackets and vintage/ boutique gems. With previous customers like Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw this year’s celeb visitors included Matt Smith, Dan from Bastille Blossoms, Black Honey and photographer Charlotte Patmore.

Oxfam Festival Shop Team at Glastonbury 2017

Overall it was an amazing year for the me and the shop, Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who made the running of the shops as smooth as ever and thanks to all our amazing customers who helped us raise an amazing amount of money for Oxfam. See you all in 2019!

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Get a Sneak Peek of the Treats in Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops

It’s the final countdown to Glastonbury, the weather forecasts are on our side and the line-up is looking as beautiful as ever. What could be better?

We’ll be back in the Somerset fields this weekend, bringing you Oxfam treats you won’t be able to say no to. From RuPaul-friendly glitz in Treasure Trove to Bowie-loving leather jackets in The Park, the festival shops have you covered this Glasto!

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Park

For everything on the wavy spectrum, head to our shop in the Park area. If you’re wanting denim jackets, funky patterned shirts or some fancy jumpsuits then you know where to head!

We’ve even reworked some denim and leather jackets, so if you’re in need of a one-off statement addition to your outfit then you better head down quick. You can, of course, follow our DIY to make your own too.

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Treasure Trove

This year, we’ve goodbye to the Pom Pom Palace, and said hello to the Treasure Trove. It’s located in the William’s Green area, by the meeting point.

Expect dragtastic glitter and sequins everywhere! From a fully sequined LBD to a gold trench coat even Eurovision’s Verka Serduchka would be jealous of, this shop is the place to be when you’re in need of a sparkle top-up.

Glastonbury Style at Treasure Trove Shop Oxfam

Glade

We’re turning the Glade shop into a flower power wonderland. There’ll be 70s florals everywhere, so make sure you’re a part of the revival of the summer of love. It’ll be full of huge floral prints, Hawaiian shirts and hippy trousers galore.

As well as the 70s love, we’ll also be stocking sleeping bags, wellies and socks for all your festival needs! It’ll be a one-stop-shop for all your fashion possibilities (and emergencies).

Glastonbury Style at Glade Shop Oxfam

Interstage 

For those lucky enough to have access to the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, make sure to pay us a visit. Previous years have seen the likes of Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw have a look at our Barbour jackets, cashmere jumpers and boutique garms. Will Young even bought a beautiful Jaeger jacket to add to his festival
essentials!

This year’s stock includes a bold pair of leather trousers, a beautiful tapestry skirt and wavy patterned dress that we restyled into a top!

 

Glastonbury Style at Interstage Shop Oxfam

Be sure to visit us this weekend, and tag us at @OxfamFestShop on both Twitter and Instagram along with the hashtag #foundinoxfam so we can see all your finds. Also, keep an eye on our feeds as we’ll be updating you on everything fashion, music and Oxfam throughout the festival. Let’s just hope there’s no mention of mud this weekend!

Not going to Glastonbury but still want a bit of festival style? Check out our festival collection on the Online Shop.

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‘Dressed By The Kids’ Stylist Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew Talks to Us about Creating the Campaign

Manrutt Wongkaew, stylist for Oxfam’s Dressed By the Kids Campaign, 2017, is a doctor of fashion and dance. He worked alongside the incredible hairstylist Anne Veck and make-up artist, Lauren Kay,  to create a fantastic vision of what Dressed By the Kids looks like in 2017.  He shares his passion for playful colour in his fashion with us today.  Dressed by the Kids happens Friday 16th June so get your kids, nephews, nieces, grandchildren or family friends on board and get ready!

 

Dinner Ladies

“I see life in full colour. It gives me joy and vitalises me with immense energy. Having worked in fashion corporates where colours were discouraged, I decided to depart from this type of environment and be true to myself. I am a man of colour and I carry vibrant cultural heritage. I believe in colour and it is my vision to return colours back to fashion and the people.

My name is Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew. I am a doctor of fashion and dance. I help independent brands and fashion businesses grow their visual strengths to compete against conglomerate power and fast fashion trends. My features have been included in British GQ, Vogue and The Telegraph. My work is never about fashion, but rather how I push the boundaries of the art-form to connect with the light and shade of human emotion.

