Retailers begrijpen het nog steeds niet

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We lezen steeds in de media dat retailers te maken hebben met te hoge kosten en concurrentie van webwinkels, zoals en Zalando. Dit zijn echter niet de redenen dat het slecht gaat met retailers in bepaalde branches. Integendeel, het succes van een onderneming heeft te maken met de volgende drie factoren; omzet, voorraadbeheer en kostprijsberekening. En wel in deze volgorde.

De omzet wordt in grote mate bepaald door het assortiment van de winkel. Deze moet uiteraard aanslaan bij de doelgroep. Een winkelketen zoals V&D heeft geen assortiment meer dat aansluit bij de doelgroep. Dit zorgt ervoor dat klanten wegblijven of alleen op bepaalde producten afgaan en de rest laat liggen. Nu horen we dat ze bij V&D de loonkosten willen verlagen. Dat is geen oplossing, want het is het probleem niet. Uiteraard zijn de loonkosten te hoog in vergelijking met de omzet, maar de loonkosten zijn niet de oorzaak…

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Sustainable Fashion Guest Post: What is fair to me? by MaryShoppings

must read!'s blogg

Jag är jätteglad att kunna presentera en fantastisk bloggserie här på Ecosphere, nämligen flera gästbloggare som skriver om hållbart mode ur sin synvinkel! Inläggen kommer vara på antingen svenska eller engelska, och jag hoppas att de kommer inspirera dig och många andra till en mer hållbar garderob på lång sikt! // I am so happy to be able to present an amazing series of guest blog posts here at Ecosphere, i.e. numerous bloggers writing about sustainable fashion from their point of view! The posts will be in either Swedish or English, and I hope that they will inspire you and many more to a more sustainable closet in the long run!

Den här gången är det MaryShoppingS som gästbloggar om vad som är rättvist för henne, som annars bloggar på MaryShoppingS  // This guest blog post is from MaryShoppingS about what’s fair to her, and you can read her blog about about shopping and ethics…

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Festivalitis in Wonderland


Hi everyone,

Last weekend I’ve been invited by the great woodlover-guys from Kerbholz to a mystery location in Cologne, also known as ‘Wonderland’ (Yeah I’m still in the Alice-vibe). They organized a little festival on a private location. 



You name it, I’ve seen it! 

A wooden pony, a crashed airplane, a crane, an old Volkswagen-van, a unicorn and dinosaurs everywhere..

As a proof, I took pictures, enjoy this fairy world, I did to 🙂 

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XoXo, Mary

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Fair Fashion Festival Ghent : The Styling Files


Dear Fair Fashion Fans,

I’ve been the last couple of months so busy with the styling for the fashionshow for the Fair Fashion Festivalin Ghent and after the big happening on sunday, I’m a little proud of the result so after the teasers, I present you my favorites with all the styling details :


Dia04 Shoes underneath this picture in detail / entire outfit from Supergoods

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Dia06 Shoes : Swedish Hasbeens

Dia09 Shoes underneath this picture in detail

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Dia08 Entire Outfit from Supergoods



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Dia36 Skirt and pants : Cora Kemperman

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Information about the labels : 


You can find them online : 



Hellen van Berkel 

Atelier Anvertsoie

Barbara Munsel

Kerbholz,WEWOOD, Hellen van Berkel, Atelier AnVertSoie and Barbara Munsel are represented in Belgium by Fashion Agency Garderobe+

Nele Huysmans 

Cora Kemperman 


Goed Vandoen

Anders Getint

Yak & Yeti



If you’re interested in…

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I shopped in a Fashionista’s closet!


