How to Effectively Make a Change on the way Fashion Works

How to Effectively Make a Change on the way Fashion Works

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Why diversity is still not Fully embraced by the Fashion Industry. Panel at CSM

I have been approaching this subject for a long time now. We all have a kind of responsibility of why things don’t change. I normally talk about matters related to fashion, but why are places not accessible, why is the work place not prepared, why are we ok with this exclusion, why don’t we say it is not ok? 

Ok, maybe you are one of a small percentage of the population that is doing  something about it, but really, most people and organisations seem not too interested. What are you doing to make a more inclusive world? What are your friends doing about it? When do you expect to see a change if everyone is conforming to the status quo?

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Fashion Inclusivo- Brazil

I am thinking about these questions and realising most people want a change but they don’t want to work at it. I have this proposal for you and I hope you adopt it and I hope you pass the idea around.

The industry will move in direction that money will say. In other words money will set the direction. It means buyers and customers have the power.

Let’s think together. If in the world we are 20% of the population (disabled people), we all have to buy clothes and we all have family and friends. We know a lot of brands are doing something around inclusivity nowadays. Let’s associate with them. Let’s help them, they are doing something right and they must be rewarded for the work. Equality is a big deal, its not fair to leave people out of the party as I normally say, it is also discrimination. 

If we all get together, with family, friends, carers, partners, etc, we will be a higher percentage of the world, and it has an impact. Don’t you think? Only buy from brands/ designer/ shops/ that include disabled models, curves, gender, colour, anything that has something to do with minorities and with diversity. Like this we will have more visibility, we will have a voice, and people we understand we are here.

I am working with a new designer in England and with brands that are including wheelchair influencers etc. There are plenty of them. I will mention a few of them here:

Peter Twiss, The House of Radha, Gunda, Vinette, London Organic, Fashions Finest,

Contessina London, Delphine the Label, Louise Linderoth, Kantala, Samsonite, Labels are Limitations, Nara Nubia, Femelle, Rua Luja…

access magazine cover samanta bullockHere are only a few of them. Check my Instagram SAMABULLOCK for more, you will see all of the ones I worked with, but is there many more that are working towards it: Primark, Teatum Jones, ASOS, Tommy Hilfiger, River Island… and how you see many mainstream brands are also embracing this idea.

Check, research. We can support them and they will support us. More visibility we get more power we have to change this “invisible” situation we are stuck in.

Brands know the profit in making a more equal world and empowering their customers.

Diversity is fun. We vote with our money. Let’s vote in the right way.

Much love. Together we can. Sam

How to Love our Bodies as Disabled People.

How to Love our Bodies as Disabled People.

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Kuschall
Hello my gorgeous friends.
We all need to love and respect our bodies.  In the end, it is our bodies that give us the platform to live and perform at our best in this world. A body full of energy is still one of our goals in these days of fast food, lack of sleep and not much moving around. Also, the concept that we need all be ‘the same’ as the prototype that the magazines sell  “skinny, white, young” … Am I wrong? The other day I watched a video on Youtube talking about it and showing A+B that what I am saying seems to be true.
As a wheelchair user, I will tell you my experience and things I do to love not only my body but also myself. When we are disabled sometimes the lack of feeling in a limb or limbs make us ignore that part of our body.
Firstly, many times I tend to ignore my leg that I don’t feel as a result of my spinal cord injury, so what I do is I try to pay attention to it. As you probably know right now I love to have a bath every day (when its possible) and there I will massage, soap, and try somehow to interact with that leg. I also like to have a massage and I know budgets can be tight sometimes and massage is not the cheapest thing in the world, but you can offer a shared massage.  You massage someone and they do it back, as a friend, a partner, your mum etc… It is also a nice way to be in contact with other people.
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Bath by Anakphotography
Regia London Earrings

I know my leg is thin and it bothers me sometimes, but there nothing I can do, apart from to try to move it as much I can. I do look at myself in the mirror and I say in a loud voice, ‘I love you, I respect you and I will do all I can for you to have a good and long life. I love you! I look straight into my eyes and also at my legs, making the point that they are part of me and I love them the way they are.  Another form of showing love is caring, so I try to move my legs as much as I can so they will have the amount of exercise that they need as I am always in moving but most of the time my legs are static. Cycling, swimming and yoga are activities that I can do to make sure my legs are “alive”.

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Love my Body – Picture by Sophie Mayanne

It is a fact that our legs will get thin unless we move them or you have spasms etc.  I always thought with me it won’t happen to me, but it did, and it will keep doing. Calcium is another important point, mainly if you are a woman and after the age of 40 let’s say calcium levels go down considerably. I have calcium supplements and Vitamin D too as London is not the sunniest city in the world.  There is not often the opportunity to sunbathe. Things I do in general is to have a nightly routine, where I apply my creams, light a nice candle and burn some oil to relax and enjoy myself with a nice cup tea or occasionally a glass of wine (why not) or a drink of your preference. I also love Kombucha as you probably know too.

