Lagom Collective

A huge thanks to The Lagom Concept for giving me the space to talk about THE TRIBE Empowerment Journal on Thursday. It was absolutely lovely to see what Madeleine and Alessandra are trying to build. One of the elements of sustainable fashion that most appeals to me is the independent fashion brands – small, emerging brands creating wearable fashion, brands you need to seek out off-the-beaten path. The pro? You know that the fashion you buy has a story you can discover much more easily, and you get to know more about the people behind the brand…they are just so more accessible.

The pop-up store will last for a few more days before Christmas so people can discover ethical brands like, YGN – a collective whose beautiful ethically handmade good are created by women supported by social enterprise in Myanmar, across to high-end JPL, an ‘Eco-Luxe for the Modern Woman’. I am a fan of pop-ups for many reasons…it gives brands the change to tell their story using innovative methods, and transforms an average shopping trip to much more of an event where you can interact with brands and ask questions…like Who Made My Clothes?

At The Lagom Concept, emerging and sustainable designers have been given a platform to showcase and sell their brands, allowing access to some beautiful pieces. If you are around East London this weekend pop in – there is a spa situation happening which you won’t want to miss. On a side note, it was great to start lactating halfway through the event – NOT! Real mama issues

Why I created THE TRIBE™ Empowerment Journal

I have written a very personal entry here about why I created THE TRIBE™ Empowerment Journal. I wanted to explain why it was important for me to put together something useful and timeless for any woman on a journey to being kinder to herself, about herself. To create something personal and private. Have a read by clicking the image below.

P.S I am wearing Merci Me London. You can read all about the brand and why I love it here, and visit the official website here.

Oscars 2018 Ethical Style

For Oscars Sunday, I wore a jumpsuit by Fame and Partners, a gorgeous clutch from Sarah’s Bag and beautiful jewellery by Twila True. The fine jewellery line celebrates the beauty of the mind, heart, soul and body, inspired by the wealth of cultural influences, bold colours, and precious native resources of the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation.

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Ethical Reading List – Top 5 Books

Whether you’re a long time follower of sustainable fashion, new to the scene or just a little curious and want to educate yourself to become a more thoughtful consumer, here are 5 books to help you along the way…. Read more…

Where do I shop for ethical fashion?

Earlier this week an important report was released by the Ellen MacArthur foundation which showed the true impact and scale of the wasteful and throwaway nature of the global fashion industry. I am still making my way through it (it’s 150 pages!) but some of the essence I am sharing below mixed in with recommendations!

A Stella McCartney campaign shot in a Scottish landfill site to raise awareness of waste and over-consumption. Photograph: Harley Weir and Urs Fischer for Stella McCartney

The report stated that the industry is responsible for creating greenhouse emissions of 1.2bn tonnes a year – known to be larger than that of international flights and shipping combined. At the same time, UK fashion designer Stella McCartney recently stepped forward to back the MacArthur’s foundation campaign (to stop the global fashion industry consuming a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050 (YIKES!), and almost immediately more and more friends popped up asking me how they could change their shopping habits to become more sustainable. So in response, and in the run up to the holidays, I wanted to share some of my personal favourite pit-stops for ethical, and sustainable fashion below

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Fashion Designer’s Resource Book – Pick up your copy

The Fashion Designer’s Resource Book is a guide book (@FDRBook) by yours truly is a fashion resource and lifestyle book providing a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry as a business, combined with an insider’s understanding of the creative process and the lifestyle of a fashion entrepreneur. Currently available through @Bloomsbury with 10% off. Treat yourself 🙂 It features advice from @NigelBarker, @JW_Anderson CEO Simon Whitehouse, and other brilliant people working in this kick ass industry. Link to buy here.

If you have a copy, let us know what you think on our Instagram profile. It is available for 10% off right now so if you think it might help you personally (or a friend) visit Bloomsbury Publishing and pick up your copy.

If they could see me now!

Ah, right now I think most of my friends think I am living it up somewhere glamorous, but nope – I am at home, preparing for one of the busiest Septembers in a while – we have our Red Carpet Green Dress winner coming over for a month-long internship at Vivienne Westwood in addition I am working on a long seven piece article and digging in with the researching. Days like this I wish people could see the hard miles that go into what we do because it’s not pretty – I am tired and anxious to see the month end. Of course I am looking forward to it all, and know it will be an amazing month to meet people, be inspired and all that good stuff, but I am definitely filled with a nervous energy too. So then again, maybe I am lucky people can’t see me as I am holed up at home working like a beaver…

This is more like my current situation…..

  1. Drink water
  2. Face mask
  3. Eat healthy food
  4. Do some squats
  5. Try to rest
  6. Working hard as standard between each of the above steps
  7. Whilst all the time wishing I was back here..

Samata x