Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Sign up for Emerald Street and support Look Good...Feel Better


Emerald Street's Christmas campagin for Look Good Feel Better

Every lady in London loves Stylist, and the email Emerald Street from the same crowd is a daily treat to distract from work (always welcome, let's face it). Now there's even more reason to sign up as they've launched a Christmas campaign to support Look Good...Feel Better, a charity that offers hair and beauty advice and workshops for women with cancer and undergoing treatment.

For every new subscriber to Emerald Street until 23 December, they’ll donate £1 to Look Good...Feel Better. Look Good...Feel Better was set up in 1994 and now holds sessions in 65 hospitals and cancer care centres across the UK – including Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, London and Birmingham. Each workshop is hosted by a trained beautician, and participants are given a gift bag filled with beauty products tailored to their skin tone before being guided through a 12-step skincare and make-up regime. The sessions cover a range of topics, including how to cleanse and tone sensitive skin, advice on managing hair loss, and tips on tackling puffy and flushed skin.

Forward this website address to you friends and family to encourage new sign up!

Monday, 17 December 2012

See Sir David Attenborough's bid for Christmas number 1!

What's the weirdest Christmas number one ever? Mr Blobby? Bob the Builder?? Wings???

Well, this year may well beat them all - and in a fabulously cheesy way! Eco brand Rapanui has joined forces with Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Michael Fish and Radio1 DJ Rob Da Bank to release a single in aid of the Badger Trust.


Buy from iTunes here

Or show your support by buying one of these snazzy t-shirts.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Sneaky peak of TOMS GIVE Christmas pop up...

Just landed at Dray Walk Gallery at The Old Truman Brewery is TOMS first ever Christmas shop. Packed with workshops, gifts to buy and even a shoe Christmas tree (that would look spanking good in my flat), the Private View put the lovely Viviane Williams (from @wakeupcampaign) and I firmly in the giving mood.

Swap books (perfect for book worms like moi) or buy some last minute pressies from the GIVE market hosted by the amazing Jaguar Shoes Collective. You can even decorate your own Crimbo card. Badly in my case.

A stocking filler for the budding entrepreneur 
I won't be giving up my day job just yet
Stock up on sunnies for the Summer


GREAT goodies from Jaguar Shoes Collective

The GIVE Shop will be open to the public from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December. www.toms.com

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Ethical skin-loving fave for mums

Founder Violet Reid with her three children
If, like me, it seems that many of your friends are thinking about babies all of a sudden - two sets of twins and counting in our friendship group this year alone! - then you may want to recommend Shea Mooti’s luxurious ethical skincare range.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Q&A with The Natural Revolution

Roger and Liz, founders of The Natural Revolution
Looking for British-made natural skincare? Take a look at The Natural RevolutionIt's run by husband and wife team Roger and Liz, who hand-make the range of natural skincare from scratch using ethical and organic raw ingredients at their farm in the Cotswolds. The range, which includes skin, body and hair care, combines 100% natural ingredients with lush essentials oils. Delicious products include Kiwi & Geranium Facial Oil for £29.50, and a Coconut & Lime Cleanser at £14. Yum. Here the founders themselves tell us a little more:

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Organic winter skin savers

This winter weather is beginning to make my skin look AGED! Obvs a lady never reveals her age (and in my case, that age will remain forever 25 anyhow) but it doesn't half suck when your skin starts to give you away.

Thankfully there is Content to turn to. Opened in 2008, it's a boutique organic skincare store, beauty salon, complementary therapies clinic and online store all rolled into one. It's leading the way in the move towards natural and organic skincare and wellbeing therapies and is heralded by those in the know, not least by the very stunning Calgary Avansino, Wellbeing Editor at Vogue, who is as expert as they come.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Bottletop goes RED this Christmas

In support of (RED) and World AIDS day on 1st December, Bottletop have created four special edition designs to help deliver an AIDS Free Generation by 2015.

The Bottletop collection helps artisans in Brazil to support themselves and their families by creating stylish products from upcycled aluminium ring pulls, an approach that has attracted the support of the fashion elite with fashion icons including Anna Wintour, Rita Ora and Kate Moss seen with Bottletop designs.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Piccies from last night's Fashioned for Freedom

Online market place House of Beth hosted a very successful Fashioned for Freedom event to raise money for charities that fight human trafficking. They managed to balance the serious messages with some seriously great fashion and a lot of fun - we loved it! Here are a few pics from the night...

