What should we as consumers be aware of if we are buying high end jewellery and want to ensure we make the ethical choice? Rae Ritchie advises
There are times when fact follows fiction. In 2006, Leonardo Di Caprio starred in ‘Blood Diamond’, a film that told the story of the illicit diamond trade and its role in funding civil war in Sierra Leone. Six years later, evidence that Charles Taylor’s staff gave the model Naomi Campbell a bag of gemstones was crucial in supporting the case made by UN prosecutors that the former Liberian leader had traded real life ‘blood diamonds’ to fund a civil war in the neighbouring country: Sierra Leone.
The soon-to-be royal has thrown the spotlight on sustainable fashion by dressing from head-to-toe eco – and we all want a piece. By Karen Pasquali Jones
From the moment she posed with Prince Harry for her engagement photos in that £56,000 Ralph and Russo sheer dress, Meghan Markle knew her fashion sense would be under intense scrutiny the world over. And she’s made the most of that global attention with her ethical wardrobe choices as the Green Princess-to-be.
With leather fast losing it’s lustre due to associations with deforestation, animal cruelty and water pollution, Sophie Benson takes a look at the top five vegan handbags every conscious fashionista should covet this year
2017 was a groundbreaking year for veganism. A flurry of end-of-year reports from pizza chains, food manufacturers and even dating sites have shown that being vegan is more popular than ever before and the trend is set to do nothing but grow in 2018. Spurred on by documentaries such as Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives, incentivised by the promise of health benefits or prompted by curiosity, people are turning to veganism in droves.
Good news for the style and earth conscious shoppers amongst us, a brand new 3,000 square foot retail space dedicated to pre-loved fashion is opening in Dubai this month. Catriona McBride finds out more
After the excess spending at Christmas, January is the month when we vow to tighten our belts, something that can be quite difficult for the shopaholics among us. But maybe we don’t have to stop shopping, we simply need to shop smarter, and one way of doing this is buying pre-loved fashion.
This coming new year purchasing habits are all about low impact consumerism, and what better way to shop for jewels than for those that are old, rare and tradable. But how and what should we be buying? Rae Ritchie explores the world of vintage and antique jewellery
The world of antiques may once have been the preserve of dusty vases, dark furniture and silver that you weren’t supposed to clean for fear of destroying its value, but its image is changing. Dealers are now reporting that affluent younger women are becoming customers in greater numbers – and they are particularly interested in antique and vintage jewellery.
Yule love these Christmas party outfits handpicked for their ethical and style credentials so you’re ahead of the festive fashion pack. By Karen Pasquali Jones
Along with George Michael’s Last Christmas, the office party and mistletoe, there are some festive traditions we look forward to every year – and dressing up for the big day is almost as exciting as a visit from Santa.
Silk’s reputation as the most luxurious natural fibre contradicts major ethical concerns about its production. According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA) a massive 6,600 silkworms are boiled alive just to create one kilogram of silk while the industry is plagued with rumours of child labour. Rae Ritchie has more
For thousands of years, a web of trade routes have criss-crossed land and sea around Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Then, as now, the UAE and Persian Gulf were a lynchpin in the supply chain that we later labelled The Silk Road.
Never mind the crossword, put aside the Sudoku, give the brain trainers on your iPad a break – there’s an age-old pastime that’s having a renaissance, and it’s not only good for our health, it also helps those in need says Christine Fieldhouse Knitting is back in fashion! No, we’re not spinning a yarn. A…
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