The suit is always an investment. Not only does it work dresses up as an ensemble, but also, it is great to wear as separates, as blazer and pants with casual tops, denim, sweatpants etc. Perfect for a casual cool look.
We’ve collected some people who look both flawless and cool in their suits. Stylists, fashion insiders and creative’s with their own style, mixed up with our eco suggestions from our luxury handmade label Kerber. Masculine or feminine, their suits come in mix-and-match models to choose from, and they last a lifetime.
Keep scrolling to see and shop 5 looks that will elevate your wardrobe
Mix masculinity and femininity.
Comfy waist, cropped legs and a longer jacket. Feminine and masculine in one, elevates the feeling of effortlessness. Choose a loose singlet or t-shirt underneath to dress up or down. The keyword is loose.
Our feminine/masculine (conscious) suggestion:
Kerber Comfy Pants, (1.997 NOK (no added expences) Norway /€168 rest of the world)
Kerber Business Jacket (2.979 NOK (no added expences) Norway, €250 rest of the world)
Elevate length with loose legs.
You don’t need to wear a traditional colour to look chick.
Here you se the making of one ring. It is molded into a form an then goes through many stages before it becomes the ring you get when you order.
When the whole process is seen like this, in one, you kind of get the picture of how long it takes. It is also a great way to appreciate the fact that is can still be made like this, slowly with craftsmen and women, getting their pay.
What are your thoughts on the terms “Sustainability” and “Ethical production”?
“Well, it isn’t easy to navigate between all the terms and it is not easy to do better choices either. When I go to the High Street stores and see something with the tag “Made in Bangladesh”, I get a stomachache. The money goes straight to the top of the chain, but even though I know this, it is so easy to choose the more affordable products”.
“You see something you like, and the barrier for buying it is so low. You don’t think about choosing better there and then. You think about your wardrobe, how it will fit in there, and that’s the only thing you have to consider. So I guess these terms gets me thinking about the changes we all are trying to make, but still haven’t managed to do”.
If you should elaborate, how do you choose your wardrobe, and do you regularly repairs and fix things that are broken?
“I often ask myself; Why not choose better? and I’m working on it. It costs more, but in the end, it is likely to be a win to choose quality and something you will love. 6 pants from the high street stores equals maybe one slowly produced high quality pair of pants. And to know something about how it is produced, and that the people that made it, touched it, have been treated well and got their fair share, means something too!”
“You don’t repair pants when the repair costs more than the pants. We are not used to this kind of thinking. The products have so low value that it’s usually not in my mind to think about fixing it. But I do choose better sometimes. I love to go to the small independent stores, both here in Oslo and when I’m traveling. To talk to the people there and get the details and stories behind what I buy. And to see the commitment that goes all the way from the making of the product to the person selling me it. It makes me feel proud and it makes me love what I buy there more than other items. And THESE things I definitely fix if they are broken”.
“With food there’s been a great change the last few years here in Norway towards better production and small independent food-labels, but with clothing it is much more complex. You need to love what you buy in another way. It is connected to your identity. But in the end – like with food – you have to say even though it is hard – I just have to stop eating that and choose something better!”
How do you see the future? What do you think the future holds in regards to production and consume?
“I think we are facing great challenges. I think that for ethical production to become mainstream, they need to get subsidized. To be able to compete with the big chains when it comes to price. But maybe also the change will come no matter what. That it forces itself into our lives”.
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This is a story about Just Fashion, and a strong woman we have gotten to know during the growth of our site. Johanna and her jewelry label JohannaN, was the fifth label to come onboard Just Fashion. We want you to know what she is up to!
Production in Bangkok
Johanna produce at two production sites in Bangkok, and they have been with her all the way from the start in 2009.
The metal workshops, she knows in and out, and they have grown with her. Tom and Boom are husband and wife-team. They have a small workshop in the first floor of their house in the middle of Bangkok. Tom is sawing all the pieces and Boom is managing their orders, checks the quality, and puts on chains before dispatch to Sweden.
