The Ethical Fashion Source Expo, a reference in Ethical Fashion
by Christina Maraldes
Only last month the Ethical Fashion Forum hosted the SOURCE EXPO, the only fashion industry trade show dedicated to ethical manufacturers and suppliers of ethical and fair trade fabrics, for the second year running. Held at London’s Westminster Central Hall, the event accommodated numbers that more than doubled from the previous year – with 63 exhibitors and just under 800 industry professionals given the opportunity to meet face to face.
From small cooperatives changing lives in Uganda to large-scale manufacturers working to high ethical standards, a buzzing atmosphere ensured that exhibitors interacted with customers continuously. Visitors included hundreds of designers and representatives of independent brands, mainstream press, buyers and stockists, with the mainstream retail sector accounted for by brands such as Marks and Spencer, Ted Baker, Tesco, John Lewis, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, New Look, Debenhams, Monsoon, ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, Ben Sherman and many more.
The response from both visitors and exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive, with most asserting that they would attend again, and others remarking on the sheer number of contacts that they managed to make. Ada Zantiton, who exhibited in the Designer Pavilion, commented that “it was a great showcase for the brand and excellent contacts were made with both boutiques and press”. The well-received seminars proved to be a huge draw, with FAIR’s retail buyer Emma Hiscock praising their “passionate, knowledgeable panel members” including experts from across the sector from Katharine Hamnett to representatives from mainstream business, the Ethical Trading Initiative and pioneering suppliers.
Overall the day was a resounding success “Wonderful, enticing and fantastically exhausting! (in a great way!)” Zoe Powell, Textile Designer and Source Expo visitor.
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