“I hope the quality and integrity of my designs will inspire people to think about what they are buying and where it comes from. ” ~ Claire Ritchie
Claire is a designer and maker with a delicate attention to detail and deep consideration for the impact her unique pieces have
on people and the planet. Claire's prints are bold and playful,
inspired by vintage textiles, and are designed with practicality and timelessness in mind. Originally from Western Australia, she
now works out of her home studio in Melbourne, Victoria.
"SZN focuses on simplicity and craftsmanship to produce soulful and intelligent garments, which are refined through time,
contemplation and work." ~ Suzan Dlouhy
SZN was established in 2012 by designer Suzan Dlouhy and is an independent label designed and made in Melbourne, Australia.
Apart from designing for and managing her eponymous label,
Suzan works at The Social Studio, training young people from
migrant and refugee backgrounds. Through her personal business and work at The Social Studio, Suzan promotes environmental and social connection through clothing design.
Her current collection is one size fits most and is made with zero textile waste from 100% linen or a hemp/organic cotton blend.
Suzan contributed an inspiring collection of up-cycled garments for our supply chain installation at the 2017 Moral Fairground
Victorian Fair Trade Fortnight. The 'shirt skirt' was our personal
"We work closely with all our artisans and producers, spending at least 3 months of the year going to work every day with them. We eat with them, laugh with them, drinks lots of chai with them and know their children’s names. It is important to our brand that they are valued for their unique skills and paid fairly for their hard work. It is through their hands that we are able to continue to create our visually energetic signature prints and easy to wear styles." ~ Liz Dawes
Cocoon Textiles are known for bold organic and geometric hand printed clothing. They work with natural fabrics to produce
clean, simple silhouettes and timeless, trans-seasonal clothing
for women of all ages. Cocoon Textiles was founded by Liz
Dawes in 2006. After extensive research Liz found two
family-run businesses in India to produce both textiles and
garments in fair conditions. Cocoon focuses on ensuring their
supply chain is free from modern forms of slavery, unfair work
practices and environmentally harmful chemicals.
"We formed to nurture and support our local community of
artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people
to develop creative thought through their interactions with
artists’ products and workshops." ~ Maggie May
Think Thornbury was founded in early 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May, from The Middle Aisle, and musician and educator
Joshua Kelly. Their two-story building houses a shopfront on the ground floor and a creative events venue upstairs. The first time you walk in you are likely to stay a while. The many treasures
that inhabit Think are expertly curated and displayed. The store has a strong focus on locally and ethically produced artifacts,
and the workshop venue provides a platform to connect
consumers directly with makers.
We had a serendipitous collaboration with Think Thornbury
after a chance meeting with Maggie and Josh. A Middle Aisle
macrame wall hanging was just what our stall at the Moral
Fairground Fair Trade Fortnight Festival needed. Take it from us, Maggie and Josh are a magic creative duo, and Think Thornbury
should be your next stop in Melbourne.
The AnjleMs Project
The AnjelMS Project was created in 2008 by Gaelle Beech and
her friend Luh Ariadi (Arik) with the goal of using fashion as a
vehicle to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities in
Bali. Since then, Gaelle’s passion for collaboration has seen
AnjelMS work in Kathmandu, Nepal and Pushkar, India with
artisans and social enterprises.
In 2014 AnjelMS started an internship program for
Western Australian fashion graduates, after co-hosting
Fairly Fashionable Challenge with Fair Trade Freo. AnjelMS
pledges to adhere to the 10 Fair Trade principles in all levels of its manufacturing, production, marketing and retail.
We exhibited the 2017 AnjelMS X Rachel Doller collection at the Moral Fairground Victorian Fair Trade Fortnight in August 2017. In this winter collection you can see block prints from mixed media artist Rachel Doller and hand stitched detail from The Stitching
Project all done with non-toxic, natural materials.
Co-founders, Emily and Melissa, started their journey towards
Leo Strange in very different places, but were brought together
by a shared love of India and fair fashion. After hearing their
story and seeing their samples, it’s hard to believe they only met a few months ago!
Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, this emerging sustainable clothing label launched their first collection on the 21th of
September 2017. They work closely with artisans and follow the 10 principles of Fair Trade in their textile production, dying
process and garment construction to share the vibrancy of India through eco-friendly, timeless women's wear.
Emily and Melissa joined us at the 2017 Leader's of Change
School Conference to help educate young people about
conscious clothing consumption.