What you need to know about Fashion District Festival

As Fashion Week marches out of London town, in the sparkling after-math of the Met, VMAs and the Emmys, we’re all talking about FASHION. And boy have we got a weekend lined up for you.

Here at Get Living we are conscious consumers, pro-positive fashion, positive change and learning about best practise initiatives for the future of our wardrobes and our planet.

To herald and celebrate fashion, sustainability and innovation we’re delighted to be a part of the Fashion District Festival running right here in London’s new creative district – Stratford – until the 26 September.

The fashion-fest brings together people, businesses, spaces and ideas to shine a light on the fashion talent and initiatives happening right here under our noses.

What to expect? Residents, shoppers, business start-ups, global and local talent shopping-wise, learning lots, networking. Feast your eyes on  pop-up stores and a vintage market, get immersed in styling sessions, hands-on workshops, new-tech, events and installations – and all in a perfect tottering distance from eachother.

Shop: The best new sustainable brands and pre-loved fashion at Westfield Stratford.

Watch: Showcases and styling events at D&D’s Haugen in the newly-built Pavilion.

Make: Repair, reuse and recycle at Westfield Stratford and The Lab E20

Grow: Learn, pitch and network for your start-up brand with The Trampery at the British Council, The Lab E20 and The Stratford.

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What's On at The Lab E20

If you haven’t already heard about it, the new-and-pretty-darn-fabulous The Lab E20 is a space designed by the very able hands of Christopher Raeburn and his team – to inspire and educate the style-savvy with a conscience. Meet the Hackney hero for yourself.

 

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Here are the events happening at The Lab E20, from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 September.  You, your friends, even your kids can learn the priceless arts of upcycling, making and mending from some of East London’s finest creatives.

24 SEP 10AM – 12PM: TRASHION FACTORY WORKSHOP
Learn how to upcycle a scarf into a kimono. Transform your own or choose one from a selection and meet other crafters passionate about upcycling and reusing. Book for £15.

24 SEP 3PM – 5PM: RETURE SABINNA
Join SABINNA, a female-led conscious brand, for a crochet workshop to make your own cross-body bag. Book for £15.

24 SEP 3.30PM – 5PM: ARPILLERAS WORKSHOP WITH ANCIELA
Use fabric scraps and turn them into unique embroidered embellishments using a traditional Latin American technique. Free to book.

25 SEP 10AM – 11AM & 11.30AM – 12.30PM: PLAY CAPES WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
For 4-10 year-olds, inspiring play and creativity through waste reduction, making old clothes into superhero capes. Free to book.

 25 SEP EVERY HOUR 4PM – 8PM: DISCOMAKE WITH FASHION OPEN STUDIO
Come together with makers, designers and influencers to mend, share, transform, repair and create while partying. Free to book.

26 SEP 11AM – 12.30PM: RETURE 4649.REC
Repair your clothes with 4649.REC – a brand focused on recycling vintage kimonos into modern streetwear. Rejuvenate your old garments with a Japanese twist. Book for £15.

26 SEP 1PM – 2.30PM: RETURE TOM-O
Save clothes from landfill by bringing you pre-loved garments and textiles to create a tote bag, with patchwork masters TOM-O. Book for £15.

26 SEP 3PM – 5PM: PRINCE’S FOUNDATION WORKSHOP
Learn how to applique and sew during an afternoon dedicated to designing and making a lanyard phone case, with the Prince’s Foundation. Free to book.

 

See you there, lovely people.

Have an inspired (and absolutely fabulous) weekend.