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Fashion ComPassion reviewed – Yes Mum, Fashion Really Is Worthwhile

By Daisy Buchanan on July 1st, 2013
Fashion ComPassion is SHINY!

Fashion ComPassion is SHINY!

Writer Janina Matthewson investigates what truly ethical fashion is all about…SPOILER ALERT: There is no hemp.

In a world where the list of big business tax dodgers grows ever longer and we keep realising we’ve forgotten who to boycott, it’s easy to forget that there are people not just willing, but determined, to do business in an ethical way. And I’m not talking about sourcing copy paper from sustainable forests for 20p more, I mean properly, seriously, bettering the world by their existence.

Such a business is Fashion ComPassion, a fashion retailer (Obviously, and with compassion, also obviously, and passion) who source their brands hell bent on bettering the lives of the people that work for them. Fashion ComPassion recently held an Eco-Fair at the Debut Contemporary art gallery, and I got to go along and see some of their awesome products, and meat some of their excellent people.

Being that the event was in an art gallery, and embracing the fact that fashion is a form of art, each of the four brands showcased was paired with the work of one of the Debut Contemporary’s contributors. So it was that Anja Kleemann-Jacks, an artist who specialises in incorporating found objects, finds a necklace by SUPU draped across a painting. The necklace, and the SUPU collection as a whole, is stunning; handcrafted jewellery made in Kenya by Masai artisans, who are given marketing training while they work.

Also on display are the SO COMPLETELY PRACTICAL clutches of Rags2Riches, who, in spite of the fact that they have a number instead of a word, appear to be geniuses. Artisans from all over the Philippines craft bags from recycled fabrics, and they have solved one of the greatest problems of being elegant: the fact that a flat clutch is never going to close if you put anything at all in it. Their cheerily coloured clutches are sturdy and structured, with plenty of built in room, with some of them being up to two inches wide. Pairing them with the sculpture of David Booth was obviously an appropriate move for these structural masterminds.

The sorely tempting silk scarves of ABO London are essentially paintings in clothing form. All based on the work of managing director Aliya Boranbayeva, they flow like water and flame with colour.

The literally outstanding art of Laura Iosifescu, who paints with oil so think it takes years to dry, a technique she calls “living art,” hangs above the jewellery collection of BACA. The brainchild of Kevin Ackermann, BACA partners with Eden Ministry and Maiti Nepal to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. Under the supervision of designers from around the world, women saved from sexual exploitation are taught to make jewellery, and to live independent lives.

It’s Ackermann that sums up the work of Fashion ComPassion when he points out that, for most people, charity and commerce are separate things. People give to charities with the money that they’ve earned from commerce. When the two are united, however, they can lead to a truly sustainable world.

Follow Janina on Twitter @J9andIf

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Sleeves of the week! People Tree ‘Lauren Sweetpea’ dress, £65

By Lauren Bravo on May 18th, 2013

Fairtrade, eco-friendly and frankly, fierce – this week’s sleeved dress is giving Laurens a great name

Lauren sweetpea dress People TreeYou don’t get a lot of Laurens in fashion. Lauren Bacall was pretty much flying the flag for stylish Laurens by herself for several decades, before Lauren Hutton joined the cause in the ’70s and Laurens Goodger and Conran (they’re probably friends, right?) took up the torch in recent years. But on the whole, Laurens don’t have a whole lot of representation out there – even with Lauren Bush Lauren nobly taking taking husband Dylan’s surname to raise awareness twice over. Of course, myself and all the other Laurens in the world held our breath for her to go the whole hog and just be ‘Lauren Lauren’, but you can’t have everything.

Anyway, this is all by way of introducing our latest Sleeves of the Week, which is this frankly awesome frock by People Tree. It also happens to be called ‘Lauren’. With my wonderful co-editor Daisy Buchanan never more in vogue thanks to The Great Gatsby, it seemed fortuitous that the loveliest dress in my inbox this week also has my name. BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THAT.

If you haven’t yet discovered People Tree, it’s definitely time to. The “pioneers of sustainable and fair trade fashion,” they’ve been making clothes in partnership with farmers and artisans in the developing world for over 20 years. Everything’s made with fabrics and methods that bare minimal environmental impact – and they’ll have maximum impact on your wardrobe because the designs are damned nice too.

This jersey number has my second favourite sleeves, bracelet-length (balloon sleeves are my first favourite) and a beautifully flattering fit in a print that manages to be both fresh and springlike, but also suitable for the steeliest of grey-skied days. It’s also got that rarest of things, a high-but-not-too-high neckline that won’t squash your boobs into an unfortunate lump.

