What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in design, particularly fashion and textiles. In this group, you'll have the opportunity to learn new sewing skills, hear from the best about sustainable design practices and the fashion industry, and meet incredible, like-minded people, all on your doorstep! Want a behind the scenes look? Check out the video that Meetup.com filmed and featured about our group earlier this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuvpTikcyEQ .

If you're an independent sustainable design brand and want to get serious about building your brand responsibly, I'd recommend registering your interest in joining The Sustainable Fashion Collective here (https://www.the-sustainable-fashion-collective.com/join). The members' club is packed with informative masterclasses, interviews with brands and experts at the forefront of the industry - we'd be delighted to welcome you.

I'm Charlie Bradley Ross - why did I start this group?

I'm fed up with fashion.

In 2009, I left the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Menswear Design. During my time studying, my eyes were opened to the slave labour and farmer suicides caused by unfair wages and worker rights, and I was horrified. The thought of my designs negatively affecting – even killing – workers shocked me - I didn’t want to be part of it.

Digging deeper, I discovered the environmental disasters associated with fabric production, and that irresponsibility on the part of some manufacturers is destroying entire ecosystems and areas of land. When we buy fabric on the high street - we have no idea who has made it. Is that metre you just bought contributing to the slavery of someone else?? I couldn’t sit back. I had to do something about it.

I now search the world for ethical fabrics that I can sell from just one metre through my company, Offset Warehouse (http://www.offsetwarehouse.com).

At the core of all of my work at Offset Warehouse is my passion for helping the people who weave our fabrics, and to prevent any further environmental atrocities associated with textile manufacture. It's my goal to source the most beautiful, hand-crafted and fairly-sourced fabrics, trims and threads from across the globe, and sell from one to hundreds of metres at affordable but fair prices. Most importantly, you can feel good knowing exactly where your fabric has come from, and who has made it...

But it's not enough! I want to teach as many people about working ethically. From home sewers to big name brands - if you're using fabric, you should be doing much more. There are so many small changes we can make, which impact the lives of millions of textile and garment workers.

I am so excited about the possibilities of this new group and have some amaaaazing things lined up for you, which I can not wait to share. Join and learn new skills and get to know the best brands that are winning when it comes to sustainability, employee rights, fair trade and great style…

Upcoming events (3)

Sustainable Fashion Business & Creatives Networking Evening

Join us on the third Monday of every month for a fashion business and creatives networking session with a difference. Sometimes it can be anxiety-inducing to attend networking sessions: having to talk about yourself or approach strangers can leave you feeling less motivated than before you entered. However, you always come away from panel discussions or presentations feeling empowered, from having learned something new or being shown case studies of entrepreneurs just like you. Our networking sessions are always an evening of active participation, with likeminded but vastly ranging professionals, so that you'll come away feeling motivated and confident. SAVE THE DATE: while we gather together speakers and guests for each evening, save the date and don't forget to share with a friend or business partner. Where: We're returning to the lovely Saloon Bar at The Marylebone Pub for an intimate setting, and one that you can continue to chat in as the night draws on. When: Third Monday of every month from January 20th 2020. Who: Guest speakers and panellists TBC. Moderator: The discussions and presentations will be moderated by either Charlie Bradley Ross, founder and Director of Offset Warehouse and The Sustainable Fashion Collective. Or Stephanie Steele, textile guru!

Sustainable Fashion Business & Creatives October Online Networking Evening

Join us for an hour-long online live Q&A with guest experts from across the fashion and creative industries to talk about how both the pandemic and Brexit have and will affect physical fashion retail stores, and what a move to fully digital could mean. This month's theme is FASHION RETAIL in Covid and Brexit times. RSVP here to receive the video link and reminders to the live stream: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-fashion-businesses-creatives-september-networking-tickets-119233206731 You must be a registered Sustainable Fashion Collective Member - join here: https://www.the-sustainable-fashion-collective.com/join For this session, we're going to be checking in with some independent fashion brick + mortar shops, along with a guest that could help galvanise our perspectives into one of optimism as we also move into exiting the EU. This is very much geared towards fashion businesses, those looking to open a physical shop, those wondering whar the benefits of having an online presence too are, and for those businesses concerned about what the future will hold - which is probably all of you! Where and when: ONLINE - 19th October 2020, 7-8pm (Moved from 21st September) Who: Stay tuned for guest updates, or follow on Instagram. Moderator: Moderated by Stephanie Steele, the content, sourcing and fabric guru for Offset Warehouse and The Sustainable Fashion Collective. Her background and practice is within craft-based sustainable fashion and organic growing. Ticket cost: Free - the physical event (usually £3) is now cancelled. --- Don't forget to FOLLOW us to keep up to date with upcoming events, including creative workshops and online live Q&A sessions. Instagram: @sustainable_fashion_collective Facebook: @OffsetWarehouseTextiles Twitter: @SustainableFCo YouTube: The Sustainable Fashion Collective

Sustainable Fashion Business & Creatives Networking Evening

Join us on the third Monday of every month for a fashion business and creatives networking session with a difference. Sometimes it can be anxiety-inducing to attend networking sessions: having to talk about yourself or approach strangers can leave you feeling less motivated than before you entered. However, you always come away from panel discussions or presentations feeling empowered, from having learned something new or being shown case studies of entrepreneurs just like you. Our networking sessions are always an evening of active participation, with likeminded but vastly ranging professionals, so that you'll come away feeling motivated and confident. SAVE THE DATE: while we gather together speakers and guests for each evening, save the date and don't forget to share with a friend or business partner. Where: We're returning to the lovely Saloon Bar at The Marylebone Pub for an intimate setting, and one that you can continue to chat in as the night draws on. When: Third Monday of every month from January 20th 2020. Guest speakers and panellists TBC. Moderator: The discussions and presentations will be moderated by either Charlie Bradley Ross, founder and Director of Offset Warehouse and The Sustainable Fashion Collective, or Stephanie Steele, Offset Warehouse's textile guru!

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