Dear Fair ladies,

I’ve talked with you about a couple of tricks to consume in a smarter and more fairer way. Because when you feel the urge to shop, there are still a lot of fair possibilities, one of them is shopping in another Fashionista’s closet, as you can read HERE 

About that..I’d like to share some outfits I made with a vintage Escada blazer I bought on Fashionup from another Fashionista (Blogster) : Lima Ché

I styled it in 2 different ways :



Blazer : Vintage Escada / FauxFur : Barts / Belt : Atelier Anvertsoie / Purse : Essentiel / Pants : Alchemist / Shirt : H&M / Shoes : Jhay_MG_6141_MG_6166_MG_6184_MG_6203_MG_6219Blazer : Vintage Escada / Pants : Alchemist / Scarf : Hellen van Berkel / Shoes : BCBG By Max Azria / Purse : Handmade purse bought in Londen Spittafields Market

Pictures by Evy Waegeneire

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Last call for present hunters!


For all you wonderful fair people out there, I present to you one last treasure-hunt-tip for (your) man :

Go for wood !

Wooden accessories often create a cool and sophisticated appearance without a snobistic or a too-much-yuppie-look and that….. I like 🙂

What I also like is the wonderful story of three German friends who decided to built a label with wooden accessories out of a great idea of sustainability: for each product that you’re buying from Kerbholz , they plant a tree in Cen­tral America.

My man is already responsible for one watch-tree, what about yours? 🙂

A couple of my favorites! I bought my man the darkbrown one on the left, he loves it :-) A couple of my favorites!
I bought my man the darkbrown one on the left, he loves it 🙂

My man, his watch, not our dog :-) My man, his watch, not our dog 🙂

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A Walk in the Park with Barbara Munsel

mhhhhh a nice article about eco fashion and also a bit about us..


Favorite DressThe word is out : I’m totally in love with the elegant, timeless style of Mrs. Zero-Waste-Method : Barbara Munsel.

I had a lovely talk with the lady and a walk in the park with one of her beautiful designs of this wintercollection : The winered T-shirt dress.

I styled it myself and as you can see : Fair clothes aren’t dull at all 😉

A walk in the park with Barbara

T-shirt Dress:  Barbara Munsel Faux fur : Essentiel Belt : Atelier AnVertSoie Shoes : Atelier do Sapato T-shirt Dress: Barbara Munsel
Faux fur : Essentiel
Belt : Atelier AnVertSoie
Shoes : Atelier do Sapato

Information about the Fairness : 

As you read in my article how do I know that my favorite label cares it is possible for us, as consumers,  to find out more information about brands. Unfortunately not every brand is already rated or represented in fair fashion apps (like Talking Dress, Rank a Brand, Milieucentraal, Fair Fashion app, for links click here) So in that case…

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Zero Waste Fashion : Interview with Barbara Munsel


Barbara's favorite Kimono Jacket of the Wintercollection 2014-2015! Barbara’s favorite Kimono Jacket from the Winter Collection 2014-2015

A Designer with a beautiful Heart

As an (not so secret anymore) admirer of Barbara Munsels work, I see it as my duty to spread her Fashionlove with you! 

 Barbara Munsel does – as a winner of the Ethical Fashion Award in 2011 – a very good job presenting an ethical fashion line by using the zero-waste method. This method implies the use of reclaimed fabrics in her collections as well as high-end, prêt-á-porter end of roll fabrics.  She also incorporates antique and reclaimed fabrics and ecological materials such as natural and organic fabrics which she hand prints with water-based inks on a regular basis.

What are you -as a designer- the most proud of?

People wearing my designs – boutiques buying my collection – to be asked for interviews 🙂

What is your personal definition of fair clothing? Where lies your accent?

Paying a

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Fashionista’s Closet

this girl gets it


Do you like an introduction to this article? Press here.

Are you a fashion victim? If you’re quite familiar with the following situation, than I think we have an answer:

You really appreciate the nice choice of fabrics, the great lining and the fine design of clothing. There is always somewhere a perfect piece of clothing which without your closet can’t be considered complete. And while you read this, you are already dreaming about it, your stomach fills itself with a butterfly-like feeling, you get that happy glow on your cheeks, your eyes start to sparkle and your mind is all of a sudden in a state of woozyness and somewhere in the middle of *labelheaven*.

Cause ow yeah you have something on your imaginary list that is perfect, that is soft, that is nice and looks surprisingly well with at least 3 other items in your closet.. oh god yes…

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