Oxfam Launches Ethical Fashion Range

Fair Trade & Workers Rights, Media Releases, Oxfam Shops, Shops & Fundraising article written on the 24 Apr 2016

Australian shoppers have the chance to help change the lives of people living in poverty with Oxfam’s new range of beautiful, handmade, fair and ethically sourced dresses and everyday basics.

The range consists of vibrant, bold dresses in flattering styles, everyday basics including cardigans, tops and leggings and soft, silky sleepwear made from organic cotton.

Oxfam Australia Trading General Manager Julia Sumner said the new range was an exciting development for the organisation and provides Australian consumers with the opportunity to take a stylish stand against unfair trade practices.

“Our new range of ethical clothing is not only fun, fashionable and on trend, it is also made to the highest quality standards by a range of talented artisans in India and Nepal,” Ms Sumner said.

“And it’s giving Australian shoppers what they want with a survey released by Oxfam this week showing that 89 per cent of Australians were willing to pay more for clothes to ensure garment workers had safe and decent working conditions.

“This new range of ethical fashion is stylish and affordable and it gives Australians the opportunity to empower and support the people that are making their clothes. These clothes not only make a fashion statement – they make a statement that you are committed to fighting for gender equality and combating child labour to make an impact on global poverty.”

The launch of this new range marks the start of an exciting new era for Oxfam.
“The launch of our ethical fashion range is the first of innovative exciting projects and product launches that we’ve got planned for 2016,” Ms Sumner said.

“This is the year you will see Oxfam pushing the product boundaries with more and more amazing ranges of handmade, high quality, ethically sourced products and we’re looking forward to taking our customers on a journey with some innovative new collaborations and exciting new products.”

This week, Oxfam released a scorecard on the transparency of Australian fashion brands, read more at: www.oxfam.org.au/stillinthedark/.

It also joined Fashion Revolution around the world to ask #whomademyclothes and shine a light on the lack of transparency in the global garment trade.

Oxfam’s new fashion line empowers the artisans we support and puts them the spotlight. The range is available online and can be found at www.oxfamshop.org.au/fair-fashion

For images, interviews or more information, please contact Sara Pelvin on 0448 554 495 or sarap@oxfam.org.au