Now we’re finally amidst the summer months jumping from heatwave to heatwave, it’s safe to assume that most of us have transitioned into our summer wardrobes and have been scouring the internet (RIP high street shopping) for our staycation looks. Many of us, whether working from home or simply facing a lack of work, have found ourselves with an abundance of spare time. On our productive days the general consensus of the internet seems to be that we’re spending this gift of time baking banana bread, quizzing each other on zoom and quite literally cleaning out our closets. Whether you have the luxury of financial stability or are facing an uncertain few months ahead, the time has never been better to take a look at our spending habits and ensure we are making informed and worthwhile decisions. Let’s usher in the age of conscious spending, it is after all, wonderful for the environment as well as our wallets. Spend a little more on one great accessory you will keep for years rather than taking ten through the express check out that you won’t even remember by next summer. If you need further convincing to shop with sustainable brands, they have been at the forefront of charity donations and marketing innovation when it comes to supporting health organisations and essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
Let us introduce you to a few of our favourite brands that are pioneering sustainable and ethical solutions whilst creating some of the coolest products on the market right now.
Mother of Pearl
If Mother Of Pearl isn’t on your radar yet, it should be. This contemporary and effortlessly chic brand has recently launched ‘No Frills’, a sustainable line of core classics as a way of providing an alternative to fast fashion. Throughout their supply chain they use as many organic and natural fibres as possible to avoid chemical waste. This season, only 5% of their fabrics are synthetic and they are working towards eradicating them entirely. MOP is also committed to finding more humane ways of sourcing animal products, their leather being a bi product of the meat industry which would otherwise go to waste.
Our favourite: The Parker Shirt. The perfectly oversized white shirt finished with gold cuff poppers. Throw over virtually anything for an easy and cool alternative to a jacket in the warmer months.
Away That Day
There are two reasons you should buy your next bikini from Away That Day. Firstly, their products are made from ECONYL®, a fabric made up of ocean plastic and fishing nets. Secondly, their styles are incredibly flattering and functional. Each season consists of a succinct colour palette of durable and interchangeable pieces, so whoever needs to hear this; stop buying five new bikinis every time you go away for a week. Their new collection is launching this July so save the date! Until then, almost everything is on sale!
Our favourite: The Sorrento Top. An adjustable bandeau… Need we say more?
Inspired by the late 80’s to early 00’s and founded by twin sisters and their sister in law, you’ll struggle to find something that you don’t love on the By Far website. The designers seem to have discovered the perfect balance between eye-catching fun, versatility and comfort. The shoes and bags by By Far possess enviably effortless style whilst being practical enough to wear in every day life. Doing their part in the pursuit of sustainability, their products are crafted from deadstock leather, which is otherwise treated as waste in the agricultural and manufacturing industries.
Our favourite: The Juju Mules and Miranda Shoulder Bag… We couldn’t choose just one.
Edge of Ember
An all women organisation bringing us every day luxury jewellery at an affordable price point; we like. Their manufacturers are committed to fair pay, safe working environments, gender equality and environmental care. Proceeds from their jewellery sales aid initiatives aimed at lifting struggling communities out of poverty, for example literary and computer literacy training. They also have a RE/Make programme; send your old silver and gold to them and for each piece you will receive a £15 voucher towards your next purchase.
Our favourite: The Everywoman Harmony Necklace in collaboration with North London illustrator, Rose England.
‘Ethical eyewear that gives back.’ Not only do Pala use recycled acetate, eco-friendly recyclable packaging and carbon offset shipping, they donate a part of every sale towards helping sight impaired individuals in poverty stricken communities. They work closely with Vision Aid Overseas, focusing on long term solutions that facilitate eye-care, tests and prescription glasses in developing countries such as Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia.
Our favourite: Rudo, a classic.