Women have always found creative ways to make a statement with what they wear. From the berets of the black panthers in the Sixties to the quiet resolution to only wear clothes made in the UK, fashion is an important ally in times of change.
Birdsong began life as a feminist brand making slogan tees, shouting about photoshop and hell-bent on paying women workers a fair wage. A commitment to ethical and sustainable fashion is still at our core, but today we’ve grown to create a collection of original wardrobe staples to totally transform your (out)look. It’s about thoughtful clothes in bright colours, edgy silhouettes and art-inspired prints made from natural fabrics.
We create clothing for women who dress in protest – against the fast nature of the fashion industry, the obsessive pursuit of trends and the systematic abuse of women in the production line. We dream up designs in house, and then work with expert makers who face barriers to employment in the UK – from artists and printmakers to seamstresses and painters – and pay them London living wage to bring our creations to life.
It’s estimated that 60 million women worldwide – aged 18-35 and working in the garment industry – make less than a minimum wage.
These women are making the clothes we see on the high street everyday, and are hidden in the fashion supply chain.
We know it’s near impossible to track where your clothing comes from and who made it – and that’s why we’re here. We work with skilled women makers in the UK that face barriers to employment, and pay them a fair wage.
Together, we can change the way fashion works.
screen printing in Bow, East London.
ethical postage and packaging by Mail Out
Susanna Wen and Sophie Slater run the day to day work of Birdsong, with a lot of help from their amazing charity partners, makers and host of freelancers.
Sophie's background was in activism, retail and women's organisations. Suze has been designing and advocating for sustainable fashion since her student days.
Sophie founded Birdsong in 2014, and Suze joined in 2017. We also have some brilliant board members, including Mimma Viglezio, Aja Barber, Oliver Spark and Mursal Hedayat.