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Different Ways to Wear: Scientifically-Sustainable Fabric

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All hail the superstars of the lab who can take sustainability and make it fashion through the wonders of science.

September’s a tricky month to dress for, but a throw-on jacket is always a sound investment for these inbetweeny months when, as the weather changes, you start to crave something a bit more snuggly. Culthread’s Chepstow Damazon vegan leopard print has both pockets and a hood, making it super-versatile. It is made from faux fur with a satin lining, both created using recycled polyester (which melts down existing plastic, thus saving it from landfill, and the process of re-spinning the fibres to create the material uses less energy than creating polyester from scratch). This brand represents true slow fashion. Yes, the initial price might look steep, but these pieces are timeless and will look good for years to come.


Step out in a snazzy check from H&M’s latest collaboration with TOGA Archives, the Tokyo-based indie label. Also made from recycled polyester these split-hem trousers land in selected stores this month.


Embrace the rainbow at Sock Shop with their new bamboo collection. Whereas historically bamboo was used to structure garments (think bustles and corsets), recent technological developments have allowed it a more general purpose. It’s natural, it’s breathable and it lasts.


PIñatex, or pineapple leather, is (obviously) cruelty-free, and carries low-environmental impact. Cellulose fibres are extracted from the leaves of the fruit and mixed with other primarily natural materials to make a robust and beautiful soft leather-like alternative to hide. We’re still loving the mini-crossbody bag style, and the Mini London in Soft Truffle black by 1 People is a fabulous example of how compelling Piñatex can be in use.


Finally, linen. It may not seem as super-techy as the others, but in terms of sustainability, flax has been where it’s at for centuries: it’s biodegradable and production leaves minimal waste footprint. Ethical brand Birdsong manages to combine cool looks with good works and their black linen mini can be made to order in a genuinely inclusive range of sizes (6-30) from end of roll (diverted from landfill) Irish linen, with £45 going to support Living Wage and local charities.



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Wed 17 Jul 2024

“TikTok made me buy it” has to be one of the most searched-for phrases on the internet, and for good reason. What started as a platform for dance challenges has transformed into a global powerhouse of beauty trends and product recommendations.

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Mon 15 Jul 2024

Spending so much time outdoors encourages me to invest in my ‘garden furniture’. I dream of adding the Grand Cosimo Vase with its lion feet to my outdoor collection. £1,995

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Mon 1 Jul 2024

For some years the concept of biophilia has been something of a buzzword in design circles, most often used in reference to architecture and more latterly, interiors. Put simply, it is a term used to describe the human tendency to interact or be close nature and its other forms of life.

Mon 1 Jul 2024

About a Look: Get Sporty

Get kitted up for a summer of sport like no other

Teenagers Honor and Cat got fed up with the lack of clothing for women and girls playing cricket so they launched their own range, Maiden. No more hand-me-downs from big brothers, this is sportswear