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  • Published: 10 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241461167
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Loved Clothes Last

How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act




The ultimate guide from Fashion Revolution activist, Orsola de Castro, on how to love, mend and repair your clothes in the fight against fast fashion.

Running out of space for the clothes you can't stop buying? Curious about how you can make a difference to the environmental challenges our planet faces? Join Orsola's care revolution and learn to make the clothes you love, last longer.

This book will equip you with a myriad of ways to mend, rewear and breathe new life into your wardrobe to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. By teaching you to scrutinise your shopping habits and make sustainable purchases, she will inspire you to buy better, care more and reduce your carbon footprint by simply making your loved clothes last longer.

Following Orsola's practical tips to lavish care and attention on the clothes you already own will not only have a positive environmental impact, but will be personally rewarding too: hand wash, steam and spot clean your clothes, air dry instead of tumble drying, or revive your clothes by sewing or crocheting.

Fast fashion leaves behind a trail of human and environmental exploitation. Our wardrobes don't have to be the finish line; they can be a starting point. We can all care, repair and rewear. Do you accept the challenge?

  • Published: 10 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241461167
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Praise for Loved Clothes Last

Always a fan of Orsola, her thinking & doing. You'll not want to put her new book down!

Safia Minney, MBE, Founder People Tree, Author & Climate Activist

A high energy book which brings powerful ideas of change to a new audience

Professor Kate Fletcher, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London

The most timely book you'll read this year. We all know that the people who make our clothes are mistreated and underpaid, and we all feel a free-floating anxiety about it. But what to do? This brilliant, witty, eye-opening book will tell you

India Knight

Congrats Orsola on crafting such a complex far reaching and urgent global issue into a helpful inspiring book with simple steps that we can all commit too and benefit from straight away

Melissa Hemsley, author and columnist for British Vogue

Orsola's writing is musical and I hear her song through every word. It's important that everyone with an interest in fashion reads this book so we can live on a healthier planet

Arizona Muse

This is such a progressive step for humanity! Orsola makes changing our consumption habits and saving our planet a fun and doable practice. With all the glaringly obvious facts, how can we not take part in the fashion revolution? Yes to mending, repairing and rewearing!

Samantha Moyo, 'Extinction Rebellion Together' Diversity Coordinator

This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the fashion industry as an outsider and wants direction as to where we go next. The industry is often shrouded in mystery and this book breaks it down in bite size pieces

Aja Barber, writer, activist and fashion consultant

An indispensable guide to the ethical and sustainable fashion resistance, from the woman who helped launch it into the stratosphere

Elizabeth L. Cline

Loved Clothes Last serves as a wonderful antithesis to the idea that fashion is inherently bad. Showing us the problems that we are facing, however, showing us even more solutions and ways to individually, and collectively, make a change

Wilson Oryema, artist and writer

An incredibly thoughtful, must-read guide to future-proofing our wardrobes and most importantly the planet [...] Loved Clothes Last will change the way you see your wardrobe and how our day to day actions impact the environment

Kenya Hunt, Fashion Director, Grazia UK

This book is the culmination of Orsola's lifetime of experience as a clothes healer, a mender, a designer, a radical thinker and a constant source of inspiration. She is a true pioneer, the Queen of Upcycling, an unending source of brilliant advice and truly creative ideas that will literally turn the way you think about fashion and your relationship with your clothes upside down

Tamsin Blanchard, Fashion Journalist and author

Loved Clothes Last walks the small steps we can take to stop participating in this throw away culture. She talks of clothes as our "chosen skin" [...] With a needle we sew and repair clothes, but also the tears and ruptures in our relationship with nature and society. Read her book to bring love and beauty, uniqueness and permanence back in your life

Dr Vandana Shiva, scholar, author, environmental activist, and food sovereignty advocate

Hands down Academic Couture. Loved Clothes Last is a beautifully constructed and eloquently written masterpiece. Orsola weaves the importance of the cultural influence of the fashion industry, how it's destroyed us and how it can save us with the economic and environmental impact on people and planet, the beauty of buttons and how to darn a sock, she successfully interlaces "why we wear" with "why we should care

Patrick Duffy

A helpful inspiring book with simple steps that we can all commit too and benefit from straight away

Melissa Hemsley, author and columnist for British Vogue

I'm a huge admirer of Orsola and her work. I love this book's mindful approach to looking after our clothes, giving us the tools to love them for longer and show respect to the people who made them

Venetia La Manna 'Slow fashion campaigner, broadcaster and co-founder of Remember Who Made Them'

Orsola represents both radical grace and graceful radicalness. This book is a super inspiring how to guide for all of us that want to emulate her

Alice Jay, activist and conservationist

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