thical fashion has come a long way from its harem pants and cotton bucket-bag origins. From Helen Kirkham’s deconstructed “Frankenstein” sneakers, to Stella McCartney’s dreamy vegan handbag range, and the (newly-released) denim two-piece collection from Reformation, sustainable fashion has earned its place on the runway and on our high-streets.
Taking its place amongst the Chanel and Valentino shops of Paris’ 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Jimmy Fairly opened its first store in Marais back in 2012. An ethical designer eyewear brand, there are now 19 stores across France (8 of which are situated in Paris) and a growing demand for expansion overseas.
About the brand:
Much like the US’ Warby Parker, Jimmy Fairly operates a “Buy one, Give one” system. Recognising the global healthcare epidemic that leaves over 1 billion* visually impaired individuals without access to sight, Jimmy Fairly partners with numerous charitable organisations to donate one pair of glasses for each pair purchased online or in store. This seemingly simple gift grants others access to education, work, and lifestyle opportunities from which they would otherwise be ostracised. In keeping with its ethical endeavours, all Jimmy Fairly frames are designed in Paris and are (responsibly) handmade in Italy.
About the look:
With the ever-increasing demands of my degree, I find myself reaching for my glasses more and more frequently. Thankfully, these Jimmy Fairly’s have extended my wardrobe options when it comes to working the geek chic. The near-transparent frames have allowed for the introduction of lighter, blush colours (perfect for the upcoming spring), and inspired this masc/fem monochrome ensemble.
I had imagined – what with it being mid-October – that I’d be well into my AW wardrobe by now. Apparently, my savouring summer lookbook worked a little too well, and I’m now longing for frosty mornings, layers, and an excuse to watch Elf. After a few misjudged outfits (sweaters in 20°-degree heat, boots in sandal-wearing weather) I’ve reverted to a transitional wardrobe, whilst the seasons play catch-up. This calls for long sleeves, versatile denim, and light, breathable fabrics.
I wore this outfit whilst visiting home and took advantage of the mildness by styling my satin wrap blouse as off-the-shoulder. Rolled-up sleeves not only kept me cool, but gave me an opportunity to show off my favourite vintage watch from Yesterday’s Glam. Whilst this uncharacteristically dry October may be yet another testimony to global warming’s very real, very imminent threat, these thrifted, eco-conscious pieces made me feel less guilty about savouring the unseasonable warmth.
It’s almost a year to the day since the creation of my Depop page. A year ago, I scoured the depths of my wardrobe, hunting for 2012’s forgotten trends and the remnants of my brief (but intense) hipster phase. The objective was simple: scrounge together enough money so I wouldn’t have to survive my first year of university on toast sandwiches and makeshift toilet paper (napkins, newspaper, old receipts – I get it, there’s no judgement here). Although successful in my endeavour, this is no longer what comes to mind when I think of that red logo and inviting “hello, we’re open” slogan. In many ways, my ethical, slow fashion journey began with the establishment of @prettythrifty. Although the awareness predated the account, it was the accessibility to hundreds of thousands of pre-loved, vintage, and fairtrade items that really got the ball rolling. Since then, the closet clutter of others has become central to my street style, work wear, and evening outfits.
This summer has been all about statement colours, exposed shoulders, political tees, and versatile jeans; all of which I was able to find on Depop, second-hand as to not contribute to the fast fashion industry, and at a fraction of the price I would otherwise pay. Some of my Depop discoveries have gone international with me: appearing in Vogue, GQ, The Fader, Cassius, and The Daily Beast, at the 2017 edition of Afropunk, Brooklyn. With such an exciting and revolutionary season of style, I bring you this slow fashion lookbook, to savour these final summer days.
Vogue – Afropunk Street Style
Cassius – Afropunk Street Style
GQ – Style in the Wild
Vogue – Afropunk Street Style
Depop Purchases: Topshop High Neck Sleeveless Top / Block Patchwork Skirt
My style inspiration for this year’s Brooklyn, NY edition of Afropunk was predominantly afro-funk. I love funk’s 60-80s origins: from the discoid afros, bright, block colours, and too-tight trousers. Since the festival is a celebration of culture, I paired my thrifted 70s inspired skirt and red high neck top with a red beret, to honour my affection for Paris, and salute black individualism.
Photo credit: Mika Altskan and Matvey Fiks for Vogue, Mambu Bayoh for GQ, and Erik Carter for Cassius.
Off-the-Shoulder, Bell Sleeved Top
(N)ice Cream – A Look
Depop Purchases: Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeved Top / Levi’s Jeans
This look reminds me of raspberry ripple ice cream (or nice cream, for my fellow vegans). The off-the-shoulder top, purchased on Depop, has encouraged me to experiment with the colour cream; a softer, more delicate alternative to similar tops I own in white. The red and black detailing is subtle but signature, widening accessory options: I’d love to match this look with a pair of this season’s pom-pom earrings in red.
Pastel “Ringleader” Tee
Depop Purchases: Pastel “Ringleader” Top / Levi’s Jeans
These jeans (as seen in “(N)ice Cream”) have become my Summer 2017 holy grail. Since I live in the UK and “summer” here is synonymous with dark skies and umbrellas, there’s been ample opportunities to sport these beautiful medium-blue Levi’s. Vintage, pre-owned, and in pristine condition, these jeans are sure to make many more appearances on November Meets May! The pastel slogan tee, also thrifted, makes for a cute and playful street style, and complements my patent pink converse perfectly.
Topshop Black Distressed Mini-Skirt
Summer Distress – A Look
Depop Purchases: Topshop Black Distressed Mini-Skirt / Office Sandals
Whatever the season, I am never without a pair of Birkenstock-style sandals. Whilst the newly released Vegan Micro-Fibre Arizona design remains many miles outside of my price rage, I snagged these beautiful Birkenstock replica shoes by Office on Depop for just £10.00! Possibly the most versatile sandal in my closet, I’ve been pairing these with summer staples such as a thrifted, distressed mini-skirt from Topshop, low-rise cut-offs and, of course, my mid-rise Levi’s.
Nike Air Force 1s
“Raise Girls& Boys the Same Way” Graphic Tee
(Bye)nary – A Look
Depop Purchases: “Raise Girls & Boys the Same Way” Graphic Tee / Levi’s Jeans / Nike Air Force 1s
As far as I’m concerned, the only casual style better than a graphic tee, is a political graphic tee. This “Raise Girls and Boys the Same Way” top is another Depop treasure and, although I’ve seen the slogan on various Pinterest boards and in Etsy boutiques, I’m yet to find a design quite so unique and (forgive my choice of words, but it is 80s inspired, after-all) funky. This feminist tee not only challenges partisan social norms, but disrupts gender binaries entirely. Who says fashion can’t have a political ambition? Alongside my recurring Levi’s Jeans, I love to pair this top with my thrifted Nike Air Force 1s; the only pair of trainers, besides Converse and Old Skool Vans, in my wardrobe.
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