Sustainable and handcrafted fashion

Fashion with heart

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I have always been a lover of fashion and in particular interesting and unique brands, not more so than those with a purpose or a story to tell. I was lucky enough over London Fashion Week to wear some amazing brands that have such a story that I want to share them with you.

Firstly, eco fashion brand Henrica Langh, who uses creative processes and design to build a brand with minimal harmful impact on the surrounding world. Conscious design, quality, sustainable material sourcing, and ethical small-scale production are some of the main factors that make Henrica Langh’s collections a better choice. The ready-to-wear collections by Henrica Langh are designed with passion for people who put their heart into what they wear. These clothes are created for people who value individuality and quality and also care about how and where their clothes are made. I was lucky enough to wear the Agliophobia Trench Coat that is made from 100% organic cotton. This jacket is so elegant and simple in its design it is a real wardrobe staple that can be worn causally with jeans or dressed up with a dress or skirt. I was complimented on the coat so many times; with its pinstripe details and elegant cut this jacket is a timeless classic. I also wore the ‘Oh the Mortality‘ top, which considering its slogan was rather ironic at LFW! This top is also made from 100% organic cotton and printed with water-based ink, free from phthalates and PVC so is caring to the environment as well as your skin! The top was very comfortable and made for a great statement tee, I will definitely be sporting this t-shirt more over the summer months!

To find out more about Henrica Langh and to shop the collection see online.

Secondly, and in the same vain as Henrica Langh in terms of sustainability, I got to wear some gorgeous pieces from Pembe Club. Named after the Swahili word meaning ivory or tusk, Pembe Club crafts limited edition jewellery, using a combination of African and contemporary elements. The brand uses hand carved and cast designs, inspired by the magnificence of tusk, tooth and horn that is being plundered from our wildlife on a daily basis, in the hope that by replicating these magnificent forms they hope to slowly replace them. Pembe hope that in using the power of fashion and handcrafted aesthetics they can change the fortunes of the most magnificent, yet threatened creatures on Earth.

Not only is the jewellery from Pembe supporting the world’s most venerable species but also the designs are truly iconic and make any outfit look a million dollars! I got to wear the Katavi tusk cuff bracelet, a Gold plated tusk cuff bracelet that was rather weighty but a true statement piece that looked great with an all black outfit. I also wore the Manyara wire choker with antique East African coins, which is a Gold plated wire choker with hook clasp closure with clasp featuring fixed antique East African coins, this also is a total statement piece that hugs the neckline and worn with block colours it really shines and is sure to be a real head-turner! If you want gorgeous jewellry that has an amazing story and also supports the planet then look no further than Pembe Club!

To find out more about Pembe Club, their Pledge and to shop their jewellery see online.

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As well as sustainable brands I also got to sport some great boutique brands over LFW including bags from ALMI. These effortlessly chic handbags are designed for the modern woman on the go, entirely handcrafted in Italy. The brand was founded by sisters Alessia and Micaela who grew up in Italy and have always been very passionate about quality and style. They conceived the ALMI collection to create handbags with a modern and refined urban style that fits perfectly any time of day. The UNICA by ALMI is a lightweight and functional top handle handbag inspired by the iconic doctor’s bag. ALMI as a small outie brand selects only premium Italian materials, sourced from the finest suppliers to ensure the highest quality and a lightweight product. The UNICA bag’s leather details are made from Italian calfskin leather and the nickel hardware is sourced from Italy. Quality takes time and requires attention to detail so ALMI handbags are handcrafted to order. I was lucky enough to use the bag in both Silver and Pink over LFW, a great size that fitted a change of clothes, my invites, a bottle of water, my makeup kit and much more! The bag is so versatile and holds it shape whether packed or almost empty, I was so impressed with the pockets and internal design as well as you could section off your goodies so it made it easy to always find what you were looking for!

The bag comes in several colours and is available in Wolf & Badger. For more information about the brand see online.

Lastly I got to wear some amazing pieces from Catherine Hills, who is an international award-winning designer and the maker of the jewellery for the Harry Potter films! Catherine set-up her jewellery design business in London following graduation from the Royal College of Art and has been at the forefront of British jewellery design for over twenty years. She is now based in my hometown of Royal Tunbridge Wells so I had a real affinity with this brand as well as being blown away by her designs! I got to wear over LFW the Axolotl Cuff Bangle with matching Bubble Ring, I loved the pattern on these, it looked slightly like the suckers on an octopus but abstract, the ring was so comfy despite being chunky and the bracelet fit really well despite being a cuff that can sometimes be too weighty. They make a great combo or look just as stunning worn separately; I pretty much was inseparable from the Bubble Ring! I also got to wear the Birdcage Earrings, which considering the logo of BBB could not have been more apt! These earrings hang low so make a great statement; best warn with hair up so as to show them off to their full glory! My favourite piece was the Cross Collar Necklace, this necklace is a true work of art, so simple and elegant in design but it has an understated WOW factor. I wore this gorgeous necklace to the Dior book launch with a simple tailored look and it really made the outfit, cut high to the neckline this necklace is very flattering and a true investment piece.

To find out more about Catherine Hills and to shop her jewellery see online.

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