Monday, 12 November 2012

Fashioned for Freedom


"We are very excited to be involved in the event. At Beulah our vision is to employ women who have been trafficked and come out of extreme poverty, and involve them in part of our production. We are fully behind the event Fashioned For Freedom, as it represents everything our brand stands for."
- Natasha Rufus Isaacs, co-founder of Beulah London, who's gorgeous designs are among those being auctioned at tonight's event to raise money to fight human trafficking

Monday, 5 November 2012

Remember remember, it's Movember!

Everyone loves Movember. Whether you're egging your man on to nurture a mo or you're the lucky man in mid-grow, there are more ways than ever to get involved this year. Luxury jewellery favourite Links of London is leading the way with a specially designed set of sterling silver, facial-hair inspired delights.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

True Blue beauties - new set launches in support of Teenage Cancer Trust

Shoes, clutch and cake...what more does one want?
Last night I went along to the launch of Dune's limited edition ‘True Blue’ shoes and clutch bag set, created in collaboration with Teenage Cancer Trust.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Q&A with SewLomax

“For me, creating and making is my coming home. I'm filled with excitement when I find just the right fabric or catch sight of rows of beautiful wools, silks and cotton. Even discovering an old bobbin or button fills me with butterflies and glee in anticipation at what can be created from these often discarded items.”
Emma Lomax, founder of Sew Lomax
SewLomax is a new fresh and fun ethical accessories brand that is definitely worth checking out. The range includes penny purses, make-up bags, wash bags, laundry bags, laptop bags and a range of shopping totes, with each piece embellished with embroidered designs that are really appealing. Everything produced is designed in London, finished by hand using sustainable materials sourced in the UK. Here founder, Emma Lomax tells us a little more about her label:

Monday, 22 October 2012

Lush looks from Ecoluxe London SS13

Ecoluxe London showcases and promotes eco-luxury as a lifestyle. A not-for-profit initiative, it's devoted to luxurious eco-sustainable fashion and provides pioneering brands from around the world an opportunity to reach a wider audience. Here's a snapshot of some recommended labels to think about adding to your Spring shopping list, straight from the SS13 showcase...

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Q&A with House of Beth

House of Beth is an online shop that sells preloved designer clothes on behalf of charities that fight human trafficking. A whopping 50% of each purchase is donated to this extremely worthy cause. 

Many of the items for sale are grouped into collections inspired by famous women - which is such a lovely touch, and one that really emphasises the importance of investing in clothes that you treasure rather than buying mindlessly. Here Managing Director Talia Chain tells us a little more about it:

Describe your label in three words...
Beautiful, Ethical, Bargain 

What inspired you to launch?
Two different ideas.

1. The wish that all the best quality, preloved clothes were in one place for reasonable prices (instead of traipsing through charity shops or extortionate second hand designer shops).

2. The brilliant concept of Social Enterprise where the customer can purchase an item of quality whilst helping a charitable cause, the charity can benefit from the structure of a business and the business can fulfil social responsibility whilst still providing employment and proper salaries.


Who would your dream person be to wear your label?
Kate Middleton! We love her. 

What do you see the future holding for House of Beth?
Currently we are selling clothes on behalf of human trafficking charities. In the future we will expand to sell the best items of many different charities helping them and expanding customer choice. 

Are there any fellow ethical businesses you recommend and why?
There are a few ethical designers we love because of their strikingly beautiful designs such as Ada Zanditon and From Somewhere. We admire M&S for their Plan A campaign which is taking ethical to the high street and of course Professor Yunus for creating one of the most successful, original Social Enterprises. 

What tips would you give others keen to run their label as a successful ethical business?
Find people to work with you would trust with your life, don’t compromise on your fundamental morals and try to sleep properly. Whatever people say, without sleep you can’t make good decisions! 

Wise words! Check out the huge number of lovely clothes on www.houseofbeth.com. You can also buy tickets for the upcoming event Fashioned for Freedom, a project that aims to raise money for victims of human trafficking and to spark awareness of their plight (see you there!)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Must-have winter warmers

Embrace winter with these beauties from People Tree!

