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Well Made Clothes 

If you know how passionate we are about high-quality, handmade, long-lasting products here at Bailey Nelson (you should, we harp on about it enough!)—it’ll come as no surprise that we’re big fans of the aptly titled ethical marketplace, Well Made Clothes

The online store is run by a group of dedicated women who are spearheading the responsible fashion movement as a one-stop-shop for sustainable apparel and accessories, so you can have peace of mind when indulging in retail therapy. They also aim to educate and inform through articles detailing the nature of the industry, as well as what individuals can do to consume thoughtfully and reduce their toll on the world. 

Get to know the team (and prepare to feel inspired) here: 

Name and role at WMC:

Courtney Sanders, Co-founder

What's the best thing about your job?

Being able to work in the fashion industry, which I love, guilt-free!

If you could trade places with someone in your industry for a day, who would it be?

It would probably be someone in the research and development departments at one of the global fashion labels we stock who are developing technology-based solutions to the environmental problems in the fashion industry supply chain. It would be incredible to sit with the designers, researchers, and scientists at somewhere like Patagonia or Levis' Eureka Lab (where the company developed its Water<Less technology), for example, and feel like I was on the forefront of effecting positive change in the industry. 

What are your top 5 'most played' tracks on Spotify/Apple music?

Oh god, this is going to get embarrassing, but I'm old now, so no judgement! 
Lawrence Arabia - I've Smoked Too Much
Marlon Williams - Dark Child
PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
Angel Olsen - Hi-Five
Liars - Houseclouds

What are you watching on Netflix at the moment? 

Narcos: THERE IS A NEW SEASON OUT AND IT IS SO GOOD. Also re-watching Sex and the City, always.

What item of clothing will you be wearing on repeat this Spring? 

I'm obsessed with Limb, a label we stock on the site, at the moment. I bought a couple of pieces from the label's collection for winter and the quality and tailoring is incredible and I just thrashed them, so I'm going back for summer: probably pairing this tee with these pants. (Sorry that's two pieces!)

And what's your number one tip for engaging with fashion responsibly/cultivating a sustainable wardrobe?

Know your style and stick to it. Every time you go to buy something just ask: "Is this actually my style?" "Will it go with the things I already have in my wardrobe?" "Would I pack it if I was going away?" If the answer is no the you probably won't wear it very much. 

 

Name and role at WMC:  Kelly Elkin, Co-founder 

What's the best thing about your job? 

Working with brands and business that share my values.

If you could trade places with someone in your industry for a day, who would it be? Oh that's a tricky one, perhaps Simon Cipriani, he works at the Ethical Fashion Initiative and is always in Africa working closely with artisans and brands like Vivienne Westwood on fair trade projects...

What are your top 5 'most played' tracks on Spotify/Apple music? 

It's pretty weird mix: 
The trip - Still Corners
Blend - Aldous Harding
Harlem River -  Kevin Morby
Humble - Kendrick Lamar 
Coming Home - Leon Bridges 

What are you watching on Netflix at the moment? 

Oh man I haven't really recovered from the Handmaid's Tail on SBS and GOT!  Glow was pretty good! 

What item of clothing will you be wearing on repeat this Spring? 

Mimi Holvast Jumpsuit from Well Made Clothes - wearing it as we speak! 

And what's your number one tip for engaging with fashion responsibly/cultivating a sustainable wardrobe?

Think before your buy!! Ask yourself a few simple questions before you purchase something - will you actually wear it often? Is it versatile? What's it made from? Who made it? If you are happy with all of those answers, go for it! If you're stumbling or unsure then don't! :) 


Name and role at WMC: Lilah Merz, Fashion Director

What's the best thing about your job?

My work provides a unique opportunity to actively promote and support sustainability and ethical practices through a creative process. Although styling is at the core of my passion, I’m also enthusiastic about directing my efforts and skills toward my personal values.

If you could trade places with someone in your industry for a day, who would it be

Hmmm, I guess trading places with Stella McCartney would be pretty unreal!

What are your top 5 'most played' tracks on Spotify/Apple music?

Ariel Pink - Another Weekend 
Chuck Berry - Havana Moon
Talking Heads - I Feel It In My Heart
Junior Kimbrough - Meet Me In The City 
Sonic Youth - The Empty Page

What are you watching on Netflix at the moment? 

I'm just on the last episode of The Keepers and I'm looking forward to starting the second season of Top of the Lake.

What item of clothing will you be wearing on repeat this Spring? 

Since it's been so hot recently I guess I'll be spending a lot of time in my soon to be purchased Minnow swimmers.

And what's your number one tip for engaging with fashion responsibly/cultivating a sustainable wardrobe?

My biggest piece of advice in cultivating a sustainable wardrobe is to avoid impulse purchases. One of the things I enjoy about online shopping is that you can escape the stresses and pressures of in-store shopping. Take your time, make sure every item you buy is exactly what you want; don’t compromise for anything less than perfect.



Name and role at WMC: Emmeline Peterson, E-commerce Manager

What's the best thing about your job? 

Actually enjoying coming to work; and working somewhere that aligns with my personal values and that I'm proud to contribute to. Also my wardrobe has improved tenfold since working here. 

If you could trade places with someone in your industry for a day, who would it be?

I'm just starting out in the fashion industry so I don't have too many hero's in the industry yet. Clare Press looks like she has so much fun every day though!

What are your top 5 'most played' tracks on Spotify/Apple music? 

'Feels' - Calvin Harris, 
'Self Esteem' - The Offspring 
'FXXK IT' - Bigbang
'Know Yourself' - Drake
'All Star' - Smash Mouth.

What are you watching on Netflix at the moment? 

I'm watching The Sopranos on Foxtel if that counts, but on Netflix specifically I'm watching Rick & Morty, painfully one episode at a time as they drop.

What item of clothing will you be wearing on repeat this Spring? 

I've decided this will be my summer of wearing fancy dresses casually, as it's not very good practice to have dresses you only wear 3 or 4 times in your life whenever there's a wedding or party. I'll be wearing a Miss Crabb slip dressed down with some Veja sneakers (both from Well Made Clothes or course).

And what's your number one tip for engaging with fashion responsibly/cultivating a sustainable wardrobe?

Don't treat ethical shopping like fast fashion shopping; we need to stop buying for gratification and start investing. Instead, plan out what you need for each season in advance, do your research and buy special pieces you'll love for ages.

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