Tanzanian fashion label SCHWARI lept onto the international stage at London Fashion Week

They are an ethical company, based in Tanzania, who have worked hard to create well paid and safe career opportunities to those who need them most, so, it seemed only natural that Mantis World would eventually collaborate with such a like-minded brand! With our transparent and ethical supply chain, we were well-placed to provide the basis for production of a small jersey range. Plus, with the help and support of FRASI AFRICA who supplied and printed the garments for Schwari, a capsule jersey range was added to compliment the beautiful and vibrant Schwari Collection!

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Mantis World at the “Source” of Ethical Manufacturing Discussion

In July this year a selection of the most pioneering brands, suppliers and retailers gathered together at the Source Summit in London to focus on the issue of sustainability in the fashion industry. Established in 2011 by the Ethical Fashion Forum as a platform to discuss issues that affect the sector and to facilitate change, this 1 day industry convention provided an opportunity for networking, sharing best practice and debate – with this year’s focus being on transparency and traceability.

Speakers ranged from the editor of Vogue.com and supermodel Amber Valetta, to heads of sourcing and design from designer level to high street – and Mantis World’s very own Russ Spiller.

In this panel, which includes Russ, we hear the inside story from global corporates, small business pioneers and suppliers large and small that are achieving major impact when it comes to people and the environment. Click here to watch the video: http://new.livestream.com/beinspiredfilmslive/sourcesummit13/videos/24192452

The overriding message of the day was that sustainability is more important than ever right now. Of course, the impact of the Rana Plaza tragedy in April featured strongly – leading to discussions regarding ethical manufacturing practices and the balancing of profit making and worker conditions in the supply chain.

Mantis World are proud to be a founding partner of the EFF and supplied the T-Shirts for this year’s event. More importantly, we are more determined to push ourselves – and the industry – to do things the way they should be done. Our “Well Made” ethos has never been more

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Mantis World – Textile Exchange Featured Member

Each month the Textile Exchange, a non-profit organisation that is committed to the responsible expansion of textile sustainability across the global textile value chain, spotlights one of their members in a post called the Featured Member. This month, they highlight the work that our Tanzanian partner factory has done with the support of Mantis World.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Exchange’s Integrity Coordinator Ashley Gill visited our supplier Sunflag in Arusha. She was shown around the whole facility and discussed the impact of the GOTS certification for Sunflag. Click here to read about her impressions:

 http://textileexchange.org/featured-member/te-featured-member-mantis-world-april-2013

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Mantis World – SOURCE award winners

The Ethical Fashion Forum held the SOURCE awards ceremony on the 4th December in a central London location. Mantis World was nominated in three different categories and on the night came away with the prestigious award for Sustainable Production, beating off tough competition.

The event was attended by many of the fashion industry’s most influential and inspiring brands, individuals, press and buyers. It was also live-streamed online allowing participation from all over the world. The award was judged by several leading experts in the fields of fashion and sustainability including Baroness Lola Young, Hilary Alexander, Mandi Lennard and Orsola de Castro.

Mantis World was delighted to win the award in recognition of all their hard work over the past 12 years. They have proven that sustainable and ethical production is possible on a commercial, large volume scale. Mantis World’s range of stock garments and dedicated Bespoke Production team ensure brands no matter what size can have easy access to sustainable, ethically-made garments and supply chain.

On the night Mantis was represented by the Head of Special Production, Russell Spiller; Merchandise Manager, Shailja Shah and Marketing and Customer Service Executive Katie Power. Managing Director Prama Bhardwaj and Sales Director Matt Peters, watched online while in Bangladesh visiting suppliers.

Other winners on the night included Think Boutique, an online ladies ethical fashion retailer, for Independent Boutique. Retail Leader went to ASOS and Eileen Fisher was highly commended. The renowned Safia Minney from People Tree won Outstanding Contribution and Livia Firth won Sustainable Style Icon. The high calibre of nominees and winners really stood out and it is clear to see that ethical sustainable fashion is no longer just a niche, it is gaining mainstream acceptance.