Basically, it would almost be unethical for you NOT to buy it… but then, I would say that. It’s a Lauren thing.

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The long-lasting nail polish that’s changing the world

By Lauren Bravo on May 8th, 2013

Long-lasting, premium nail polish that helps support women in Haiti? Dielle gets the Shiny thumbs up

Dielle nail polishOh nail polish, wherefore art thou? Not on my nails anymore, that’s for sure. Probably on the pavement. The carpet. The floor of the bus. Dancing away on the wind, like glittery silver blossom. Nothing, not even the priciest brands or the most industrial-strength top coats, will keep polish intact on my nails for longer than a day.

Even the mighty Shellac gave me a week of wear at best, then left my nails like shredded tissue paper underneath. I’ve resorted to marigolds for the washing up, and never offering to find the end of a roll of sellotape for anyone.

Now, I’m not about to let ‘fast-chipping nails’ be added to the menagerie of physical failings we’re supposed to worry about as women – the list is already down to my flaky, substandard elbow. But as someone who feels so much affection toward nail polish, it just seems unfair how keen it is to escape life on the end of my fingers.  “I love you!” I tell each lovely new shade. “Errr, I thought this was just a one-night kinda thing…” it mutters, and makes a dash for the floor or plughole.

So when I tell you that Dielle polish actually stayed glossy and perfect for three days on me, you will appreciate the small miracle. On a normal person’s hands, that’s like, six! Eight maybe. This stuff has no commitment issues. It sticks around and makes you breakfast.

And far more importantly, Dielle also has ethical backing. Founder Rosalie Audoin lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for 12 years, and is committed to putting the proceeds from Dielle towards charities making a difference for Haitian women and children. Recent campaigns include The Haiti Hospital Appeal, and The A21 Campaign Against Human Trafficking.

Dielle nail polish in Everlasting

On top of that glowing recommendation, the collection is also completely non-toxic and designed to cater for every skin tone, with names like “Majestic Obsidian” so that you can pretend to be a warrior space princess from the future. I tried Everlasting, a pleasingly muted teal, and Modern Goddess, a spacey midnight metallic, with a lick of Lustre Gel Coat on top to keep them shining for longer.

Dielle nail polish in Modern Goddess

In its shapely bottles, Dielle makes a covetable dressing-table addition, and at £12 a pop can definitely give all those quick-chipping, non-saving-the-world premium brands a run for their money. I think we’re going to be very happy together.

Dielle is available from Not On The High Street, several London boutiques and its own site, with more stockists announced soon.

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Topshop backs PETA campaign to ban exotic skins

By shinychris on March 15th, 2013

Topshop keep wildlife out of wardrobeTopshop and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have joined forces draw attention to the treatment of exotic animals killed for their skins. The high street store has created a display at its flagship Oxford Street store in London.

The display, which can be seen in the shop’s main window today until Monday, 18 March, features a wardrobe with exotic animals spilling out and the caption “Keep Wildlife Out of Your Wardrobe”. It goes on to urge shoppers to visit PETA UK’s website to sign a pledge never to wear exotic skins.

“Topshop knows that the only place for exotic skins is on their original owners”, says PETA Senior Programme Manager Yvonne Taylor. “Through the years, Topshop has set the industry standard for promoting animal welfare, and its latest high-profile display at the heart of London’s busiest shopping street will help save many snakes, alligators and other animal victims of the fashion industry from an excruciatingly painful death.”

As shown in PETA US’ exposé of the exotic-skins trade – narrated by acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix – snakes, alligators and other exotic animals who are killed for their skins are commonly nailed to trees, bludgeoned with hammers and skinned alive. It often takes hours for the animals to die, usually from shock or dehydration. Nice.

PETA and Topshop have collaborated on several previous occasions to make it clear that they oppose the cruel fur and exotic-skins trades. Topshop was recently presented with a PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Award in the category of Most Stylish Women’s Knitwear for the company’s trendy cream-and-lime jumper.

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PETA Fashion Awards 2013 winners announced: Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and H&M among winners commended for animal-free fashion

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 4th, 2013

Most stylish handbag: Vivienne Westwood Derby bag (£500)

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Consumers are becoming more aware and concerned about the origins of the products in their wardrobe, and fake fur, cruelty-free fabrics and pleather are fast becoming the go-to materials for those wanting to enjoy the latest fashion with a clean conscience. And everyone from high-street retailers such as Topshop and French Connection to high end designers like Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney are meeting consumer demand for animal-free fashion.

