Ah, festivals — the ultimate summer party! Fields, friends, food and fun galore with the best live music… and a time to dress both creatively and practically — challenge accepted! Summer festivals are the perfect time to wear and re-wear favourite sustainable labels and vintage pieces, and plodding from one camp to another in wellies despite the heatwave — just because when it comes to the UK weather, my motto is always be prepared!
RAY is a family company, named after the founders’ daughter, Uma Ray, and inspired by the family’s Indian heritage. They create every garment to the highest standards of quality and sustainability, designing them in Stuttgart and creating them in India in collaboration with suppliers who are combatting exploitative production chains. All workers are paid a fair wage and a safe work environment. RAY use sustainable materials such as organic cotton and cellulose, in an effort to nurture the planet when creating their unique unique scarves, tunics and more.
Among Equals is an ethical fashion company and social enterprise which is in the process of becoming a non-profit organisation. Their main aim is to empower women bilum weavers in Papua New Guinea, and they work directly with the women to understand how best to improve their lives during and around the production process. Every bag sale helps to fund projects such as Blue Haus, a space for women to work together, socialise and protect themselves from the elements.
Ilse Jacobsen founded this brand with a line of shoes, and quickly expanded into rain boots, rainwear, clothes and accessories. Every item is inspired by the Danish seaside town of Hornbæk, famous for its sandy beaches and dunes.
Founded by a mother-daughter duo, arkitaip create lasting, timeless clothing with respect for the planet at the heart of their mission. They focus on an ethical supply chain and the preservation of artisanal skills, informed by their belief in a transparent production process and a closer relationship between garment and wearer. Their collections are full of fun yet basic, beautifully made pieces from jumpsuits to crop tops.
Another mother-daughter passion project, Taylor Yates luxury bags are made by hand in Somerset, bridging the gap between traditional craftsmanship and innovation. The finished product is a strong leather bag that’s water resistant, breathable and butter soft. Taylor Yates are committed to supporting Women for Women International, and have been awarded the Butterfly Mark for sustainability by Positive Luxury.
Vivienne Westwood is one of the last independent global fashion houses in the world, the brand uses its collections, collaborations and catwalk shows as a platform to capture the imagination, promote innovative design and campaign for protecting life on Mother Earth. Vivienne Westwood strives to make clothes with greater care, that promote Arts & Culture and always use its voice to mobilise people around Climate Change and Human Rights.
ALL THE WILD ROSES
All The Wild Roses is a curated collection of well bohemian goods created to empower women through design and celebrate the connection to spirit within all of us. Inspired by the timeless style and favourite vintage finds, the brand’s designs are thoughtfully sourced and crafted by artisans across the globe.
WYATT & JACK
Wyatt & Jack create sustainable bags and accessories from upcycled beach deckchair canvas, broken inflatables and retired bouncy castle vinyl pvc. All bags are made at Wyatt & Jack’s Bembridge & Ryde workshop.