Alpaca Mittens from People Tree
Alpaca Mittens, £32
Stone Fairisle Arm Warmers from People Tree
Stone Fairisle Arm Warmers, £35.00 

Alpaca Earflap Hat from People Tree
Alpaca Earflap Hat, £35.00
Maude Felt Cloche Hat from People Tree
Maude Felt Cloche Hat, £62.50
Orla Kiely Stone Hat
Orla Kiely Stone Hat, £28
All from www.peopletree.co.uk - I want them all...but that's ok cos People Tree are one of the pioneers in fairtrade and environmentally sustainable fashion. Best excuse to buy ever.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Hipsters strike back with ethical fashion film!

You either love 'em or you hate 'em but you sure can't shake 'em. Hipsters are an integral part of the trend setting scene and are the taste-makers for today's world. Afterall, what they're wearing in the likes of Stoke Newington and Dalston one day slowly but surely trickles out until it's the Saturday night outfit du jour in all small towns across the UK.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Chinti and Parker with added goop

Let's face it, the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow is such an icon that she could probably get away with rocking a piano tie and bubble skirt combo and we'd all give it a go. As one of the most recognisable lifestyle influencers out there, with her hugely popular website goop.com, it's great to see her flying the flag for ethical fashion through a new partnership with Chinti and Parker.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

GraciaWoman joins British stars for Fashion for the Brave

Jade Parfitt in a Corrie Nielsen Union Jack dress created especially for this year's Fashion for the Brave

This evening The Dorchester plays host to a super-glam crowd of British stars for Fashion for the Brave, an annual gala event to raise funds for the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund (HCOCF) and the British Forces Foundation (BFF). This year the theme is Town and Country, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, with Hilary Alexander introducing a fashion show featuring several gorgeous British fashion favourites including GraciaWoman.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Estethica/Veolia Re-Source competition winner announced


The British Fashion Council has announced Liora Lasselle as the winner of the Estethica / Veolia Re-Source competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM). This new collaboration aims to identify and nurture a CSM student to develop creative and sustainable solutions in fashion.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

At Estethica SS13: Q&A with Victim Fashion Street


Since 2000 Mei-hui Liu has been creating one-off items on London's Fashion Street, just off buzzing Brick Lane. A Taiwan-born devotee of Victorian lace and frills, she soon found herself slashing some of the sweetness out of salvaged garments and antique trimmings, developing an edgy and individual look. Her label is among 15 exhibiting at this season's London Fashion Week ethical showcase Estethica, and here she reveals a little bit more about herself and the thoughts behind her new collection:

Friday, 14 September 2012

Livia Firth & Lucy Siegle launch Green Cut

L-R Stephen Jones (& Model wearing Stephen Jones hat), Model wearing Stella McCartney, Roksanda Ilincic (& Model wearing Roksanda Ilincic), Caroline Rush (CEO, British Fashion Council), Model in Tom Ford, Lisa Gregg (Vice President at American Express), Standing behind: Model in Marios Schwab, Marios Scwab, Sitting: Jonathan Saunders & Model in Jonathan Saunders, Antonio Berardi (& Model in Antonio Berardi), Livia Firth, Alice Temperley (& Model in Temperley).
Green Cut is a new and unique initiative from The Green Carpet Challenge co-founders, Livia Firth and Lucy Siegle in association with American Express, celebrating the very best of fashion, film and sustainability. Launched last night at Somerset House, Green Cut pairs eight seminal fashion designers with eight iconic British films to raise awareness of a sustainable approach to fashion design.

My Fair Lady has been reinterpreted by the fabulous milliner Stephen Jones, and my favourite, The Red Shoes has been beautifully re-imagined by Jonathan Saunders. The other (all stunning!) Green Cut designer and film pairings are:
  • Evergreen, Directed by Victor Saville (1934) - Re-interpreted by Antonio Berardi 
  • Darling, Directed by John Schlesinger (1965) - Re-interpreted by Tom Ford 
  • Its Love Again, Directed by Victor Saville (1936) - Re-interpreted by Roksanda Ilincic 
  • Accident, Directed by Harold Pinter, (1967) - Re-interpreted by Stella McCartney 
  • Things to Come, Directed by William Cameron Menzies, (1936) - Re-interpreted by Marios Schwab 
  • Velvet Goldmine, Directed by Todd Haynes, (1998) - Re-interpreted by Alice Temperley
It's so fantastic to see each of these super-star designers showing their support for an eco-friendly fashion approach!

These wonderful creations are now on exhibit to all UK and international press and buyers attending LFW this season, housed in the entrance to the BFC’s ethical and sustainable initiative Estethica. After LFW, the showcase will move exclusively to Harrods, 22nd October-5th November.

