An Interview With ‘Mindful Fashion’ Retailers Gather&See – Huffington Post

Sustainable and Ethical Fashion beautifully curated. Organic. Fairtrade. Heritage. Small scale production. Eco-friendly. Samata interviews Gather&See co-founder Alicia Taylor, one half of a power duo ticking all the boxes for mindful fashion lovers with online retail store Gather&See…

Introduce yourself and the Gather & See brand…

I’m Alicia Taylor and I am the co founder of Gather&See. Gather&See is an online store offering a curated collection of ethical and sustainable fashion brands to a fashion savvy customer who doesn’t want to compromise on either style or ethics.

– Tell us about the vision for the company?

My business partner Steph and I started Gather&See to make it easier for smart, design – conscious women to shop ethically. We wanted to bring together all of the incredible small ethical brands we had discovered in one place online where like-minded fashion conscious and ethically aware women could find a new, positive way to shop responsibly. Read more…

Finally, Design-Led Sustainable Fashion Has An Online Home – Huffington Post

Finding stylish-design led fashion just got a little easier! One of the main grumblings I’ve had since jumping onboard with Red Carpet Green Dress, is that a design-led curated selection of ethical fashion is simply not easy enough to find, and when you do stumble upon a store you like the majority of its offerings might not suit your taste. I’ve long since been on the hunt for sustainable fashion which enables you to make a style statement, and ticks all of the boxes – affordability, wearability and beautiful aesthetic. Now, I’m pleased to say, I need look no further. The ladies of Gather&See have done all the work for us…

Founded by Alicia Taylor and Stephanie Hogg in 2014, Gather&See‘s carefully pored over sustainable collections (currently over 40 designers strong) hits the sweet spot, bringing together designers with ethical motivations and shoppers looking for more that surface aesthetics. Fast becoming the go-to for eco-on-the-go and occasionwear, the retailer does what is so badly-needed with ease, offering easily digestible edits through The Gatherer online, with interesting focus on Organic, Heritage and an insightful share during Fashion Revolution Week, alongside insightful glimpses behind the scenes of the brands you are shopping, styling tips and thought pieces.

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Sustainable fabric Modal – Huffington Post

What’s the big deal about Modal? A type of rayon, Modal is a semi-synthetic cellulose fibre made by spinning reconstituted cellulose, it is used alone or with other fibres (often cotton or spandex) in household items such as pyjamas or underwear, but in recent years it has started to transition into being worn for more fashionable purposes.

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Part of the ASOS Eco Edit, this jumpsuit is 100% Modal and sits within the offering from 45 brands found in the selection, all of which must contain at least 50% of a sustainable fibre to make the cut. A second generation cellulosic fibre, modal is well known for its softness; commonly described as ‘soft as a feather’ and the ‘softest fibre in the world’.  Read more…

ASOS Eco Edit Strikes Again and It’s A Colourful Killer – Huffington Post

I am in love with this coat by ASOS Made In Kenya – when I say the striped mix of colors is so good, I kid you not.

The richly hued textured fabric, fixed hood and beautiful shawl lapels make a for a piece you will wear again and again. In short, it is the perfect Christmas present! Since 2010 ASOS has teamed up with the charitable initiative clothing workshop SOKO Kenya to create a range of garments – dresses, skirts and peplum tops, and gorgeous coats like these – all of which are made under fair-trade principles.

SOKO Kenya are a manufacturing company whose goal is to help women “take control of their own lives” by providing them with fair wages, access to pre-school for their children and free medical care. Based in Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary, SOKO was set up in 2009 by Joanna Maiden whose vision it was to provide the fashion industry with a manufacturing unit with social and environmental issues at the heart of its business. The company trades with a focus on producing quality, competitively priced, fashion driven garments for a global market, and improving the quality of life for the local population – through means such as vocational training and social services. Support the brand – and pick up some gorgeous pieces along the way – by clicking here.

Read original Huffington Post article here.

Pepper & Mayne Transformational Fashion – Huffington Post

Pepper & Mayne’s seminal collection three years ago at launched at Women’s only Spa, Gym and Club Grace Belgravia, quickly amassing a loyal following whilst simultaneously notching up credentials for steering the ‘Athleisure’ movement. The latter is part of a design philosophy to deliver versatile and luxurious lounge and weekend wear, Pepper & Mayne do this using cashmere, cotton and silk (natural fibres which are kinder to the skin and the environment).

