Hazel & Rose presents “Circa Now” featuring Moth Oddities, Tandem Vintage and more!

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April 11, 2018

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Hazel & Rose presents “Circa Now” at Hazel & Rose: an in-store fashion show, panel discussion, and pop-up shop. Circa Now marries vintage, thrifted, and new fashion to highlight the different ways to shop sustainably and ethically. Circa Now will be different from any event Hazel and Rose has held in the past. Instead of focusing on only Hazel and Rose, co-owners Emma Olson and Bobbi Barron, explain they wanted this event to incorporate other small businesses. Previous events got crowded quickly, so Emma and Bobbi decided to reach out to Able Brewery to host the show/panel/pop-up off-site. The goal is to make the event feel even more special and collaborative. “We love making connections, and we truly believe that small businesses thrive when they connect and support one another.” The fashion industry in the Twin Cities is a generally female-led and the amount of boutique owners in the metro area has grown over the last decade. Each shop has its own point of view and is very intentional.

When asked why consumers should invest in “slow” fashion, Emma and Bobbi had this to say, “simply put – because it’s the future.” Hazel and Rose value ethical and sustainable fashion because fast fashion cannot last. “Our plan and the people behind it can’t support it.” More and more shoppers are realizing the dangerous implications fast fashion brings. Fashion is the fifth most pollutant industry in the world. Consumers are lured to fast fashion because of its low costs and accessibility. Ethical and sustainable fashion is an investment, but the benefits are worth it. Shoppers have a lot of well-curated options to shop from, so they can feel good about supporting all the small businesses.

If you’re wondering why you should be more involved in sustainable and ethical fashion, its important to note “sustainable and ethically made goods are mindfully made from higher quality materials, which means they aren’t negatively impacting the environment and they are going to stand the test of time… and they were made by individuals who were paid and treated fairly and safely.” This can not be easily said about fast fashion retailers such as H&M, Forever 21 or Zara. The reality is, you don’t know who is making your clothes and it won’t be easy to find out either. “It was only 5 years ago that the Rana Plaza collapse happened in Bangladesh, killing over 1100 garment workers. By shopping ethically you are helping to sustain industries and livelihoods.” It’s important to think about the implications of our shopping habits. Circa Now aims to be an event that shares information, inspires, and allows attendees to shop with peace of mind.

By Debbie Aderinkomi