KinetIQue: IQ Diamonds are Mother Earth’s Best Friend

KinetIQue is an award-winning UK based ethical luxury jewellery company that produces innovative lab-grown diamonds. A diamond is supposed to be a symbol of love, commitment and purity – but for those living in diamond-rich countries diamonds have done more damage than good. In fact, the diamond mining industry often represents the reckless pursuit of […]

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BERG + BETTS: Sustainable Timepieces Made With Leather Scraps

BERG + BETTS is a sustainable watch brand based in Canada that crafts their watches from surplus leather off cuts which would otherwise go to waste. Since watch straps require a small amount of leather, BERG + BETTS are able to collect those small “new” pieces of designer leather from factories around the world. The brand believes that […]

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MATTER: Provenance and Thoughtful Design

MATTER is a conscious company that offers more affordable ethical luxury with thoughtful design and provenance. This is a social brand under the umbrella of Banyan Tree Gallery, a 20-year old community retailer that works globally with artisan crafts in basketry, ceramics, lacquerware, and other homeware. MATTER’s mission is to “foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire consumers to value provenance and […]

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Ready, Set, Punt: Ethical Luxury for Summer Outings

If you find yourself in Oxford in the upcoming summer months, head down to Cherwell Boat house and go punting! Punting involves going down the river on a narrow boat (a punt) using a long pole to push the riverbed, and has been a much loved feature of Oxford life since Victorian times. In Oxford, you […]

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WE.AR The Walk: Guilt-free Garments

Have you ever looked through your closet and thought to yourself “I have nothing to wear!”? WE.AR The Walk is a platform that enables you to revive your wardrobe by renting garments made by unique emerging designers for a fraction of the item’s retail price. Typically, the rental price is around 12% of the retail price. So […]

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Elovie: Magical Fairtrade Knits

The moment I came across Elovie, I knew that this brand was a reflection of my inner fairy princess! Elovie is a German magical fair fashion brand made in Italy that combines knitwear with enchanting beauty. The brand was founded by two friends, Maria and Julia, who met at a fashion design and tailoring school. Prior […]

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HollyMae Illustrates: Earth Positive Apparel and Prints

HollyMae Illustrates (HMI) is a UK-based talented illustrator and designer who encourages buyers to consider sustainability in their purchasing choices. HollyMae works with local companies in the UK and designs a range of earth-positive apparel and paper goods. Her quirky designs are both artistically beautiful and fun! Upon graduating from the Arts University College at Bournemouth with […]

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Gårdendal: Sustainable Leather Goods of Sweden

Gårdendal is a sustainable Swedish accessories brand that produces handcrafted vegetable tanned and organic leather goods. The brand was founded in 2015 by a former architecture student, Andreas Gårdendal, whose designs are inspired by building shapes and structures. In the brand’s own words “traditional methods and modern design merge to form timeless, minimal collections”. Gårdendal […]

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Ferway Designs: Hello Nicaragua!

Ferway Designs is an exceptional web-boutique that provides a platform in Europe for Nicaraguan ethical fashion brands. The brands showcased in this online platform are both designed and handcrafted in Nicaragua under fair working conditions. Ferway Designs’ vision is “to make ethical the standard within the fashion industry”, something that they consider “far from a modest goal”. […]

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Day 2: St Ives & St Michael’s Mount

On our second day in Cornwall we visited St Ives. I think it is probably the most beautiful town that I have been to in the UK so far. The houses – a mixture of shades of white, cream, and blue; the cute little narrow cobble stone alleyways; the rejuvenating salty breeze of the clear turquoise sea – […]

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