Author Archives: Shona Easton

A Bespoke Design, Free Stuff and A Request for Your Ideas

Following my last post about my workshop in rural India and the plight of the ladies who work there, I’ve been thinking of more ideas about how to raise money to pay their wages while they are unable to work (due to Coronavirus lock-down). Free Stuff In the next few weeks, I’ll be offering some…

These Women Need Your Help

Hello everyone. I wondered if you could help please? If you’re a regular reader here, you probably already know that I design handbags & leathergoods and they are manufactured by my partners in rural India in our ethical, fair trade workshop. It’s pretty remote – in the countryside about 3 hours from Chennai. India have…

Fashion Revolution Day 2020

April 24th 2020 Four weeks on lock-down and there’s been a lot of thinking time. Seven years today since the garment factory disaster in Bangladesh and has anyone even thought about changing their fashion buying habits? Probably not. But has it been forced upon them? Now I’m not condoning fast fashion. I HATE fast fashion….

Fashion Revolution Week 2020

It’s Fashion Revolution week again. Fashion Revolution was set up in 2013, following the factory collapse disaster in Bangladesh. They work to promote ethical & fair trade in the fashion, textiles and garment industry worldwide and as they say, we all need to ask ‘Who Made My Clothes?’ But a different one this year, that’s for…

Top Tips for Mother’s Day

This will be a strange one. Many people are wondering whether it’s a good idea to visit their Mum this Mothering Sunday. With the Covid-19 worrying news around, and scaring us all a little bit, what is the best thing to do? Maybe carry on as normal? Maybe you have a plan to Skype instead…

Are You An Entrepreneur?

Are you an Entrepreneur? An ethically minded Entrepreneur? Good. So I would like to connect with you to see if we can work together. Maybe you’re looking for a bespoke, fair trade, ethical gift, so you can reward your clients/colleagues, and show that you really value them, without spending a fortune. If this is of…

Fair Trade Fortnight 2020

It’s Fair Trade Fortnight so we’re celebrating all the talented ladies (and a few men) at our ethical and fair trade workshop in rural India. This is a short video showing the different stages of production that goes into making Shona Easton leather & tweed designs. From the precision hand cutting process to careful assembly…

How to Forget the February Blues

Hasn’t the weather been awful? First there was storm Ciara and then Dennis. One day we had sun, hailstones, horizontal rain and wind that didn’t know what direction it was coming from! It’s the grey, grey skies that get me down. So I decided to sort out my photos so I can find the one…

A Statement Bag

Do you love a big bag? Some people do and some don’t. You might get asked to carry ‘stuff’ for other people. You might be tempted to take more with you. You might just think “that looks too heavy!” A Statement Bag I think a big bag can be a fabulous statement bag – it…

A Sustainable Valentine

I’m on a mission – to drastically reduce waste. My new motto is ‘No More Waste’. So I’ll not be sending any more silly Valentine’s cards that just get thrown away after a while. It’s a waste of paper, a waste of stamps and therefore money. Instead, I’m sending a useful, practical, long lasting gift…