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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 2:10 am 
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Hey! I thought we could use a thread where we spoke about clothing and shoes in the UK. I know you can buy generic women's clothing that is accidentally vegan in tonnes of places but there are certain brands that while aren't always vegan do rank highly in ethical consumer shopping. I know this can be a big eyeroll when they use silk and wool but I still think they're worth using for the human labour conditions (and usually the quality is great). I think we could include non UK if they have really good shipping options.

Shoe places off the top of my head:

Wills (A good range, really good quality - expensive compared to high street shoes but not really compared to equivalent quality leather)
Beyond Skin (Really expensive but good for special occasions and decent sales)
Eco Vegan Shoes
Bourgeois Boheme
Vegetarian Shoes (Quite dull, I find them best for comfy casual wear, I've been wearing their Wombat range with jeans for more years than I care to remember)
Esprit have a marked vegan range
Matt and Nat - not UK but do ship

Clothes

Braintree (I have a couple of tunics, some tights and a jumper from them which I wore constantly through the winter)
People Tree
Nomad

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 Post subject: Re: UK shoes, other clothing, brands to look for
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 6:54 am 
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I really like People Tree. I have quite a lot of stuff from them, some of it going on five years old, and it's lasted well.

I've bought a couple of shirts/ t shirts from Finery London and been impressed. Some of it is a little fashion-forward for my tastes, but they do some good basic work-appropriate wear.

Seasalt has some great patterns for dresses/ skirts, though I haven't actually bought anything from them (yet).

If anyone can recommend somewhere for a suit for a tall-ish woman please let me know. I need to look corporate-smart for work approximately 10 days per year and the one I have is approaching too-tatty territory.

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mendelian wrote:
I really like People Tree. I have quite a lot of stuff from them, some of it going on five years old, and it's lasted well.

I've bought a couple of shirts/ t shirts from Finery London and been impressed. Some of it is a little fashion-forward for my tastes, but they do some good basic work-appropriate wear.

Seasalt has some great patterns for dresses/ skirts, though I haven't actually bought anything from them (yet).

If anyone can recommend somewhere for a suit for a tall-ish woman please let me know. I need to look corporate-smart for work approximately 10 days per year and the one I have is approaching too-tatty territory.


I've just done a big sale order from People Tree and I'm really excited about it coming.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 4:44 am 
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I like the idea for this thread. I admit I'm really bad with clothes. It's so out of my comfort zone to spend £50+ on a t shirt because I'm used to just buying cheap clothes. I know that's part of the problem, that we expect cheap clothes, but it's difficult to break away from. I try to shop in charity shops but then you have the issue of what charity you are supporting.

I spent months last winter just trying to find a coat that fit me (I'm 5'11") but wasn't wool or leather blend. The one I screenshot found is still too big for me! I love clothes but hate clothes shopping.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 6:23 am 
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Efcliz wrote:
mendelian wrote:
I really like People Tree. I have quite a lot of stuff from them, some of it going on five years old, and it's lasted well.

I've bought a couple of shirts/ t shirts from Finery London and been impressed. Some of it is a little fashion-forward for my tastes, but they do some good basic work-appropriate wear.

Seasalt has some great patterns for dresses/ skirts, though I haven't actually bought anything from them (yet).

If anyone can recommend somewhere for a suit for a tall-ish woman please let me know. I need to look corporate-smart for work approximately 10 days per year and the one I have is approaching too-tatty territory.


I've just done a big sale order from People Tree and I'm really excited about it coming.


Dammit, now I have three things in my basket.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 6:28 am 
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mendelian wrote:
Efcliz wrote:
mendelian wrote:
I really like People Tree. I have quite a lot of stuff from them, some of it going on five years old, and it's lasted well.

I've bought a couple of shirts/ t shirts from Finery London and been impressed. Some of it is a little fashion-forward for my tastes, but they do some good basic work-appropriate wear.

Seasalt has some great patterns for dresses/ skirts, though I haven't actually bought anything from them (yet).

If anyone can recommend somewhere for a suit for a tall-ish woman please let me know. I need to look corporate-smart for work approximately 10 days per year and the one I have is approaching too-tatty territory.


I've just done a big sale order from People Tree and I'm really excited about it coming.


Dammit, now I have three things in my basket.


Is the dammit because you only have 3? I bought 5!

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 Post subject: Re: UK shoes, other clothing, brands to look for
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 8:04 am 
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vixki wrote:
I like the idea for this thread. I admit I'm really bad with clothes. It's so out of my comfort zone to spend £50+ on a t shirt because I'm used to just buying cheap clothes. I know that's part of the problem, that we expect cheap clothes, but it's difficult to break away from. I try to shop in charity shops but then you have the issue of what charity you are supporting.