I like to have this 10 minutes before going to bed to “meditate” (pray) and be in contact with my inner self and I try to remember that this life, after all, is a play and we won’t be here for long. So I don’t judge myself and try to understand that everyone is on their own path trying to be happy some how. So laugh and enjoying the moment is a must do every day.

These are only a few things I do but if you like to know more about my self-care and how I build my confidence let me know in the comments and I will write another article for you.

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My legs. I love you.
Rebecca Violette – Inclusive Fashion Show

Rebecca Violette – Inclusive Fashion Show

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Love_Disfigure Pic by Emma-Li

As an influencer, I get invited to a lot of events, and I go to a few of them, but nothing could make me happier than to accept an invitation to go to an inclusive fashion show. Yes, you are right, it’s coming. Fashion is officially becoming more diverse.

The is a collection that Rebecca put together. I am so pleased to write about it. It is all starting to make sense. Her collection is full of colours and different patterns, something pleasing for the eyes to to look at. So I went to her fashion show with friends and I was amazed by the variety of shapes, sizes and the glamour of the models on the runway.

Rebecca Violette & Sam Bullock

I was happy to put a video together from the footage I had from my stories on Instagram. I will leave the link below so you guys can have a sample of what is coming.  Also I am attaching the press release of the brand for you to understand a little more. All comments are very welcome. Lets play our part and share ideas  to make a better and fairer world.

Much love Sam

The launch of ‘Rebecca Violette’ is the culmination of over a decade of works re- garding anatomy, skin, and visual ‘differences’. Rebecca Violette is a qualified med- ical doctor & NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur who, alongside her studies in medical school, embarked on a creative venture challenging society’s perception of perceived ‘visual difference’ through a collection of designs, fabric prints and gar- ments. The launch event showcases her latest active-wear & couture fashion line in ‘wearable art’, designed by Rebecca using prints inspired by the stories of those liv- ing with visual difference. There will be an opportunity to donate to charities with whom Rebecca has worked in collaboration and will showcase a photography exhi- bition of the individuals who inspired Rebecca’s collection.

We look forward to welcoming you to support this unique new brand. ‘Rebecca Vio- lette’ active-wear garments will be available for pre-order on the evening with a small selection of sample accessories for sale. We hope you join us in our vision to change the way in which society views visual ‘difference’ and help in celebrating and embracing individuality amidst our society.

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Rebecca Violette

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Johnny loves Rosie – where fashion meets love:

Johnny loves Rosie – where fashion meets love:

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Johnny Loves Rosie

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The fashion industry is not restricted to TV shows, ramp walks and magazines only, Social Media is increasingly becoming popular and associating more and more people with this industry. From YouTube videos to fashion blogs to people who model for different brands on Instagram, the fashion industry has dug deep into social media. 

Being a fashion lover I keep posting my pictures on Instagram in different outfits and accessories which many brands give me for the sake of showcasing their products. Recently, I was sent a pair of beautiful earrings by Johnny loves Rosie which is a brand inspired by true love. The earrings are probably the classiest and lovely pieces in my jewelry collection. They are simple yet elegant and have a perfect touch of class and charm to them, so do other items from Johnny Loves Rosie.

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Johnny Loves Rosie
Pic by Michael Atkinson

Let’s have a look at the history and inspiration of the brand. Johnny and Rosie. Their inspiration comes from the story of Johnny and Rosie of England who fell in love and the story of their true love got more interesting due to the gifts that Johnny used to give Rosie in their meetings. They were so much in love and their love was so strong that people still remember them and Johnny Loves Rosie is an attempt at paying a tribute to this story of true love. 

Johnny Loves Rosie is a brand made in the name of love and it aims at spreading love and joy in the world through their products. Their jewelry and accessories are of a very wide range and a very varied variety. I absolutely love everything that the brand has to offer from the exquisite earnings to lovely necklaces and charming bags Johnny Loves Rosie has everything that you might need to get the perfect look of someone who is loved is well taken care of. 

Johnny loves Rosie focuses on self-love too so they have an assortment of lovely and classy accessories that you can use to spoil yourself and look pretty which is ultimately going to boost up your confidence, no matter what kind of a gathering that you are in. Their jewelry is up to date with fashion and at the same time has a reflection of lives old traditions and historical jewelry that kings would gift their queens to profess their love for them. 

Johnny Loves Rosie has a wedding shop too which offers a vast collection of every accessory that might be needed at a wedding. Their wedding collection has exquisite designs earrings for brides to make their day the best one and to look the beautiful and elegant bride that she has ever wanted to be. Their hairclips adorned with pearls make the bride look even more beautiful giving an ethereal charm to her which makes her happy and confident to take on the road that she has to. Their fascinators and belts can make any bride look breathtakingly beautiful. 

Added to that are the bags and purses of Johnny loves Rosie that I love the most since their collection has something for every occasion. So, ladies do not miss out on the lovely accessories and jewelry that Johnny Loves Rosie has to offer. For you guys a 20% off discount with the CODE: JLR20

Love love

Sam x