Everybody Warm – The Story Behind The Brand

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Everybody Warm is a Social Enterprise recently set up by Kelly Tennick. When Kelly got in touch to tell me a litttle more about the story behind Everybody Warm and offer for me to try out one of their beautiful scarves of pashminas. Not only is this a great story that I think needs to be shared but also because this lovely scarf is the perfect addition to my wardrobe complimenting so many different outfits that I have!

Everybody Warm sell ethically traded scarves and pashminas sourced from North India, and then use the profits to buy blankets, duvets and sleeping bags for those in need. The first donation by Everybody Warm is scheduled with a homeless charity, Winter Comfort based in Cambridge this July, and Kelly is keen to buy as many sleeping bags for them as she can! WinterComfort work with homeless people or those at risk of losing their home. Instead of just ‘throwing’ a few blankets their way, they will be working alongside project managers to understand exactly what the needs of their clients are before funding their first donation.

The mission behind Everybody Warm is simple “to keep everybody warm”. Whilst Kelly recognises that she can’t solve all of the problems in the world, Everybody Warm is working with Giving Partners both here in the UK and abroad to make the situations of those in need a little better.

What do you think? would you like to help keep Everybody Warm with a beautiful scarf by from Everybody Warm?

Each time someone buys a scarf from Everybody Warm, it is a step in the right direction and each time they wear it, they can wear it with pride knowing that they are helping to make Everybody Warm.

You can check out the shop at Everybodywarm.co.uk

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Introducing Wills Ethical and Vegan Shoes

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Each day at the moment, I seem to discover another amazing stylish and ethical brand that I can’t wait to share on this blog. Unfortunately life is just far too busy at the moment and I am struggling to keep up with posting on a daily basis (sorry about that!) but I definitely had to make time to tell you about Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes. You can check out their full range of on trend styles on the website wills-vegan-shoes.com.

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wills vegan shoes Introducing Wills Ethical and Vegan ShoesThe brand was started by, you guessed it, Wills, who had noticed a gap in the market for fairly priced ethical footwear. The site has a great selection of high quality shoes in contemporary styles for men and women including brogues, wedges and court shoes with new styles being added for each of the four seasons. Unlike some vegan shoes, Wills shoes are also made with respect for people and the planet. They are made in Portugal where workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines.These vegan shoes are certified by the vegan society and make a great eco friendly alternative to leather shoes. They are made from latest breathable faux leather micro fibres so they do not get ruined in the rain like leather shoes can.

What I really love about these ethical shoes are the prices! they are affordable and comparable in price with many of the non ethical shoes sold on the high street making this ethical footwear completely accessible to anyone who gives a monkeys about how their shoes are made.

There is some great feedback on the website if you are interested in finding out more.

What do you think of Wills ethical and vegan shoes?

Ethical Workwear

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Dress – People Tree
Jacket – People Tree
Shoes – Dream in Green

When I started working in an office in September, instead of running my own business from home, I did wonder how difficult it would be to keep up with my policy of only buying ethical and sustainable clothing. I needn’t have worried as People Tree have a great selection of work friendly ethical clothing. I treated myself to a new dress and jacket (pictured above) but also managed to make use of some of the clothes that I already have and found a few pieces in charity shops. Actually it has been much easier than I though. In our office we wear a kind of smart casual dress, so I don’t have to wear a suit but prefer to wear a dress and jacket or cardigan if it is really cold. I am actually really enjoying the chance to get dressed up for work every day but finding I have much less opportunity to be creative with what I wear than before. Some of my slightly more quirky accessories or outfits are having to wait until the weekends before they get worn. Do you find you tend to dress more conservatively for work?

Anyway, that’s enough about work as it is Friday and I am more than ready for the weekend. After lots of socialising last weekend, I am ready for a super relaxed and chilled out weekend with the family. I will be eating tapas, drinking wine, then working it all off with an exercise class or two. What are you up to this weekend?

In case you fancied a little weekend reading….

This week I have posted on Triple Pundit about why I think sustainable fashion has to be about individual style and was featured in a post – Ethical Fashion – 15 People and Organisations Leading the Way in 2014. You can also read my post on fashion and food for Fairtrade fortnight over on style-is.co.uk with some great offers for chocolate lovers.

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Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!

