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- ▼ July (12)
28 Jul 2010
25 Jul 2010
17 Jul 2010
15 Jul 2010
I am having a tough time of it. Trying to find a pair of summer sandals that tick my plethora of boxes has lead me to many a dead end. Or has it? I'm quite liking these beaded t-bar sandals by Aspiga, a company that manufactures in small workshops in Kenya. Although these guys aren't certified Fair Trade they adhere to basic Fair Trade principles.
The next dilemma playing out in my vegetarian mind is the whole leather issue. I've tended to view leather as a by-product in the past and thought that if an animal is killed for meat then all body parts should be used in a productive way and I can't help thinking that synthetic factory made shoes aren't a great alternative. Hmmm ... still thinking.
12 Jul 2010
9 Jul 2010
7 Jul 2010
Lemlem, which means to flourish or bloom in Amharic, was started in 2007 when model Liya Kebede discovered that due to a decline in local demand for their goods traditional weavers in her native country of Ethiopia were losing their jobs. Recognizing the beauty, quality and historic significance of their work, Liya wanted to preserve the art of weaving and inspire economic independence amongst the weavers.
The result is a collection for women and children brimming with light easy pieces with injections of brilliant colour perfect for breezy summer living.
See the full collection here.
5 Jul 2010
4 Jul 2010
(Sources: Desire to inspire, flickr)
2 Jul 2010
Wearing old Gap top, vintage skirt from Oxfam, a mixture of charity shop necklaces, Kenzie shoes.
I have a love hate relationship with this outfit. On the one hand this orange knit top is one of my favourites and even though it’s from Gap – not the most ethical company by any stretch of the imagination – I literally wear it to death – with everything. I bought these platforms years ago and they've always been a fav, they'e literally on their last legs. Found this skirt for 2.99 in my local oxfam shop and thought they would work perfectly together and they do but i dunno – is it just too loud?? i know we’re all supposed to be wearing varying shades of beige at the minute but i’m just always drawn to brights. Wearing colour literally brightens my day.
Credit: Steve George Photography - visit his blog to see more of his gorgeous images.
1 Jul 2010
I'm still desperate for lampshades - I'm loving this white cotton one. (please ignore my humble attempts at borrowing their photos)
Hooks and knobs to die for - I'll take all pls!
I already have a mini one of these guys currently holding my bedroom door open but this one is so much bigger ... and therefore better.
Cushions and handwoven rugs
... and my favourite - this handwoven Ayla throw - can so see it draped over my denim couch. My gorgeous friends at Altjeringa in Hove stock this blanket and it is even more perfect in real life (website coming soon).
Nkuku is the perfect example of how to do 'good business'. All their products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India combining contemporary designs with age-old techniques, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. They have truly succeeded in finding the balance between beautiful products and ethical sourcing.