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The Luxury List: Sustainable Series

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Luxury beauty, fashion, food and homeware doesn’t have to cost the earth. To tie in with our sustainability-focused content and in support of eco-conscious consumerism, every Tuesday (and the occasional bonus day in between) we’ll be bringing you a new eco-focused, zero-waste, ethically sourced or sustainable product. Guilt-free shopping starts here…

Sustainable Luxury List

 

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Lavender Hill Rib Roll Neck in Wine, £80

Lavender Hill Silk Rib Roll Neck Top in Wine, £80, lavenderhillclothing.com

Autumn is all about layering up with chic staple pieces and timeless basics. If you’re looking to bulk up your wardrobe this season, look no further than Luxury fashion brand Lavender Hill. The brand has recently launched a new eco-friendly basics collection, which features products made using the natural fabrics Tencel™ lyocell (a eucalyptus tree derivative) and Tencel™ modal (produced by spinning beech tree cellulose into fibres). Between October and December, Lavender Hill will also be donating 15 per cent of sales of its Heart Socks to Cancer Research for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Riley Studio Recycled Shirt on model

Riley Studio Recycled Flannel Check Shirt, £140, riley.studio

Riley Studio has always been concerned with making the fashion world a better place, whether that be by lessening its carbon footprint or using waste materials instead of virgin fibres. The Riley Studio Recycled Flannel, for example, is made from 100 per cent recycled materials and EcoLife yarn (a blend of 55 per cent recycled polyester and 45 per cent recycled cotton), and the buttons are made from milk waste – a great alternative to petroleum-based plastic. Another bonus is that no water or harmful chemicals are used while making the shirt, meaning the environmental impact of each shirt is very low.

Stubble & Co The Roll Top bag

Stubble & Co The Roll Top Bag, £105, stubbleandco.com

Stubble & Co has long been committed to being a greener business, from designing durable bags that stand the test of time to offering in-house repair services and using a zero carbon warehouse. The Roll Top, now reimagined in two new colours, brings to life this sustainable vision by employing recycled materials like PET and PET lining and webbing. The beauty of The Roll Top, however, lies in its functionality; as well as the roll top enclosure, the bag features a direct access laptop compartment, bike light anchor point, two ide pockets for water bottles, umbrellas and bike locks, water-resistant zips and two internal mesh pockets. For durability on the go, whether you’re walking, biking or travelling abroad, this is the bag that does it all.

London Velvet x Ocean Bottle

London Velvet x Ocean Bottle The Bottle Bag, £95, londonvelvet.co.uk

London Velvet and Ocean Bottle have teamed up to create the Bottle Bag. Take your drink on the go with this stylish bag, crafted in calf leather and made-to-order so that no material is wasted, no bulk fabric is ordered and nothing ends up in landfill. The two brands came together under the shared desire to make the world more sustainable, with Ocean Bottle dedicated to clearing up 1000 plastic bottles for every reusable bottle they sell and London Velvet focused on that will last a lifetime.

LPOL

LPOL Penrose Metallic Paper Handbag, £130.00, lpol.co.uk

Sustainable leather and upcycled goods brand LPOL launched a new 100% vegan recycled handbag last week. The bag, made from recycled fibres that derive from the paper industry, transforms industrial waste from the production of items like cigarette packets, kitchen tissue and paper napkins into a new raw material: Texon. The material is later infused with an organic plant-based latex and coated in an Oeko-Tex® approved metallic silver foil to add strength, durability and style. The result? A handbag that is as stylish as it is sustainable.

Thinx

Thinx Cotton Briefs, £25.42, shethinx.com

Want to make your period eco-friendly? Ditch the plastic tampons and pads and trade in for a pair of Thinx underwear. Thinx absorbs your period without mess or hassle, and can do the job of five regular tampons in one go. Available in a number of fits – including hi-waist, thong, boy short, sleep short, hiphugger, French cut and even activewear – Thinx underwear is a gamechanger when it comes to that time of the month. Grab a pair online or from Selfridges, John Lewis, Boots and ASOS.

