Affordability, Accessibility & Inclusivity: Resources

This information was originally created for participants of Fashion Revolution YYC who attended in an in-person event. The resources provided below are meant to further attendee's knowledge, and provide further information discussed at each of the events. That being said, all of these resources are valuable to everyone, regardless if you were in attendance!


Key Terms:

Colourism:

Prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.

Fatphobia:

Fatphobia is the fear and/or hatred of fat bodies. This weight stigma in general refers to negative attitudes and behavior made towards fat people; attitudes and behavior that mean fat people are not able to participate in every day society the same way that thinner people are. Fatphobia is embedded into so many aspects of our culture that it feels normal for us to believe that being fat is wrong

Inclusivity:

An intention, or policies that include people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized (handicapped people, people of colour, queer people, etc.) 

Size Inclusivity:

Being inclusive of all body types and sizes. 

Size Awareness:

Observing that the world is made of humans who exist in all different shapes, sizes, weights, etc. and that despite this, many are excluded. 

Tokenism:

Coined by Rosabeth Moss Kanter to describe minority groups that compose of less than 15% within a group. Tokenism is the practice of making only a symbolic effort to be inclusive to members of minority groups, in order to give the appreacance of racial, sexual, etc. inclusivity and equality.  Kanter defines tokenism as having 3 distinct consequences: visibility, polarization and assimilation. 

  • Visibility: Leads to unwanted attention, leading many to feel "added pressure to perform well as their actions reflect on all tokens," and even causing some to underachieve in order to "fly 'under the radar'" and avoid drawing attention.
  • Polarization:  The differences between tokens and their dominant peers are magnified and exacerbated.
  • Assimilation: People within a certain 'minority' group are often trapped within roles that stereotype their particular 'group'. 

Intersectional feminism:

Coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, intersectional feminism examines the overlapping systems of oppression and discrimination that women face, not just through their gender, but because of their ethinicities, sexualities, economic backgrounds, etc. Read her essay, Mapping The Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, here. 

 

Inclusive* Ethical Brands: 

*These brands are either owned by P.O.C, represent P.O.C, are budget friendly, or have inclusive sizing options.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, so please send suggestions and I can update!

  • Printed Pattern People (clothing & accessories): $$
  • Proclaim (bralettes for all skin tones): $
  • Neo Thread (clothing): $$
  • Alice Alexander Co. (clothing): $$ + sizes 0-28 
  • Smart Glamour (clothing, accessories, underwear): $ + sizes unlimited 
  • Lara Intimates (underwear): $$
  • Elizabeth Suzann (clothing): $$$
  • Buttercream Clothing (clothing, accessories): $ + sizes XS-3X
  • Hackwith Design House (clothing): $$$ + sizes to 4X
  • Brother Vellies (shoes): $$$
  • Pansy Co. (underwear): $$ + sizes to 2X 
  • Girlfriend Collective (activewear): $$ + sizes to 3X
  • Naja (underwear): $$
  • Nettle's Tale (swimwear): $$ + sizes to 2X
  • The Social Outfit (clothing): $$$ 
  • Arturo Denim (jeans): $$  
  • Idia Dega (clothing, accessories): $$$ 
  • She Native Goods (accessories): $$ 
  • Sindiso Khumalo (clothing)
  • Studio 189 (clothing): $$$ 
  • Thriftopia (clothing): $

Follow (Instagram):

  • @melaninass
  • @kameachayne
  • @ethicalunicorn
  • @zerowastehabesha
  • @marielle.elizabeth
  • @hodakatebi
  • @harlemundressed
  • @elim_chu
  • @acupofjoan
  • @lilianliu
  • @oldworldnew
  • @shaesburns
  • @consciousnchic
  • @mybrownsparklez
  • @sustainablystylish

Watch: 

Ted Talk: How to overcome our biases?

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how. Watch Verna Myers' Ted Talk here.

Ted Talk: Enough with the fear of fat

In a society obsessed with body image and marked by a fear of fat, Kelli Jean Drinkwater engages in radical body politics through art. She confronts the public's perception of bigger bodies by bringing them into spaces that were once off limits -- from fashion runways to the Sydney Festival -- and entices all of us to look again and rethink our biases. "Unapologetic fat bodies can blow people's minds," she says.

Hello Beautiful: 

A live taping discussing all things sustainable fashion and melanin. Hello Beautiful is a News, Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty Platform for Today's Black Woman. Watch it here. 

Blogs:

Melanin & Sustainable Style:

Melanin And Sustainable Style (MelaninASS) is an evolutionary platform that discusses the issues and celebrates the success of communities of color in Sustainable Fashion and Beauty spaces. They are giving the ethical industry an authentic and culturally relevant voice. They care about sustainable development, social innovation and holistic living. They elevate discussions of pioneers who stylishly empower communities and cultivate change. In sharing a global perspective of new industry standards, they believe it is imperative that we pay homage to the beauty and style of melanin around the globe.

Dominique Drakeford: 

Dominique Drakeford is an environmental educator, creative director and community advocate who works in so many different spheres to inspire ecological, cultural, and social change. Having worked with a myriad of companies and organizations such as Donna Karan’s Urban Zen and Rosario Dawson’s Studio 189, her work has been about changing mainstream narratives on what sustainability looks like in practice while especially giving a voice to women of color. You can find her sustainable style through "Dom's Conscious Closet."

JooJoo Azad: 

JooJoo Azad is a radical anti-capitalist, intersectional feminist, and body-positive political fashion blog written and run by Hoda Katebi, a Muslim-Iranian creative and community organizer living in Chicago. JooJoo Azad acts as a site of unapologetic identity reclamation aimed at challenging Orientalist mainstream media representation of Middle-Eastern, Hijab-wearing, Muslim women. They are dedicated to promoting a minimalist (in terms of consumption, not style of clothing) way of life. They believe that fashion is a beautiful art form and language of self-expression and communication, yet the fashion industry is one of the most destructive forces on the planet.

Ethical Unicorn: 

Created and run by Francesca Willow, a London-based artist and writer. Ethical Unicorn has the goal of equipping and inspiring people to live a more sustainable, informed lifestyle in a variety of circumstances; whether it’s a hectic schedule, big city living or if people just don’t know where to start. She believes that true change requires a combination of consumer choice, intersectional collective action and policy change. She writes about gender, activism, sustainability and social justice issues. 

Magazines:

Selva Beat: 

Selva Beat is an environmental magazine with an edge. They take environmentalism and place it in the context of your favorite topics – beauty, fashion, culture, food, sex, love – to make activism as accessible and engaging as possible. 

Loam:

Loam is an environmental arts magazine dedicated to promoting the work of pioneering individuals and organizations in the realm of sustainability. They see creativity and sustainability as symbiotic. Their hope is that in illuminating inventive responses to environmental issues, we can help these movements take root. Loam believes that meaningful change stems from a place of positivity.