At Estethica SS13: Makepiece


“We’ve chosen a tonal palette in hues of mauve this year. You can’t help but be influenced by the liquidity and turbulence that has been all around us. We’re using the colour to enhance the fluidity of our knits.”
- Makepiece designer, Nicola Sherlock-Windle.

Estethica, the ethical fashion exhibition now in it's sixth year at London Fashion Week, will be showcasing 15 cutting-edge designers this season, all of whom adhere to fair trade and sustainable principles. One of the chosen is Makepiece, a label established in 2004 in the Pennine town of Todmorden.

Makepiece designs draw inspiration from the Pennine landscape, and the label produces two seasonal collections a year; a classic range of accessories including unique knitted shrugs and a collection of knitted wedding dresses, shrugs and capes.

The latest collection almost didnt make it to LFW having been lost in the recent flooding. Luckily, Makepiece dyer Keith Newland at Paint Box Textiles, stepped forward to sponsor the collection and supply beautiful British Bluefaced Leicester wool dyed precisely at their mill in Liversedge near Dewsbury. The resulting collection was entitled 'Between the Floods'.

Makepiece is a label designed to be ethical and sustainable, using 100% British wool, mohair and alpaca - wool is naturally renewable and biodegradable. Yarns come from their own flock of low impact Shetland sheep with dying done only 20 miles from where they’re knitted in Yorkshire, UK to EU Standards with no azo dyes, no heavy metals, and effluent cleansing. Paint Box is accredited to dye to the Global Organic Textile Standard.

www.makepiece.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Belen Enchandia launch new handbags for AW12

Stockholm Tote (£475)


The London-based luxury accessories brand has launched a very tasty new handbag collection all lovingly hand-made by their family-run Italian atelier. Belen Enchandia are steadfast in their refusal to move their production to cheaper climes, which means you benefit from high-quality, artisan production, assured that the makers are living and working in fair conditions, and the brand can offer incredibly personal service.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

New Wave style from Chinti and Parker AW12

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Chinti and Parker's AW12 collection will make you feel like one of Jean-Luc Godard's hottest heroines, channeling New Wave chic with ease! Gorgeous autumn shades of fox red, forest green and deep saffron yellow warms the cockles, alongside a playful dose of ʻ50s Americana in the form of ditsy stars and graphic polka dots.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Somerset by Alice Temperley launches today


Calling all Alice Temperley fans! Roll on down to your nearest John Lewis immediately as a 60 piece collection from new label Somerset by Alice Temperley hits stores across the UK today. Named after Temperley’s beloved home county in the South West of England, the label’s first high street collaboration makes her deliciously romantic signature style accessible to us all, with her trademark lace detailing and silks a feature of much of the collection.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Special Edition Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish launches for The Prince's Trust

Launching this month is the scrummy Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Rose and Lavender Prince’s Trust Special Edition - a unique product resulting from a collaboration between one of the UKs leading beauty experts and Rebecca Taylor, a 26 year old entrepreneur supported by The Prince's Trust.

Liz Earle Beauty Co is the exclusive beauty partner for The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow campaign which launched back in spring. Tomorrow was created to inspire the next generation and is giving six Trust-supported young people simply the best start to a dazzling career by pairing them up with iconic mentors to create a product that will be retailed nationwide to raise funds for the Trust.

As if you needed an excuse to buy this product - the original Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is easily the best best best around - £2.00 from every product sold is being donated to The Prince’s Trust’s vital work, helping young people into jobs and training. This special edition offers a little twist, with a unique blend of rose and lavender essential oils to Zen you out and relax your senses, helping to give you a good night’s sleep.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

One to watch: Q&A with Rebecca Desnos

Rebecca wearing one of her scarves
Rebecca Desnos launched her line of eco-conscious textiles this summer, with each piece handmade and dyed using only natural plant dyes and sustainable fibres. The scarves are made from sumptuously soft bamboo fabric that has a lustre akin to silk, and since bamboo is a sustainable resource that thrives naturally without the need for pesticides, it fits well with Rebecca's commitment to ethical practice.  Here she tells us a little more about her new label:

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

LFW celebrates the style guru that is Minnie Mouse!

