Category Archives: Our Workshop

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…

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…

Fashion Revolution Day 2018

It’s five years today, since the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. And all this week it’s Fashion Revolution Week, when we remember the 1000’s who died and were injured because they worked in an unsafe building. It’s scary how inexpensive garments can be – surely we must all wonder how is that possible?…

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…