Staffroom

When I received a phone call from Oxfam, I was over the moon. It’s an absolute honour to be asked by the team to style their Dressed By The Kids 2017 national campaign. I turned up with 2 large suitcases filled with vibrant accessories and 2 clothes rails full of rainbow-wear, all sourced and hand-picked from the Oxfam warehouse in Milton Keynes. At the shoot, I juxtaposed proportion, pattern and colour to deconstruct visual perceptions of what is conceived as professional attire. A pink teacups baseball cap was worn with a floral retro gown, finished with pink boxing gloves. This was how I dressed my dinner lady. For mum, a wedding dress was married to a pirate hat and accessorised with an oversized pom-pom Hello Kitty necklace. A schoolteacher had a ball as I gave her a globe chained-necklace to be worn with lemon feathered bowler hat whilst her colleague enjoyed a brew in his superhero bathrobe worn over cricket shin pads. The work allows me to be in touch with my inner child and I have let little Manny run wild with his creative imagination. It is not only a fun day at the shoot but it is also my absolute pleasure to help Oxfam fighting poverty with my art. And what a successful campaign it was!
 

Dropping Off At School

 

After the shoot, Dressed by the Kids 2017 organiser Kelly O’Connor called me Colour Warrior – a name I hold dear to my heart. The name has inspired me to write a Colour Warrior manifesto which sets its objectives to a) embrace diversity and celebrate individual values; b) to support local artists and fashion start-ups here in the UK; and c) to build an alternative fashion system that is inclusive, nurturing and abuse-free. It warms my heart that Oxfam has seen my value and allowed me to be part of their exciting campaign. Colour has its healing power. Find your inner warrior. Be colourful. Be yourself. Embrace diversity and be the change. Together, we will create another world and live life in full colour. Thank you, Oxfam, for inspiring me on this journey.”

Inspired by Manrutt to let your little ones play stylist for the day? Sign up and share your pledge to join in and pictures of you on the day with #DressedByTheKids on Twitter and Instagram!

 

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Do the Trend On the Cheap: Make Your Own Personalised Jacket

One of the biggest trends of both 2016 and 2017 has been slogan clothing, especially DIY style jackets. Seen on both the catwalk from the likes of Gucci and Ashish to high-street stores like Topshop and ASOS all coming out with their own DIY/ Up-cycle feel clothes from patch jackets to painted leather. We have done a blog post in the past on how to make your own slogan t-shirt and now we will show you how we have been up-cycling our plain leather jackets to be sold at our Glastonbury Park
shop and how you can make your own!

You will need:

  • A Leather Jacket
  • Acrylic Paint Pens
  • Water and a cloth
  • Chalk (Optional)
  • Stencil (Optional)

Leather Jacket Upcycle Inspiration

1)       The ​first step of creating your own leather jacket is to first think of a design, I suggest looking on Pinterest for ideas or creating a mood board like the one above.

2)       On a hard surface like a table or the floor, lay your jacket down as flat as possible. Then take your chalk and mark out the design that you want. The chalk is good to use if you are not confident in creating a design free hand because it simply wipes away.


Personalised Jacket How to Instructions

3)       The next step is to take your acrylic paint pen and start drawing your design over the chalk. If you make a mistake you can scrub away the paint with a damp tissue or cloth.
4)       Once the outline is done you can fill it in or leave it as it is, it’s totally up to you what you do!  I chose to add some detail to this lettering with a vibrant pink design.


The Completed DIY Leather Slogan Jacket Look

This is a fun, easy and fashionable way to upcycle old leather jackets to give them a new lease of life. We will be taking lots of custom jackets made by our volunteers to our Glastonbury Park shop, so if you are heading over to Worthy Farm at the end of June check them out!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the designs available…

DIY Slogan Jacket



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My thoughts on Fashion Revolution Week, Paris 2017

After the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1100 factory workers in 2013, there are no more excuses for the Fashion Industry to continue its traditional practices. Since the Bangladeshi tragedy the Global Movement Fashion Revolution is demanding for more transparency, sustainability and ethics within the industry. I participated in Fashion Revolution Week in Paris this April asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes



Fashion Revolution Paris had loads going on – from talks and workshops to film screenings. I discovered a dynamic movement of fashion lovers promoting a greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. With passion and determination, they are raising awareness on the necessity of a radical change on the way fashion is made, sourced and consumed.

Several French brands which put ethics at the centre of their business shared their choices and explained their approaches during the week. The ‘Made in France’ trend is increasing, organic cotton is more and more used, upcycling techniques are widespread, and women’s empowerment adds a real value to some projects.

This is encouraging, especially in a context where the biggest fashion brands are moving slowly. Whilst some bigger brands are publishing their supplier lists, the 2017 Fashion Transparency Index shows the lack of information regarding the impacts of fashion industry practices. We do not know enough about the impact our clothing has on people and planet…. and we definitely need to know!

