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RebeccaDye
Jul 28th, 2008, 12:28 AM
I haven't been clothes shopping in over a year and I'm getting desperate for clothes.
Where do you buy yours?
Or do you know of anywhere I can buy non-sweatshop clothes?
I realise charity shops are a great option but I don't have the time at the moment and need to get a few items easily.
Thanks!
:)

tipsy
Jul 28th, 2008, 04:54 AM
im sure theres gotta be a couple american apparel stores in london. i have a weakspot for thier clothing :o...

for clothes its that or etsy or thrift shops for me :D

cherrievegan
Jul 28th, 2008, 09:03 AM
Check is April77.
They support PETA and do leather and fur free clothes.
http://www.april77.fr (http://www.april77.fr/)

But i buy most of my clothes secondhand. its the best.

saycheezly
Jul 28th, 2008, 09:27 AM
roots of compassion website is fab

charity shops

ebay

harpy
Jul 28th, 2008, 09:43 AM
Depends what kind of clothes. There are some fair trade shops on the web such as One World is Enough (cheap and good for long dresses etc) and People Tree. Watch out because these do sell some non-vegan stuff, e.g. silk.

For more formal clothes, M&S usually sell non-wool suits etc and they are meant to be sweatshop-free. Some of their things are fair trade but AFAIK it's mostly jeans and t-shirts.

Maisiepaisie
Jul 28th, 2008, 11:25 AM
I used to buy lots of clothes from charity shops back in the 80's but its gone crap now since they take out all the best stuff and sell it at more expensive shops. Also the ordinary charity shops are a lot more expensive than they used to be. Car boot sales are great for bargain second hand clothes and theres a few bargains to be found on ebay.

Troutina
Jul 28th, 2008, 01:17 PM
Go to charity shops in small towns which are used frequently, but not in busy areas.
I live in Kingston and the charity shops (all 3 of them) are terrible- but go to surrounding towns and they're much better: Surbiton, Teddington etc.

Gorilla
Jul 28th, 2008, 02:10 PM
eBay's really good for second-hand clothes and they're often very cheap.

i second Harpy's suggestion of People Tree (but beware non-vegan items) and Natural Collection online are good too (nearly all vegan). some independent shops have fair trade clothes but it depends where you live.

seitan
Jul 28th, 2008, 04:57 PM
i very rarely buy clothes, but hate it when i do, as i know they will be sweat shop (in most cases). i always buy the cheapest stuff i can, and, ethical IF i can.

scarlett
Jul 28th, 2008, 05:01 PM
I make alot of my clothes, or else its ebay, vintage clothing stores and london vintage markets, nomads mostly.

phloxy
Jul 28th, 2008, 06:26 PM
I've picked up a few things at rawganique.com (http://rawganique.com/). It's a bit pricey, but shipping is cheap, and the stuff is great. I'm waiting for my sweatshop-made scanties to wear out so I can try their cute organic cotton panties and bras.

Otherwise, I buy all of my clothes used.

seitan
Jul 28th, 2008, 07:26 PM
I've picked up a few things at rawganique.com (http://rawganique.com/). It's a bit pricey, but shipping is cheap, and the stuff is great. I'm waiting for my sweatshop-made scanties to wear out so I can try their cute organic cotton panties and bras.

Otherwise, I buy all of my clothes used.

shipping wouldnt be cheap for people in the uk tho.

ellaminnowpea
Jul 28th, 2008, 09:25 PM
I wish I could wear used clothing, but it really, really grosses me out. I think I have some kind of germ/ disease thing about clothing and shoes. And since I'm a student, I cant buy FT or organic clothes. I buy mostly cotton clothing and try to find stuff made in the USA, though.

rianaelf
Jul 28th, 2008, 09:33 PM
This site has got some rather expensive stuff but it's all fairtrade and organic and they do have some amazing sales.
Check this one out:
http://www.naturalcollection.com/natural-shop/Summer_Sale.aspx
They even have tank tops, socks and boxer shorts for 1!!!

twinkle
Jul 28th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Depends what I'm looking for. What kind of things are you after? Formal, casual, undies...?