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Loveness Lee Alphabet Recycled Silver Necklace

Loveness Lee Alphabet Recycled Silver Necklace, from £115, lovenesslee.com

The Alphabet Collection by Loveness Lee launches today (9 September) and is the latest eco-friendly range from the jewellery brand. Each piece is sustainably made with recycled silver and locally sourced materials and packaged in biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Pick your initial or that of a loved one from the collection of recycled silver and gold-plated designs, which are produced in small batches in the brand’s London studio.

Sustainable Luxury List - Marina Raphael

Marina Raphael Micro Riviera in Crimson Quilted Napa, £695, marinaraphael.com

Luxury handbag designer Marina Raphael has been working to integrate sustainability into its practice since its conception, while promoting the work of local craftsmen in Tuscany. From monitoring the materials used to tanning leather in small quantities to avoid water waste, Marina Raphael makes sure it is taking the steps needed to be a greener business. The brand’s near-zero waste policy and commitment to upcycling also plays a part in its sustainability pledge, with the goal of making unneeded waste a thing of the past. With a huge selection of sleek handbags available, Marina Raphael demonstrates that sustainability and fashion go hand in hand.

Sustainable Luxury List - Jimmy Fairly

Jimmy Fairly The Abyss Sunglasses in Lilac, £129, jimmyfairly.co.uk

While we are edging into September, it’s never too late to soak up a few lingering rays of sunshine – and what better way to do it than with a new pair of stylish sunnies sitting on your nose. Jimmy Fairly is well aware of the ecological impact their collections could leave behind and does its best to be fully responsible. The brand is shifting towards more eco-friendly production methods, employing Eco Acetate (a plant-based, biodegradable material) to make its sunglasses and eliminating single-use packaging. Our favourite pair from Jimmy Fairly’s current range is The Abyss: vintage square frames brought into the present by a vibrant purple colour palette.

Sustainable Luxury List - SEP Jordan

SEP Jordan Linen Cushion Cover Alhambra®, £197, sepjordan.com

SEP Jordan is a fashion and lifestyle business with a social impact focus. Founded in 2013 by Roberta Ventura, the brand is based in the Jerash ‘Gaza’ Camp in Jordan and employs its artists from the refugee women living there. SEP Jordan is a conscious choice that works with communities to create a greener and happier business model. Raw materials are produced organically on a farm in Inner Mongolia, and every product is made by hand to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint. With a goal to be carbon neutral by next year, this is the brand to go to for clothing and home accessories that are stylish, eco-friendly, and create opportunities for women to be economically independent.

Sustainable Luxury List - The Karry

The Karry Vegan Leather Pouch and Accessories, £49.99, thekarry.london

You shouldn’t have to buy a new set of luxury products and miniatures each time you travel – and with The Karry, you won’t have to! Meet the reusable travel kit that makes skincare products portable (and a little greener). Small, lightweight, and practical, the Karry fits in your handbag or luggage case for easy travel. The plastic-free packaging is also a plus – the brand selects recyclable, bio degradable, and reusable materials to make single-use plastic a thing of the past for its products.

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Sustainable Luxury List - BVLGARI

BVLGARI Exclusive Serpenti Maxi Cabochon leather cross-body bag, £2130, selfridges.com

Iconic luxury brand BVLGARI has launched its first eco-friendly capsule collection exclusively with Selfridges. Part of the Good Nature campaign, the collection features a revamp of one of the brand’s most famous bags, the Serpenti. The new Serpenti Maxi Cabochon is the first bag from the brand to be created with an all-round sustainable approach. Leather comes from tanneries that operate in compliance with the Leather Working Group, who centre their production methods on factors related to environmental performance, and stitching is made from recycled nylon threads. For a bag that is green in both ethics and aesthetics, look no further than the Serpenti.

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Sustainable Luxury List - EVARAE activewear

EVARAE Sabine Bralette and Luna Leggings in ECONYL®, £140 and £110, evarae.com

EVARAE’s Move.Dance.Swim collection comes just in time for the Olympics, so while Team GB are working the games you can work your own fitness routine. Featuring a range of bodysuits, leotards, leggings and bralettes , the collection can be worn from studio to swimming pool. What makes it green? That would be the ECONYL®, an infinitely recyclable material made from nylon and plastic waste from oceans and landfills. With activewear like this, you can be good to your body and the planet.