They are setting their own price on their work and that’s what Johanna pay them – done deal. Johanna can now ensure them full time work – which I bet feels great!
Since Johanna has been growing a lot the last years, she now also works with a second and third family workshop, Joi and his wife Nok, and Cha and his wife Joi.
In addition she also works closely with Boy, her creative collaborator in Bangkok and he communicate with all teams and takes care of the logistics.
Watch this short film showing the handsawing in the workshop
The bigger factory that does the casting is family owned with around 60 workers. The last visit to this factory was in February 2014. This factory is also located in Bangkok, and will be a focus in January when Johanna is going back to Thailand.
The raw material
There are large deposits of zinc and copper in Thailand. These metals are combined to form brass, which is a traditional material, used in the Buddha figures and in many religious ornaments and sculptures.
This tradition means that there are people with knowledge about the old way of doing the sawing and casting process that can be given work. Over time, generations of creative artisans built a tradition of craftsmanship around brass – a craft tradition that today only exists in a few places in the world (Abareness also uses these skills in their jewelry workshop in Nepal)
It’s been a pain in the ass to try to track the raw material. With gold and silver, there are a lot happening in the world in regards to sourcing, but with brass, the doors are still closed and there is no tradition for these kinds of investigations. One believes that around 70 % of all brass around is already recycled, but we would of course like to know where OUR (our designers) brass is from. This is an ongoing process, if you are a brass wiz and want to share, let us know!!
Can a business have a personal moral?
Yes, we do believe they can!
There are so many people who are skeptical to the concept of ethical fashion. It is such a wide term, and also difficult to grasp and to see something else than a trend in it. Well, it is in these meetings with our designers, by knowing them, that all doubt about their intentions is washed away. With JohannaN, I have been sure from the start.
She has walked the hardest way, to make her brand sustainable, and now she has come full circle in so many ways. The things that are still difficult to change are really difficult to change!!! Its complicated, sitting in Sweden, trying to get access to the details around the production, not because things are secret, but because there are no tradition for these kinds of investigations in Thailand.
To manage to make a lasting change, it is essential for our designers and us to understand the culture in the country in which we operate. To make room for dialog that can stretch over time, so there are no misunderstandings.
It is about knowing peoples cultural habits, and making them understand that you want to get under their skin, working WITH them, not having hidden agendas and papers with small writing on them. And this goes both ways.
The skepticism is often grounded in fear of prices being forced down, or fair of losing the order completely, or that somebody will force changes on them that makes the production difficult. They can be scared that questions are about taking something away from them, like they may have experienced before.
In January, Johanna is going back to Thailand to visit the workshop and the factory. We are going to be with her on her journey through films, stories and pictures. The thing with great designers with good intentions is that it never stops. It’s not about either or, it is about the journey and the choices one makes along the way.
And remember, , if you buy your JohannaN products at Just Fashion, you support both of us in our work towards a sustainable future!
From time to time, we share your pictures. Nothing makes us more happy than to see our designers pieces in use, on conscious people, out there in the world. Tag your picture with #myjustfashionstory if you want it to ne easier for us to find you:)
“People need clothes that are cool AND ethical. People need to know that there are designers with a conscience out there. People need to learn how to value and keep their clothes. It all starts with transparancy”
“We have the power in each and every purchase we do. By bying clothes from designers who really work the right way, you will give the world a bump in a better direction. Quality beats quantity any day! Products are so much more than products”
Last Weekend we got into Eline’s Hybrid for a ride from Oslo, over Hardangervidda, all the way to Bergen, where a small bunch of women and men got to tough, feel, try on, and buy our products, while enjoying each others company and a few glasses of something good.
Over the Mountain
It was a perfect ride over Hardangervidda. In Norwegian we call it “trollsk”.. the best English word would be “bewitching”.
So what is a Tupperware party?
Definition: a socialgathering invented by the company Tupperware in the 1950’s, where the host(ormoretypicallyhostess)entertainedtheguests,andprovidesthem with an opportunity to orderTupperware.
