The First Sketchbook That Gives Back

The First Sketchbook That Gives Back - Ethical Fashion Guide

Undoubtedly, one of our greatest gifts is that of knowledge; through opening the conscious mind, a world of opportunity arises and with it, limitless potential. The most beautiful thing about education is its capacity to be shared, used to empower and rewrite futures. And, when that gift of knowledge itself supports not one but three incredible organisations, there’s absolutely zero doubt that positive change is spreading its wings.

One goal: to transform lives of women and girls globally

Then, we see the fashion industry, where individuals find themselves spending, chasing the trends, fixated upon appearance and body image – making it, breaking it, forgetting to look beyond. Fashion: the worldwide, trillion dollar giant with so many resources at its disposal, so much attention, so much potential.

With guidance from the Fashion Empowerment Project we see a new side to this industry – one which acts as an enabler for positive change rather than a consumerist trap. Through the selling of products and hosting of events, the FEP works to encourage the fashion community to raise crucial funds for their target causes. That’s right, causes. Plural.

One campaign: the FEP Sketchbook

The Fashion Empowerment Project has taken it upon themselves to piece together this gem for all fashion lovers, designers, students and dreamers. The sketchbook itself takes the form of a 146 page hardcover notebook containing an overwhelming 234 templates for all levels of creative – from quick doodles to elaborate designs, while guiding you through every step of the process: mood boards, initial sketches and final pieces.

Following the ethos of utilising fashion as a means to contribute to humanitarian and development aid, there is an addition of information on both ethical and sustainable design practices and how they can be incorporated in each piece, as well as ‘action exercises’ to broaden the mind and assist your journey toward becoming a global citizen.

And, this book wouldn’t be complete without words of inspiration and wisdom scattered all through as a constant reminder that we can make a difference.

The FEP Sketchbook is the first of its kind, offering fashion guidance but also encouraging all members of the community to be aware of their contribution to society and the world – and not just be aware but take steps toward a brighter future for all.

Three charities: Malaika, Beauty for Freedom & UN Women

Three?! Absolutely.

Malaika is a non-profit organisation whose mission is the empowerment of Congolese girls and their communities through education and health programs. “An educated girl will increase her future earnings by approximately 10-20% for each additional year of schooling and will reinvest most of it back into her family and community.” This is a vital building block for a successful society and future of these individuals, giving both hope and opportunity when once there was little.

Beauty for Freedom is an anti-trafficking non-profit organisation, “Giving a voice to the voiceless.” Their move is to provide the industry of beauty and fashion with a means to “battle the crisis of human trafficking and empower survivors” by providing a platform to raise awareness, accountability and financial contribution to both the foundations who first-hand fight the cause, as well as directly supporting the rescue, recover and regeneration.

Last but not least, the independent not-for-profit organisation UN Women focuses on “strengthening the voice of women and girls while removing the structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment.” As an educator, a force for social change and an advocate, UN Women reaches all corners – from legislative progress and procedures, to media coverage and awareness, and the creation of a community which in itself becomes a movement for awareness and support.

The FEP Sketchbook provides further insight into each individually, as well as donating a portion of the proceeds to enhance their programs and presence, because it’s all about giving back. The Fashion Empowerment Program has recognised this and is actively creating a change – and we from the Ethical Fashion Guide are proud to contribute our support for their organisation and what they stand for.

To all our dear fashion lovers, designers, students and dreamers; while the FEP Sketchbook itself will serve as a handy and much-loved tool in your personal inventory, your contribution upon its purchase will be equally as valued – to help change the world by transforming the lives of women and girls globally.

This post was kindly sponsored by the fashionEmpowerment project. As usual, we only work with projects and brands we strongly support and believe in. All opinions are our own.

This post has been proofread by Kendall Norman.

Emma Lee

A ray of sunshine, a quiet wildflower, sometimes even an actual human – Emma speaks about love, life and the things people avoid to encourage and support others on the journey to a more conscious existence and brighter future.

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