We're on a mission - and we know you are too, to change the fashion industry for the better.
The ethical fashion industry is complex to navigate. It's clear that 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 and entrepreneurs dedicated to ethical and responsible practices. Membership to The Sustainable Fashion Collective is free and open to everyone to join.
Click here to create your free profile and become a member of The Sustainable Fashion Collective.
In line with our vision of building the largest community of sustainable fashion designers and change-makers in the industry, all members of the industry and sewing community can join the collective for free. Free Members have access to News Articles and Live Events. We also offer a Professional Membership for creatives looking for guidance and expert advice on building an ethical design business. Read on to find out more about our Professional Membership.
Alongside Free Membership, we offer Professional Membership where ethical design entrepreneurs and responsible businesses can access monthly-refreshed resources, holistic guidance and expert advice. You can upgrade from a Free Membership to a Professional membership at any time.
Head to our Testimonials page to find out what other Professional Members think of The Sustainable Fashion Collective.
Professional membership of the collective will give you access to valuable information:
- Live Q&A's from industry experts
- Interviews with experienced business owners and mentors
- Technical tutorials
And it doesn't stop there! As a professional member you will also have access to:
- Events: free and discounted tickets to our events and creative workshops.
- Eco fabrics: early bird access with discounts to restocked and brand new Offset Warehouse fabrics. Including exciting exclusives with leading sustainable textile manufacturers.
- Community: a private, members-only Facebook page, so you can connect with your peers, learn from each other and get feedback and advice.
- Lots of other goodies, freebies and discounts that we have lined up from partner companies.
A closer look...
Each month we release a Masterclass on a different topic directly related to growing a sustainable business. For each Masterclass, we've enlisted the help of a bundle of experts to record conversations and video content that takes you through all of the crucial information you need to know on that topic. We also include useful external links and downloadable resources, saving you hours of time trawling through the internet to find answers to your questions.
Whether you're an existing business, or looking to start a new venture, there will be a Masterclass that will suit the information you're seeking.
Past Masterclasses have included:
- Ethical fabrics and why we need to use them
- How to build a sustainable business model that you love
- Branding a sustainable business
- The design process
- Funding your design business
- Where and how to sell: getting started and going it alone
- Introduction to pattern cutting
To see a Masterclass Taster, we have a wonderful lesson with social enterprise Birdsong.
Live Q&A's with industry experts.
We host a monthly live online Q&A session with an industry expert, along with a monthly networking session that brings expert business owners from across the industry to present and chat in panel discussion format. If you're not available for the live session, you can send your questions in advance, and watch the replay whenever suits you.
See all upcoming and past events here - both physical and online.
We believe that consistent learning is key to growing successful businesses - and one of the best ways is to learn from people who have been in your shoes. If you can learn from their mistakes - even better! We've interviewed some truly inspirational brands and founders, and have got down to the nitty-gritty - from how to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign, to setting up a pop-up shop, to getting featured in Vogue, to Waitrose becoming a first stockist... the experience of the brands we've interviewed is incredible... all invaluable information!
As well as providing you with business advice and resources provided, it's really important to me that you're armed with all of the skills you need to create products that are sustainable. But being sustainable can be a total minefield! Which is why, every month we cover a new topic or design technique. Whether it's zero waste design, how wool is produced or draping on the stand - there's something to be learnt from every tutorial.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- I haven't launched my business yet, is Professional Membership for me?
Yes! Topics will include business planning, branding, fabric sourcing and much more. All of this is valuable to both a business that's just starting out and a business that's been established for years.
- I need help sourcing innovative materials like eco wool, cork and pineapple, in small quantities - will Professional Membership help me with that?
Yes! Founded by the brains behind Offset Warehouse, we're passionate about bringing smaller quantities of eco fabrics to our customers - because we've been there. We work with producers and innovative companies who have higher minimum order quantities, or never before offered retail quantities of their eco fabrics, so we're excited for them and for you that we can offer Professional Members first dibs on these, plus exclusive discounts.
- I'm a founder of a sustainable soft furnishings brand, but will the content focus on the fashion industry, and will most of the members be in that sector?
We started The Sustainable Fashion Collective with fashion designers in mind, but having said that, most of the advice caters to any creative who wants to build a brand sustainably: from setting up a business, to how to make more sustainable design choices, to marketing an eco brand. At the core of the collective, all of the Members will have a common "eco" goal and any industry is welcome.
- Who else will I meet?
The Collective is for entrepreneurs around the world who are passionate and determined to build successful businesses, in a sustainable and ethical way. In a nutshell, if you’re building a fashion business or want to start, and you want to get help, inspiration, powerful strategies and a support network to help you succeed without harming the environment or the people who make your products, then you’ll love The Sustainable Fashion Collective.
"It's so interesting to hear other brands talk about how they started. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you listen to the videos and it gives you ideas on what you can do too."
"There's loads of information that I'll just keep going back to!"
"...it's been incredibly helpful. There are some great people talking, and you've introduced us to new brands as well."
"To listen to masterclasses that start from the beginning, then you can double check that you've done all those things - that makes sense!"
Find more testimonials here.
So... are you in?
To become a Professional Member and access more of the platform, all you need to do is upgrade from a Free Member to a Professional Member. We operate as a monthly subscription platform, with a recurring direct debit through our trusted payment partner Stripe. This means that you can be based anywhere in the world, and still be able to be a Professional Member. Your monthly subscription will continue automatically once you have signed up, and payments will be deducted monthly on the same day - however, you can cancel anytime, and rejoin at any time.
What happens next?
Once you have signed up, you will receive an email to set up your login and password for The Sustainable Fashion Collective. If it doesn't land in your inbox, please check your junk mail and add the sender to your contacts to prevent any further emails heading there.
How to downgrade from Professional to free membership
You can cancel your Professional Membership at any time from your profile by going to "My Account" in the menu. Cancelling your recurring payment will deactivate your Membership, so you will no longer be able to log in to the site on the date of your next due payment.
Please note, older Members who subscribed using Paypal will not see this cancel button. Email us to cancel and we'll sort this out for you manually.