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Save the Bees in style

For anyone who thinks fashion is vacuous and superficial, I challenge thee! If used wisely, fashion is an excellent tool for raising awareness of the big issues of the day. Some of us choose our uniform symbolically – the Suffragettes famously wore purple, white and green to denote dignity, purity and hope respectively, whilst others dress to stand out from the crowd. Whether we dress in solidarity, to highlight the plight of others or to express (or disguise) our inner self, what we wear says a lot about who we are and what we believe in.

True Luxury= The Tooley Tote

I first met Kresse Wesling back in 2008 when I ‘won’ her as a mentor. We are around the same age but she had already won numerous awards for the social enterprises she had founded. I hadn’t even started my first business and was, to say the least, a little in awe. Kresse’s vision, determination and total commitment to seeking out sustainable solutions was, and still is, inspiring.

True Luxury= Arthur & Henry

If you have ever searched for classic, well-designed, high-quality men’s shirts that are ethically produced, you’ll know they are hard to find.

No longer on the outside

I love people watching, and the week before last, waiting for Zoe outside Great Portland Street tube station, I was in prime position for some good old-fashioned voyeurism. The stream of people making their way up the stairs and into the building across the road looked as though they could have been attending any of the top fashion designers’ shows at London Fashion Week: the women in gorgeous printed summery frocks, accessorised with brilliant jewellery, sky-high heels and clutches, the men in crisp shirts and suave suits.

The Observer Ethical Awards: The Winners

Last night the 8th annual Observer Ethical Awards took place at stunning former church One Marylebone and we were there to see the evening’s excitement unfold.

Awards founder and Observer columnist Lucy Siegle said of this year's winners:

True Luxury = The Journey

For the second in our True Luxury= series, and in anticipation of next week’s Observer Ethical Awards (aka ‘the green Oscars’), I decided to start the festivities early by featuring a jewellery collaboration that can more than hold its own on the red carpet.

True Luxury = Honest by Heaven Tanudiredja

For the first in our True Luxury = series we introduce a collection who's unique design and commitment to ethical sourcing really sets it apart.

I own a very small amount of jewellery – an accumulation of pieces I’ve made myself, picked up from charity shops and been given as gifts. Generally I find jewellery quite frivolous. For reasons unknown I draw a strong line between the necessity of clothing (although I am the first to admit that I own far more clothing than I truly need) and the desire for jewellery.

Too cool for school

My six year-old god-daughter and her twin sister are, if I am honest, far cooler than I am. Their mum is a stylish vintage-loving Swede who has lived in New York, Paris and London, and whilst their father favours a casual shabby chic, his days working as a set-dresser in Hollywood means he knows how to put an outfit together.

The Observer Ethical Awards: how 'Well dressed' are you?

Since 2005, The Observer Ethical Awards have celebrated individuals, campaigners and organisations who actively seek to make a positive contribution to the environment and to society. And this year, your sustainable style savvy could make you a winner too.

Estethica - the epitome of modern luxury

Since arriving in London, I have been on a quest to hunt down the best sustainable fashion designers the UK has to offer. It has been a roller coaster, to say the least. A lot of ups - a few of downs - a few moments of utter disappointment, but, thanks to this season's Estethica, the excitement and optimism that brought me to London has returned.

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