The necessity of criticising fashion

By Holly Bell Beaton For today’s article, we are so thrilled to share with you our first guest feature on cnscs_by our dear friend Holly Bell Beaton. Holly is a brilliant writer and her written, visual, and creative practice focusses on interrogating the imposed structures of society across multiple creative disciplines in fashion, philosophy, art,…

An Introduction to Cultural Sustainability and Slow Fashion

We’ve spoken about the fact that sustainability cannot exist without ethics and the importance of environmental and social justice as two sides of the same coin. Today, we want to speak about another important aspect of sustainability – cultural sustainability. Cultural sustainability is a vast and deeply nuanced topic, but for this article we will…

Part 2: Lessons From Transition Towns

In Part 1, we chatted about the origins and potentials of Transition Towns and used (probably) a few too many big words. So, we wanted to follow that article up with Part 2 to share two Transition Initiatives, in South Africa, and the practical lessons we can learn from them. First up, we have the…

Part 1: An Introduction to Transition Towns

The first time we stepped into a Transition Town was when we went on a road trip to Greyton in December 2020. Actually, we wouldn’t even have known that Greyton was a Transition Town if Masego’s mom hadn’t mentioned it right before we left. We wandered along the main road and ended up spending a…

Thoughtful Thrifting (Part 2): Becoming A More Ethical Thrifter

Welcome back to another ‘Thoughtful Thrifting’ article! In Part 1, we shared our thoughts on the conversations around whether thrifting is becoming gentrified and being mindful of our privileges when thrifting. To continue the conversation started in Part 1, we wanted to share a few ways that we can all become more mindful and ethical…

Classism, privilege and sustainable fashion

Reality check: being able to shop ethically and “sustainably” is a privilege. Sustainable living, in the sense of the current sustainability narrative, requires that you have: The time to educate yourself about the social and environmental issues of the fashion industry, to be a conscious consumer, the time to seek out slow fashion brands that…

Starting the year in cnscs_ style

Welcome back to the cnscs_ corner of the internet! The start of the new year always has a reflective air to it, as we prepare for a new chapter and allow ourselves to embrace a new opportunity to try again. Why shouldn’t this reflection apply to our personal style journeys too? It is the perfect…

A few tips for finding your personal style

This quote from our cnscs_ people interview with Luh’ra sums up what personal style means, to us, really well: “An item of clothing doesn’t make your personal expression, it’s more about how you choose to wear it – that’s where the expression comes in.” We believe that developing your personal style is an important part…

A brief introduction to cultural appropriation

You will have gathered that, to us, sustainability is about much more than environmental preservation – it has social, cultural and political focuses too. Fashion is filled to the brim with history. Even the most commonly worn items have origin stories, and often these histories involve stories of power and culture. Fashion is political. If…