sustainability

Positive fashion: Nisolo shoes



Nisolo shoes elayna leather sneaker

Love the Elayna trainer from ethical artisanal startup, Nisolo. Lean Luxe brought the brand to my attention by praising it for its non ‘Etsy factor’ branding and operation. What the hell does that mean? It referred to the often twee, not-quite-there brands that have good intentions but don’t quite cut it on execution and delivery. (more…)



Positive beauty: Chantecaille’s no make-up make-up eye trio



Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Matte trio of eyeshadows

For day to day, I’m all about a cream eyeshadow. Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre in Rouge-Gorge is my go-to when I want to look ‘awake’ (it’s orange in the pot but more of a tan wash on the lid) and the cream-stick formulations from Bobbi Brown and Chanel are amazing for giving a little iridescence for evening. I just put them on with my finger and blend. (more…)



Postive fashion: Unmade customised knitwear



Unmade customised knitwear
The dreaded Christmas jumper season is incoming and if there’s one thing I loathe, it’s novelty sweaters. If you want a standout sweater, why not design one yourself? It’s easier, and more affordable than you might think.

Just before London Fashion Week, I got the chance to explore the studios of Unmade, a pioneering London company doing radical things with knitwear. (more…)



Fashion meets function at The Natural Shoe Store



Natural Shoe Store Charlie May

 

The Natural Shoe Store and I go back a long way. To the eighties to be precise, when its Bass Weejun loafers were the height of cool, albeit far out of reach of my meager pocket money budget. Founded in 1976 by Robert Lusk as a destination for all things earthy and comfort-soled, it was always a bit of a stealth influencer. (more…)