There are some great people in my world that are putting their flair for fashion to good use in the fight against human trafficking. I know statistics can be overwhelming so I’ll stick to two which speak volumes; there are 27 million trafficking victims worldwide of which the average age is 12! It really is a problem that needs major attention and whilst ordinary people like me can’t do much individually to change it even simple gestures like raising awareness are significant. I was lucky enough to attend two great anti trafficking events this year.
I remember Fashion Stops Traficking which took place in January at the Star and Garter bar in Putney, like it was yesterday. It was one of the first and best events I’ve attended this year! Guests were able to browse and shop some gorgeous sustainable and second hand / vintgage clothes so I was in heaven from the start. My highlights were browsing the stunning designer vintage classics- Prada and Gucci eat your hear out-from The Showroom Online. Then on another stand I managed to bag myself a preloved D&G dress for a steal (people keep telling me to stop saying how cheap my bargains are so I’ll leave you guessing). There were also nail treatments, massages and cupcakes for sale with proceeds going towards the A21 campaign, an inspirational charity that rescues and supports trafficking victims in addition to campaigning and much more!
The lovely singer / songwriter Aimee Mutambo blessed us with her angelic voice.
The evening was rounded off with a catwalk show, lots of live music from up and coming singers and rappers, an auction and raffle, more shopping and general good times. Planning on christening my dress next week!
The second anti trafficking event was thee Eaden London launch party at the Arlington conference centre in Camden last week. In addition to raising awareness of human trafficking the event introduced Eaden London which is a platform for consumers to find information about sustainable fashion. Money was also raised for the Arlington which is a charity supporting homeless people so it was an all round feel good evening! Guests enjoyed shopping, a catwalk show and some good tunes from Supakid & Go‘s Raf who was on the decks throughout the night.
Cute button jewelry from Fabric of Humanity
Me and my pledge not to ‘buy stuff just cos its on sale’ – I’ve stuck to it so far but its only been a week ( my discounted fruit buys today don’t count.).
I’m looking forward to attending more anti trafficking events and learning more about what I can do to help reach the goal of making the abomination of human trafficking a thing of the past- even if its not in my lifetime. Am excited to announce here that I have spoken to a fantastic anti trafficking brand, Beulah London (Kate Middleton’s favourite ethical brand), and will be publishing the interview here soon- watch this space!