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WARDROBE CRISIS is a fashion podcast about sustainability, ethical fashion and making a difference in the world. Your host is author and journalist Clare Press, who was the first ever Vogue sustainability editor. Each week, we bring you insightful interviews from the global fashion change makers, industry insiders, activists, artists, designers and scientists who are shaping fashion's future.
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    • 4.7 • 187 Ratings

WARDROBE CRISIS is a fashion podcast about sustainability, ethical fashion and making a difference in the world. Your host is author and journalist Clare Press, who was the first ever Vogue sustainability editor. Each week, we bring you insightful interviews from the global fashion change makers, industry insiders, activists, artists, designers and scientists who are shaping fashion's future.
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    A Provocation: You Need to Support Small Sustainable Enterprises if you Don't Want to Sink into a Boring Big Brand World - Meet High Tea with Mrs Woo

    A Provocation: You Need to Support Small Sustainable Enterprises if you Don't Want to Sink into a Boring Big Brand World - Meet High Tea with Mrs Woo

    What does it take to make it as an independent, small, local ethical business in a global world that favours big brands? How can we work together to ensure that our local businesses and creatives are literally sustainable - in that they thrive and stick around, and continue to give us the awesomeness that, at times, we maybe take for granted?
     
    It's not just fashion this applies to, but all the beautiful, unique, heartfelt local businesses that make our neighbourhoods sing - the cafes and family-owned restaurants, the fruiters, newsagents, hairdressers and book stores. Don't forget the circular services (like the one we featured last week - Clare's local cobbler, Roger Shoe Repairs).
    In the interview hot seat are Rowena and Angela Foong - two of the three sisters behind an ethically-driven, family fashion business called High Tea With Mrs Woo, based in Newcastle, Australia - which just so happens to be the world's biggest coal port BTW (listen out for a super interesting discussion on how being amongst all that fosters a special kind of community action around building alternatives).
     
    Mrs Woo (for short) is a studio of many things - natural fibre fabrics, unique designs, and the craft of pattern-making and sewing in house, but also mending workshops, community activations and collaborations with innovative textile upcyclers. As they say, you need to wear many hats to make it these days, but that's also part of the joy. Not that it's easy. In this frank interview the sisters' share their challenges and strategies - which include "co-retailing" - fun! Practical! To all those struggling with crazy rents, listen up.
     
    This episode is a love letter to all the small sustainable businesses out there.
    We appreciate you!
    But it's also a provocation to customers: if you value this stuff, you need to support it - otherwise one day you might turn around and find it gone.
    Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the crowdfunder for my documentary about trees. You are the best, and I very grateful.
    If you haven't heard about this, or seen the crowdfunder, I'd really love your help. Discover here.

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    • 57 min
    This is the Real Circular Fashion Economy - Meet Roger, My Local Cobbler

    This is the Real Circular Fashion Economy - Meet Roger, My Local Cobbler

    Forget brands for a minute, the real circular fashion economy is the repair shop on your high street…
    Do you have a fab local cobbler or clothing alterations service? This episode is a reminder to thank them for being here and fixing our stuff.
    They are cornerstones of the circular fashion economy, and not some distant future dream - they’re already here, and in many cases have been for decades. Honing skills that simply can’t be learned overnight. They’re the best! Here’s to them! Keep giving them your business, and make sure you tell them you appreciate them. Everyone loves to be appreciated.
    My local cobbler, Roger of the (locally) famed Roger Shoe Repairs is gold. And this classic Roger conversation is a treat. That’s all. Enjoy!
    Clare x
    P.S. Here are the links to the crowdfunder for my documentary, Urban Forest.
    Your support is much appreciated.
    https://www.pozible.com/project/urban-forest-a-documentary
    Got something to tell me? Find me on Instagram @mrspress


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    • 28 min
    Return to Sender: Buzigahill's Bobby Kolade on Fashion Waste Colonialism in Uganda