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Follow The Frog: you can’t peas all the people all the time…

Our friend LaRhea Pepper, Managing Director of Textile Exchange tweeted this video the other day. It’s funny, but extremely serious at the same time. We love it, but going by some of the responses, it’s evident that this Follow the Frog commercial, originally posted on YouTube by the Rainforest Alliance isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, or coffee, or bag of peas, or yoga mat….

 

http://textileexchange.org/

http://my.rainforest-alliance.org/site/PageNavigator/followthefrog.html

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Source Expo 2012 / Ethical Fashion Forum starts today!

Today see’s the opening of the 4th Source Expo, this year it is being held online to cope with the global demand for this event. On one level it’s an opportunity to meet an array of ethical manufactuers and suppliers from all over the world. On another it’s a chance discuss some of the current issues that concern all of us involved in the ethical trade movement. It’s also a chance to see some of the latest styles and design ideas which are making ethical fashion – especially from Africa – so trendy within the mainstream right now.  So, for any or all of the above reasons, it would be a great event to attend!

http://source.ethicalfashionforum.com/tags/events

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Javier Bardem: A Green Carpet triumph

Word has it that it’s Javier Bardem as the Bond villain who steals the show in Skyfall. 

Thanks to a feature by über cool writer Alice Wilby, Bardem certainly caught our attention on the red carpet at last nights’ Royal Premiere wearing a totally eco-friendly suit.

Worn as part of the ongoing Green Carpet Challenge, Bardem’s Gucci tuxedo was made from 100% organic wool and even featured recycled satin lapels…

Read Alice’s piece here.

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Well Made Magazine – Udox blog

Some very kind words from Udox about our newspaper the other day. Udox is a marketing agency, they specialise in street style and have a pioneering sneaker site called Crooked Tongues. In other words, they know a thing or two about t-shirt culture.

http://www.u-dox.com/2012/10/well-made-magazine-7032/

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Fashion Africa: One Day Conference, Nairobi

On an international level there was a time, not so long ago when the terms ‘Fashion’ and ‘Africa’ seemed mutually exclusive. While the continents’ cotton industry was attractive to all, the thought of looking to Africa for trends, design or manufacturing seemed like an alien concept to many in the global fashion community . Most recently however there’s been a growing change – both high street brands and high-end designers are starting to look to Africa for design inspiration, for manufacturing and as a developing sales market.

This shift in attitude has come about in no small part through the endeavours of people like  Jacqueline Shaw, founder of Africa Fashion Guide.

Forging international links between industry and creativity with a view to promoting the continents’ fashion industry (both financially and culturally) the platform celebrated its first birthday this September. Now, just a month later Africa Fashion Guide launch a major one day conference called Fashion Africa.

Held in Nairobi, Kenya the event explores themes around ethical fashion, trade, luxury and craft for example.  Our own Prama Bhardwaj will be attending as one of the speakers alongside Linda Murithi of In the Bag / Hub of Africa Fashion Week, JC Mazingue of USAID /Compete Africa and many, many others.  An inspiring and dynamic force, you may have already heard of Jacqueline through her seminal book Fashion Africa, A Visual Overview Of Contemporary African Fashion –  a must-read for anyone interested in the modern definition of an increasingly popular term.

http://www.africafashionguide.com/tag/conference/

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Introducing Well Made Magazine

This is the cover of a new Mantis World project. It’s about t-shirts or as it says in the title, well made t-shirts.

It’s not just about our tees, although they’re in there too of course. It’s about the culture of t-shirts and the people who make it interesting, people who have a passion for t-shirts and what they can say.

We’ve launched a special tumblr page dedicated to the project – The Well Made T-Shirt Club. We also held a private view / launch party for the newspaper last night. It was a great night – even our very own Matt Peters did some Djing!

The newspaper is free and will be available to read online soon. More news about where you can find it both in digital and physical form to come.

Meanwhile, maybe check out some of the t-shirt references on this amazing hand-drawn cover, created by the papers art director Berjo Mouanga and have a look at the tumblr page http://wellmadetshirts.tumblr.com. Feel free to follow us if you like it.

 

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