This September, Disney will celebrate Minnie Mouse as a cultural icon by collaborating with a number of international designers creating ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ - one-off garments and accessories, to be unveiled at London Fashion Week. Each designer involved - including Giles, Michael van der Ham, Richard Nicoll (image above), Katie Hillier, Lulu Guinness, and Terry de Havillandwill creatively interpret Minnie's signature bows and trademark polka dots. In addition, Meadham Kirchhoff will reveal a collaboration with Ms Mouse at its SS13 show.

Following the ‘Inspired by Minnie Mouse’ showcase, each of the ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ will be available at an exclusive auction on eBay, offering fashion followers and Disney fans around the world the opportunity to own a unique one-off Minnie Mouse-inspired creation. Proceeds from the auction will be donated by Disney to support the Fashion Arts Foundation, a British Fashion Council initiative to nurture relationships between the creative industries and maintain a reputation for fashion innovation.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Q&A: Parker Liautaud

Not your average ski trip - a previous North Pole expendition
Parker Liautaud is one busy chap. Celebrated as a climate change campaigner, global policy leader, public speaker, environmental journalist and polar adventurer...yet he's still only 17 years old. Having recently delivered a million strong petition to Prime Minister David Cameron, he is committed to stimulating public debate on the importance of the environmental plight that he firmly believes is threatening the planet. He's certainly not afraid to lead from the front, acting as a spokesperson for his generation and showing admirable commitment and drive.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Michael Fish: B.A.S.E jumping legend!

Who'd have thought it eh?! Michael Fish, MBE, is now a fully fledged, bona fide freefaller since the brave man took the plunge to raise awareness of climate change. Fish, who is 68 years old, made the jump from a rooftop to highlight this important cause that's close to his heart - what a legend!

As a highly trained meteorologist he has a greater grasp of the effects of climate change than the average chap and he believes that drawing attention to the issue is well worth the risk.

“Raising awareness of climate change is really important, because there is no doubt whatsoever that if we carry on the way we are there will be shortages of food, shortages of water, towns and cities will be flooded, there’s all sorts of chaos that could arise, in fact some of it is already happening.

"We have to something about it now, not wait until it’s too late. If some of us have to make sacrifices, like risking our lives by jumping off buildings, then so be it”

Top marks to Fish, and Rapanui, the eco fashion brand that captured the event on video and released the footage online to support him in drawing attention to the issue. Rapanui know their stuff when it comes to sustainability and make some great looking clobber to boot - to hear more about them, check out their Q&A that previously featured on BonTonTimes here.

Show your support by sharing the video and applauding the man himself: Michael Fish, B.A.S.E jumping legend!




Friday, 17 August 2012

New natural body & hair care from Australian Native Botanicals


If you're on the look out for a nastiness-free skin and hair care experience, than the new Australian Native Botanicals range of completely natural products could be for you.

Available for different hair types, the professional-style hair treatments help keep your hair in better condition and are made using all natural, wild harvested, organic native Australian botanicals and essential oils, and are sulphate-free.

There's also a range of sulphate-free gels, scrub and lotions developed with spa and beauty salon professionals to gently cleanse and pamper the whole body while restoring the natural moisture balance of the skin.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Belen Echandia launches diffusion line


Luxury leather handbag designer Belen Echandia, famous for it's limited editions, is launching a brand new, and rather gorgeous, diffusion line ‘B.E. by Belen Echandia’. The new collection is inspired by style seen out on the street, taking everyday chic, stylish women for its muse and is a pared down version of the classic Belen Echandia look.

The collection has been created to provide further support for the skilled artisans that make each Belen Echandia bag. Jackie Cawthra, Belen Echandia's Creative Director explains why:

"The economic climate has caused many accessories' brands to relocate their production facilities to China in an attempt to slow the squeeze on margins caused by the mass of discounting of the last few years. This has put many European craftsmen out of business. We are not willing to compromise on the incomparable quality of our workmanship nor to walk away from the loyal, talented artisans that have brought the brand this far. Our ethos is to connect our customers with local artisans and our new diffusion line, B.E. by Belen Echandia, helps to protect our atelier so that future handbag lovers can experience the quality of a hand-made piece."

The first bags in the new collection include two chic wearable totes (our faves), a smart satchel and a soft hobo in very wearable colours - vermillion; petrol blue; fiery red and light gold - each hand-crafted by a family-run Italian atelier in leathers such as saffiano textured calf and soft pebbled cowhide.

Available from 8th August 2012 - go buy B.E. by Belen Echandia online at www.belenechandia.com (prices ranging from £30 to £350).