Sustainable Luxury List - Sheep Inc

Sheep Inc. Endless Tide Collection Hoodie, £140, sheepinc.com

Summer is truly underway here in the UK, with many of us now booking staycations to keep us entertained throughout the season. For those going to the coast or heading up north, it may be worth taking a few extra layers for the light chill. We have just the thing. Naturally carbon negative knitwear brand Sheep Inc.’s Endless Tide Collection brings four new colours to the brand’s iconic hoodie design. Each piece made from ultra-soft, ultra-durable Eternity X-Care® Merino Wool sourced from regenerative farms and knitted using solar-powered Wholegarment® technology, creating clothing that is 100% biodegradable and 100% trackable. It doesn’t hurt that they look good, too.

Sustainable Luxury List - RIXO Swimwear

RIXO Rita Swimsuit – Mermaid Patchwork, £145, rixo.co.uk 

RIXO recently launched their 2021 Sustainable Swimwear Collection, and we’re obsessed. Made from Q-Nova, a fibre made from petroleum-based waste materials, the collection promises to be as green as it is fashionable. Our pick is RIXO’s vibrant Rita Swimsuit, which features a scoop neckline, low back, and high cut leg – perfect for a day at the beach.

Sustainable Luxury List - Rockett St George Sustainable Square Side Table

Rockett St George Sustainable Square Side Table, £250, rockettstgeorge.co.uk

This Rockett St George X Jani Lemut sustainable side table was made with materials sourced from waste streams, with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standard wood was used throughout. The pieces in this limited edition collection were produced with a commitment to ensuring a low carbon footprint and, most importantly, they’re keep-forever beautiful.

Sustainable Luxury List - Ally Capellino X Margent Farm Hemp Backpack in Navy

Ally Capellino X Margent Farm Hemp Backpack in Navy, £235, allycapellino.co.uk

Ally Capellino and Margent Farm partnered for the ‘Can A Bag Start A Debate’ campaign and this beautiful backpack made from organically grown hemp and designed in the Ally Capellino signature style. Ally Capellino and Margent Farm share a passion in working with and promoting materials with low environmental impact, and this vegan-friendly backpack is big enough for all your summer essentials.

Sustainable Luxury List - Monte & Lou Vintage Vacay Long Sleeve Surfsuit

Monte & Lou Vintage Vacay Long Sleeve Surfsuit, £111, monteandlou.com

Thinking of dipping your toe into the (probably chilly) world of open water swimming? Do so in style with this Monte & Lou Vintage Vacay Long Sleeve Surfsuit, made entirely from 100% recycled and sustainable Quick Dry fabrics for the main printed fabric and lining. Better for the oceans, and sure to give you that extra encouragement you need to take to the waters when the Great British weather shows up.

Sustainable Luxury List - KINRADEN THE TWO Cufflinks

KINRADEN THE TWO Cufflinks, 18k gold, £4,625.05, kinraden.com

KINRADEN utilises recycled, sustainable and readily restorative raw materials in its pieces, only using recycled gold and silver, purified to 18 carat gold and 925 sterling silver. Mpingo diamonds (Mpingo Blackwood) are made from the world’s densest and most expensive woods. The Mpingo Blackwood is cut like traditional diamonds. The Mpingo used is FSC-certified wood sourced in a WWF-protected and sustainable forest in Tanzania, and they work with leftover Mpingo Blackwood from classical wind instrument production. These  recycled 18k gold cufflinks are embedded with a velvety black, cushion-cut Mpingo diamond, the material of fine clarinets.

Sustainable Luxury List - Le Colonel Peppermint Candy Stripe Lounge Shorts

Le Colonel Peppermint Candy Stripe Lounge Shorts, £34, wolfandbadger.com

French accessories brand launched an up-cycling service called ‘This Is How We Do’, inviting consumers to send their pre-loved garments to their French atelier to be given a new lease of life with an aim of creating a more circular fashion experience. The brand works with local suppliers to bolster textile production in northern France and limits production to prevent overstock and waste; and with pieces as cute as these lounge shorts (which are also available in Liberty print fabrics), they’re sure to sell out.

