Tunic – Seasalt Cornwall
Leggings – People Tree
shoes – Melissa
Bag – My Green Bag
I have been admiring clothes from Seasalt Cornwall on style-is.co.uk for a while now, so when I got a bit of money for my birthday, I decided to invest in a striped tunic as stripes never go out of fashion and they are also really versatile. This tunic could be worn as a top with leggings or jeans or as a dress when the warmer weather finally arrives.
I was really pleased with the tunic and know I will wear it loads because it is so comfy and easy to wear. It is made from really soft certified organic cotton which is lovely and thick. The flattering cut also means it skims rather than clings which becomes ever more important the older I get. The high neck is also great for wearing with statement necklaces and definitely my favourite style for casual clothes. Seasalt Cornwall were the first UK company to use cotton certified by the Soil Association and they still use more than any other company in the UK they also clearly show their purchasing / ethical policy on their website. I feel really confident that Seasalt Cornwall clothing has been manufactured with respect for people and planet.
The bag was also a birthday treat and is from My Green Bag. The leather is a by product of the food industry and sourced in Bangladesh and Afghanistan where it is hand cut and sewn into bags. They are then hand polished in the UK using natural substances. It states on the website that the leather is ‘organic’. I am struggling a little to understand how it can be classed as organic. To me organic means that the animals were reared organically and the leather tanned using organic vegetable substances and also that there is some sort of organic certification to prove this. As far as I can see there is no guarantees of how the leather is tanned though or how the animals are reared as there is no certification. I was told when I asked by email that the leather is sourced ‘untreated leather directly from farmers market’. The website doesn’t really give me enough information to know if vegetable tans were used or animals reared organically but I am thinking not. Reading this article in the Guardian about toxic tanneries, I am even more concerned. The quality of the bag is not great, the zip keeps breaking. I am wondering whether I should have considered this purchase a little more carefully rather than just seeing the ‘organic’ label. What do you think?
This does kind of highlight the difficulties of consumers when trying to buy ethically and sustainably. How do we know if some thing really is produced sustainably and ethically if it doesn’t have any certifications?
With warmest wishes
I came across Ink Apparel on Twitter a while back and had been eyeing up the Frida T Shirt on their website, along with a few other pieces, so when they contacted me to ask if I would like to review a piece from their latest collection, I didn’t take me long to make up my mind!
The tops by Ink Apparel are a little bit different from the tops that you would find on the high street. They are handprinted in London on soft eco cotton of the best quality made in compliance with The Fair Wear Foundation. The Cosmos collection was inspired by Indian and African textile prints and dying techniques and features romantic drawings depicting the cosmos and natural harmony between all creatures and life beyond the skies.
I was particularly drawn to the brand by the way that they had styled the clothes and the mystical feel of their photographs. The unique concept of the Cosmos Collection has been carried through from the garments to the press photography. The designer has collaborated closely with the photographer right through to the post production when hand rendered print and ink drawings were applied to photos to give them an other worldly feel.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to achieve such an amazing outfit yet with my Frida t shirt but I am working on it!
I have just been off to the school Christmas Fair where I won a great big hamper of food and wine in the raffle so I am pretty much sorted for this weekend. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
With warmest wishes
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