Janice Wainwright Vintage Dress Design October 22nd 2015
Vintage dresses are my passion and Frock & Stole Vintage is taking more of my time these days. My latest vintage fashion post on designer Janice Wainwright is here if you’d like to take a look!
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Vintage dresses are ‘fur free’ at Frock & Stole Vintage May 11th 2015
You will have seen from my blog that I have always worked with ethical companies and non-profits, and that includes cruelty free fashion and beauty companies (I managed the Leaping Bunny certification programme for non-animal tested beauty products). So it will come as no surprise that when I decided to set up a vintage dress online shop that it would have to be fur free!
Some say wearing fur should be a personal ‘choice’, however, I will never be able to agree with this view point. If you have ever seen a live rabbit screaming in pain as the fur is ripped from its back, you might change your mind (if you haven’t already). Fur is purely about vanity and I cannot see why anyone should have the ‘choice’ to inflict such horror on a living creature for any reason, let alone for the sake of a fur trim. There are in my opinion some choices that we should not be allowed to make because the impact and consequences are just too barbaric to countenance. If I came into your house and did the same thing to your cat or dog, I would be arrested for animal cruelty, so how can this being done on an industrial scale ever be justified? It cannot.
If you still think fur farming really ‘can’t be that terrible’, then I suggest you take a look at some of the many videos on the web and educate yourself. Some say that the fur farming industry bodies prevent terrible things from happening, but sadly they are wrong. Having a ‘bigger cage’ to live in before you are ripped to shreds really isn’t a step forward for animal protection, nor in my view is it a step forward for us as human beings.
So, if you like your vintage ‘fur free’, please do take a look at frockandstole.com which is also the first online vintage dress boutique to be certified by the Born Free USA Fur Free Retailer Program.
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Together we can help the global campaign to end human trafficking September 30th 2014
In 2012 I was delighted to be asked to get involved with an innovative new arts project designed to raise awareness of human trafficking.
The ground-breaking project, conceived and led by the inspirational Ben Kaye, was something of a first; ‘Anya17’, a thought-provoking, emotionally-charged opera exposing the plight of victims of sex trafficking.
Since its premiere in 2012, it feels like the issue of sex trafficking has been in the international media headlines nearly every day. Thankfully, there are some great organisations shining the spotlight on the horrors of an ‘industry’ that preys on the vulnerable and dispossessed, and I urge you to lend them your support, if you can, or at least to learn more about this terrible modern-day slavery. Yes, their charity blogs, websites and other communications make uncomfortable reading, but perhaps together if we each do something, no matter how small, we might be able to make a difference.
You can connect with a range of charity and non-profit organisations leading the fight against people trafficking, including:
Two years later after its well-received inaugural performance, Anya17 continues to raise awareness of sex trafficking by taking its powerful message around the world. You can find out more here