Wicker Wings Pink Mini Kuai

Wicker Wings Pink Mini Kuai, £190, wickerwings.com

The search for the perfect summer handbag ends here. Wicker Wings bags are handwoven using naturally grown rattan and high quality Italian vegetable leather. If the use of sustainable fashion fabrics is important to you, you should know that rattan  is one of the fastest growing, replenishable natural materials in the world. What’s more, the Italian vegetable tanned leather uses only natural materials in the finishing process. Each basket is handwoven by female artisans in Indonesia, enabling women to remain in employment and create a second income for their families.

Atelier VM Mercoledì Earring

Atelier VM Mercoledì Earring, £310 each, ateliervm.com

Part of sustainability comes with ethical production methods and cutting down on waste. Atelier VM has found a beautiful way to make use of offcuts and excess chains in the workshop with these stunning Mercoledi drop earrings. All gold used is 18ct, and each pair is designed to measure approx. 11cm in length; upcycling at its most wearable.

Sapling Vodka

Sapling Vodka, £30, saplingspirits.com

The first climate-positive vodka, for every bottle of this British spirit sold, a tree is planted. From fruit trees in London to oaks in Bristol, a unique code on each bottle lets you know exactly what tree was planted and where as a result of your purchase. Since its launch in 2018, the brand has planted 18,254 trees.

Pureshore Sundown Hoops

Pureshore Sundown Hoops, £119, pureshorejewellery.com

Pureshore uses responsibly sourced materials, handpicking suppliers who support their values, working with family businesses that also wish to minimise their impact on the environment. What’s more, 10% of profits go to local conservation projects. These Sundown hoops sparkle thanks to a tiny diamond set into the top of the earring, available in Sterling Silver or Yellow Gold Vermeil.

ADIDAS X REBO SMART BOTTLE

ADIDAS X REBO SMART BOTTLE, £75, adidas.co.uk

This World Oceans Day (8th June) smart water bottle brand REBO has partnered with adidas x parley on this limited-edition bottle. The built-in app tracks how much you’re drinking, and for every bottle of water drunk with REBO, there is a plastic bottle collected. REBO pays to have plastic collection via its Parley Global Cleanup network, an alliance of organisations working to remove plastic waste from beaches, remote islands, rivers, mangroves and high seas.

Magi Bralette

Magi Bralette, £36 and magithelabel.com and Bikini Briefs, £20 magithelabel.com

After a year of casual dressing, comfort is king, and we’re not in any rush to change this. If you are looking to upgrade your underwear collection and on the hunt for an eco-friendly option, check out Magi’s super soft sustainable hemp bralettes and briefs. This breathable fabric requires 80% less water than cotton in its production and gets softer with every wash. Available in three colourways and one simple design, this set is a wardrobe staple.

Bloom Peonies

Bloom Peonies, from £45 for 10, bybloom.co.uk

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas, but peony season. If you want yours delivered straight to your door, order them through Bloom, the UK’s first sustainable flower delivery company. Not only are their selection of the season’s most blousy blooms stunning, but they are also sustainable and 100% plastic-free. Every piece of packaging that arrives with a Bloom flower order is recyclable and/or compostable.

Photo: Larry Walshe Photography

Self-Portrait Brush Stroke One Shoulder Bikini

Self-Portrait Brush Stroke One Shoulder Bikini Top, £100, self-portrait-studio.com and High Waisted Brief, £60, self-portrait-studio.com

As and when the British summertime decides to show up, we’re ready for it. In lieu of pool lounging in far-flung tropical climes, we’ll be taking up every opportunity to show off this season’s swimwear closer to home. In the garden, by the river, the local park, swimming in the local lake, congregating in the lido; we’ll be there, wearing Self-Portrait’s sustainable swimwear collection. All linings are made from 100% recycled polyester produced from plastic water bottles.

See our brand new sustainable swimwear shoot from the latest print issue, and shop more sustainable swimwear, here.

Ganni Ruffled Smocked Checked Cotton Dress

Ganni Ruffled Smocked Checked Cotton Dress, rent from £37, hurrcollective.com

As we emerge from lockdown, the temptation to update our wardrobes is strong. But instead of refilling the drawers and closets you’ve spent so much of lockdown clearing out, how about renting? This gorgeous Ganni ruffled dress is crying out for a picnic date or a garden party and can be rented from Hurr for as little as £37 (RRP £215).

