What I learned from my Slow Fashion Challenge (Part 2)

Traditionally the fashion industry had two seasons, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter; these coincided with Fashion Weeks in London, Paris, Milan, and New York. Now fast fashion companies produce 52 micro-seasons a year – a season a WEEK – to capitalise on spending potential. That’s a lot of clothing not intended to last longer than a handful of wears, and a high …

What I learned from my Slow Fashion Challenge (Part 1)

Recently I took part in an Instagram challenge; 30 days and 30 posts about Slow Fashion. What’s that, you ask? Clothes that take a long time to put on? A tortoise suit? Something with way more awkwardly placed buttons than strictly necessary? Well, I’m glad you asked… The high street fashion industry is all about mass production; garments go from concept to …

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Art, Music, Theatre and Dancing at Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival 2018

Hidden Door always makes it onto my summer festival schedule; I’ve been going to this fabulous event every year since its debut at the abandoned Market Street Vaults in 2014. My first year I made it to a handful of evening gigs, fuelled by gin and questionable dancing. This year I’ve been a wee Hidden Door gremlin, wandering around the festival …

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RECIPE: Easy Vegan apple and cinnamon loaf cake

Have you ever wanted to bake, but really really couldn’t be bothered to drag out the kitchen scale? I’m not someone who can just “whip up” a carrot cake, instinctively knowing exactly what 125 grams of muscovado sugar looks like; hell I’m not even too sure where our kitchen scale is.  Welcome to the world’s easiest vegan apple cake, which I managed to throw …

6 Songs on a Playlist: The Music I keep going back to

“What music do you like?” It’s a great conversation starter. At a party, in the pub, on a first date; we all have a curiousity for what kind of music makes people tick. It tells us a lot about a person, a psych evaluation in one simple question. What do you listen to? I’ve listened to tunes in my room for as long …

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Veganuary: Tofu Masterclass

So you signed up to do Veganuary. You followed a bunch of vegan Instagram accounts, announced the news on Facebook and Twitter, and you waited for the 1st of January to roll in, full of dreams of healthy and tasty vegan meals for the month ahead. No meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs. No honey. No gelatine. No beeswax. …

The Last Days of Colette: The End of an Era at Paris’s Legendary Concept Store 1997-2017

“Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.” Paris. The concept store was born in March of 1997, at the corner of Rue Saint Honoré and Rue du 29 Juillet. In the 90s, lifestyle shops didn’t exist. Boutiques and department stores were the choices for multi-label retail therapy, and …

GUEST POST: The Importance of Independence by Roberta (Bob) Pia

If you follow my blog or social media accounts, it will come as no surprise that I feel very strongly about the subject of independence. Women’s autonomy, independent designers and makers, businesses, music – they’re all topics close to my heart. We’ve adopted an identikit culture in society that makes me cringe; people – especially young people – often aren’t encouraged to …

9 Independent Designers I Love and Wear

It feels like forever since I last blogged. It’s not that I’ve let the writing muse slide, and September was full of all sorts of exciting things for me in the areas of fashion, design, and art. I was down in London for LFW with Glass Pineapple, followed by a hectic but incredible week of trade shows at LDF. I …