FROM THE DESK OF OUR FRI
As you might already well know by now the traditional method of finding our much beloved Featured FRIers is by way of a baton pass. Starting with a handful of my nearest and dearest it’s been and continues to be fascinating whom we meet in this baton journey.
It’s essential to me that our FRIers are all salt of the earth kind of people. Those who give a flying fluff about the things that matter. To me these things include our planet and how to conscientiously exist in a way, which, as a bi-product is either causing minimal to zero damage, or in a way that’s actually acting to restore this delicate galactic rock.
I’m absurdly proud of all the people we’ve discovered organically and it’s because of the incredible circle we have stemming from my initial crew that FRI has grown to be a place in a position to reach even more inspirationals living outside our immediate FRI circle.
Carry Somers of Fashion Revolution is one of these and I cannot tell you the burst of excitement I felt when we got the nod from her. She’s fashion’s ethical crusader without the worrying scent of too much patchouli. Of course this is not a Wikipedia page on Carry (she already has that) but with the dreadful task of summarizing, I’ll say this; she’s crafted a genius re-working of an outdated and out of control industry. Her force has her lead her to the commons, helping to shift national policy and her colossal size network, working in over 100 countries, is dedicated to doing something rather magical…changing EVERYTHING hideous about the fashion industry.
Carry, I hope you have time to ready this little intro; we’re insanely inspired by you and so honored to have you sharing your FRIs!
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FROM THE DESK OF CARRY SOMERS
Carry Somers was inspired to act after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 and founded the movement Fashion Revolution, a global coalition in over 90 countries calling for systemic reform of the fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution believes that transparency is the first step in transforming the industry, asking the question #whomademyclothes. For the previous 20 years, Carry’s fashion brand Pachacuti had pioneered radical supply chain transparency, mapping the GPS co-ordinates of each stage of the production process, from the community plantations where the straw grows, through to each Panama hat weaver's house. Championing the traditions, quality and craftsmanship of the Andes, her collections were shown at London, Paris and Milan Fashion Week and sold in some of the world’s foremost luxury stores. Carry has contributed to several books and publications, won numerous awards for her work and met the Queen in recognition of her significant contribution to British business.
Recipes or restaurants...
Your FRI: ANDREW EDMUNDS
I don’t eat out very often as we live in the middle of the Peak District. When in London, I always enjoy eating at Andrew Edmunds - modern European cuisine with an excellent wine list.
Beverage, barista or bar stool...
Your FRI: MEZCAL REPOSADO
On my last trip to Oaxaca in Mexico, I went to several mezcal tastings. A good mezcal reposado (aged) in oak barrels can taste not dissimilar to a smoky, peaty islay malt whisky.
Where to go, what to see & do...
Your FRI: STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS
Go out for a walk in the Staffordshire Moorlands – the edge of the Peak District but much quieter than the Derbyshire side. I love taking our puppy to Dimmingsdale in the Churnet Valley where the light is always exquisite. I particularly love it in the autumn when the leaves are turning copper.
Online or offline...
Your FRI: PACHACUTI
I have to say Pachacuti in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the business which I founded, although I no longer work there other than in an occasional advisory capacity. Known for fair trade, genuine Panama hats, which are also available online. The shop has a wonderful collection of British-made accessories and clothing, accessories and homeware from Mexico as well.
Blog, books or broadsheet...
Your FRI: THE FIRST FASHION REVOLUTION
The first Fashion Revolution fanzine Money Fashion Power, which will be out in January. Pre-order now! This collectible zine explores the hidden stories behind your clothing, what the price you pay for fashion means, and how your purchasing power can make a positive difference. Our exciting list of contributors includes: artist Tyler Spangler, illustrator Alex Jenkins, illustrator and printmaker Alec Doherty, embroiderers Cléa Lala and Reena Makwana illustrator and animator Rozalina Burkova, fashion illustrator Elyse Blackshaw, artist Chrissie Abbott, the Craftivist Collective, fashion features director Tamsin Blanchard, and many submissions from the Fashion Revolution community across the world.
Podcasts to popstars...
Your FRI: CRAIG CHARLES
The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on 6 Music. Craig Charles has such passion and enthusiasm for the music he plays. It always gets me dancing around the kitchen on a Saturday night.
Staycation, vacation or relocation...
Your FRI: OAXACA, MEXICO
I’ve been to Oaxaca in Mexico twice this year and will keep on going back for its culture, textiles and delicious food, from the chilli grasshoppers and street food such as tlayudas to tasting menus by former chefs in Michelin starred European restaurants.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Treatments & tonics, tried & tested...
Your FRI: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar is my favourite secret ingredient for every aspect of skincare, from a toner to aftersun. In fact, my daughter Sienna Somers has written a blog post on the Virtues of Vinegar as we use it so frequently in our family.
Many hands make bright work...
Your FRI: FASHION REVOLUTION
Fashion Revolution is in the process of setting up the Fashion Revolution Foundation, a registered charity. This will further our work to build a movement of people wanting to know how fashion is made, by whom, where and under what conditions. We will also encourage brands and retailers to demonstrate more transparency, enable producers to become more visible and influence policy makers to create legislation that holds brands and retailers accountable for their actions and impacts throughout their supply chain.