The Fashion Plate is defined as a person dressed in the latest and most popular designs. But we’ve re-imagined The Fashion Plate as a stylish & contemporary lifestyle guide dedicated to sustainable fashion, design and living for the socially conscious individual.
Why the Change?
The more we learn about the damage over-consumption has on the environment and on global society the more overwhelming it becomes. And we know the key to quell the effects is to change how we produce and how we consume.
For most people “sustainable living” is a good idea, but it is also a very broad concept that is confusing. Part of the confusion is because sustainability is not one simple definition. Therefor, living sustainably cannot be done with one simple solution, it isn’t as easy as choosing between natural and synthetic products.
At The Fashion Plate we work in teams researching what sustainability is and what brands, companies and projects are dedicated to creating sustainable practices and using sustainable materials.
We started by narrowing our field of vision to five forms of sustainability:
- Eco: Clean & green through all phases of a products life cycle.
- Ethical: Fair & cruelty free including eco-friendly materials, livable wages, artisanal craftsmanship, locally produced.
- Bespoke: On-demand and custom made: Made-to-order.
- Slow: Quality materials, high touch production, timeless design.
- Upcycled: Repaired, repurposed, redesigned, recycled, reused.
A Sustainable Revolution.
Luckily we’ve discovered great sustainability house & home product websites, fashion e-commerce sites and educational web-institutions dedicated to raising awareness and creating a more ethical and sustainable future.
But there isn’t a stylish city guide out there with local, sustainable businesses especially in heavily populated cities or fashion capitols like Milan, New York, London and Paris.
This is where The Fashion Plate magazine comes in. Our mission is to encourage businesses ready to make the switch to incorporate sustainable business models, celebrate new and emerging designers that are already sustainability leaders, and to offer our readers enjoyable activities other than shopping.
The Fashion Plate City Guides showcase TFP approved products and businesses dedicated to sustainability and a better tomorrow. Our city guides focus on food, fashion, design and living in the world’s fashion capitals.
A Sustainable Alternative.
People might not agree with me but I believe sustainability will take time especially for big brands that need to make large-scale philosophical, operating and supplier model changes.
And, I also know socially conscious individuals that want to be fashionable and stylish and are still just as influenced by top brands as everyone else.
Both reasons are why I believe at this time you should have a choice between top brands and sustainable fashion designers, because I don’t believe you should have to forfeit style while businesses figure this out.
The Fashion Plate is fully connected to what’s trending in the world of fashion, design and living and we will share those popular styles with you. And, we will recommend planet and societal healthy alternatives, quality products you’ll wear longer than a few times, that you’ll want to keep rather than discard. We call them ‘Sustainable Subs’.
The Best Spending Habit.
Finally I want to show you another spending option – besides shopping – it’s spending quality time on yourself. Sustainability isn’t just about responsible production standards or shopping ethically it’s also about slowing down our consumer spending and finding new ways to enjoy life. The Fashion Plate will show you there are so many other things you can spend time doing rather than shop.
What’s most important is to remember the choice is yours, you are the leader you’ve been waiting for.
Created in 2015 by style influencer and noted fashion journalist Nichelle Cole, The Fashion Plate is an ethical fashion magazine delving into the future of sustainable fashion, design and living.
We publish reviews, interviews, stories and a fashionable city guide focused on sustainable living for the socially conscious individual with style.
Choose Well, Live Well
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