EP. 27 How to Start an Ethical Fashion Brand with Lora Gene

Published: Feb. 15, 2021, 4 a.m.

It’s the final episode of series two, and today we’re exploring the role of ethical brands in changing the fashion system. We’re asking: can an organic cotton t-shirt really save the world?

We’re also joined in conversation with the brilliant Lora Nikolaeva. As the owner of the ethical brand Lora Gene for over 10 years, she has a lot to say on the state of the industry, and plenty of advice on how new brands can build a sustainable business of their own. Lora also chats to us about the need for size diversity in ethical fashion, and why growing up in Bulgaria means sustainability has always been in her life.

Follow Lora Gene on Instagram, and visit the brand’s website to shop its stunning designs.

Here’s the link to some articles we mention in the podcast:

If you’d like to continue your ethical fashion activism during our break, you can find out more about the impact of Covid 19 on garment workers, donate to the Kantamanto Fire Relief, and ask brands to #PayUp for cancelled orders.

Common Threads is an ethical fashion podcast from stylist Alice Cruickshank and writer Ruth MacGilp. If you liked this episode and you want to support our work, you can buy us a Ko-Fi here.

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Common Threads artwork was created by Hannah Mitson of Mitson Design.