Eco fashion advocate Faye De Lanty is a self confessed shopaholic. But not the regular max-out-your-credit-card-at-the-mall kind. Faye is the thrifty kind.
Instead of loading up on fast fashion, Faye is slowing things down and embracing a love of the pre-loved, something that has been important to her since she was fifteen years old. ‘It didn’t become a necessity for me until I was living overseas and didn’t have a lot of money,’ she said. ‘I’d have twenty quid and challenge myself on how to pull together an outfit. People would comment on how they loved what I was wearing so I continued. It expands your mind.’
Faye has been an ambassador for the Salvos Stores for five years now, a role that has further fuelled her passion for breathing new life into pre-loved items. She has been instrumental in establishing the Salvos Store Boutiques (we have three here in Canberra) which are jam packed with carefully curated higher end brands and vintage pieces. They are so well laid out in fact that you would be forgiven for forgetting you were in an op shop.
Well known for her maxim ‘second hand doesn’t have to be second best’, Faye strongly believes that we need to reuse, reinvent and reduce our fashion footprint. This doesn’t mean you should never buy a new item of clothing again, but it does mean that you can consider introducing more pre-loved pieces into your wardrobe as an alternative.
‘Stigma around op shopping has definitely decreased,’ Faye explains. ‘When I started several years ago, people didn’t get it and now they do and it’s attractive and cool, but I still come across people who say ‘oh… second hand… I would never wear that’. These people just don’t have that mentality. They just shop high street.’
But with a growing awareness of the impact our clothing choices, more and more people are embracing alternatives to fast fashion chain store brands. Salvos Stores can recycle 60,000 tonnes of product each year that would otherwise go to landfill. When sifting through donations, they uncover big brands, designer labels and good quality cheap gems.
As well as op shops such as Salvos Stores, Faye is an advocate for markets such as the Canberra Fashion Market and 360 Fashion Market as they enable people to make money from de-cluttering their own wardrobe, as well as provide another avenue for us to make a positive impact by buying pre-loved.
Faye will be curating an eco-chic fashion show at the Canberra Fashion Market, this Saturday at 12.30pm. The show will feature looks inspired by New York Fashion Week worn by models from Victoria’s Models.
We hope to see you there.
Canberra Fashion Market
Saturday 29 September 2018
Coorong Pavilion, EPIC.
Fashion show starts from 12.30pm
$3 entry fee (kids under 12 free)