Designed to Inspire Change | Action Shirt Dress
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Already a Gung Ho classic, these beautiful hand drawn illustrations showcase the simple actions we can take to make a difference. By not only reducing your own footprint, taking steps like these influence the people around you, whilst showing industries there is an appetite for change. From eating more plant based and wrapping up warm, to reconsidering our energy suppliers and voting for change, these everyday actions make being a climate activist a walk in the park. Crafted in soft, sustainable silk tencel, this midi-length shirt dress hangs with wonderfully flowing movement. Fastening through the front with the classic Gung Ho drop shoulder for universal fit, the all over graphic print allows for dress up occasion wear or keeps casual with your favourite trainers.
All our garments come with a dinky minizine explaining the issue within the print, its importance and what you can do to help. This means the next time someone compliments you on what you are wearing, you have more to say than just 'thanks'. 10% of our profits go back to a charity that works with that issue you’re wearing, in this case Friends of the Earth.
Sizing: To avoid excess manufacturing and wastage we offer our garments in two sizes, XS/S (6, 8, 10) and M/L (12, 14, 16). The way the garments have been designed utilises the width of the fabric as well as fitting perfectly to the body, working with the flowing nature of the fabric. This allows the garments to be more versatile and adapt to your lifestyle. Print placement will vary by garment due to the size of the repeat, and to ensure we make the most out of the fabric. Emily is 5ft 7" & wears an XS/S.
Material: Silk Tencel. 32% Silk, 68% Tencel (regenerated, sustainably grown wood cellulose). This Fabric looks and feels like 100% Silk. Washing Instructions: Beautifully light, hand wash and hang dry. Printed in Gloucestershire, handmade in London supporting small local businesses. Buttons are biodegradable corozo nut, made in Gloucestershire. All our packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.
Want to find out more about the issue behind the print, read up about Everyday Actions you can take here.
Gung Ho is a London-based ethical and sustainable fashion brand, founded by Sophie Dunster. With all collections made out of sustainable fabrics, in small batches, locally in London. Gung Ho directly supports small talented businesses (especially during this time), and gives back to charities that work with the issues Gung Ho design around.
Famous for using social impact (conscious) collections, the newest Climate Change collection highlights three topics, the Climate, Endangered Species and the Everyday Actions you can take to make a difference. In Sophie's own words -
"Every year we pick an issue that needs attention. This year it's the mother of all issues, Climate Change. Each design has a hidden message within the print to spark up a conversation about the topic in hand."
The Early Days
With a dad who is a zero carbon architect, sustainability has been fairly drummed into Sophie from an early age. But without being able to follow in his more scientific, mathematical footsteps, Sophie followed her strength – drawing – to help convey these issues. Starting out, she wanted to become a political artist but after discovering a world of silk screen printing when studying in Brighton, she realised her drawings could become a walking ‘talking point’. This way, it wasn’t a piece of artwork hanging on a wall for a limited amount of people to see, it became someone’s first impression of you - and fashion shouldn’t just make you look good, but showcase your values too.
And that’s when the idea for Gung Ho was born.
The unique approach that Sophie Dunster (Gung Ho) has to designing sustainable fabric has been nationally recognised.
The Independent - 13 best sustainable clothing brands for women that are ethical and stylish
Country Living - 11 eco-friendly fashion brands you'll love
The London Musings - 2019 GUILT-FREE SHOPPING: The luxury brands changing the face of luxury
Live Frankly - Live Frankly Fashion Favourites
Sustainable Lifestyle Awards - Fashion Brand Runner Up 2019
Daily Mail - Fashion designer releases clothing range printed with 'wonky VEG' in a bid to encourage sustainable eating - and she says she wants customers to be a 'walking talking point'
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