Ümran Aysan: Ethical Luxury Resort Wear

Ümran Aysan has swiftly become one of my favourite ethical fashion designers! This London-based Turkish designer is the embodiment of ethical luxury: slow and conscious production of magnificent refined garments through the preservation of traditional craftsmanship. This brand promotes sustainability and transparency throughout the entire design and development process, taking into consideration environmental concerns and social responsibility. Ümran […]

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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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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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Day 1: St Agnes, Cornwall

About a week ago I saw one of the most spectacular views that I have ever seen in my life. My mother and sister came to visit from Thailand, and as they have been to London a few times now, and I haven’t travelled around the UK nearly as much as I should (having lived here for almost […]

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