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Ada Zanditon. Image courtesy of the EJF

On Thursday night at GV Art gallery in London, Urban Times hosted the sustainable fashion event Bid for Better, an evening aimed at raising money for the Environmental Justice Foundation‘s cotton initiatives whilst raising the profile of sustainability within fashion. The night was packed full of fascinating people from the ethical fashion industry to talk to, live demonstrations from designers creating beautiful bespoke products and a silent auction brimming with sustainable garments and accessories to be bid on.

Bid for Better offered a unique experience for guests, providing them with the opportunity to talk to thought-leaders from the sustainable fashion world and get to know a lot more about what is going on and what needs to change. Guests had the chance to speak to people including, Leah Borromeo, a filmmaker and journalist currently working on an in-depth documentary, Dirty White Gold, which links the fashion supply chain to an epidemic of cotton farmer suicides in India. Veronica Crespi, of Rewardrobe, was available for short one on one consultations, giving the guests sustainable style advice. Pamela and Ilaria from Shirahime, were talking to guests about vintage Japanese kimonos and how they are a great example of slow fashion, as well as giving guests the chance to try on some of the beautiful pieces they had on display. One of the leading ethical fashion designers at the moment, Ada Zanditon, was also there, showing her most recent collection film, SS13 Tigress Reign and talking to guests about the sustainable practices she uses in her production.

Hetty Rose demonstration. Image courtesy of the EJF

There was also the chance to gain some insider knowledge, from a selection of designers that were demonstrating the techniques they use in the creation of their products. Clementine from Little Glass Clementine, was demonstrating how she creates her incredible bespoke pieces of jewellery out of little treasures she collects and found objects that reflect the personality or passion of her clients. Fashion designer Olwen Bourke demonstrated some of the approaches she takes to create her beautiful bespoke garments from reclaimed and end of roll fabrics, while Hetty Rose displayed her gorgeous, luxurious shoes made out of upcycled kimonos; giving guests a sneak peak into how to make one of kind shoes.

I am an optimist. Image courtesy of the EJF

With over 70 garments and accessories donated for the night, there was a fantastic range of sustainable fashion on offer. The beautiful array of products alongside an incredibly well stocked 100% organic bar, led to a silent bidding war amongst guests. Once the auction had been closed and the bids had been counted, there was a flurry of excitement as the winners were sent text messages asking them to come and claim their item. The mystery of the silent auction added to the fun of the evening, with guests anxiously waiting to find out if they had won the items that they had fallen in love with. Those that had won their desired items, left Bid for Better happy with their ‘good’ purchases and those that may have lost out in the auction, left with a warm glow from the exclusive organic Urban Times fig and honeydew melon cocktails.

Altogether we raised £1969.78 on the night for the EJF and we are hoping to raise more with an Urban Times Bid for Better sub-section at the EJF pop-up shop on Carnaby Street. As there were a few pieces that were left unclaimed at the end of the night, we are going to be putting these in their store to raise even more money for such a great cause.

Clementine. Image courtesy of Vincent Mignott

Here are a selection of some photographs which sum up the amazing atmosphere of the night! Thanks to all who made the night a possibility.

Guests try on Colin Leslie sunglasses up for auction. Image courtesy of the EJF

Jewellery for Sale. Image courtesy of Vincent Mignott

Bid for Better. Image courtesy of the EJF

Olwen Bourke. Image courtesy of the EJF

Accessories auction room. Image courtesy of Vincent Mignott

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