Ethical Red Carpet Glamour: One Step Closer To The Stars
The red carpet has always been the place for celebrities to show off their fashion credentials, where we could only ever dream of wearing them ourselves. But there is one company bridging the gap between these superstars and us mere mortals.
Offset Warehouse is a unique, online shop, breaking the mould of fabric retailing. Their collection of fabrics showcase exclusive hand woven and hand printed items, and textiles that combine technology at the forefront of fibre development with techniques and fibres that are thousands of years old. All of their fabrics are environmentally or socially beneficial, and with their unique, online business model, they can afford to offer these beautiful, ethical textiles at a fraction of the expected price.
The Founder and Director of Offset Warehouse, Charlie Ross, says: “We’ve seen a huge increase in new customers all looking to make their own ethical gowns.”
“They’ve been inspired by the rise in ethical red carpet glamour, supported by beautiful celebrities like Karlie Kloss and Olga Kurylenko. And with the recent increase in awareness of garment manufacturing disasters, similar to wearing blood diamonds, who wants to feel dirty in a beautiful gown?”.
Karlie Kloss in Chopard Earrings at Cannes 2014
Olga Kurylenko Oscars 2014
Black Hemp Silk Charmeuse £37.87 / metre
Champagne Hemp Silk Charmeuse £37.87 / metre
Ross: “Hemp isn’t a word you might associate with glamour, but our Hemp Silk Charmeuse fabrics are some of the softest and most luxurious we have in our whole collection. The beautiful draped quality is perfect for long flowing gowns, and the blend of fibres is extremely unusual and striking.”
Hand Woven Peace Silk Satin £34.99 / metre
Ross: “Our Hand Woven Peace Silk Satin is another popular choice. Its drape is ethereal, feather-like and simply out of this world. The entire fabric is hand woven, so there’s a beautiful, unique quality to it. It is produced in a small village in India that we support with constant trade – buying the fabric literally means that you are feeding the family that made it and keeping the hand weaving tradition alive. As the fabric is also made using “Peace Silk” fibres, no animals (silk worms or silk moths) are harmed in the making of it, so it’s perfect for vegetarians too.”