Animal welfare organisation PETA is recognising the best cruelty-free contributions to the fashion world with a new awards – the first ever PETA-approved Vegan Fashion Awards. The 2013 winners, which include French Connection (gadget accessory) and New Look (women’s outerwear) as well as Frost French (best purse) can be found  above. Up-and-coming designer Bo Carter took home the accolade for Most Talented New Designer. As PETA notes: “Bo is part of a bright new wave of fashion talent who are shunning animal skins in their work. Bo always puts her principles first, so instead of bowing to industry pressure to use leather and fur, she expresses herself by creatively exploring the qualities of synthetic fabrics. The results are simply stunning: beautiful, original (and completely vegan) clothes.”

The awards mark the launch of PETA’s new logo, which designers and retailers can use to identify vegan clothes and accessories that they sell online or in stores.

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Stella McCartney creates t-shirts featuring Kate Moss and The Beatles for Red Nose Day

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 31st, 2013


Stella McCartney’s t-shirt designs for this year’s Red Nose Day have been unveiled.

Reprising her role from 2009, McCartney has given Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and Tommy Cooper a red-nosed makeover this year in order to raise funds for Comic Relief.

The t-shirts – all manufactured in Africa using Fairtrade-certified cotton – will be sold exclusively at TK Maxx nationwide from today, with prices ranging from £5.99 for long-sleeved tops in kids’ sizes to £14.99 for a fitted women’s t-shirt.

Red Nose Day 2013 takes place on Friday, 15 March.

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Eco-friendly cycle wear from new label VELECO

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 20th, 2012

We’re great fans of cycling at ShinyStyle and I personally re-homed a lovely little bike a few months ago; not only is cycling a great way to get around the London traffic (beware of motorists and pedestrians mind!), it keeps us fit!

Most of the time we’ll just wear our normal clothes but sometimes that just doesn’t seem right. What if we could have some ethically made garments made especially for our bike rides that doesn’t necessarily involve extremely tight fitting and unflattering lycra?

Well Jamie and John, the guys behind VELECO have just the answer! With what they claim to be the world’s first fairtrade and eco-friendly cycle wear company (if anyone beg to differ, let us know in the comments below), they hope to change cycle wear across the world by making it more ethical.

Using natural, organic and recycled materials wherever possible, a 15% fairtrade premium is paid on every garment made, which is pushed back into health and welfare projects for VELECO’s workers and their families in Pakistan.

The current collection consists of cycling jackets, t-shirts and hoodies as well as a selection of accessories including cycling caps, cotton bags, recycled tyre and tube belts as well as green oil. Plans are in motion to launch more technical wear in 2013, which will include shorts, trousers, more jackets and bags for urban cyclists and commuters!

Take a look at part of the collection below.


Women's organic cotton cycling t-shirt £20.00

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Get summer pretty with Ciel Liberty Print eco lingerie

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 12th, 2012

Whether you’re heading to the beach or just staying at home (well you might be better off going abroad with the summer weather we’ve been having here in Britain), these Liberty print lingerie sets will look darling – and they’re eco conscious too!

Eco fashion label Ciel has teamed up with quintessential London store Liberty to re-issue these gorgeous Liberty printed camisole and knickers. The capsule lingerie collection is made from sensuous silk and organic cotton. The camisole and knickers sets are available in Indian tribal feather headdress print in shell pink with denim or hot pink with taupe and black, or Stars & Unicorn in creamy peach with taupe print on a black background.

The camisoles are priced at £54.95 and knickers at £24.95 and are available to buy from By Nature.

[via Hippyshopper]

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Eco Fashion: Rapanui celebrates Edinburgh Zoo pandas with Bamboo T-shirts

By shinychris on December 7th, 2011

With the arrival of giant pandas Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine), eco fashion brand Rapanui has teamed up with Edinburgh Zoo to make eco-friendly, organic bamboo t-shirts for the two newcomers.

rapanui-tee-1.jpgThe zoo is conscious to raise awareness about conservation and have recruited Rapanui – winners of the RSPCA Good Business Awards – to make bamboo t-shirts that are going to be sold alongside the visitor’s attraction to raise money and contribute to their upkeep.

Considering pandas are quite costly to keep, it is understandable that the Zoo wants to find other ways to raise money for the tubby two.

Bamboo is hailed as a fabric of the future with Mart Drake-Knight, co-founder of Rapanui and designer explaining: “Bamboo is an amazing fabric, it is as soft as silk but half the price, it grows fast without water, pesticides or fertilisers. Bamboo has a lot of potential as a sustainable textile, not to mention the softness and kind-to-skin properties that make them feel great.”

