The Role of Fashion and Culture in Sustainability

In the current westernised approach to fashion, which tends towards the standardisation of trends and unified aesthetics, it’s easy to think the traditional ways of making clothes are a rarity, and disconnected from consumers. However, fashion has historically been a representation of the culture and traditions of peoples all over the world – a vision […]

Tingting Chen – Sustainable Fashion and her time with RCGD in 2015

In 2015 Tingting Chen dressed actor @jake_mcdorman in a tuxedo comprised of dead-stock 100% wool, lining made of dead-stock 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk, and a trim of peace silk dyed with logwood. McDorman wore a vegan shoe from Moo Shoes called The Innovator, a shirt by @ekocycle™️ and hemp boxers. Fashion designer and Associate [...]

Avoiding Cultural Appropriation in Fashion and Going for Cultural Appreciation Instead

In recent years there have been several notable debates and discussions centered around cultural appropriation, however the issue is far from new and has long been contentious. Historically, under-represented communities have complained that their traditional attire has been adopted by members of the general public without any connection, context or credit.  In this process, elements […]

Must watch! Jarracharra: The Art of Country

Have you seen the trailer for the documentary ‘Jarracharra: The Art of Country’ yet? The documentary is currently a work in progress and tells the incredible story of how a group of remote Indigenous fashion enthusiasts from the Bábbarra Women’s Centre in Arnhem Land, a historical region in the Northern Territory of Australia, crowdfunded their […]

The RCGD Surveys

For us at RCGD, cultural sustainability is the foundational element of sustainable development as it is intricately entwined with the social, environmental and economic spheres. At RCGD, we are very keen to understand your cultural references for sustainability and are happy to see this becoming a topic of greater significance in the industry. Our surveys.about […]

One Word Cultural Sustainability Survey

For RCGD, cultural sustainability is the foundational element of sustainable development as it is intricately entwined with the social, environmental and economic spheres. At RCGD, we are very keen to understand your cultural references for sustainability and are happy to see this becoming a topic of greater significance in the industry. We have devised a […]

An Op-Ed on the intersection of Culture and Sustainability in Japan, In Praise Of Shadows by RCGD CEO Samata

An Op-Ed on the intersection of Culture and Sustainability in Japan  A multicultural phenomenon, the global fashion industry provides sustenance to designers from a plethora of cultural backgrounds. Exploring the lessons, traditional practises and cultural philosophies which might benefit the ethical fashion sector, I focused on two countries close to my heart; Ghana, the birthplace […]

Sustainability is more than one thing – CEO Message

A message from our CEO "Sustainability is more than one thing. Over the years, our campaign has put a spotlight on sustainability through a number of different perspectives. These have included vintage, recycling, artisan, handmade, repurposing, vegan, quality over quantity, fairtrade, botanical solutions and zero-waste. Our incredible ambassadors and the fashion brands we have worked [...]

An Op-Ed on the intersection of Culture and Sustainability in Ghana

An Op-Ed on the intersection of Culture and Sustainability in Ghana by RCGD CEO Samata A multicultural phenomenon, the global fashion industry provides sustenance to designers from a plethora of cultural backgrounds. Exploring the lessons, traditional practises and cultural philosophies which might benefit the ethical fashion sector, I focused on Ghana, the birthplace of my […]