Although I don’t really need to buy any new clothes at the moment and spring  seems a long time away with this horrendous weather, I have been staring to see some amazing clothes appearing in the online fashion stores already and I can’t wait for some better weather to arrive. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite ethical fashion for SS14.
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mae cat print flared dress in black 2522268cda05 Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!People Tree never fail to deliver with beautful dresses for spring and summer. This year their SS14 collection is dominated by chic reds, blues, spots and stripes which I really love but I was particularly taken by the striking prints on this Alice Anenome dress and the Mae Cat Print Flared Dress which immediately made me think of Laura at Daisy Chain Dream with her love of cat prints and cat called Mae. Both dresses are made from 100% certified organic. The Alice Anenome dress is made by a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India. The Mae Cat Print dress is made socially responsible business based in India called CAOS, or Creative Art of Souls.

People Tree currently have a fantastic offer of £15 off and free delivery when you spend £50 or more on the People Tree SS14 Collection with discount code SPRING50 until 17th February. This offer can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers!

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I am a big fan of SkunkFunk and have a few dresses by them. The styles are contemporary but with an unusual twist which means they don’t really go out of fashion. I love this SkunkFunk Viviane summer dress which looks super comfy and easy to wear. SkunkFunk use recycled polyester (and other eco fabrics) to make their clothes helping to reduce both waste in landfill and use of dependence on oil for creating fabrics and clothing. You can also get £5 off orders (inc this dress) at Zalando + free delivery with discount code ZALFM5ALL.

giraffe skirt Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!Motel Vintage have some great dresses and skirts made from vintage fabrics and clthing sourced from around the world. I am particularly taken with this giraffe print skirt. If you are a new customer to Motel Rocks, you can also get £10 off with the discount code new10credit.

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I intend to fully embrace the tribal / boho trend when the summer finally arrives and these tribal boots by ethical fashion brand TOMS Shoes look like a great choice. Not only do TOMS shoes look great but with the One for One scheme, for each pair sold they will donate a pair of shoes to someone in need. You can get £5 off when you spend £25 at TOMs and £10 off when you spend £100 if you shop through www.style-is.co.uk.

What clothes are you loving for SS14? and do you know where or how they were made? Have you spotted any amazing ethical fashion brands lately? if so please share in the comments.
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Story Behind the Brand – The Feather Tree

I have just discovered the most amazing brand whilst following the Ethical Fashion Forum Brand Preview on Twitter. Before I share the lovely story behind the brand, I just wanted to share with you some of the amazing pieces featured on their website many of which are most definitely making their way onto my wishlist!

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The Feather Tree was set up by Lissa and Bo inspired by their magical world filled with feathers, outrageously quirky prints, quills and skills. The brand is all about hair feathers, colourful handmade jewellery and unique clothing that combines UK trends with a contemporary Kenyan edge. Lissa and Bo saw the beautiful potential in  recycled fabrics brought from Matumba (a Kenyan Market) and traditional Masai beadwork both to create really amazing clothes and jewellery and also a seed of opportunity for people in Kenya on very low incomes. Paid per piece of clothing or jewellery, everyone involved in the manufacture benefits from every single piece sold, allowing them to supplement their incomes and build a better life. Hair feather and feathers used in The Feather Tree jewellery are ethically sourced and then dyed by Lissa and Bo.


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The beaded jewellery at The Feather Tree is made by Dayvid. Lissa’s family met Dayvid and when they asked about the colourful beaded belt that he was wearing, they discovered that he had made it himself. The Feather Tree was a great way to promote the amazing talents and craftmanship of Dayvid and others in Kenya allowing them to get their products to marketplace and the chance for us in the UK to buy these beautiful and unusual pieces.

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Odayo is the talented tailor at Feather Tree. He was born and raised in Kisumu on the shores of lake Victoria. He has completed a 4 year course in tailoring but only got the chance to use his talents in a full time role when he was discovered by Lissa’s mum working as a gardener. The money that he has earnt has helped him to build a small house for his family and he hope to be able to continue and pay for his children’s education.

The Matuba Market started in the nineties selling good quality clothing at affordable prices that had not been sold in high streets in Europe. The market is now a thriving industry creating 1000′s of jobs in Kenya and a source of interesting fabrics used in clothes made by the Feather Tree. Locally Kenya sourced Kitenge fabrics are also used to create clothing. Instead of using plastic buttons, The Feather Tree uses coconut buttons and painted beads which are handmade in Kenya in their clothes and jewellery.

