END OF SUMMER BLUES(Y-GREENS)
Eking out those last days of British sun with some in-your-face print, pattern and colour before I hit the navy-greys of autumn fast approaching This one is from Ibizan-based concept store La Galeria Elefante. Victoria (the founder) has for years been working with NGOs working against human trafficking, and supporting SEWA, the Self-Employed Women’s Association, in developing countries to sustainably and ethically produce her pieces and make sure workers are fairly paid. Dresses, cushions, rugs and so much more; it’s the dream unless you like to dress in all black or all white!! What’s your go-to when you’re getting dressed?
Whenever I find myself in Ibiza, beside seeking out seasonal local foods, catching up with friends who have made Ibiza their home and enjoying the nearly-always glorious weather as I hunt out another secret beach in the north, there’s one stop I just have to make: La Galeria Elefante just outside the town of Santa Gertrudis. A concept store set in an ancient farmhouse, you can find anything there — from beautiful clothes and accessories to homewares and art, all unique pieces in bright colours that are right up my alley.
The owner, British-born Victoria Durrer-Gasse, runs the shop with a focus on giving back. She works with a number of NGOs in developing countries every year, to sustainably produce and manufacture each item in the shop and ensure fair treatment and fair wages for the workers who make her wares. These organisations include a foundation for children in Nepal and the Self Employed Women’s Association in Delhi.
When you browse the maze of rooms in the shop, or any of their pop-ups, you’ll be met by a riot of colour and texture with hand-stitched cushions from Ibiza, rugs from South America and so much more, alongside Victoria’s own line of clothing, including her signature midi dresses — a favourite of celebs and royals alike!
NANDI was founded by two best friends in 2016. What started as an online shop has since developed into a concept store in the heart of Berlin. NANDI select unique textile treasures and accessories from all over the world. Inspired by artisans from various cultures and backgrounds, the founders also create and collect their own products and are working closely with workshops in Morocco, Peru, Mexico and Indonesia.
Swedish Hasbeens aren’t bothered by trends and are inspired by the Sweden of the 1970s, as you might be able to tell from their extensive collection of clogs! Their products are handmade in the traditional way, with respect for people and the environment. Their workers are always fairly treated, and their productions methods are always sustainable.