I usually don’t post any guest-posts, unless they are written by Sing. Yes, he is a guest here – this blog’s name is MYhongkonghusband not THEhongkonghusband. If he wants to be a blogger, let him be. But this is still my blog.
Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is, I got approached by young and talented Alisha Christine.
As I usually don’t deal with people I don’t know personally, to be honest I was bit worried how the whole collaboration could look like, but I really liked the way she writes so I said ‘Tell me more about your ideas, and we can see what can be done’.
Turned out she’s not only very talented, but also creative. I swear to you, I wouldn’t think of such topic like ‘ethical fashion in Hong Kong‘.
If you don’t know what it means, it’s a belief in fashion industry, where workers earn a living wage, are offered dignified working conditions and minimises impact on the environment. That’s one of the reasons why I stopped buying so many cheap stuff from Asia. If I can get a t-shirt for 3 and someone still earns on it – how bad it has to be, for the worker and the environment?
I’m glad she’s taking on such a difficult, but important topic.
Alisha Christine: Five places to shop for ethical fashion in Hong Kong
As the fashion industry continues to expose the harmful practices of various fast fashion labels, more people are inclined to put their money into clothing companies that are good to people, animals, and the environment. Although making the transition into ethical fashion can be tricky, as Fashionista highlights that the very definition can vary from person to person, it will all be worth it in the end when you see your hard earned cash going into worthy causes.
There are thousands of brands worldwide that have adopted business strategies that are environmentally friendly and socially responsible. From cruelty-free makeup brand Credo Beauty which give a portion of its sales to charity, to children’s clothing brand Tootsa which uses fabrics like faux sheepskin, options for conscious shoppers are extensive. And for those that are currently living in Hong Kong, or planning to shop until they drop when visiting this amazing city, here are five places to check out:
For some time, luxury fashion meant using croc skins, the finest leather and a range of animal furs. Lantern Sense’s designers prove that luxury doesn’t have to be cruel. As one of the pioneers of ethical fashion in China, Lantern Sense creates refined minimalist silhouettes that transcend the seasons out of quality sustainable fabrics. The company employs local manufacturers to create their designs.
Emi & Eve
As the finishing touches of an ensemble, accessories are what can make or break your outfit. For stunning handcrafted jewellery, clutches and handbags, shop at the award-winning online boutique Emi & Eve. They source their materials for their jewellery from Cambodia demining efforts, using 100% bombshell brass and locally sourced gems. The brand works intricately with Cambodian families and contributes to Education for the Future Generation, an organisation that creates opportunities for vulnerable Cambodian populations for a better future.
Head to any Cocktail Select stores in Hong Kong and you’ll find Angus Tsui’s designs. Having graduated from the Hong Kong Design Institute, his brand is all about making items from world runways using sustainable methods. A notable fashion creative in Asia and in the world of ethical fashion, his clothes are best suited for those that obsess over haute couture looks that we see at all the fashion capitals.
A Boy Named Sue
Feel like shopping with multiple ethical clothing labels all at once? A Boy Named Sue is a local platform and an online aggregator for global brands that retail ‘cool clothes with a conscious.’ All the brands that have been listed are either based in Asia, focus on craftsmen and artisans, promote environmental stewardship, or all of the above.
Another online shopping platform that sells lifestyle products that are sustainable, fair-trade and organic is Inspired. Founder Kristine Nudds was inspired by all the ethically minded business people she worked with during her time as a PR professional, and having shopped her way through Asia, she decided to form a one-stop shop that promoted ethical brands bags, jewellery and others that give back to Hong Kong-based organisations.
Have you shopped with any of these brands? Feel free to share any other ones we might have missed!
Written by Alisha Christine
Exclusive for myhongkonghusband.com
So what do you think about ethical fashion? I will definitely check these brands during our next trip to Hong Kong. I think everyone deserves a decent wage for all their hard work and that we should do our best to protect both people and the world we live in. At the end, as someone wise said – try to hold your breath while you count the money. Right?
Also, give Allie some feedback, I’m sure you will like her post as much as I did!