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Olivia Pinnock – Founder of the Fashion Debates

SEEN is a big supporter of ethical approaches to fashion consumerism, so it was with great delight that we sat down to chat with Olivia Pinnock, the founder of the Fashion Debates which start this Thursday the 19th May at the Condé Nast College of Fashion in Soho.

SEEN is a big supporter of ethical approaches to fashion consumerism, so it was with great delight that we sat down to chat with Olivia Pinnock, the founder of the Fashion Debates which start this Thursday the 19th May at the Condé Nast College of Fashion in Soho.

Olivia’s passion for vintage fashion and background in fashion journalism, combined with a humanistic attitude to garment workers in the Third World and the conditions in which they too often work led to her asking pertinent questions of consumerism in the West; but interestingly, she is committed to finding answers to her questions and working towards a an equitable solution for workers and consumers alike.

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Olivia Pinnock

The outsourcing of mass manufacture provides ways for poorer countries to emancipate themselves from poverty – and crucially – educate future generations, but at what price? How does that marry with our desire in the West for a bargain? With high street stores undercutting each other to draw customers and the charity shops now getting in on the game, where does the consumer stand in the chain of manufacture, retail and re-use?

There are no easy solutions and Olivia recognises this. Nor does she feel that lecturing consumers on their habits and making them feel guilty is of use. What can we do to express solidarity with Third World garment workers, whilst continuing to buy the clothes that we love? What pressure can we bring to bear on the CEOs of our favourite brands?

In many ways it’s never been easier. The Imternet means that top brands are accessible to their customers as never before. Olivia sees Social Media as an empowering force for the consumer and a meaningful way to connect with the people who make the clothes we love. Olivia debates this and many other issues with leading figures from the Fashion Industry.

The events are open to all and tickets can be purchased for £10 at www.thefashiondebates.com

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Burns Night: Whisky 101 at The Gallery 

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