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LOVE STORY GUIDE Time to commit to a long term relationship with our clothes

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We are Fashion Revolution. We are designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers, trade unions and fashion lovers. We are the industry and we are the public. We are world citizens. We are you.

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1 mobilisation: social mobilisation seeks to facilitate change by encouraging and enabling a significant number of people to engage in interrelated and complementary efforts.

advocacy: advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to: 2

1. Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. 2. Defend and safeguard their rights. 3. Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.

systemic: relating to an entire system, as opposed to a particular part. 3

We campaign for a clean, safe, fair, transparent and accountable fashion industry. We do this through research, education, collaboration, mobilisation1 and advocacy2. The issues in the fashion industry never fall on any single person, brand, or company. That’s why we focus on using our voices to transform the entire system. With systemic3 and structural change, the fashion industry can lift millions of people out of poverty and provide them with decent and dignified livelihoods. It can conserve and restore our living planet. It can bring people together and be a great source of joy, creativity and expression for individuals and communities. We believe in a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit.

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Fashion Revolution Week happens every year in the week surrounding the 24th of April. This date is the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse. Rana Plaza, a building in Bangladesh, housed a number of garment factories, employing around 5,000 people. The people in this building were manufacturing clothing for many of the biggest global fashion brands. Over 1,100 people died in the collapse and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The victims were mostly young women.

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During uncertain times such as our current global pandemic, we know that the most vulnerable are disproportionately affected. At the same time, the vast majority of the people who make our clothes are themselves vulnerable, and lacking sick pay, paid leave, or adequate health care. When we use our voices to hold big corporations accountable, we are part of the change in shaping a fairer world. To read more about the Rana Plaza disaster and the formation of the Fashion Revolution movement, visit our website: www.fashionrevolution.org org

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100billion Its estimated that 100 billion pieces of clothing are produced each year. 20% of which go unsold Extending the life of clothes by just nine extra months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30%

Estimates suggest that one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or incinerated every second around the world.

The global average is 10,000 litres of water to make 1 kilogram of cotton, the equivalent of 153 showers @fash_rev

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The value of unused clothing in British wardrobes is around £30 billion while £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year.

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billion tonnes The fashion industry has an annual carbon footprint of 3.3 billion tonnes. That’s 3.5 times greater than the aviation industry. @fash_rev

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What is a ‘love story’? We need to buy less and buy with love; buy only what we need, or what we truly want, no longer on a whim or an impulse. Take your time, choose only the pieces you intend to keep. Let’s take it slow, and commit to a long term relationship with our clothes. Wear things over and over, and cherish, care and repair the ones you already own. Did you know that the most sustainable garment is the one already in your wardrobe? We are asking clothes keepers from all over the world to join the Fashion Revolution and create a Love Story. We hope telling this story will inspire you and your friends, family and followers to experiment with different ways to experience clothing. This guide shows you how. Share your Love Story on socials using the hashtags #fashionrevolution and #lovedclotheslast

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Tell your love story No one can replace the beautiful jacket that your grandmother wore and gave to you. Or that perfect little dress you found while travelling somewhere special. Rather than buying new, fall back in love with the things you already own. Share a story, or write a love letter about a piece of clothing that means a lot to you.

Others’ Love Stories DJ and stylist Fabienne has made a Love Story about her YSL suit.

Mariah Idrissi’s Love Story is about her Mickey Mouse shirt.

Tolly Dolly Posh tells us the love stories behind her favourite Dr. Martens boots, vintage dress and jacket.

Tank Magazine’s executive fashion director Caroline Issa dedicates her Love Story to her 8 year old Miu Miu jacket.

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Tell your love story Pick your platform

Film it Make a video introducing us to your piece of clothing. You could be wearing it, or pick it out from your wardrobe. You could even share the love stories of an entire outfit! Upload it to Youtube or another video platform, and include these Fashion Revolution links in the description box:

Encourage your followers to make their own love story, and be part of the movement. We’ll add our favourite love story videos to our Youtube playlist. Make sure we see it by tagging it with #fashionrevolution #lovedclotheslast

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Share your love story on social media during Fashion Revolution Week 20th-26th April 2020. Encourage your followers to make their own love story, and be part of the Fashion Revolution.

