Required Reading: The Sustainable Fashion Handbook



We love stumbling across new magazines and must-read books at WGSN, in fact we’ve got a global library full of them.

As we’re about to head into 2017, where Pantone has dubbed Greenery the colour of the year it makes sense to talk about all things sustainable. Nature will be front and centre of our thoughts next year and so we can’t keep ignoring the huge impact that fashion makes on the environment. But it’s not all bad news, we’ve written here before that retailers are putting more of a focus on their eco footprint and consumers are finding more ways to be conscious shoppers.

If you’re interested in being a bit more clued up in 2017, may we suggest this fab classic book, the Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black.

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The beautifully illustrated book looks at the industry and its ethical advances. There are interviews with design innovators like Hussein Chalayan, well known ethical brands like People Tree, emerging designers who are putting their beliefs first, a key analysis of high street footwear staple Clarks, which has pioneered sustainable design in footwear production and how Galahad Clark, part of the clarks dynasty has created the VIVOBAREFOOT shoe, which looks to use recycled PET and rubber compounds where possible).


It also takes an honest look at the ethical issues in the industry, such as the global workforce and what the workers making your favourite top are really being paid. It is an essential read.



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