You can find out more about The Feather Tree and check out their fantastic designs and hair feathers here:

www.thefeathertree.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/TheFeatherTree

https://twitter.com/thefeathertree

Have you discovered any amazing brands with a great story to tell lately? If so please share!

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Fashion Revolution Day #Insideout #Whomadeyourclothes

Today’s post is all about Fashion Revolution Day. If you haven’t already heard, Fashion Revolution Day is going to be annual event from 24th April this year. It has been organised by key figures from the fashion industry and beyond including industry leaders, press, campaigners, consultants, representatives from charities and campaign organisations and academics, all with one common goal to drive change in the fashion industry to prevent another disaster like that of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and to help raise awareness of the true cost of fashion.

The theme of the first Fashion Revolution Day is ‘who made your clothes?’ with the aim of encouraging us to become more curious about how our clothes are made and who made them. If you would like to get involved or find out more you can:

Checkout the website http://www.fashionrevolution.org
Follow Fashion Revolution on Twitter @Fash_Rev

You can also wear an item of clothing inside out, showing its label and share it through instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the #insideout and the question ‘who made your clothes?’

I have been taking a look at some of the labels on my own clothes and considering who, where and how they have been made. Here is what I have found out.
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This label is on a top which I got from a clothes swap. It is originally from the Cacharel Vintage Collection at Uniqlo. It was made in China. Whilst they do rate better than many of the other high street shops in the Ethical Consumer Shopping Guide to the High Street there is a lack of information about how their clothes are manufactured on their website. You can read more in this post on Ethical Nippon.

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This label is from a red New Look dress which I bought from Oxfam. It was made in China. New Look actually come out top of the list in the Ethical Consumer Guide and they do seem to have a fairly comprehensive ethical policy although their score 10/20 would suggest that there is still a fair amount of room for improvement. There is also some more in depth information about them on Labour Behind the Label although it is from 2011 so I guess things may have changed.
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This dress is from the Orla Kiely collection at People Tree and is made in India from organic and fairtrade cotton. People Tree have made a strong commitment to fair trade and ethical manufacture of clothing and they work to create sustainable livelihoods for people in some of the poorest parts of the world. Organic and Fairtrade cotton also means that the farmers receive a fair price and that there is no child labour in the supply chain. There is plenty of information about the co operatives that People Tree work with on their website.

Do you every look at the labels on your clothes and wonder who made them?

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The Weekend Before Christmas

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Dress – really old (from the high street)
Cardigan – Oxfam Fashion
Shoes- Clarks

Much as I love my job, I couldn’t help feel a sense of excitement and relief when I finished work on Friday for almost 2 weeks. Despite plans for complete relaxation, I haven’t actually managed to sit down once yet but I have had a fun filled weekend going to see santa with my youngest, to the in laws for lunch and to the cinema to to see Frozen (which was fab!).

The dress I wore on Sunday (pictured above) was really old, bought on the high street long before I committed to buying ethically, but I had forgotton how much I loved its fit and secretely quite pleased that I can still manage to fit into it. For me sustainability is as much about making do with what you have already got (something I need to do much more of in 2014) as buying new things that have been made in a sustainable way.

Some of the highlights of the last week on Instagram

sat The Weekend Before Christmas Saturday night in watching Elf, drinking Fruit Broo (as recommended by Laura) and eating gingerbread from Lidl with the girls.

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The pressy wrappinging seemed to go on and on but finally now I am ready for Christmas!

I have also recently written a post for Style-is.co.uk – 3 Ethical Fashion Brands to watch for 2014!

How are you spending Christmas this year and what have you been doing to celebrate? I hope you have a fab Christmas and new year!

Ricefield Collective – Story Behind the Brand

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windschief nobackground 3 of 5 Ricefield Collective   Story Behind the BrandWhen Ricefield Collective contacted me to see if I would like to review one of the beautiful accessories from their collection on the blog, I was delighted to do so but I also felt compelled to share a little about the story behind this brand.

Ricefield Collective is based in a little village nestled in the Ifugao Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carved in the mountains thousands of years ago in the Phillipines. The landscape was created by communities, a theme which is very much part of the brand. Today they are using the power communities to handknit beautiful accessories. The unique designs are inspired by the landscape and traditions of Ifugao reinterpreted to provide something both beautiful and relevant, even to those who have never visited this part of the world. The designs have also been created by hand in a distinct way that cannot be copied by machine knitting.

