Lots of us are going off fast fashion for the ethical and environmental sins they keep committing. We’re all fiends for the latest fashion trends – but where can we get our fix?
Fear not, conscious consumerism has become a massive trend and peeps in the fashion industry are hearing us. A tonne of ethical fashion markets have popped up around the country to satisfy our love for clothes (without taking the environment and third world workers down with it).
So we’ve rounded up some of the funkiest ethical and sustainable fashion markets, from vintage to second-hand clothing and beyond. Get that $20 out of ya pocket.
Round She Goes // Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne
Round She Goes is the ultimate destination for vintage and pre-loved fashion and has over 10 years under its belt. The market is jam-packed with second-hand fashion goodies and is held three times a year. RSG has also launched an online shop to keep quality clothing out of landfill year-round.
The Slow Fashion Market // Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra
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SYDNEY // @form.by.t is the creator of ethical clothing made from natural, organic fibres. Each item is designed and handmade to order by maker Tessa “T” in her studio in Melbourne. Form by T embodies the shift towards slow fashion. Inspired to create high quality, sustainable pieces, T aims to avoid seasonal trends by creating relaxed, every day pieces that will last and be loved for years to come.⠀ ⠀ Form by T was started in 2018 with ethical production and sustainable practices being a number one priority. T uses linen, hemp and organic cotton for fabric as they are biodegradable at do not lead to micro-plastic fibres entering the oceans through washing machines.⠀ ⠀ All items are made to order to ensure no mass production and waste. This means customers can order different variations in the style such as length, fastenings and colour. At the market, Form by T has samples is various sizes and colours to try and on and then order from there.⠀ ⠀ Find Form by T and meet Tessa at The Slow Fashion Market at the Petersham Town Hall, on Saturday 14 September.⠀ ⠀ Photo by @samsette #slowfashionmarket #slowfashion #sustainablefashion #ecofashion #ethicalfashion #fairfashion #fashion #fairtrade #organiccotton #sustainable #ecofriendly #sydneyfashion #Sydney #Sydenymarket #fashionrevolution #whomademyclothes #lovedclotheslast #whatsonsydney ⠀ #innerwest⠀ #petersham
The Slow Fashion Market is chock full of locally designed, ethically made clothing and accessories. It’s also run by the same gals over at Round She Goes. The market is fast growing and debuted in the nation’s capital this year complete with vegan donuts. Clothes and food – what more could you want?
Suitcase Rummage // Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane
Those living in sunny Queensland are blessed every month by this market. The rest of us will have to make do with around six a year. SR is defs the most chilled out market on this list – everything is sold out of suitcases (obvs). The rummage has been so popular they now do pop ups at music festivals, keep an eye for them at Laneway!
Preloved Clothing Market // Perth
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It might seem like Sydney and Melbourne get all the clothing (pre) love, but fear not those in WA, second-hand clothes markets aren’t far away. Your conscience and your wallet will love this market – clothes start at just $2 and proceeds from the entry fee go towards funding for Zonta House Refugee Association. Win win.
Hunter Markets // Melbourne
We’ve saved the best ’til last. These markets are the place to go for all lovers of Instagram fashion influencers. Kind of like a real life Depop, this market allows us regular fashion fiends to meet Instagram royalty and even score a few of their clothes. Sarah Kokkinos created this space for influencers to resell clothing they often haven’t even worn at just 18 years old. What a fab way to tackle the impacts of fast fashion on the planet.
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