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Rogue Matilda X Tada and Toy Flower Bomb Hoops

Rogue Matilda X Tada & Toy Flower Bomb Hoops, from £35, tadaandtoy.com

This new Flower Bomb collection from Tada & Toy in partnership with Rogue Matilda features leather flowers made solely from factory leather offcuts, materials which would have otherwise ended up in landfill sites. The collection is priced £35-£135 and launches 29 April 2021.

Petra Palumbo Oranges Jug

Petra Palumbo Oranges Jug, £86, petrapalumbo.com

Hand-painted in the UK, Petra Palumbo homeware and interiors has been awarded the world-renowned Butterfly Mark certification from Positive Luxury for a company-wide commitment to sustainability. Petra says: “I believe it’s my responsibility as a 21st century designer to think of the impact my company has on the planet. That is why I am so glad these accreditations exist, to acknowledge the work we have already done and continue to hold us accountable in the future.” One of the most gorgeous British sustainable homeware brands out there, our pick is this oranges jug, just calling out to be filled with freshly-squeezed juice and given pride of place on a breakfast table.

Anya Hindmarch I Am A Plastic Bag Motif Tote in Cumin

Anya Hindmarch I Am A Plastic Bag Motif Tote in Cumin, £695, anyahindmarch.com

In brand new colourways for the new season, the iconic I Am A Plastic Bag tote by Anya Hindmarch has a zero-carbon footprint. It is created from used plastic bottles and coated in a material made from car windshields to give it a weather-proof finish.

SILKED Tie Front Blouse

SILKED Tie Front Blouse, £350

SILKED London’s designs are locally produced in London, championing English production, sustainability and ethical practices, with limited production lines to minimise waste. We absolutely loved this silk tie front blouse, which will look equally chic teamed with a pair of the brand’s silk trousers or your favourite high waisted jeans this season.

LPOL Penrose Soft Leather Handbag Rose

LPOL Penrose Soft Leather Handbag Rose, £375

Each Penrose leather shopper is handmade in small batches in LPOL’s east London workshop, with a zero-waste policy that sees material waste and off-cuts retained for use in the production of small goods, gifts and artist collaborations. All packaging is recyclable, biodegradable and responsibly sourced. And most importantly, when it comes to reusable shoppers and totes, they don’t come more stylish than this one; this is definitely a buy now, use forever addition to your wardrobe.

Elliot Footwear Low Classic Vegan Suede Dark in Navy

Elliott Footwear Low Classic Vegan Suede Dark in Navy, £99

Elliott Footwear is the world’s first climate positive sneaker brand. It goes beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions and creates an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A pair of Elliott’s sneakers reverse the carbon footprint with a climate positive offset of 1 tonne of CO2. The brand is increasing its sustainability efforts through supporting the protection and restorations of critically important forests around the world.

Loveness Lee Ossein Vase

Loveness Lee Ossein Vase, £195

Eco-friendly jewellery brand Loveness Lee has launched its first home décor collection with this stunning sustainable Ossein Vase collection. Giving new life to some of the earliest castings from the Loveness Lee jewellery design archive, these limited-edition vases are made from a 15-piece collection of castings made in a mixed alloy, which are connected piece by piece using the same methods used to create Loveness Lee jewellery, and all by hand. The design mimics the textures of the intricate shapes found in cuttlefish bones and you can choose from black, silver or rust. They’re perfect for displaying your favourite dried flower bouquet, an equally sustainable choice for your home.

Boobloom Maestro Frames

Boobloom Maestro Frames, £95

Sustainability goes beyond the materials used in production. It starts with full transparency and the ability to make better purchasing decisions. Bloobloom makes beautiful, trend-led spectacles and sunglasses that give back, through their Pair for Pair scheme, by donating a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased. They work with locally staffed organisations and provide training in eye care, selling glasses for affordable prices wherever possible. They provide full transparency on their pricing structure in terms of production and material versus sale price, and they detail their factory set-ups online, too.

Featured image: Riley Studio

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