Ricefield are using technology to connect their makers and knitters with the rest of the world whilst allowing them to stay in the beautiful place that they call home and preserving their way of life. You can check out the website to meet and find out more about the makers at Ricefield Collective. You can also keep up with them on social media

Here -Pinterest account  http://www.pinterest.com/knit4life/

Here – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ricefieldcollective

or here -Twitter https://twitter.com/knit4life

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They are also innovative in their approach to sustainability. They recycle and repurpose materials where possible and come up with fun solutions to environmental problems like these finger puppets made using left over yarn.

You can find out more from the video made for their Kickstarter campaign.

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knit4life 2 Ricefield Collective   Story Behind the BrandHere is a picture of the lovely hat that was sent to me which came in a protective bag with a postcard showing Jolanda who created my hat. It is super cosy and I also love the unusual colour and chunky knit. I can wait for a little chilly weather so that I can have the chance to wear it.

I hope you are having a fab week!

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like……

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Beaded top – local charity shop
Jeggings – Oxfam
Shoes – Clarks

Even yet a another weekend of completely trashed social plans due to the dreaded Noro virus taking its toll on oldest daughter, can’t dampen my Christmas spirit! Well actually I was pretty fed up but now she is all better again, I can’t help feeling just a little excited about Christmas, not least the prospect of a few weeks off work.

Next week we are going to see Father Christmas. I figured this may well be the last year its going to wash so might as well grab the opportunity while I can. We also have lots more exciting Christmas plans so really really hoping that no more illness to ruin things. In the mean time I am making the most of my week left at work by getting in the Christmas spirit and wearing something sparkly each day!

I hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas and managing to stay germ free. What festive fun have you been having?

Here are just a few of my instagrams from last week

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Reindeer in the shopping centre in town. Very cute but boy did they stink!

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Ice Skating with Mr S and the children. This was so much fun, I definitely want to go again soon.

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My Christmas wreath. Mr S though it looked boring and wrapped it in tinsel to try and jazz it up. I went mad but thankfully now have restored it to its rustic perfection.

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A sneak preview of the lovely handknitted hat that I have just received from Ricefield Collective. I will be blogging more detail about the brand and photos of the hat tommorrow.

With warmest wishes


Here Today, Here Tommorrow – Made in Nepal Collection

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Fair trade headband Here Today, Here Tommorrow   Made in Nepal CollectionHatBobble Navy model web large Here Today, Here Tommorrow   Made in Nepal Collectionfair trade small hairbow Here Today, Here Tommorrow   Made in Nepal CollectionToday I wanted to share Here Today, Here Tommorrow, a brand whose name sums up just what I think clothes and fashion should be about. This for me is not just about building a sustainable wardrobe (one that will stand the test of time in terms of both style and quality) but also about sustainability for the environment and the livelihoods of those involved in the supply chain. I want it all to be be ‘here today and here tommorrow!’

In keeping with the principles of slow fashion and sustainability, Here Today, Here Tommorrow not only sell their own range of  Fairtrade clothing but also run a variety of workshops including knitting,sewing and natural dying. Here Today, Gone Tommorrow is a collaborative studio shop, where they design, make, mend, showcase, sell and educate, all under the same roof, accessible and visible to all. If you can’t get over to Dalston in North London for a visit, you can also check out the online shop here.

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They have some great fairtrade, handwoven aprons and oven gloves which would definitely bring out the domestic goddess in me (if there is one!).

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They also stock some great pieces by Antiform. Made in Britain from reclaimed fabric.

The brand was set up by four ladies Anna Marie Hesse, Emma Dulcie Rigby, Katelyn Toth-Fejel, Julia Crew and Ines Vicente, each with their own unique experience in a variety of sustainable fashion ventures. They have a holistic approach to sustainability and believe that there is no such thing as one size fits all.

As designers they are concerned by the disposable and throw away nature of fashion, and within society as a whole. They try to address the environmental and social impacts of thoughtless production and consumption. They strive to make high quality, beautiful products that address a range of sustainable and ethical practices, including handmade craftsmanship, locality, durability, recycling, natural dye, organic materials, fair trade, individuality and transparency of production.

Check out this video for more information on the Here Today, Gone Tommorrow, Made in Nepal Colllection.

With warmest wishes


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