Photograph it

Write about it

Share a photo of the piece of clothing you love. Tell us it’s story, the journeys you’ve shared, why you love it. You could make a photo collage of you wearing it.

Write a love poem or letter to your piece of clothing. It could be as short as a haiku, as long as a sonnet. You could record it for radio, a podcast or interview your friends about their most-loved pieces in their wardrobe.

Share it on socials with the hashtags #fashionrevolution and #lovedclotheslast during Fashion Revolution Week 20th-26th April. We’ll repost our favourites on the @fash_rev instagram feed.

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Tell us about it via socials or using the contact form on our website.

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How do I do it? Get a group of friends to join you on Zoom or Houseparty and share the stories of the clothes you love. Topics for conversation • Have you had an embarrassing moment when a piece of clothing broke at an inappropriate time?

• A dress that reminds you of summer holidays?

• Is there an outfit that reminds you of your most awful date? Or the moment you fell in love?

• Do you have a piece of clothing that was passed to you by a loved one, or that you have inherited from someone you love?

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• A jacket that helped you get a promotion at work?

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love story #whatsinmyclothes How do I do it? Talk about the fabrics your clothes are made of, the composition, investigate the labels, see #whatsinmyclothes and share tips for better care and maintenance. Topics for conversation

• Look at your jeans’ labels. • Swap your best Do they have synthetics laundry tips - ask your mixed in to make them grandparents for ideas, stretch? Compare a pair of particularly on washing by raw denim jeans to a pair hand which they used to that stretch. How often do do far more than us. you wash your jeans? • How many of your clothes are made using synthetics? How many use natural fibres?

• Are you washing your clothes more after you go out to buy food or exercise?

• Do you have any clothes • How do your clothes feel? that are made from 100 Which of your clothes do per cent cotton or 100 per you like to feel next to cent wool? your skin? @fash_rev

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love story stitch n bitch

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Stitch ‘n’ Bitch is a term that’s been around since the 40s. Its a group that gest together to knit, sew and craft whilst talking. Pretty simple.

Invite your friends to a Zoom (or your preferred social platform) group and repair together. Whether you are darning your socks, embroidering your jeans or simply picking up a dropped hem, do it together.

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love story get creative

Option 1 Cocktails and dancing all dressed up: get your friends on houseparty and restyle yourselves after your favourite bookmovieTV character, or your ideal self, your grandmother, your best friend, or just let your imagination loose... use everything you’ve got in your wardrobe with abandon. @fash_rev

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Option 2 Invite your grannies: teach your granny about zoom or whatsapp and ask her to share her clothes maintenance wisdom. They can join your group and teach you a thing or 200 on how to care for your clothes, and show you their clothing heirlooms, the clothes that made their memories. fashionrevolution.org

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Other ways to get involved

Get involved Our citizens Get Involved pack is your complete roadmap to taking part in Fashion Revolution Week 2020.

Attend a digital event During Fashion Revolution Week (20-26 April), you can attend digital panel discussions, virtual workshops, and webinars. Check out our events page here.

Get involved in your workplace If you work in the clothing and textiles industry, why not start making changes with the people around you?

Brands & Retailers Brands and retailers can get involved with Fashion Revolution Week by sharing information about their supply chains.

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Try a ‘Haulternative’ Fashion isn’t just about consuming more stuff. Check out our guide of ‘haulternatives’ to change the way we buy, make and use our clothes.

Write a postcard to a policymaker Ask your local policymaker what they’re doing to create a fairer, safer, cleaner more transparent fashion industry. Your voice has power, so use it!

Spread the word Use your voice to invite others to join you in taking part in Fashion Revolution Week. Find our social media assets, posters and campaign materials here.

Read up Educate yourself on the issues and get inspired by new ways to help create change.

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How to: Share your Clothing Love Story  

Rather than buying new, fall back in love with the clothes you already own. Share your story, or write a love letter about an item of clothi...

How to: Share your Clothing Love Story  

Rather than buying new, fall back in love with the clothes you already own. Share your story, or write a love letter about an item of clothi...