Author Archives: Shona Easton

Pear, Date & Ginger Chutney

I’m still looking for things to do with pears, so here’s a chutney I’m hoping will be fantastic with cheese or meat, later in the winter, when it’s had time to mature. Pear recipe #4 for 2017 Ingredients 1kg pears, peeled, cored and finely chopped About 30 dates – stoned and chopped 300ml cider vinegar…

Green Apple & Pear Smoothie

Pear recipe #2 for 2017 Here’s what I do with a perfectly crisp and juicy large pear. Green Apple & Pear Smoothie Ingredients 1 very large juicy crisp pear, or 2 smaller ones 1 Granny Smith apple Coconut water Method Peel and core the pear(s), chop into chunks. Core the apple and roughly chop, leaving…

Spiced Pear Jam

It’s that time of year. 4 ancient pear trees in the garden give me a glut of fruit all at the same time and as they don’t seem to store well, I’ve had to be creative with things to do with pears in a short period of time. Each of the trees gives me a…

Are Your Contactless Payment Cards Safe?

There’s a love – hate thing going on at the moment with the new contactless credit and debit cards that the banks have started issuing. Love them or Hate them? Personally, I like them. They save time and you don’t need to carry cash around any more. I wouldn’t feel happy however, if I didn’t…

Bastille Day: Bags On Tour in France

Celebrating Bastille Day in France with a look back at a few Bags On Tour photos The Roanne pink tote at Le Mont Saint Michel The Martha tote in mango, on your with Le Tour de France in Montpelier, July 2016 Martha on Tour in the vineyards of Bordeaux And again below the Millau viaduct…

Want a Blue Bag? I bet you have one already!

This is the best thing I’ve seen for ages. Top brand, Balenciaga, have made a blue tote bag with more than a little inspiration from our favourite Swedish retailer. The bag is made of lambskin but it even looks crinkly, just like the Ikea one! It was a fabulous¬†article in Vogue, saying that apparently Ikea…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 5, production

Last time, I wrote about sample making and introduced you to Kumar, sample man extraordinaire. Today, we’ll look at production in our ethical workshop in rural India. Making credit card cases There’s a lot of skilled hand work involved as you can see from my video. Every piece of leather and lining has to be…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 4, in the sample room

As well as in our rural village workshop, some of my Indian colleagues are also based in a small office and workshop in the city of Chennai. Having a place in Chennai makes it easier for sample making as it’s close to the tanneries and material suppliers. So when I ask for orange stitch and…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 3

In Fashion Revolution Week we remember the garment workers who died or were injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013. If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to ask ‘Who made my clothes?’ or ‘Who made my handbag?’ Who made my Shona Easton handbag? Jyothi, Vijayakumari,¬†Pramilla, Monica, Swathi, Sujatha, Masthanamma and…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, my rural Indian workshop is approximately 3 hours drive from Chennai, so today I’m posting a few photos from the route to the village and the oudoor area surrounding the workshop. This is the local temple, seen from the garden surrounding the workshop. Just over a year ago, the temple was…