[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
Fashion that’s FAIR – a focus on fairtrade

Clothes to Die For, a BBC2 documentary on the collapse of the Bangladeshi Rana Plaza clothing factory that killed over 1,000 workers last year, brought the human cost of cheap fashion into stark reality this week.

Here Siobhan Wilson, owner of the FAIR shop on Queen’s Road, explains why fairtrade is becoming a stylish, viable and necessary alternative to fast fashion.

When did you open the FAIR shop? I opened FAIR in 2008 alongside three other Fair Trade importers: Christine Gent, who is now head of World Fair Trade Organisation Asia, Barb Wilson, who ran the Fair Trade market on Ship Street and owns Love That Stuff and Michelle Parlett, creator of one of our favourite brands Shika. My vision was to make well-designed Fair Trade items accessible on the high street.

How do you decide which brands to stock? I love all types of ethical brands but I do prioritise Fair Trade. These are organisations that work with some of the most marginalised populations on our planet to provide an income. WFTO works with artisans such as weavers and monitors conditions and Fairtrade Foundation works with farmers and commodities such as cotton.

Many products we sell are made by WFTO artisans who use Fairtrade cotton or weave their own garments, designed by UK brands. We also work with charities and trusts.

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Fashion, Featured, Style heroes »

[1 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
Style heroes – Lulu Guinness x UNIQLO

Prolong that summer feeling into September with these Miami-inspired designs by Lulu Guinness for UNIQLO. The Cadillac and palm print is classic Lulu – rocking that 1950s vintage vibe the British designer has become known for.

Fashion, Featured »

[30 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
New York – where to shop vintage?

Before the year is out I’ll have ticked New York off my bucket list and I’d love for you – stylish VB readers – to help me plan the trip of a lifetime. Where do we start the search for secondhand gems?

Fashion, Featured »

[24 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
Pretty in pineapples

With pineapples on tastemakers’ menus this summer it was the turn of Tiki and Mid-century fans to get excited by what’s new. I picked this fruity dress from Sugarhill Boutique on Sydney Street to wear on my birthday.

Decor, Featured »

[24 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
Furniture to worship – Baines & Fricker

Our favourite local furniture makers Baines & Fricker have launched a range of sleek new designs that would look great in any Mid-century inspired family home.

Decor, Events, Fashion, Featured »

[10 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
August Bank Holiday vintage house sale

There’s little that gets vintage lovers more excited than a tip off on a fellow collector’s clear out. And we have news of a Bank Holiday open house sale set to see 1950s fans fighting over clothes, ceramics and furniture.

Events, Featured »

[10 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
VW Beetle wedding hire car business for sale

Owners of Belle’s Events weddings fairs, Kelly and Joss Wickson, are selling their 1965 VW Beetle ‘Sussex Love Bug’ – the hire car that started it all. “This little business has great potential to grow”…

Fashion, Featured »

[3 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
5 things you need to know about Schiaparelli

My latest commission for Vintagexplorer magazine takes me out of my Midcentury comfort zone and into the eccentric world of interwar fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

Fashion, Featured »

[27 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
Bésame Classic lipsticks – the blogger verdict

A couple of months ago we invited beauty bloggers to review Bésame Cosmetics’s new range of vintage-inspired Classic Colour lipsticks. So what did they make of the non-red shades?