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

TOMS / Dazed & Confused film project competition

Groundbreaking footwear label TOMS has partnered up with Dazed & Confused on a new creative film project called Generation Change, asking UK-based filmmakers to submit a treatment for a short three minute film exploring 'British Change Makers'.

To be judged by TOMS, Dazed and British director Lucy Walker (Waste Land, The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom), the winner will receive a massive £5,000 to make their film for TOMS and be featured on Dazed Digital. If you are inspired to make a statement, than you can find more details on how to apply here and the closing deadline is 28 August.

TOMS is a hugely successful company founded in 2006 by American traveller Blake Mycoskie who, having befriended children in Argentina, found they had no shoes with which to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, which matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need - a programme which is the absolute living and breathing proof that all you need is a simple idea to make a huge difference.

The company has since given over 1,000,000 shoes to children in need, and has recently launched a new One for One eyewear initiative.

www.toms.co.uk

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

One to watch: Q&A with Olwen Bourke

Fledgling ethical clothing label Olwen Bourke launched in February this year, aiming to create bespoke, luxury clothing by recycling materials and incorporating pre-used textiles that have a story. The beautiful, first collection Paradise Lost is inspired by jungles and Japanese silkscreen prints, and uses predominately hand-dyed silk, (end of roll) cotton and wool, recycled leather and suede.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Food with heart; Kitchen Joël Antunes at the Embassy

If it’s been a while since you’ve ventured to the Embassy in Old Burlington Street, then you need to get on down there as you’re behind the times. Kitchen Joël Antunes has injected a new lease of life into the place, which is now once again heaving with notable names. Vivienne Westwood held her London Fashion Week dinner there back in February, and it even played host to Harvey Weinstein’s post-BAFTA bash.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Beulah London Butterfly Effect flies into Harvey Nichols

Beulah London is certainly making waves. Just landed at a Harvey Nichols near you, this luxury label is gaining fans faster than you can shake a polo stick. Some people have taken notice because it counts the Duchess of Cambridge among its growing list of patrons, and others because of an increasing presence on the UKs red carpets. But here at Bon Ton Times we love Beulah London because the label is changing perceptions of ethical fashion the world over.

While the designs deliver on style and quality, turning fashionable heads across the globe, the brand continues in its commitment to raise awareness of the plight of the many women affected by trafficking, helping them to build a future by furnishing them with skills, jobs and support.

The AW12 collection is real step forward in the style-stakes, building on the Beulah-look but pushing the envelope that little bit more.  Taking inspiration from the notion that a small change in one place can make a bigger impact elsewhere, the "Butterfly Effect" collection is packed with modern classics.  Favourites include:

Camberwell Beauty

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bottletop goes (RED)

(RED) Kristina
Bottletop, the luxury accessories brand, is taking part in (RED)’s 2012 charity campaign - ‘(RED) RUSH TO ZERO’. The (RED) Summer campaign includes a series of global events, limited edition products, and promotions to raise funds and awareness for the global goal of an AIDS free generation by 2015. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

London loves: CRED Illuminate Collection

If you're a fellow magpie with an eager eye for seriously snazzy jewellery, you'll love the beautiful new collection from CRED. Called Illuminate, it features some absolutely gorgeous classic & elegant fine jewellery pieces in white gold, diamonds & pearls. With a distinctively English air, the collection combines elegance from 1950’s fashion with the scrolling ironwork of the lamps along the Southbank of the Thames.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Latest NV London Calcutta & Rob Ryan collaboration now available

A close up of Small Girl
Ethical luxury brand NV London Calcutta has collaborated once again with British visual artist Rob Ryan to create a beautifully illustrated silk square in union jack colours, Small Girl. Entirely handmade, the scarf features delicate images of women with their favourite shoes, surrounded by a delicate and complex network of flowers interspersed with robins carrying various trinkets.
Only 100 of this little jem are available so get in there quick - it's not often you can get your hands on a piece of wearble art for just over £100! Each is packaged alongside a signed, numbered insert from the man himself. This new launch follows two earlier collaborations with Rob, a large silk wrap and a stunning scarf.  Each of these wardrobe staples can be found on NV London Calcutta's website www.nvlondoncalcutta.co.uk.
Authenticated by Rob Ryan

