Back to School Sale – 50% off at The Fableists

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Our entire collection is 50% off until August 31st with special code SCHOOL. Come and visit our online shop at www.TheFableists.com for beautiful and well-made clothes for children. All of our clothes are built to last and are made from organic cotton in ethically-certified factories.

The Fableists’ clothes are made to take all your children can throw at them. They are perfect for school or play.

Many of the styles and designs are selling out, so hop over to The Fableists quickly to get your hands on your favourite, limited edition designs.

See what the press have been saying about The Fableists here.

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The Fableists in Little Flea’s Latest Issue

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At left, our This is a Flag tee, buy it here and at centre the Baseball top, which you can find here.

Little Flea has just released their third issue. It’s packed with great articles, ideas and fashion for kids. The Fableists are honoured to have been included in a couple of the shoots. You can read the whole issue here. 

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Top left, centre, our You Are What you Wear Tee, available here. Also in bottom right.

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At left as well as below, left, our Dress Good tee, available here

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The Breton top. Find it here.

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At right, our dark denim jeans. Buy them here (they are THE BEST!!)

Thanks very much to Anna and Little Flea!

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Our super cute dark denim jean skirt. Find it here.

 

50% Off The Fableists’ Entire Collection

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No special codes and it’s not top secret; you can shout it from the rooftops – our entire collection is 50% off. Just visit TheFableists.com or come in to our store in Coggeshall, Essex and everything is half price. Just in time for Christmas!

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The Fableists : A Uniform for a New Generation

I recently wrote this blog post for the blog City Girl at Heart, which has a weekly feature called Ethical Tuesday. I thought I’d share it with you.

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The Fableists make clothing for children aged 3-10. Our designs are classic, stylish and hard-wearing; they are built for kids. The designs echo the looks we see on those working in the creative industries worldwide from our backgrounds in advertising and production. No matter where you go in the world, it seems that people working in advertising, design and production have a ‘uniform’. It consists of jeans, trainers, graphic tees, jackets, beautifully tailored tops and vintage pieces. The look is comfortable, unisex and utilitarian.

And it is not wasteful. While everyone will have some special pieces in their wardrobe for occasions, no one needs a closet jammed with clothes they rarely wear. Children are no different, and if you’re like me, you can do with reducing your washing! When faced with too many options from which to choose, children can become overwhelmed and this can lead to problems getting them dressed.

‘The Fableists’ Wardrobe’ reduces waste but it also makes the lives of parents and children easier. You can add to it and accessorise it but it won’t go out of style, will suit all occasions, is not seasonal, is made well – to last, and since it is mostly unisex, it can be passed on to a sibling, family member, or friend. It also helps children to learn to buy what they ‘need’, not just what they ‘want’.

Reducing consumption and waste by investing in good quality, durable pieces that will have a longer life and caring for them to prolong their use is at the heart of The Fableists’ Wardrobe. But we also want to make sure the clothes look great. We were inspired by vintage looks that took us back to our own childhoods, when kids were allowed to be kids for longer. Kids shouldn’t be worrying about the latest fashions, they should be climbing trees and wading in puddles! We keep the look simple, authentic, kid friendly and practical.

But we didn’t want to stop there. The idea that somewhere, a child could be making the clothes that we would sell to other children was intolerable. We didn’t want to support anyone who would use children in their factories, or slave labour – that was a given. And no way did we want to use toxic dyes that could be dumped in to the ecosystem in the area surrounding the factory, poisoning the rivers and land, and therefore the people who live and farm there. Most importantly, we began to realise that if small companies like ours didn’t start to make changes in the way that we produce clothing, then the big companies would never change either. We are making clothes for children who will be the consumers of tomorrow, so it’s crucial that they learn to shop well. We want the tribe of ‘Fableists’ to learn to buy well, wear well, care well and dispose well. It’s pretty simple, really.

So, we made a commitment to ensuring that all of our clothes were produced in factories that pay fair wages, offer benefits to their employees, provide safe working conditions and where no children are employed. The cotton we use is organic, grown in monsoon-fed regions of India and produced by a collective working with over 15,000 small hold or marginal farmers. The collective allows the farmers to negotiate fair and often premium market prices for their crops. It educates the farmers on crop diversification and maintains organic farming standards. The collective has saved most of these small, traditional farms from a cycle of debt from which they would not have escaped. Organic farming eliminates the toxic chemicals from the lives and lands of the farmers as well as from the crops they produce, which eventually end up on our plates and in our clothes.

For our t-shirt collections, we collaborate with well-known artists to create limited edition runs of their artwork on our tees. We pay the artists a fair price for their work and don’t take advantage of them, or take away from their amazing work by printing endless versions of each print. Each design has a limited print run of only 500 t-shirts. The tees come numbered like a the pieces of art that they are. This also ensures that your children will own a unique item that will help them to stand out from the crowd in a mass-produced-fashion obsessed world.

Every item in our collection comes with its own passport where your child can record their name and the dates they owned the clothes. This passport gets passed on with the clothes and there is space for another child to write their name. This will help encourage children to be excited by hand me downs, treasure their clothes and passport and give it to someone else when they are done.

We tell the whole story – or Fable – of our clothes and hope that both we and consumers will learn more about how, where, why and by whom clothes are made and strive to make positive changes in the way that fashion is produced, consumed and disposed of.

The clothes never fail to impress in person. The current collection consists of thirteen artist-designed t-shirts, straight-legged jeans, denim skirt, Breton top, baseball tee, western shirt, smock top, tunic dress and a ‘chore coat’ in two colours. See them at our online shop http://www.TheFableists.com.

Sarah Cooper
The Fableists

Our Films Are Getting Some Amazing Recognition!

‘Finn: Kids Don’t Belong in Factories’ has been selected as a finalist at the London International Awards for Cinematography for Great Guns in the TV/Cinema/Online Film – Production & Post-Production category.

The LIA Awards are an international awards programme that recognise excellence in advertising. They have been running since 1986 and award creativity and the power of ideas in all forms of advertising.

Not to be outdone, ‘The Epic Thread’ has also earned a shortlist spot at the Ciclope Festival.

Ciclope is an international festival of craft in the moving image and takes place this week in Berlin. The event focuses on the execution of the ideas and awards in categories around the making of the film.

‘The Epic Thread has earned The Mill a finalist spot in the 2D Animation category.

Well done and thank you to all of the companies who have worked on these two magnificent film.

Happy Birthday to Us!! Come celebrate!

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It has been one year since we launched The Fableists web shop! Yay!

To celebrate, we’re having a one day, pre-Christmas, 30% off sale.

Visit our web shop at www.TheFableists.com and use code birthday in your shopping bag to take 30% off (we are currently offering free UK shipping too!). Or come in to our store in Essex on Thursday October 30th and we’ll give you 30% off anything you buy.

Happy Birthday!

Sale starts now and ends Thursday October 30th at 11:59 pm UK time!

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The Chore Coat – Grab one of the Last Few!

The chore coat is ideal for autumn and spring. It’s just warm enough to keep the chill out and cool enough that it doesn’t get taken off and left behind! Great, big side pockets for collecting conkers and other autumnal delights. Superb tailoring makes this jacket look smart. It’s durable and versatile and great on both girls and boys.

There are only a handful of chore coats left! We have a few in each size in both blue and taupe. Grab one here before they’re all gone.