Sustainable Reads

10984161_10152850381664667_930857103815020878_n1. Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes
Paperback – Mar 15 2015
by Andrew Brooks 

Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a global journey to expose the inequalities and injustices that exist within the second-hand clothing trade and the manufacturing of garments destined for Western markets. Thought-provoking and insightful, Brooks highlights a long overdue need for ‘radical advocacy’ to improve social justice within the supply chain, and between producers and consumers. A fascinating, must-read text for those interested in the ethics surrounding sustainability in fashion and design.”

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2. ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials
Hardcover – Oct 29 2013
by Sass Brown

ReFashioned features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. The result is beautiful and desirable clothing and accessories that also make an important statement to the fashion world about its wasteful and exploitative practices.  Bonus: this book is made from recycled materials!”

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3. Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion
Paperback – Apr 1 2014
by Tansy E. Hoskins 

Stitched Up delves into the exclusive and alluring world of fashion to expose class division, gender stereotyping and wasteful consumption. Tansy E. Hoskins illuminates the political and sociological dimensions of an industry that promotes and supports the dominant values of our age: image, glamour, money and sex. Hoskins also provides a fascinating historical narrative, showing that in today’s world, the clothes we wear are as indicative of who we are as they were during the reign of Louis XIV. Hoskins tackles key contemporary issues, such as the controversy over “size zero” and the impact of fashion in depleting the world’s natural resources. In a provocative move, Hoskins argues that fashion controls our aspirations and self-worth through a set of impossible beauty standards. At a time when high spending on clothes persists despite the economic recession, Stitched Up provides a unique critical examination of fashion in relation to contemporary culture and the distorting priorities of capitalism.

deluxe_how_luxury_lost_its_luster_by_dana_thomas_110121807X4. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
Paperback – Jul 29 2008
by Dana Thomas (Author)

Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focused on growth, visibility, brand awareness, advertising, and, above all, profits. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the dark side of the luxury industry to uncover all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t want us to know. Deluxe is an uncompromising look behind the glossy façade that will enthrall anyone interested in fashion, finance, or culture.

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5. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
Paperback – Aug 27 2013
by Elizabeth L. Cline

“How did Americans end up with closets crammed with flimsy, ridiculously cheap garments? Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense.”

TMC Yardage Sale

10303289_920101844700944_5618443093683419772_nJoin us for the 20th Annual More Than Just a Yardage Sale put on by the Textile Museum of Canada.  This event is organized and run by the Museum’s Volunteer Association, the Sale raises significant funds in support of the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and public programs.

Continually expanding in scale, the More Than Just a Yardage Sale has become a not-to-be-missed event for textile and craft enthusiasts across the GTA. Supported by year-round generous donations, the sale features an abundant selection of dressmaking and decorator fabric, household and vintage linens, quilting supplies, patterns, yarn, beads, buttons and books all at bargain prices.

One of the Museum’s largest fundraisers, the annual event is entirely dependent upon the time, talent and energy of the TMC Volunteer Association which contributes over 15,000 hours to the Museum annually – the equivalent of 8 full time positions. A team of over 120 volunteers brings the event to fruition, working year-round to gather, sort and price donations, as well as manage the sale.

Admission to the sale is free. Regular Museum hours apply.

FRIDAY, MAY 29th, 11 am – 6 pm
SATURDAY, MAY 30th 11 am – 2pm

DONATIONS
Donations of fabric, yarn, beads, books, buttons, notions and other crafty item can be dropped off at the Museum’s reception desk during open hours. For help with larger donations or if you have questions, please call the Museum at 416-599-5321.
or email: volunteer.textile@gmail.com.

All proceeds from this and other Volunteer events support the Museum’s exhibitions, collections and public programs. To learn more, visit the TMC’s Volunteer website at www.strandnews.ca or check out their facebook event page.

Business Plan

Sorry for the holes in updates the last week but us ladies at Filthy Rebena are revamping the old Business Plan.  We hope our efforts will expand our product line, reinforce our visions, work grant magic and maybe even open a store front.  Maybe even start carrying a briefcase around town!  Although us gals haven’t moved much from the computer the last few days – you can find our desks on our Instagram.  I am learning that citrus oils are super awesome at keeping me focused.
InstaHere is Natalie’s desk on her sunny deck.  Natalie says that soaking up vitamin D helps her focus and type, type, type.  Maybe its true as she looks rather determined here.
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Our conversations from our home offices been pretty short and sweet.  “Hey you got a management plan?”  “No.”  “Okay then.”  Ah, determined gmail chatting.  Pretty soon we will be chatting from our beautiful storefront and amazing office… 
Darlene: 
 finally finished up with Products and Services.  Only took 3 hours.  Guh.
Natalie:  ya this shit is steep.
We will update our blog with pretty photography tomorrow.  In the meantime, let us know how you focus in the comments below – do you use vitamin D, citrus oils or something else to focus?