We're on a mission to change the fashion and textile industry for the better.
The design industry is complex to navigate, so throw in sustainability and ethics, and it becomes even more overwhelming.
The Sustainable Fashion Collective® is an online learning resource offering strategies for developing ethical fashion and textile products and setting up and growing creative businesses sustainably and responsibly.
Learning & Sourcing
With advice, insight and guidance from experts and brands at the forefront of the design industry, month-by-month, Professional Members of The Sustainable Fashion Collective become well-informed and responsible creatives and entrepreneurs. From sustainable fabric sourcing matrixes, to responsible manufacturing checklists, to how to naturally dye - we've got you covered. Check out our full range of Masterclasses here.
Sorting Fact from Fiction
Navigating sustainability can feel impossible, with opinions from unverified sources contradicting each other. The Sustainable Fashion Collective cuts through the noise and separates fact from fiction by going to the source of information. Hear from the researchers uncovering just how exploitative and damaging the industry is. Listen to the inspiring experts, innovators and creatives behind the revolutionary solutions to these global problems. And not only do you hear from these experts, but you also have the opportunity to ask them questions in our monthly live webinars and Q&As.
The most effective way we can incite change is by working together. As part of "The Sustainable Fashion Collective", we stand together as a united community of designers, brands and entrepreneurs dedicated to ethical and responsible practices.
Who is The Sustainable Fashion Collective for?
- Anyone who wants to understand the negative social and environmental impacts of making garments and textiles, solve these issues, and create products that don't harm people or the planet.
- Entrepreneurs launching or growing businesses who would like advice and guidance on doing so responsibly.
How did we start?
"No entrepreneur should ever struggle to develop their business ethically".
In 2011, Charlie Bradley Ross founded the ethical textiles company Offset Warehouse. Borne from her frustrations as a menswear designer unable to produce designs sustainably, Offset Warehouse was one of the first retail fabric companies to exclusively sell ethical fabrics that don't harm the people or the planet. We've had the honour of gracing the pages and screens of leading news outlets from Vogue to ITV News, working with some of the biggest brands in the world and meeting Her Majesty The Queen herself.
Our core belief is that no entrepreneur should ever struggle to develop their business ethically. Over the years, we worked with brands, both big and small - and we consistently noticed the confusion surrounding working ethically in the fashion industry. Charlie knows first-hand how hard growing a business is without fundamental business knowledge; when she launched Offset Warehouse, I didn't even know what a profit and loss sheet was or how to work out margins. Hopefully, you're lucky enough to have spent the majority of your time doing what you love most - being creative - but that won't have left much time for understanding the inner workings of launching and growing a business.
So, to combat the lack of information around ethical production and how to launch a responsible business, in September 2017, we launched The Sustainable Fashion Collective® - an online "Members' Club" filled with resources and information to help your business grow and succeed responsibly and ethically. Today, the Collective is a resource library filled with incredible, valuable information from global experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs that you can access anytime and a support network of other designers and business owners.
We're not just for fashion brands.
From the moment we launched, we welcomed global Members from an astonishing array of backgrounds; it became clear that the hunger to understand responsible practices and processes in the fashion and textiles industry extended far beyond fashion entrepreneurs. Members hail from around the world and include sewing bloggers, lifestyle brands, bricks-and-mortar stores, researchers, design students, and home sewists - the list goes on and on. You can hear from some of our Professional Members on our Testimonials page.
Become a Free Member
The Sustainable Fashion Collective® is free and open for everyone to join. Free Membership offers access to News Articles and Live Events. There's nothing to pay and no obligations for being a Free Member. We also provide a paid Professional Membership for creatives looking for more in-depth guidance and expert advice on building an ethical design business (find out more about Professional Membership here).
Once you sign up as a Free Member, we will email you to introduce you to what we do, and you will receive our weekly emails filled with the latest information and news from the sustainable design sector. Join here:
Alongside Free Membership, we offer Professional Membership where ethical design entrepreneurs and responsible businesses worldwide can access monthly-refreshed resources, holistic guidance and expert advice. You can upgrade from a Free Membership to a Professional Membership at any time and even downgrade as you need to also.
"I signed up because I saw how much great content the Collective had and I haven't been disappointed! The platform is packed with great resources and valuable information. I especially love the Masterclasses where you get pro tips and resources from experts on different topics".
~ Maja Stabel, Professional Member.
Get in touch:
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch: [email protected]