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Welcome to the Ethical Fashion Room, a place to hear and learn from the industry's trailblazers, leading professionals, and innovators as to how they navigate the sustainable fashion world. Whether you are looking to build your brand, learn more about the sustainable fashion industry, or hear from industry specific leaders, the Ethical Fashion Room has something to offer!

In this Podcast, we will be talking to different industry leaders in the Sustainable Fashion Business, getting their insight on brand building and sharing tips and criteria on how to create a Sustainable Fashion brand. We get to talk with Sustainable Certifications such as OEKO-TEX, GOTS to give us the in depth understanding their sustainability criteria and why we should need them. 

We also get to interview Fashion Blogger, Organiser of Eco-Fashion Week Australia and other thought leadership to share their experience on how we can work more closely together.

Want to talk to us and tell us who you would like to hear from? We have a form for you to fill in at the website that we get to hear your feedback.  

Above all, we would to make the Sustainable Journey as enjoyable for you as possible. Don't feel that you are alone, we have a whole tribe for you to join and share knowledge. 

Season 1 

Episode 3

In this episode our Season 1, EFR hosts Julia Van Der Sommen and Edwina Huang discuss a wide variety of elements within the textile and fashion industry. They go over the sequence of developing products, specification sheets, the patenting process, navigating cultural differences and how to build your brand. Tune in to hear their thoughts! 


Episode 4 

Join Julia Van Der Sommen and Edwina Huang as they discuss how customization and personalization can have an impact on the fashion industry. By examining the growing trend in sustainability and personalization, they analyze the history and future of fashion and textile design, the importance of social media, and designing manufacturing processes that meet your brand’s needs. 

Episode 5 

In this EFR Episode, Julia Van Der Sommen and Edwina Huang have a very interesting conversation about sustainable fabric and how it can be defined and applied. Sustainable fabric can be broken down into three main categories; recycled, organic, & natural. How sustainability is defined however is ambiguous and redefined by many. This episode will go over the elements of sustainable fashion and the cost-benefit balance of each element. 

Episode 6

Julia Van Der Sommen and Edwina Huang bring on esteemed guest Kate Berry to go over and help everyone understand the OECOTEX 100 certification and the impact this certification can have for a brand. This episode is part of a continued discussion begun in episode 5 in understanding sustainable fashion and transparency in the supply chain. 


Episode 7

Interested in understanding textile certifications? In this EFR episode Julia Van Der Sommen and Edwina Huang interview Lina Pfeifer as they discuss the GOTS standard certification, a sustainable and socially conscious textile certification, and what the process looks like to achieve it.



Episode 8

In this EFR Episode hosts Julia Van Der Sommen and Edwina Huang are joined by Zuhal Kuvan Mills, designer and founder of Green Embassy as well as the founder of Eco Fashion Week Australia. They go over how Zuhal got involved in the sustainable fashion industry, how she built her brand, and why she decided to create Eco-Fashion Week Australia.


Episode 9 

Join Julia, Edwina, and guest Bethany who works for Good On You, an online database that ranks brands on their sustainability practices. In this episode they will discuss the impact of the fashion industry on the environment, the rise in ethical and sustainability practices, the importance of transparency in the supply chain and the role Good On You can play in achieving sustainability. 

 Episode 10 

This EFR episode features sustainable fashion blogger Kasi martin. Kasi writes about sustainable fashion in order to raise awareness with mainstream consumers. This episode offers an opportunity to discover the American sustainable perspective and how sustainable fashion brands can work with fashion bloggers to further their goals.




Season 2 

Episode 1

In this EFR episode, we are honored to have Roxane Horton from Peppermint Magazine who talks about her experience running a sustainable brand, working with social media influencers/marketers, how the industry has evolved, what she has learned from the Sustainable fashion​ industry, and much more. 


Episode 2

Hear from Gordon Ranouf CEO of Good On You, an organization that critically analyzes brands on their sustainability practices and ranks them to help people find the sustainable brands that meet their needs. In this episode we discuss the criteria for sustainability and how brands can improve to be more environmentally and socially ethical. 


