Fair Trader starts a revolution with Holmfirth ethical fashion label Otso Clothing’s T-shirt designs for Tour de Yorkshire 

See Otso clothing and Meet founder Simon Kenworthy at Fair Trader Holmfirth on 29th April as part of Fashion Revolution Week

Fair Trader is promoting Otso Clothing, a local ethical clothing brand, as part of Fashion Revolution Week. Otso has also worked with Albion cycles and Tom Bradshaw in Holmfirth to create cycle designs for the Tour de Yorkshire.  This will be the first time the unisex clothing range will be available in store. Simon Kenworthy, founder, will also be in the shop on Saturday 29th April to talk about the company, how and why it was founded, its ethical nature and why it’s important for the fashion industry.

Otso Clothing produces stylish casual wear garments, including T-shirts and hoodies, in collaboration with local artists and illustrators. All of the garments are manufactured to Fair Wear Foundation Standards, are printed in the UK and hand finished in Holmfirth.

Simon Kenworthy, founder, Otso clothing said, “We were really pleased to be approached by Fair Trader to work with them during Fashion Revolution Week to promote our clothing as they are known as an ethical store that supports local businesses and has quality products. We know our clothes are made to a high standard with unique designs and we hope this will appeal to people who want to look good knowing that the clothing was made in an ethical way.”

Fashion Revolution Week is held every year bringing everyone in the fashion chain together and helping to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion.

Sarah Yaccabe, shop manager Fair Trader comments, “We are always looking for local companies that are ethical and have a high end product that we can promote in store. Otso clothing was a great find that fits our requirements and we are really happy to be able to work with them during Fashion Revolution Week.”

During Fashion Revolution week, Fair Trader will be stocking Otso clothing, a local ethical clothing brand. It will also be displaying information about the other existing ethical brands that can be found in store.

For more information on Otso Clothing please visit www.otso.clothing and more details of Fair Trader can be found at fairtrader.coop

About Otso Clothing

Otso – The Spirit of the Bear

Seen in Scandinavian folklore as a friend, brother and forest cousin, this spirit of the bear inspired clothing label has been created to pursue a dream of producing stylish garments in collaboration with local artist and illustrator friends. Otso’s FairWear ethos allows for a percentage of profits to go back into the artist’s pocket as well as promote ethical manufacturing standards both locally and globally.

With a longing to create a clothing label that reflects an outdoor lifestyle whilst retaining a streetwear edge its Founder; Simon was inspired by a life of boisterous escapades and wild experiences. From camping with pals as a youth in Hebden Bridge and Holmfirth, to in more recent years, traveling to far flung lands across the globe, it’s safe to say that Simon’s adventurous streak cannot be extinguished.

Bears are in touch with the earth and the cycles of nature. As is the company – that’s why all Otso garments are ethically produced and printed and finished locally by hand.


About Fashion Revolution

Our Mission: We believe in fashion – an industry which values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that this happens.

Our mission is to bring everyone together to make that happen.

On 24th April each year, Fashion Revolution will bring everyone in the fashion value chain together and help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future.

As a global movement uniting around an annual campaign, over the next 5 years we believe we will build considerable momentum and achieve incredible impact together. We recognise that, in many cases, Fashion Revolution will bring together organisations and people that, outside of Fashion Revolution, remain competitors.

Fashion Revolution is based in the UK and is a not for profit Community Interest


About Fair Trader

Fair Trader is a community co-operative owned by over 500 members, who want to make a difference to the lives of communities around the world and locally too. The shop was started by a group of Holmfirth based individuals, many of whom were members of ‘The Holme Valley Fair Trade Support Group’ who wanted to create a focus for fair trade in the valley.

Founder Board members were from local churches, education, health and the business community. They launched a £20 share offer in November 2009, to inspire individuals and organisations to play their part to develop fair trade. The Holmfirth shop was opened in June 2010 and the website was launched in November 2010. Visit the website atwww.fairtrader.coop


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