Fashion Revolution Week in Paris

Photo Credit: Céline Zimmermann

Fashion Revolution believes laws and regulations are key to transforming the Fashion Industry. Consumers’ practices are also decisive, we need to buy less, buy better and keep asking questions about the realities behind what we’re purchasing. We need to love the clothes we already own more and work harder to make them last. 

Mindsets are clearly beginning to shift, but sustainability needs to become a central driver of consumers’ purchasing decisions. So we need to stay mobilised the whole year to put pressure on policymakers and fashion industry. We have the power to insure our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way. So let’s do it & Vive la mode! 

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5 Easy Ways to a More Mindful Wardrobe

Fashion Revolution Week has just ended, with tens of thousands of people asking their favourite brands  #WhoMadeMyClothes and demanding more transparency in the fashion industry. If Fashion Revolution was the first time you’d started to wonder where your clothes come from, and the concept of ethical/sustainable fashion seems like a black hole of endless information, don’t worry! If
you’re just getting started, remember these 
five easy tips and you’ll soon be on your way to a more mindful (and ultimately useable) wardrobe:


Be ethically and ecologically aware of how to change your fashion habits


1. Get More Wear Out Of What You Have

The simplest (but perhaps hardest tip) is to actually wear the clothes you already own! Rather than feeling like you have to buy something brand new every week, which just leads to a mountain of items that don’t go together and that you probably won’t end up wearing again anyway, try “shopping your wardrobe” to rediscover old favourites and put together new outfits that you might not have tried before. If you need inspiration, check out capsule wardrobe bloggers such as Un-FancyStyle
Bee
 and INTO-MIND, which offer great tips for a more minimalist lifestyle. Fellow Oxfam Fashion blogger Colleen has done a tutorial on How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe if you need help getting started. It’s also a great idea to check out the many DIY and repair tutorials online and on this blog so you can keep wearing your favourites for longer, which could save up to 70% of clothes being thrown away.

2. Be Wary Of Too Much Washing and Drying

Research done by Levi’s has shown that the biggest environmental impact of our clothing actually comes from “consumer care” – washing and drying in normal speak. Getting more wear out of your clothes before washing can drastically reduce this – try airing out your clothes for a day before chucking them in the laundry bin, wash on lower temperatures and line dry wherever possible. And if you only focus on one item, focus on jeans – according to
Levi’s, by wearing them ten times before washing, American consumers can reduce their water and climate change impact by 77%, U.K. and French consumers by 75% and Chinese consumers by 61%.

“By wearing jeans 10 times before washing, American consumers can reduce their water and climate change impact by 77%”

Levi Strauss Lifecycle Assessment, 2015

3. Upcycle, Swap, Rent

Just three ways of changing up your wardrobe without adding more items – get creative by upcycling pieces you already own (check out A Pair & A Spare or take a look at the Oxfam DIY topic on this blog for some quick and easy DIY ideas), throw a swap party with your friends and family like this one from last
year’s Fashion Revolution
, or join a subscription site like Rent the Runway to try out pieces you would never be able to afford normally.  Renting is the perfect way to get your hands on that top designer dress or bag for a special night or two, and saves you buying a whole new outfit you might be less likely to wear again.

4. Buy Second Hand

If you do want to add to your wardrobe, the most sustainable way of doing this is by buying items that already have a story to tell. Check out your local thrift or charity shop, research kilo sales or vintage markets near to you or hop online to sites like thredUPVestiaire Collective and Oxfam Online, which according to Forbes are growing 17 times faster than traditional retail as the market becomes more and more saturated with stuff. As second hand becomes less of a well-kept secret, it might become more difficult to find amazing items for tiny prices, but nothing beats the treasure-hunt feeling and of finding that perfect piece that no-one else has.

“The combination of millennial custo​mers’ attitudes and the boom of online shopping are creating a threat to ​some retail models that isn’t going away.”

Forbes contributor Richard Kestenbaum, April 2017



5. Support Ethical And Sustainable Brands

Alongside the big players like ReformationPeople TreeEverlane and Zady, it seems like there are hundreds of independent ethical and sustainable fashion brands springing up every day, trying to change the industry in their own small way. Unlike a couple of decades ago, when the term “sustainable fashion” conjured up images of hemp-sack wearing hippies, modern
brands are putting fashion first and showing that is it more than possible to produce beautiful, quality garments that are made with respect to both people and planet. Check out the list of my favourite brands here, or hop over to online boutiques like EthicaA Boy Named Sue and The-Acey to shop their curated selections.

To find out more about Beth check out her author bio or follow her @greenscenestyle on Instagram and  Twitter

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