Shopping ethically for fashion and accessories is important for many reasons: for the environment, for workers, and for our own moral well being. If you've looked into the state of the fashion industry at all, you'll probably already know this. The problem with becoming a sustainable and ethical shopper is access: where do you find high quality, high style pieces that are also easy on the planet? If you shop Artisella, you know that online is an amazing option. But what if you want to get out of the house and take a screen break? Or touch or try on an item before you commit? One of sustainable fashion's biggest hurdles today is access. And with their first pop-up market, Fashion Takes Action is hoping to change that. The first FTA Marketplace took place on Sunday, June 4th at the Centre for Social Innovation's gorgeous event space in Toronto. With exposed duct work, glass doors, sturdy wood beam and lovely chandeliers, we thought the space was welcoming for shoppers. Hopefully the first of many, the one-day marketplace was a request from the Fashion Takes Action members as a way to not only provide access for the public to pre-vetted designer goods, but to provide designer and brand members exposure to potential customers.
We at Artisella found it particularly inspirational to see the many female-led brands and businesses that were in attendance. As a female-run company, we believe it's so important to show support for our fellow ethical companies that are led by female innovators! We were especially happy to see fashion lines from Peggy Sue Collection and Encircled selling at the marketplace. We've worked with Peggy Sue and Kristi before - showcasing their designs for our Queen Street Holiday pop-up, and both collections are made in Canada from sustainable materials. We just love their ethics and their style.
Some of the other amazing fellow female entrepreneurs vending at the Fashion Takes Action marketplace included Lovbird, Dee De Lara, Kate Austin Designs, Soul Woven, Gosia Eco Designs, Chic Made Consciously, and Fred & Bean. With such a range of brands and designers, there was really something for everyone at the marketplace. The event was such a success that we really hope that we can participate in another one from Fashion Takes Action soon.
By: Stephanie Wilson | Sense of Aesthetic