Behind the Seams: celebrating local fashion

To celebrate east London’s rich manufacturing history and status as an international fashion haven, East London Lines has created Behind the Seams: a three-day series about local fashion. What are the problems with importing your fashion, what’s the environmental impact, and why should you buy locally?

Over the next three days, we will be exploring all these issues and more, so follow us on #BehindtheSeams to make sure you don’t miss any of the following features:

Day 1

A showcase of east London street style

Spitalfields Market Street Style. Pic: Saman Javed

As East London Lines launches its local fashion series, we took to the streets to find the best street style Hackney and Tower Hamlets have to offer.

Fast fashion kills: why you should buy local

Garment workers in a garment factory in Cambodia. Pic: Will Baxter

East London Lines speaks to Labour Behind The Label to find out why you should be buying local fashion.

Day 2

Get the local look

Pic: Behind the Seams Team

What’s the environmental impact of your outfit? East London Lines looked at the air miles of our fashion choices and how easy it is to recreate outfits bought on the high street, but made abroad, with clothing made right here in east London.

Day 3

Mapping local fashion: find the coolest clothing on your doorstep

Spitalfields Market Pic: Cory Doctorow.

We created a map for ELL residents to find local fashion hotspots near them.

The designers and manufacturers of east London

Eddie Gavrwilidis Pic: Eddie Gavrwilidis

East London Lines talks to local designers and manufacturers across the boroughs.

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