    Return to Sender: Buzigahill's Bobby Kolade on Fashion Waste Colonialism in Uganda

    Bobby Kolade is the designer behind Ugandan fashion label Buzigahill - which puts the politics of upcycling and waste colonialism at its core with the brilliant, provocative concept: Return to Sender.
    Buzigahill's collections are made from items of secondhand clothing donated in the global north, and increasingly being dumped on the global south in unsustainable numbers. Why “return to sender”? Because much of Buzigahill’s clientele is in Europe and North America.
    Like Kantamanto in Accra, Ghana; Owino Market in Kampala receives huge numbers of bales of second-hand clothing every week, from countries in Europe, from the US and Canada. As a result, in 2023 second-hand accounted for 80% of all domestic clothing sales in Uganda.
    But how much is too much? Who is monitoring for quality and consistency? Are we right to keep talking about "donations" in the context of this undeniably big business? As Bobby says, it's not charity - it's a trade, and too often an unequal one with many impacts on local economies as well as the environment when it becomes textile waste. So surely it's good, right, when a receiving country finally says: "No more! We don't want your cast-offs." Or is it? As usual, there’s no simple answer...
    This enthralling conversation was recorded before Uganda’s government announced a ban on second-hand clothing towards the end of last year. A situation that continues to evolve.
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    Wardrobe Crisis is an independent production.
    We don't believe in barriers to entry and are determined to keep this content free.
    If you value it, please help by sharing your favourite Episodes, and rating and reviewing us in Apple or
    Spotify.
    Thank you!
    Find Clare on Instagram @mrspress

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    • 44 min
    Lou Croff Blake Talks Pronouns, Fashion For Every Body and the Language of Belonging Beyond the Gender Binary

    Lou Croff Blake Talks Pronouns, Fashion For Every Body and the Language of Belonging Beyond the Gender Binary

    What do your clothes say about you? Dear listener, I bet you've thought about this before. Fashion is a language in itself. But, what about the language we use to describe - and by extension to include, or to exclude - the people who wear it? Or don't get to wear it? The people we're marketing it to, or employing.
    Fashion communication isn't just about the clothes. It's about how we talk to each other.
    Meet Lou Croff Blake, a Berlin-based non-binary fashion practitioner, scholar, artist and community organiser. Their work merges queer theory with community-building, advocating for intersectional equity and amplifying the visibility of marginalised genders. Which sounds like a of words! Because it is. Carefully considered words chosen to challenge the dominant narrative.
    Open to learn? Join us on a deep dive on DIEB - diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging - as we consider the existential question: do we really want to build a more ethical fashion industry? If so, doesn't that have to be one where everyone can feel a true sense of belonging?
    Check the shownotes for links & further reading.
    Tell us what you think!
     
    Can you help us spread the word ?
    Wardrobe Crisis is an independent production.
    We don't believe in barriers to entry and are determined to keep this content free.
    If you value it, please help by sharing your favourite Episodes, and rating and reviewing us in Apple or
    Spotify.
    Thank you!
    Find Clare on Instagram @mrspress

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    • 45 min
    Access Some Areas? Model Junior Bishop on Fashion's Disability To-Do List

    Access Some Areas? Model Junior Bishop on Fashion's Disability To-Do List

    Can fashion lift its inclusivity game? When 28-year-old British model Junior Bishop - who just so happens to be a wheelchair user - spoke at the Houses of Parliament recently, she called on the fashion industry to do more to tackle its disability access issues. Levelling the playing field is integral to the wellbeing economy - what’s the point of only some of us get to have our wellbeing considered?
    “When looking at fashion and media today,” said Junior, diversity and representation are gradually improving. That’s important. “We hope to simply see people who look like us - our ‘imperfections’, our ‘flaws’, the little things that make us who we are.” Also, purely from the economic rationale, how do brands expect to sell to people who don’t see themselves in campaigns?
    As Junior acknowledged: “The excitement of being able to see someone who is a wheelchair user, a cane user despite their age, has a limb difference, has Down syndrome, has albinism, the list goes on… Having those with disabilities or their family members tearfully say ‘I didn’t know people like us could do that kind of thing’; that is why this movement needs to continue to grow." Representation is an important first step, but we can’t stop there.
    This inspiring conversation, packed with practical advice and emotional intelligence, comes with a call to action: want to do better on this stuff? Ask disabled people what they need!
    Check the shownotes for links & further reading.
    Tell us what you think!
     
