Sunday, 8 November 2015

A Little Bit of Stella...

You may have read in my last post the exciting news that I'm moving to Berlin at the end of November - something I've always wanted to do ever since spending a year there as a student way back in 2010! I'm usually more of a saver than a spender, and hadn't even celebrated my relatively recent promotion back in May, so with both a new job and a new start in Germany on the horizon I felt the time was right to treat myself to a little present.

Of course, I didn't want to buy something just for the sake of it, and so I tried to follow my ethical shopping rules by (1) buying an item that needs replacing, (2) trying to buy second hand first, and (3) buying from an ethical brand. I first tried to replace my current battered purse with a vintage Chanel version from Ebay but unluckily missed out, and all the other options on designer resale site Vestaire Collective were just too expensive. Then on a recent trip to TK Maxx, I spotted this beautiful Stella McCartney purse, which gets triple points for being end-of-line, by a respected ethical designer and reasonably priced!

As you may know, McCartney is a vegetarian and animal lover and does not use any fur or leather in her collections, which means that I don't have to worry about where the leather has been sourced or what impact the chromium compounds used in the tanning process have on the surrounding environment. Buying designer also usually (but not always) indicates a vertical supply chain (where the brand has total control over production rather than the fast fashion model of outsourcing to developing countries), and the Made in Italy stamp gives me extra confidence that the purse has been made under EU-regulated, fair conditions.

I'm so pleased with my new purse, but a little bit scared of ruining it, so for the moment it's staying in its box until I can get some suede protector spray on it!

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