Episode 3

Join us as we hear from Lisa Lang, a female tech mogul and entrepreneur who's founded three innovative, creative fashion businesses. We discuss her experience breaking into the industry combining fashion and technology, her tips on how to build your tribe and much much more. 


Episode 4

In this EFR episode, we proudly present Edwina Huang - Co-founder and CEO of PHOENXT, a bridge between end of life cycle textiles and raw material supply, creating new materials from the existing waste without extracting more natural resources. This episode will showcase her journey and inspiration, and tips on creating the brand, Her thoughts about regenerative fashion and The upcoming future of PHOENXT. 










Episode 5

We are delighted to have Dr. Gabriella Walek - president of the National Fashion League Hungary Association to speak with us in this EFR episode. Through this organization, she helps its members, promoters and collaborators find more opportunities to increase their sustainable​, ethical​ and environmental​ awareness in fashion with its extensive network of producers, buyers, experts of this field. She is also the country coordinator for Fashion Revolution where she was able to invite the founder to her event, highlighting the work and trend, and what this means to the fashion industry. In this episode we will discuss her role at Fashion Revolution, Her opinions on the current fashion trends, how COVID-19 has impacted the sustainable fashion industry and her tips on creating a sustainable fashion brand. 



Episode 6 

Transparency; Traceability

With the growing demand for transparency and sustainability in various industries such as fashion, Switzerland based company, Haelixa has created the perfect solution. Haelixa’s traceability technology enables transparency throughout the supply chain by using DNA markers to travel with a product from its source as it works its way through the lifecycle. Haelixa’s technology allows for brands and consumers to witness the entire history of a product, and verify if it meets their sustainability and ethical standards. Today we are joined by Tanja Schlager, Director of Marketing at Haelixa. Tanja’s experience in marketing and consultancy makes her an ideal person to help us understand the impact Haelixa’s innovative technology can have on the sustainable fashion & textile industry.




Episode 7

Turn Idea into product

Dessy Tsolova is a fashion mover, shaker and the founder of Fashion Insiders & Co - a one-stop-shop online education platform that support fashion and creative entrepreneurs. Previously, Dessy has more than 20 years of product development experience in the fashion industry. She previously worked with brands such as Burberry, J&M Davidson, and Smythson. With Fashion Insiders & Co, you can find straight-talking content, training, and resources that will support them in building a successful and thriving fashion business, with the aim to help fashion creatives to develop and grow their fashion brands. Today, Dessy will be sharing about her vision and experiences in the fashion industry, raising problems in the industry, and sharing her know-how to help fashion start-ups.


Our EFR Online Course Launching Soon!

 Welcome to Ethical Fashion Room, a place to learn about the sustainable fashion industry which we have accumulated in depth knowledge in the past few years in this industry. In the past few years, we have accumulated knowledge especially from the industry's trailblazers, leading professionals and innovators as to how they practically navigate the sustainable fashion world. Whether you are looking to build your brand, learn more about the sustainable fashion industry, or hear from industry specific leaders, the Ethical Fashion Room always has something to offer!

We are now working to launch an online course about “How to build a sustainable fashion brand” and together we can embark on the sustainable journey. Our course aims to educate sustainable products production in the fashion industry. If you are interested in the sustainable fashion industry and want to improve your knowledge and skills on fashion, sustainability, ethics, circularity, transparency and traceability, this course - an all-in-one online platform - is created and brings different topics for you to learn comfortably from anywhere!


  • Get knowledge and listen to the views/opinions from the top professionals in sustainability of the fashion industry. 
  • Get the latest information and trends on the sustainable fashion industry. 
  • Utilise this knowledge for your own journey.
  • A holistic approach to understanding the sustainable fashion industry.


    Who is this for:

    This course is perfect for fashion brand owners, sourcing offices, trading companies, fashion designers, managers and fashion entrepreneurs. It is prepared for learners from beginning or intermediate level who look to apply sustainable fashion initiatives, or include design in circularity and transparency in their brand. Circular Fashion is the future of the fashion industry, and without applying it now, businesses are in risk of losing their valuable customers because Gen Z and Millennials are on the rise of searching for meaningful brands that do not jeopardise their future environment. Therefore by learning this course, you will be gearing up to prepare for integrating circular fashion and sustainable fashion into your business practices.