I always check out the fair trade shop in Leicester first, followed by the small alternative boutiques. I have found fair trade items in TK Maxx before, which was good, but if I'm in a hurry I can never find what I want in there, I have to be in a browsing mood.

RebeccaDye
Jul 28th, 2008, 10:53 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
I'm looking for clothes to wear for sixth form next year and the dress code is casual.
But I'm not that interested in clothes and not that sure what I'm looking for.
Cardigans, jeans, t-shirts, and a nice jacket I reckon.
Plus, I'll hopefully be getting some work experience in Law, so will need smartish stuff such as shirts and respectable trousers, for court.

Troutina
Jul 29th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
I'm looking for clothes to wear for sixth form next year and the dress code is casual.
But I'm not that interested in clothes and not that sure what I'm looking for.
Cardigans, jeans, t-shirts, and a nice jacket I reckon.
Plus, I'll hopefully be getting some work experience in Law, so will need smartish stuff such as shirts and respectable trousers, for court.

Charity shops are the best place for cardigans- they usually have so many different styles, and they fit well.
Jeans are rubbish at charity shops.
Fun t shirts, and cute 80s vintage shirts but nothing too serious.
Jackets are pretty hit and miss.

fondducoeur
Jul 29th, 2008, 02:09 PM
I love American Apparel, although not all of their stuff is made well. There close seem to be very "me" though, not to mention made in the United States and sweatshop free.

phloxy
Jul 30th, 2008, 05:46 AM
shipping wouldnt be cheap for people in the uk tho.

They price all their things in pounds, I believe, and I think the shipping would translate as well. It's 5 bucks for Americans, I believe, no matter what you buy. The online shop isn't based in the US, so it might not be prohibitive to ship to the UK.

snaffler
Jul 30th, 2008, 10:20 AM
The clothes thing is a hard one I tend to use various places, up until I was late 20s I was very I am only wearing clothing that relates to metal fashion, but as I have got older I have developed my own style and buy from any place and any shop...but I do my hardest to avoid sweat shop clothing (which lots of alternative fashion comes from) so not being so stuck on dressing in metal fashion type clothing was a good move ethically.

My style now would fall some place between hippy, metal, cyber, beach bum, relaxed and scruffy so that is easy :D to buy for.

In the UK now I have noticed lots of mainstream shops displaying Fair Trade labels on clothing which is a move in the right direction.

Gorilla
Jul 30th, 2008, 11:55 AM
Braintree Hemp in Camden sell ethical clothing and while some of their clothes are fairly expensive, they often have a lot of things on sale so you can pick up quite a few bargains. :)

VeganLiz
Jul 31st, 2008, 12:19 AM
I get my clothes from a number of places but can especially recommend the following:

People Tree internet site - fair trade and organic -(some people tree clothes are sold in Topshop Oxford Street in the basement)

American apparel - fair trade but limited organic - they have a shop in carnaby street london or their website

Howies - fairtrade and organic - casual/surfy clothing - they have a website or again a shop on carnaby street

www.adili.com - more pricey but they have a big sale at moment

Have fun shopping!

Liz x

VeganLiz
Jul 31st, 2008, 12:20 AM
oh yes and seasalt is a shop in cornwall that has a website - they have some lovely basics....

Charlotte
Apr 3rd, 2009, 07:02 PM
Sorry if this is a dead thread but I find it really annoying that many fair trade clothing companies just cater for hippyish/bohemian types. I don't want floaty clothes. Howies is ok but super expensive. Poor non hippies care about people too.

cobweb
Apr 3rd, 2009, 08:48 PM
Sorry if this is a dead thread but I find it really annoying that many fair trade clothing companies just cater for hippyish/bohemian types. I don't want floaty clothes. Howies is ok but super expensive. Poor non hippies care about people too.


he-he, i know what you mean - i love floaty, hippy type clothes on other people but i like practical stuff i can clean the house and walk the dog in.