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Whether the brand’s reputation for lush loungewear – think baby-soft, luxurious fabrics to take you from barre to brunch in elegance and style – or its status as elegant performance wear numero uno, Pepper & Mayne design exercise, dance, work-out or chill out gear in its finest form. Product excellence aside, the collections are all fair trade and fully traceable, another reason the brand makes the ethical cut. Stocked at leading independent retailers such as Wolf & Badger, Pepper & Mayne retails online between £40-£400.

I interviewed Founding Director, Leigh May Evans, to find out more.

– Introduce yourself and tell us a little about Pepper & Mayne

Pepper & Mayne is an active lifestyle brand born and raised in London. Our creative Director, Leigh is an ex ballet dancer turned designer and yogi and when you can’t find her at the barre she’ll be practicing yoga on the beach in Ibiza or researching new ways of creating sustainable products at our manufacturing hubs in Portugal or Nepal. The Pepper & Mayne collections were born out of creating innovative product for ballerinas and combine the strength and elegance synonymous with ballet practice. Our products are both functional and sustainable; always kind to both the skin and the environment and responsible manufacturing is at the heart of everything we do. Our Body Wear collection offers hardy ballerinas performance clothing that is designed for movement and high-intensity activity whilst remaining beautiful and elegant.

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Vintage Jumpsuits at Rokit

I loved rocking this jumpsuit from Rokit, the one-stop shop for stylish vintage.

Celebrating the launch of ‘ZOE’, her first publication, I'm at @HoxtonHotel for a conversation between @ZoeKarssen and @LauraBaileyLondon with wifey @uneeq__ and @PepperYourTalk's Dior < that girl is going places! With contributors including Alison Mosshart and Vera Van Erp the debut issue ‘Bikers’ focuses on art, fashion photography, inspiring people and one of a kind models. The independent magazine epitomizes the Zoe Karssen brand DNA and aims to connect with a like minded audience on a more intimate level. ‘Zoe’ will be internationally available at Zoe Karssen retailers and online at zoekarssen.com. I am wearing @RokitVintage and vegan shoes✌🏾tap for credits or visit SamataHome.com > 'Wear The Look' for details (link in bio). _______________________________________________________ #HoxtonHotel #ZoeKarssen #EastLondon #OutAndAbout #Bikers #Vintage #VeganStyle

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For nearly 30 years  since starting as a stall in North London’s Camden Town, Rokit has recycled over a million tonnes of discarded clothing and accessories. I love the unique offering in their Brick Lane store and recommend it to anyone searching for design-led sustainable style. They even have a recycling crew, working to customise, upcycle and downcycle pieces with nifty and creative tricks.

Browse their Jumpsuit selection here, and find out more about how I wear jumpsuits transformationally here.

Penmayne of London and Burberry | Redefining Heritage – Huffington Post

Is the phrase ‘heritage brand’ overused these days? Perhaps. As a result, it is important for those who encounter it, to unpack it and in doing so, question not only the intention but the truth in its use. Is it being used honestly to drive brand authenticity and tell a story? Or to jump on the common narrative or zeitgeist to boost traffic? For many of us working in a world where fashion is viewed sustainably, the phrase embodies so much more than a toe-dip into using traditional British-made fabrics or putting a spotlight on local, onshore business operations in the UK. Discovering brands who place an eye on this wider lens is refreshing, and progresses an often stagnant conversation forward, namely offering fresh answers to two core questions, ‘What is the future of British fashion?’ and ‘Where does true innovation in the heritage space lie?’

 

Hat – Penmayne of London  |  Funnel Neck Coat – Burberry | Rollerneck Jumper Dress (mine is a secondhand piece, but this Merino Wool one is similar and fantastic quality) – Repeat Cashmere | Socks – Calvin Klein | Photo credit: Jonathan Pattinson

For independent luxury British hat brand Penmayne of London, the answers are also all encompassing; heritage is as much about the design process, history of the brand itself and a focus on wanting to be a part of the British market, including manufacturing here (“It’s expense and it’s harder to scale, but it’s worth it,” says founder Claire Howeson.) Read more…