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).


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.


Say Something Transformational

It was definitely all love at the CANDID magazine party, celebrating the release of Candid Magazine’s 12th issue: The Fashion Issue and the launch of the AW16 Grooming Room at the beginning of this year. It was the perfect event for a Statement T but also for a little transformational fashion, read on to find out how I styled this look with a little more creativity than meets the naked eye…

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Bag – Okapi | Dress – Motel | Black dungaree pants – Le Ciel Bleu | Bracelet – Tory Burch / Alternative – Aurélie Bidermann

This edit is all about transformation fashion, for those who do not know what that means, transformational fashion is all about dressing in a multi-functional way or using your pieces beyond their first or natural purpose; for example, wearing jumpsuits as trousers, dresses as skirts with a jumper over – you name it – essentially making your clothing work so much harder for you (and for your money!).
Vintage Sunglasses at Rokit

I have written about Rokit before – it’s safe to say that I’m a fan. To me, since I moved to London from Cambridge over 10 years ago, it has always been the perfect source of vintage clothing and retro treasures. Discovering markets like those in Portobello Road, and wandering the length of Brick Road was a regular Saturday pastime. Rokit was a discovery I made on one of those rambles and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a penchant for the vintage/preloved fashion movement. As I keep saying, I haven’t shopped on the high street for a long time. I prefer to find the one-offs and discover independent fashion whenever I can.

These sunglasses were a find at Rokit whose online collection offers a variety of styles from decades past. You will find everything from 50s cat eye, 60s round, 70s oversized, 80s sport and 90s flip top (all terms I learnt from their website which only scratch the surface when it comes to the repetoire available). Have a good hunt, mine are worn and weathered now, just like I like vintage. (more…)

Seed To Table Living & Eating At Can Lluc

Surrounded by venerable walls and found in the heart of the island of Ibiza, boutique hotel Can Lluc is a product of the blood, sweat and tears of Tina Soriano and Lucas Prats. The main house was built by Lucas’s grandfather and acted as the family home for generations until the ambitious married couple undertook a transformation project with the space, successfully paying respectful homage to traditional Ibicenco architecture and heritage. Rustic stone walls, wooden ceilings and beautifully restored déco bring the once-ancient property to a chic modern space with rooms ready to catch weary or energised travellers. Whatever pace you bring to Can Lluc, rest assure it will be matched with ease.

The surrounding ecology is stunning – dense pine forests, carob, fig, fruit and olive trees complimented by a plantation of 2000 vineyards, carobs and almonds and fruit. One of the key experiences of a successful holiday, beyond good aesthetics and hospitality, is satisfying food; picked from the bar or restaurant menu, Can Lluc offer a wide selection of organic, local and quality produce. Whether plucked from the surrounding farmlands or homegrown vegetable garden, or travelling a short distance from local suppliers, all food is prepared in the in-house kitchen and fresh on the plate. Eating seasonally and locally can reduce the carbon footprint of your food by up to 10%. Food that is grown closer to home will therefore have fewer transportation emissions associated with it, in addition as the distance food travels decreases, so does the need for processing and refrigeration to reduce spoilage.

Seed to table – from the backyard garden to a kitchen table – gives the chef direct input when planting and harvesting herbs and peppers from the seasonal garden onsite, and as a result, the food is simply delicious and incredibly garden-fresh.


Nanou Couture & Ibiza’s Ethical Adlib Fashion Movement – Huffington Post

During its busiest months, Ibiza is heaving. Best known for clubs, bars and stunning hotels, sustainability is not often a word you associate with the Balearic island best known for the lively nightlife found in Ibiza Town and San Antonio, though it should not be such a stretch; natural areas, unique landscapes, organic farms and seed-to-table living aside, sustainable fashion is actually thriving here. This year saw the second Fashion Revolution Day Ibiza take place, with exhibitions and demonstrations spanning the Island.

The day itself, 24th April, commemorates the death of 1,138 workers at the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka following the buildings’ collapse in Bangladesh. The tragedy triggered a wave of action within the industry by activists determined to raise awareness of #WhoMadeYourClothes, the impact of excessive consumption whilst highlighting an alternative route to more ethical fashion choices and safe industry practises. This April the Boulevard Abel Matutes was home to Fashion Revolution Day Ibiza with one fashion show alone showcasing a total of ten ‘Slow Fashion’ designers – Adlib Etikology by Nanou Couture included. The organisers of the event invited guests to discover ecological, healthy and sustainable alternatives in Fashion, Cosmetics and Local food in a cozy environment complete with children’s area, culminating in a sustainable fashion show ‘Ibiza Slow Fashion’. Over 300 people showed up.


Samata collaboration with Wolf & Badger

Samata has teamed up with online retailer Wolf & Badger to share some recommended brands and ethical picks. Home to some of the coolest independent brands in town, Wolf and Badger stock a large number of brands doing things ethically and sustainably. Wolf & Badger will also be offering a discount of 10% off any item on Wolf & for anyone who signs up to Samata’s mailing list here.

How is transformational fashion sustainable? For me, fashion that can be worn from day to night, pieces that work harder for you are a relevant part of the conversation, even if just a small part. I’ve spoken about this with my jumpsuits before, wearing a dress in many different ways and so on – I believe in making our clothing work harder for us. That is one of the reasons why I love this Pepper & Mayne graphic, black and white body piece; paired with a skirt or pair of jeans, it can be a completely different look. Personally I paired it with @GinaCarmenJewelry and a black skirt I already had. Available at Wolf & Badger – link to items in bio. I have a special 10% discount running with @WolfandBadger until 31st January 2017, sign up to my newsletter (on my Style page in bio link) to be sent the code 🙂 Let me know how you feel about a multi-tasking outfit? For me, it’s the perfect way to save money and do your bit towards sustainability. Photo credit – @Jono_Pattinson _______________________________________________________ @PepperAndMayne #InSamatasOwn #WhatIWore #InstaFashion #Fashion #WIWT #EthicalStyle #StyleDiary #HealthyLiving

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Vintage Jumpsuits at Rokit

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. I loved rocking this jumpsuit from Rokit (pictured below), 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 I am wearing @RokitVintage and vegan shoes✌🏾tap for credits or visit > ‘Wear The Look’ for details (link in bio). _______________________________________________________ #HoxtonHotel #ZoeKarssen #EastLondon #OutAndAbout #Bikers #Vintage #VeganStyle

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