    Can you help us spread the word ?
    Wardrobe Crisis is an independent production.
    We don't believe in barriers to entry and are determined to keep this content free.
    If you value it, please help by sharing your favourite Episodes, and rating and reviewing us in Apple or
    Spotify.
    Thank you!
    Find Clare on Instagram @mrspress

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    • 51 min
    Are You Posh & White Enough for a Career in the Creative Arts? Rahemur Rahman on Strategies for System Change

    Are You Posh & White Enough for a Career in the Creative Arts? Rahemur Rahman on Strategies for System Change

    Rich, white and privileged - the creative arts sector has a class problem. Particularly in class-obsessed Britain, where middle-class people are twice as likely to work in creative jobs than their working class contemporaries. According to the Evening Standard, "the worlds of TV, film, music and the arts are dominated by straight, able-bodied white men living in London, despite them only accounting for 3.5% of the [UK] population."
    Not that this is purely a UK problem. In New York, 85% of artists represented by commercial galleries are white. In Australia, where one in four of us were born overseas, culturally and linguistically diverse creatives are still barely represented in fashion at all. And consider the global luxury brands, with their spate of recent cookie-cutter creative director hires - can anyone actually tell the difference between these men from their photos alone?
    But, "What about the new editor at Vogue?" I hear you say. Too often, the celebrated hire is still the only Black or brown person in the room.
    I bet you can think of a thousand places where career progress is affected by your postcode, where you went to school and what your parents did. And lurking behind all that: race, gender, sexuality, difference, not to mention how much cash you've got...
    It's time for a power shift!
    Meet Rahemur Rahman, a British-Bengali artist, educator and designer who is determined to change the system, not simply tinker round the edges of representation. He made it, despite the odds. Raised in working class Tower Hamlets, he studied fashion at Central Saint MartinsHe studied fashion at Central Saint Martins, where he now teaches. Designs from his debut London Fashion Week collection menswear collection were acquired by the V&A Museum. Now, he's the director of training and development at Bari, a new incubator supporting South Asian creatives in East London as part of the British Bangladeshi Fashion Council.
    This is a lively conversation about what it takes to, practically, turn things around - not just talk about it. Hint: no true diversity and inclusion without addressing the class barrier!
    We're also talking the creative innovation meets heritage craft, social impact fashion, holidays with friends, and the joy of working on what matters.
    Check the shownotes for links & further reading.
    Tell us what you think!
     
    Can you help us spread the word ?
    Wardrobe Crisis is an independent production.
    We don't believe in barriers to entry and are determined to keep this content free.
    If you value it, please help by sharing your favourite Episodes, and rating and reviewing us in Apple or
    Spotify.
    Thank you!
    Find Clare on Instagram @mrspress

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

CheRenegade ,

We need more responsible podcasts like this!

Love learning more on fashion eco responsibility and she’s so passionate on her cause and she really digs deeps into new ways for a cleaner future.

Mookie DTR ,

A fashion must!

I love this podcast. If you are interested in fashion, sustainability, or both, this podcast is a must. Interesting topics and guests and Claire is a great host.

fashstudent3 ,

Inspiring & educational

I love that this podcast introduces me to new concepts and people with every episode. Each episode is packed with information, but still somehow feels casual and easy to listen to :) The episode notes go above and beyond!

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