I'm like this, too. I want to support companies that don't exploit their workers, but it's not always easy or practical. Especially if you're on a limited budget.

I tried to only buy thing from sweatshop-free brands for a year or so but actually ended up not really buying anything clothes at all, because I felt like I couldn't afford it.

My compromise is that I now try to buy things either from charity shops (we have a couple of animal charity shops in my town, so yay... added bonus of helping animals when you buy stuff) or secondhand from ebay or wherever. And then when I need staples that I wouldn't want to buy secondhand, like socks or underwear or leggings, I try to buy them somewhere ethical. But realistically, I sometimes end up in high street stores because I don't always have fifteen quid to spend on a pair of socks.

However, I have bought from People Tree before and their clothes are lovely... so I look forward to checking out their sale, though it may be dangerous...

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Ethical Consumer released a good report about fashion recently but I can't flipping find it now. If you subscribe (££) you can look up high street shops and check their ratings. At the moment, though, you can sign up to their email newsletter and get a free fashion issue: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalc ... etter.aspx

ETA I buy loads of clothes on Ebay on account of being rather fat and I see loads of super ethical/vegan stuff and then I'm like 'wahhhhh' because it's a skinny fit or not big enough or whatever. Ebay pretty much fuels my clothes consumption 100%

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 4:09 am 
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jennyg2207 wrote:
Ethical Consumer released a good report about fashion recently but I can't flipping find it now. If you subscribe (££) you can look up high street shops and check their ratings. At the moment, though, you can sign up to their email newsletter and get a free fashion issue: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalc ... etter.aspx

ETA I buy loads of clothes on Ebay on account of being rather fat and I see loads of super ethical/vegan stuff and then I'm like 'wahhhhh' because it's a skinny fit or not big enough or whatever. Ebay pretty much fuels my clothes consumption 100%
Ethical clothing companies that produce menswear tend to think that men only want to wear plain pyjama tops or plain hoodies. eBay and charity shops are muuuuuch better and I'd rather buy second hand than new.

I did really like Pants to Poverty pants, but they appear to have either gone tits up or have stopped selling menswear.

Can I ask (if this isn't appropriate for the thread, please shush me) what people think about buying nonvegan things from charity shops? Personally, I'm okay with it as it raises money for a charity and is effectively recycling, and it doesn't "advertise" nonvegan things any more than fake leather goods unless the label is literally on the outside.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 2:54 pm 
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Gulliver wrote:
Can I ask (if this isn't appropriate for the thread, please shush me) what people think about buying nonvegan things from charity shops? Personally, I'm okay with it as it raises money for a charity and is effectively recycling, and it doesn't "advertise" nonvegan things any more than fake leather goods unless the label is literally on the outside.


Personally I wouldn't want anything leather/wool/silk, etc., because I find it icky and sad.

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 2:47 am 
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Gulliver wrote:
jennyg2207 wrote:
Ethical Consumer released a good report about fashion recently but I can't flipping find it now. If you subscribe (££) you can look up high street shops and check their ratings. At the moment, though, you can sign up to their email newsletter and get a free fashion issue: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalc ... etter.aspx

ETA I buy loads of clothes on Ebay on account of being rather fat and I see loads of super ethical/vegan stuff and then I'm like 'wahhhhh' because it's a skinny fit or not big enough or whatever. Ebay pretty much fuels my clothes consumption 100%
Ethical clothing companies that produce menswear tend to think that men only want to wear plain pyjama tops or plain hoodies. eBay and charity shops are muuuuuch better and I'd rather buy second hand than new.

I did really like Pants to Poverty pants, but they appear to have either gone tits up or have stopped selling menswear.

Can I ask (if this isn't appropriate for the thread, please shush me) what people think about buying nonvegan things from charity shops? Personally, I'm okay with it as it raises money for a charity and is effectively recycling, and it doesn't "advertise" nonvegan things any more than fake leather goods unless the label is literally on the outside.


I don't, because I'd rather leave it for people who might otherwise buy it new, and also if people ask me if I wear leather etc it just becomes too long a conversation to have. I might be tempted if I had very specialist requirements for something like safety boots or wedding shoes. And you're certainly doing the planet less harm than I am by buying lots of new things. I'm OK with it generally but I choose not to.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:07 am 
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Big People Tree summer sale on folk!

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Let's get matching outfits.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:18 am 
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hi folks!!
have you seen this website?? shoelandia shop http://www.shoelandiashop.com/ ??
i have a friend who bought there a pair of adidas superstar and she recommended them to me, what do you think of their offer?
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mendelian wrote:
Let's get matching outfits.


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