NV London Calcutta works with artisans in India to create each stylish piece, providing secure work and fair pay, helping to safeguard the traditional skills of local craftsmanship. Read more about NV London Calcutta and the lenghts taken to ensure ethical production standards in a recent article contributed by Bon Ton Times to Ms Wanda's Wardrobe - click here.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Topshop to launch 'Made in Britain' capsule collection

Supporting home-grown manufacturing is an important part of shopping more ethically and now doing so is that much easier thanks to Topshop.  This July a ‘Made In Britain’ capsule collection arrives, featuring some seriously stylish winter coats, designed, cut from British cloth and produced in the east end of London. 
Military Great Coat, £275
The eight classic styles have been updated with modern features, with an interesting combination of fabrics. The double tweed parka merges herringbone and Prince of Wales check, while the boyfriend Crombie is tweed alongside blended cashmere and virgin wool. The classic Biker is re-invented in a longer shape in Melton wool.  

With such clout, Topshop can really make an impact on British business and is in a unique position to showcase our wonderful wares to the world - let's hope this is the start of something big.

The collection will be available from July onwards, in Oxford Circus, New York and online at Topshop.com

Saturday, 23 June 2012

What is upcycling?

As ethical fashion evolves, so does the terminology used to describe the different ways in which you can shop! Upcycling is becoming ever more popular, so much so that Topshop has recently launched a collection in partnership with Reclaim to Wear. But are you totally au fait with what it involves? Here Charlotte Bobeldijk, the founder of Grassroots Fashion tells us all about it, and talks us through the process she follows when making items for her gorgeous collection.

What exactly is upcycling?
Upcycling is a term used to describe the process of taking an item or a number of items, such as a piece of furniture, a collection of old trinkets or clothing and producing a new item of higher value than the original. In clothing this means taking a garment which is no longer valued because it is unfashionable or undesirable and using any number of techniques from embellishment to total reconstruction to transform the garment into something desirable and as a result, increasing its.

Where does the idea come from?
People have been 'upcycling' for a long time, way before the term 'upcycling' was assigned to it. In the past, when fashion was not as readily accessible as it is today, women often used upcycling as a way of keeping up with fashion without blowing the budget. Women's magazines would often feature articles on how to transform a garment such as a plain shirt by adding new sleeves or a collar.

What inspired you to start a business based on it?
The decision to start Grassroots was influenced by the impact fashion has on the environment. I strongly believe that the world simply cannot support the speed at which we consume goods. Fashion has become extremely fast paced and uses such a huge amount of the earths resources. We cannot continue consuming in this way, or if we do we will (as we have already) see disastrous consequences in the environment. Upcycling provides a way for us to satisfy our desire for new fashions, but without using new materials at the cost of the environment.

How do you see upcycling impacting postitively on the world?
Currently in the UK, we throw away 1.4 million tonnes of clothing every year. And then we head to the high street to replace all the stuff we've thrown out with new clothes which we will eventually throw out once we're bored of them and so the cycle of waste continues. Upcycling clothing stops this cycle as instead of throwing the clothes out, they are re-worked into something new. If more people donate their clothes and buy upcycled clothing we can dramatically reduce our waste and we would also be much less of a drain on the earths resources.

What are the steps you take to turn an old piece of clothing into something new and desirable?
At Grassroots we produce clothing that provides women with an ethical alternative to the high street. Each garment is individual and reflects the current fashion trends so this is where each upcycling project starts. We have mood boards highlighting key trends, colours, sillhouettes and details for the season and this forms the basis for the upcycling inspiration. We then find a suitable garment to transform from our stock of donated clothing and work out how best to work with the garment. If the fabric is great we will use that, but perhaps transform the sillhouette, or if the shape and fit is ideal, but the design is lack lustre we may embellish it or add a detail such as a new collar. The garment tends to dictate what is done. Each piece is individually re-designed and upcycled so no two garments will be the same. Here's an example of some of the upcycling work we do at Grassroots.








Who's your customer?
Grassroots wants to encourage women to break free from the high street! We understand that the high street enables people to dress fashionably without spending a fortune and this is very appealing. However as we all know, the real cost of high street fashion may not be in our purses, but the much higher cost of our environment. Grassroots provides fashionable clothing which reflects the current trends, at affordable prices, with the added bonus that each piece is unique and not harming the environment. The Grassroots customer is an intelligent, independent woman who likes to express her individuality through her appearance and is not afraid to break away from the high steet!


Find Grassroots on ASOS Marketplace or www.grassrootsfashion.com