Just Fashion is a whole other company with another agenda, but the concept is the same, to let people relax and have the time to hear our stories and talk to us, one on one.
When you get to tough and feel things in a relaxed setting with your friends, we hope you also get that sense of higher value that our products carry. The stories and the time spent making them, will always be a part of the product you take with you home. Or the product you order and have to wait for, for it to be made.
Over the mountain again and back
On the way back everything had changed.
Just in the course of that Weekend, the mountrain-tops went white…
Back in Oslo
We must say that we are so pleased with meeting new people and talking about our goal with this company. We want to travel more. If you are more than 10 people and want to make the same kind of experience, let us know (in Norwegian if you like), and we will try to come:)
China was the birthplace of porcelain making, and it’s been found in the shape that we know today, as early as the 206 BC (the Han Dynasty).
Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to learn about porcelain, but it didn’t enter the European marked until around 1517.
In these ancient times, it was very expensive and only used by the rich and famous.
Natural ancient process
Porcelain is a ceramic material, made by heating materials in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C. The end result is always a surprise, since the colour constantly changes during the process. Kaolin is the primary material from which porcelain is made, but also clay minerals normally account for a small proportion of the whole.
Porcelain is a strong material and will last a long time! You can find proof of that in ancient ruins in the Middle East, and also in the fact that is is still used in making of teeth. The toughness, strength and translucency comes mainly from vitrification at the high temperatures it goes through.
Porcelain conserve its colour and characteristics for a long time. Words that describe it is: hard, tough, completely vitrified, whiteness, translucency, resonance. and a high resistance to chemical attack and thermal shock.
The Porcelain collection
Dutch Basics was inspired by China and the far East, and wanted to merge this with its own classic simplicity. The collection was developed in collaboration with Chantal Lensink and Gaby van Deutekom. I is also done in collaboration with a small Dutch workshop, where people with disadvantages get a chance to work in their own pace. The silver and gold pieces are made in Dutch Basics permanent jewelry workshop in Portugal.
“Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives”
Human Rights Watch
The Gender Gap
At Just Fashion we fight for gender and race-equality. We believe that everybody should have equal rights to make the same choices in their lives, which is not nearly the case today.
Based in Norway, Just Fashion are one of the lucky ones, at 3rd place in the Global Gender Gap Report for 2014, only beaten by Iceland and Finland.
It’s much worse for countries further down on the scale, like Nepal on 112th place, and all the way down to Yemen, at 154th place, the last one.
Supporting women through your fashion buys
Several designers at Just Fashion are working with women in countries further down on this list, and they make sure that
their factories and workshops strengthen women’s rights
giving not only minimum wage but also living wage
making sure that they have good working conditions and that the women are heard
Outside Kathmandu in Nepal our designers Abareness have taken part in a project where women, because of their caste, cannot leave their village. By giving them the opportunity to work from home, their economy and status is strengthened. These products are now unfortunately sold out, but we are hoping there are new projects to come.
A global survey of 1,119 women’s rights organization from over 140 countries showed that only 1 in 10 received funding from bilateral donors, national governments and international non-government organizations. Meanwhile only 6.9% received funding from UN Women. (Source: AWID Global Survey “Where is the money for women’s rights?” 2011) Source
Just Fashion designers supporting women
By supporting designers who make sure that women get paid, not only minimum, but also a living wage, you can take part in slowly changing a mentality in countries where women rarely get a say. And in other countries, like Germany, Norway and the Netherlands, you will give a share to women in professions that are not considered prestigious or important.
Here are the designers you should buy from at Just Fashion to make sure you support women in some way.
Makes sure that the women in the bigger knitting factory have good working conditions and living wage pay. In addition, Abareness is actively supporting educational projects that doesn’t discriminate between girls and boys, through their #coolkidsneedscleanwater project.
Supports independent craftswomen in Netherlands. In addition, she only use women of all ages, and with focus on their thoughts, ambitions and aspirations in her lookbook campaigns, and by doing so, shows another side of fashion than the too young clothing hanger-model.
