Sunday, 21 February 2016

REVIEW: Sustainable Fashion at Modefabriek and MINT

Working in fashion definitely has its perks, and one of those was a few weeks ago when I attended Modefabriek, Amsterdam's premiere trade show with four fashion 'districts'  and over 600 brands. But Modefabriek (literally, "fashion factory") isn't just a key player in terms of size - it's also at the forefront of sustainable fashion, with dedicated trade show MINT giving eco-friendly, conscious brands a brilliant platform to present their products to potential buyers and promote the fashion of the future.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Ethical Valentine's Gift Guide

If you're looking  to treat yourself or someone special this Valentine's Day, why not spread the love a little bit further with a present that gives back? These days it's easy to find beautiful, sustainable and ethically made products that beat the usual supermarket box of chocolates hands down - here's my pick of the best from companies with a conscience.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Oxfam Fashion DIY: Upcycled Apron

Spring is just around the corner, and one of my favourite customs around this time of year is Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday), which traditionally is all about using up leftover ingredients in preparation for Lent. But why not extend this philosophy to your wardrobe and see what can be re-used, repaired or up cycled into other items, like these brilliant DIY aprons made from old shirts and tea towels? Check out the Oxfam Fashion blog or read on for more details of how to make your own, and search the online shop for more second hand bargains.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Second Hand Shopping in Berlin #2: Charlottenburg

For part 2 of my second hand shopping guide to Berlin, we're moving west to the leafy suburb of Charlottenburg - former centre of West Berlin after the war, home to Charlottenburg palace, and my current temporary neighbourhood. This district has a completely different vibe to hipster Kreuzberg (which you can read all about in Part 1), so don't expect to pay per kilo here - instead, enjoy the grand townhouses and sophisticated streets, full of second hand "boutiques" with well-chosen selections of quality items.
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