I came here to tell you that today we will be discussing inclusivity at a panel at Fashions Finest. The panel will be at 2pm at the De Vere Grand Connaughts Rooms, 61-65 great Queen Street, Holborn, London WC28 5DA
The panel is called: Beyond Representation: Inclusivity & Fashion
It will be hosted by Gayle Thompson and I will be part of the panel:
Markus Roberts-Clark – model
Rosanne Stuart ( Madelaine Stuart’s mum)
Sola Oyebade – Chief Evexecutive/Creative Director Mahogany International
Frederica Boateng -Fashion Market/Business Lecture Fashions Business Advisor
Samanta Bullock – Wheelchair model/Influencer/Activist for inclusion
It is so important that society is starting to talk about inclusion and representation in the industry.
Thank you to Deborah Saint Louise for opening the doors and being supportive of these matters.
I will try to make a live on my IG.
All day today I was making notes and studying the subject. Here are some numbers:
Disabled People are 20% of Population;
The fashion Industry loses £420 million per week for not being inclusive;
Purple Pound – We have spending power of £250 billion.
You should come to the panel to learn more things and help to make a change.
I will be wearing Gunda_Hafner from top to bottom. The most dynamic and modern designer of all times in my point of view. I collaborated with her and with no doubt she agreed do make me something we both liked. I am sure she also can make for you. I will show you later on.
Also, at the end of the day we have the Soiree, final show and I will be in it. Come and join us and have a good time. Don’t forget to pop by to say hi.
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?
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…
Here 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.
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.
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.