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Atelier Akeef: Menswear in Mitte

In August we wrote about the launch of Cock & Bull, London’s first menswear store dedicated to ethical fashion. Now a pioneering duo in Berlin is following suit by opening the first high-end ethical menswear boutique in the German capital’s Mitte district. Alan Sommerville and Michael Ashley have co-founded Atelier Akeef which “stocks only the most exceptional garments and accessories, where the materials have been sourced sustainably and the craftsmen compensated fairly.

Think 'tree-hugging' is just for hippies? Think again

Challenging the way a fabric or fibre is conventionally used can offer fresh and exciting possibilities for designers.

Time for a fashion revolution!

We all know that having a steaming hot bath is a great way to unwind – we can listen to music, read a magazine or enjoy glass of wine whilst we let our cares melt away. It can also be an excellent place for contemplation and some of us do our best thinking whilst soaking in lavender salts. But how many of us can say we have planned a revolution from the comfort of our own bathtub?

ARTICLE Magazine: heritage meets innovation

If you haven’t heard about ARTICLE Magazine, then I almost envy you. If you're yet to set eyes (or got your hands) on copy of this new menswear publication it means you still have the pleasure of seeing it for the very first time. ARTICLE Magazine is a thing of beauty.

Bora Aksu goes back to his roots

Turkish designer Bora Aksu doesn’t shout about being ethical but he is mindful of his impact. He sources carefully, often using recycled, natural and hand-made fabrics. For his Spring / Summer 2014 collection – his 10th year showing at London Fashion Week – he decided to further explore the handicrafts that are such a strong part of his Turkish heritage:

Mirage: Christopher Raeburn SS14

British designer Christopher Raeburn effortlessly blends urban functionality with style and sustainability. His Mirage Spring/Summer 14 collection, which showed at London Fashion Week last Friday, displayed his characteristic ‘sports utility’, whilst giving a nod to a more feminine aesthetic: soft fabrics in warm pinks and nude tones contrasted with sleek, figure-hugging dresses, accessorised with matching clutches.

Cock & Bull: Mindful Menswear

Tomorrow the doors of London Fashion Week will swing open once more to celebrate the best of UK and international womenswear designers. But today it is a menswear story that is getting me more than a little excited. Tonight, on the eve of LFW, Cock & Bull & Co, the UK’s first ever boutique dedicated to sustainable menswear officially opens in East London.

London's first ever 'samble' sale

We may have mentioned on occasion that we like second-hand shopping – markets, charity shops or vintage sales, we love them all. We are also rather partial to a sustainable fashion sale, as it’s a good opportunity to invest in some well-designed ethically produced garments that are made to last. So, when we saw the following in our inbox, were barely able to contain our excitement...

Fashion for Peace

The 21st September is Peace Day. One month from today millions of people across the globe will come together in their communities to the celebrate peace. Back in the late 1990s actor and filmmaker Jeremy Gilley had the vision to found and ‘institutionalise’ an international day of peace. Since 2007, 4.5million children have been vaccinated against polio in Afghanistan as a result of ceasefires every year on 21st September.

I used to be a duvet cover

At The Good Wardrobe we aren’t really in to ‘what’s hot this week’ and you certainly won’t catch us writing anything that vaguely resembles ‘must-have of the month’. Fast-fashion just isn’t our bag. But, when we see something that ticks a great many of our long-life style boxes we are very keen to shout about it.

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