Friday, 27 April 2012

5. Your five day guide: An eco-luxe weekend bag...and a free gift!

The last day in your guide to a fairtrade fashion weekend away wardrobe...

The Florence Canvas and Leather Weekender from NV London Calcutta is the perfect carrier for any weekend away (£150.00).  The award-winning ethical accessories company is dedicated to bridging the gap between high fashion and traditional ethical offerings; producing entirely handmade, high quality bags and accessories, designed in Britain and created in Calcutta, West Bengal. 

The wonderful team at NV London Calcutta have offered Bon Ton Times readers a free matching wash pocket with every purchase too.  After placing your order, simply email with the subject line, ‘Free Wash Pocket Please!’ putting your full name and address details in the body of the email.

NEWS FLASH: A little birdy told me to expect a host of new products to hit the NV London Calcutta website later in the year...

Thursday, 26 April 2012

4. Your five day guide: For the beach

Part of your five day guide to a fairtrade fashion weekend away wardrobe...
No escape away is complete without at least a few hours lazing on the beach or by a pool with a view.  FAIR+True has a glorious collection of bikinis, with our favourite being the Hava Fairtrade African Print (£35.00).  The top can be worn at least four ways for four cute different looks while the side tie bottoms are super comfortable and can be adjusted to fit with the side ties.  All FAIR+True bikinis are made in Kenya under a fairtrade scheme that supports communities. 

Tomorrow: The last day!  Eco-luxe weekend bag...

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

3. Your five day guide: Perfecting your look for a Sunday stroll

Part of your five day guide to a fairtrade fashion weekend away wardrobe...

For your weekend away downtime, relax in the Daisy Skirt and Tulip Scarf from Beulah (rrp £266).  Beulah is a new luxury label that stands for meaningful fashion, focusing on elegant timeless pieces made from the finest silks and cottons.  The brand dedicates a proportion of the company’s profits each year directly to community-based projects in India and the UK that deal with, and try to solve, issues surrounding the trafficking of women and children.  Ideal for those of us that believe high quality fashion can make a positive impact on the world.
People Tree is a long term fair-trade favourite and pioneer that never disappoints in the style stakes nor as an inspiration.  The gorgeous Lora Dot Dress is a breezy vintage style polka dot dress with a flattering v-neck and swing skirt that is hand made in India using organic dye (£75.00).

Tomorrow: For the beach

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

2. Your five day guide: Fairtrade and fashion fabulous for a night on the town!

Part of your five day guide to a fairtrade fashion weekend away wardrobe...
You might be a somewhat virtuous shopper but you certainly still know how let your hair down.  Catch someone’s eye with this African print fairtrade peplum top from FAIR+True; it captures the bold print trend so brilliantly. The peplum trend is a flattering shape and this top is just perfect to style up for an evening out (£75.00). Plain skinny black jeans set off the print perfectly; make a beeline for the versatile Organic Classic Skinny Inky Black Jeans from Monkey Genes.  Slim-fitting and Soil Association Certified (£60.00)
Tomorrow: Perfecting your look for a Sunday stroll

Monday, 23 April 2012

1: Introducing your five day guide to a fairtrade fashion weekend away wardrobe

With the weather a little bleak, we highly recommend that you head to warmer climes. So, we wanted to lend a hand to help you find ethical alternatives to pack for a few well-deserved days in the sun.  Check back here for new recommendations across the next five days...

1: Perfect basics
As tempting as it is to pack for all eventualities, keep it light with these classics: 
Every wardrobe should have a pair, and now no ethical wardrobe need do without thanks to Mudd & Water’s Regatta Chino Trousers (£59.99). Mudd & Water is a socially conscious clothing company that uses organic and recycled materials.

If you’re hitting the Riviera or even popping to Brighton, you’ll need something to cover up in for the evening.  The Fairtrade Embroidered Bali Cut-out Top from Gringo is extremely flattering and will help ease your skin into sun exposure (£26.00).

Breton-style striped tops have screamed beach side chic since Bardot and beyond, so try Mudd & Water's take on it, made from Organic Cotton (£40.25).
Tomorrow: Fairtrade and fashion fabulous for a night on the town

Part of your five day guide to a fairtrade fashion weekend away wardrobe...

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Congratulations to Anya Hindmarch

Adding another prestigious win to an overflowing trophy cabinet, last night Anya Hindmarch beat off stiff competition to win The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award  2012.  She was heavily praised for her business achievements in creating a successful global luxury accessories brand, as well as a socially responsible business.  On receiving her award, Anya said "It is a real complement to be deemed to share some of the qualities of Veuve Clicquot herself who was clearly a brave and pioneering woman."

Well said and well done!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Classic necklaces for Spring from Mirabelle

If you're yearning for some new jewellery to offset your Spring wardrobe, take a look at Mirabelle.

All Mirabelle jewellery is produced by fairtrade suppliers using sterling silver, 22k gold plated metals, brass, semi precious stones, carved mother of pearl, wood, and shells from trusted sources.  

There is a lot to choose from on the website including the Vintage inspired Biba collection, handmade in Britain, featuring chains in brass and gold plated 22 carat or sterling silver with different pendants, medals, pearls and semi precious stones.

To complement the on-going 1920s trend, try something a little different to the classic band of pearls.  The Biba Long Chain, seen above, is a delicate long brass chain, gold plated 22 carat on brass, with freshwater pearls (£79.00).

The delicate Biba Chain Necklace is a versatile piece that wouldn't look out of place alongside many of the sweet and light SS12 catwalk looks, such as those seen at Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton; a sterling silver chain with semi-precious stones (£60.00).

Friday, 6 April 2012

Green & Black's Easter treats

For those of us who gave up chocolate for Lent, the time to indulge is so tantilisingly near... 

As tempting as it is to jump on the nearest piece of Cadbury's you find, I'm going to steal myself and go for something a little bit better in every way.

Green & Black's beautifully stylish and mouth-watering selection of premium chocolate Easter eggs are just the ticket.  The new Easter Tasting Collection Dark Chocolate Egg includes a large egg with a mix of 24 miniature bars of Green & Black's signature flavours.  It comes with tasting note cards, recipe suggestions and flavour combination ideas (£14.99).

For the kiddies there are the new Explorer Eggs - one for a boy and one for a girl.  I shouldn't think most children would mind if they got the wrong one as long as there was chocolate inside but it is a lovely idea.  Each egg includes games and puzzles, and a short story printed on the back of each pack featuring the Explorers' characters George and Bella (£3.49 each).

Not only are they delicious but all of Green & Black's Easter eggs are organic to the Soil Association standards and carry the Fairtrade Mark as a guarantee that producers are getting a better deal.

Pop down to your local supermarket or for more information click here

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sparkle with The Jacaranda Tree

The beautiful new jewellery label The Jacaranda Tree is already proving a big hit with those in the know. Unsurprising when you see the stunning designs of the inaugural collection by UK New Jewellery Designer of the Year Katie Rowland, including the gorgeous stacker rings shown here.

The label specialises in ethically mined African gold - from one of only a handful of mines worldwide that are independently evaluated and audited, to ensure fair wages for workers and traceability to source - and the jewellery is as desirable as the company ethos is impressive.

Not only does it pride itself on providing work and fair trade conditions to the local artisans that make each piece, but 1% of all sales go straight to a foundation dedicated to giving something back to the community.

With plans afoot to work with further UK designers across 2012, I can't wait to see what new treasures the team come out with next...

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