Karen Pederstad is the designer behind Retusj, also made by hand by the designers herself in her studio in Oslo.
Almost everybody involved in Just Fashion are women , and our founder is a woman. By supporting us, you also support our fight to find more designers who believe in gender and race-equality, regardless of their gender.
Learn more about gender equality
This video from World Economic Forum tells a short version of why the report about gender equality is important
The designers at Just Fashion can tell you a lot of stories, still their products also speek for themselves. Together we work towards full control and transparency in every aspect of the journey our products take. Here are some of them, take a look.
If you think of it, during a day, we have a huge amount of choices when we are shopping. And everything is about this:
How we buy what we need
How we use and maintain what we have bought
How we get rid of what we have, when we can no longer use it
In 2013, there where produced as much as 85,4 million tons of textile fibers worldwide, and the number increases dramatically each year. So every move we do as consumers helps. From which fabric you choose to begin with when you buy something new, to how you wash it, and how you get rid of it in the end. A great way to start is to think about it at the store.
If you choose a non-biodegradable textile like polyester, spandex, nylon etc, and it does not have a good recycling system, it will end up on landfills and can take from 20 to 200 years to fully biodegrade. We know that sometimes we love those products we find in the wrong materials, and sometimes it is better to choose a pant in polyester than in cotton because it may last much longer with wear and tear, but off course the best thing would be both at once.
Composting biodegradble textiles
We are making a series of blog-posts about where you can put things that die, telling you how to reuse/recycle /up-cycle them, and how to get rid of them in the end. Today we will talk about organic matter and how long it takes for them to biodegrade. It is the easiest textile to biodegrade, but it still needs to be put in the right environment though!
Choose ecological, and you can be sure that the whole process is without chemicals, also what ends up in your garden or on your plants. Coloured materials are OK to compost, but sometimes they can contain small amounts of chemicals if they are not coloured in an organic way.
Cotton is one of the easiest textiles to biodegrade, especially if it is 100 % cotton. In a compost bin, it can biodegrade as fast as in a week, but also as long as 5 months.
Wool normally biodegrade in the course of a year, but can also take up to 5 years to biodegrade, depending on the treatment and type of wool.
Less than a year, sometimes a little more.
Also easy to brake down into soil. It can take as short as two weeks to 6 months.
Is usually not processed the way some of the materials mentioned above are. In most cases it uses really short amount of time to biodegrade, around a week to a month.
Up to a year, but sometimes longer.
Composting process – how to do it!
Making a compost bin
If you have room for it, you could make your own compost bin, and your clothes can in time become natural fertilizer for you garden. A simpe search on Pinterest got us all these different ways to build your own compost bin. Big or small garden, you will find a DIY guide here.
Making an indoor compost bin
Many of us don’t have a garden, but the good news are that it is possible to make it work indoors as well!
It was time for an upgrade, and finally it is here! Just Fashion have a brand new package to shine in.
We are so greatfull to our collaborators, Studio Netting for their great work! We recommend them to the world!
Our core is the same, as are our goals, giving you high quality products from designers with great core values. We will continue to tell you about our relationship with them, how we work together, and how we try to build our network of great suppliers and production sites.
We need change
“Second to oil, fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world. Every stage in a garment’s life threatens our planet and its resources. It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton, equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans. Up to 8,000 different chemicals are used to turn raw materials into clothes, including a range of dyeing and finishing processes. And what becomes of the clothing that doesn’t sell, falls apart or goes out of style? More often than not, it is discarded in giant landfills. How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?”
BoF, Business of Voices
Just Fashion continues
Like Business of Fashion, and their great site for debate and discussions around new solutions, Business of Fashion Voices, we will try to keep up and make steps in a better direction every day. The world is changing fast, and each time we do our choices we make a difference. We got so much more power than we think.
We hope you will continue to enjoy our concept and vision. Ask us questions. Give us feedback. And take part in moving things.