Love the eco-cool panda shirts!

Available now from Rapanui for both women and men for £24.95.




Designers, Ethical Fashions

Leona Lewis joined by William Tempest in her search for the next big ethical designer

By Andrea Petrou on November 8th, 2011

Leona Lewis has been joined by William Tempest in her search for the next big ethical designer.

The Bleeding Love hitmaker – who has teamed up with Talenthouse to launch a competition for young fashionistas to submit ideas for a new environmentally-friendly stage outfit for her to wear – will now be accompanied on her mission to find a rival to Stella McCartney by both British designer William and UK Glamour editor Jo Elvin.

Leona said: “I’m extremely thrilled to be joined by Jo and William. They are two people who are leaders in the field of fashion and that I’ve had the privilege of working with before.

“They take this competition to a whole new level.”

With William having dressed the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Emma Watson throughout his career as a designer and Jo having overseen thousands of fashion shoots during her time at the helm of Glamour magazine, the pair will help Leona pick out a future designer of tomorrow.

The winning design will be brought to life by a team of professionals and Leona will wear the outfit during an upcoming performance later in the year.

She also choose two runners up who will have their designs featured across her website and social media sites and receive $350 each.

Entries must be submitted by November 17th, and the winner will be announced on December 1st.

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Stella McCartney to launch eco friendly sunglasses next year

By Andrea Petrou on October 17th, 2011

Stella McCartney will launch a line of eco-friendly sunglasses next year.

The British designer and environmentalist – who is a vegetarian and refuses to use leather or fur in her creations – revealed the new collection will be made of more than 50 per cent natural and renewable materials.

She told WWD: “The greatest challenge was the amount of time that was spent on research and testing to get the best quality product possible with the highest performance in terms of resistance, while still maintaining the style and finish we always try to achieve.”

This is not Stella’s first sunglasses collection, she released a line in 2009 in collaboration with Luxottica and says it’s important to have fun with them.

She explained: “Women have two sets: a classic pair they’ll have forever, and a more playful pair. We’ve added that fun element to the line. ‘My mum had this mad pair with Christmas trees on them that I loved when I was little. Sunglasses are one of the only accessories that can really have a sense of humour. But you walk a fine line between looking like a complete idiot and getting it just right.”

Celebrity Style, Ethical Fashions

Kelly Brook unveils PETA campaign on eve of London Fashion Week. Pictures

By shinychris on September 16th, 2011

Kelly Brook unveils PETA campaign

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Kelly Brook unveils her new PETA campaign targeting exotic-skins trade in Covent Garden, London, on the eve of London Fashion Week.

Kelly Brook unveils her campaign for PETA targeting the exotic skins trade on the eve of London Fashion Week in Covent Garden, London.

The 31 year old model was shot with a snakeskin painted onto her body by singer Bryan Adams for the animal rights group in order to highlight the cruelty suffered by reptiles that are killed for their skin.

Brook says: “It makes my skin crawl to think about the violent ways snakes, lizards, alligators and other exotic creatures are raised and killed for boots, bags and belts.”

Via Hippyshopper

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Edun Autumn/Winter 2011 Women’s Collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 17th, 2011

Summer seems to be over judging by the measly 14 degrees as I left the flat this morning. But that means autumn is just around the corner, and with it an abundance of big jackets and chunky, comforting knitwear.

If you’re after expanding your winter wardrobe but want to do it with a green heart and choose eco friendly fashion, Edun is the brand for you.  The brand of Ali Hewson and Bono, offers an array of stylish yet sustainable fashion perfect for wintery fun.

Edun’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection focuses on fashionable, utilitarian outerwear, particularly jackets and coats that combine leather and wool. The catwalk also showed textured knitwear made in Africa by nuns (!): dresses, cardigans, pullovers and skirts in variations of the classic Fair Isle pattern.

In contrast to the more heavy winter wear were girly draped dresses and blouses in intense patterns and vivid colours.

Check out Edun’s Autumn/Winter menswear collection here.

Edun Autumn/Winter 2011

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Photo courtesy of Edun

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Top five ways to get the best ethical look this summer

By Andrea Petrou on June 16th, 2011

CiCi organic pleat summer dress

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Smarten up that summer eco wardrobe with this frock from Asos

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ShinyStyle Loves: People Tree SS2011 range

By Andrea Petrou on May 16th, 2011

Cropped jacket in navy pinstripe £85

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