The I’m Up Here Collection – Reformation

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I would apologise for yet another Reformation post, but the truth is, I’m not sorry! And until they stop producing the most beautiful range of sustainable fashion these posts will keep on coming!

I know I’ve mentioned how much I love the skinny straps and low scooped backs of many a Ref dress but if you have any hint of a boob a backless dress always raises the age old question, “What do you do about a bra?” This is where Reformation have stepped up to the mark and produced “The I’m Up Here Collection”, a range designed to conceal your bra but without compromising on true Ref style. Or as they put it “The best of Ref, recomboobulated to fit ladies with a bigger bust” – beauty with a boob pun, what could be better!

All the clothes are made from either deadstock materials (fabric that’s going to waste due to fashion houses over-ordering) or from viscose, a natural and biodegradable fabric woven in a mill free of harmful substances and dyes.

I think the reason I love Reformation so much is that they’re the perfect antidote to the tiresome assumption that ethical fashion can only be frumpy or fleecey. They continue to create ranges of the highest quality and with an undeniable sense of style.

Here’s just a few of my favourite items from their latest collection.

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

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People Tree: Black Gingham Ruffle Dress | Photo: Laura Peta

The Search For An Ethical Summer Wardrobe Begins

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I have started my quest for an ethical wardrobe, and after a little research I went a little shopping crazy. I possibly spent a little too much in one go, but I was pretty restrained considering the amount of loveliness I came across!!

I started my search at People Tree, pioneers in Fair Trade fashion. They have a beautiful array of clothes, and their dresses are just perfect. First in the basket was this delicious Black Gingham Ruffle Dress. It fits snugly through the bodice and flares gently through the skirt. There’s red stitching on the straps which adds a beautiful bit of detail and colour, I can’t help but feel a little like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, all I need is a little dog and wicker basket! I absolutely love everything about this dress, there’s even the added bonus of pockets, POCKETS!! If you know me at all you’ll know I love a dress with pockets.

 People Tree: Black Gingham Ruffle Dress | Photo: Laura Peta

People Tree: Black Gingham Ruffle Dress | Photo: Laura Peta

I also had a little look at what accessories People Tree had to offer and this beautiful charm cord bracelet caught my eye. This little hand made bracelet is produced in Bombolulu workshops in Kenya. The sale of this product goes towards People Tree’s Wheelchair Campaign and for every 100 pieces of Bombolulu Jewellery People Tree sell they donate a wheelchair to a disabled child in Kenya. Amazing, no? It’s nice to see the artisans making products that in time come back to help their own communities. Plus, the bracelet is absolutely gorgeous, always a bonus!!

People Tree Silver Heart Charm Cord Bracelet

People Tree: Silver Heart Charm Cord Bracelet | Photo : Laura Peta

I also found {Think} Boutique, a Glaswegian boutique launched in 2010. They strive to ensure all their products are from Fair Trade, organic, sustainable, up-cycled or locally produced sources, with many of their products being made here in the UK. My new saddle bag is made using environmentally friendly leather and dyes.  It’s quite a bright tan, sort of a rust colour, but it’s going to look amazing in the summer (it goes really well with my new dress – one summer outfit ready to go!). It also came wrapped up in tissue paper with a bow around it, all in a pretty cardboard box.  There was even a hand written note addressed to me personally thanking me for the purchase and advising that the product is “perfect to fit all the essentials!”.  It’s a simple but really effective way of making me, and each of their customers, feel truly appreciated.  Thank you, {Think} Boutique.

{Think} Boutique: My Green Bag | Photo: Laura Peta

{Think} Boutique: My Green Bag | Photo: Laura Peta

So there we have it, my first haul of ethical goodies, I just need Summer to hurry itself along so I can flounce around in my new gingham dress! Have you bought any sustainable items of clothing recently? I am intrigued to hear where you shop.

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

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We all know fashion comes with a price, but what come across as a good deal for us doesn’t always mean a good deal for those who have put the garment together. It’s something I’ve been concerned with for a while but I have found it difficult to find some good eco items.

Starting this journey I was struck at how tricky it was to find fun, affordable fashion that has little impact on our world. A few of the blogs I’ve come across that specialise in eco fashion I’ve found to sometimes come across a little preachy. Whilst it’s great to highlight the social and environmental impacts fast fashion can have, what I wanted from these blogs was the chance to find companies who are respecting communities and combating environmental damages. This is what I hope to achieve with my blog.

Now, I’m not saying I am an expert, and I know it won’t always be easy and I’ll cave and buy high street purchases, but by thinking more about my fashion choices and incorporating more and more sustainable items to my wardrobe, as well as making some of my own, I hope I can start making a difference.

My first foray into eco fashion bought me to People Tree, a beautiful brand that respects people and the planet. They are recognized as pioneers in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion, and for over twenty years have partnered with artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco fashion. They stand up against exploitation, family separation, slum cities and pollution (things that make fast fashion successful). They are there at every step of the production process, from the farm to final product, ensuring Fair Trade and eco friendly actions at each stage.

Here’s a peak at what People Tree have to offer for Spring. (I cannot wait for the Orla Kiely dresses to arrive!)

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

Doesn’t it make you want to pack a little bag and head off on a beach hut holiday. I cannot wait for spring to arrive.

Are you picky about where you shop? Have you ever bought anything from People Tree? Can you recommend any sustainable brands? I’d love to hear what you have to say on the issue.

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