The Round Up: 23 Aug 2012
The latest brands to be awarded with The Mark of Positive Living.
Hattie Rickards has one main goal – to design striking and refined jewellery while adhering to strong moral and ethical beliefs. While they do not claim to be perfect, their aim is to make jewellery from ethically-sourced materials using fair labour practises where possible. Currently each piece is designed and handmade in the UK and all gems and stones are sourced from a supplier with strong ethical and environmental principles. All gold in the ‘Revealed’ collection is Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological gold. Gold certified to Fairtrade and Fairmined Standards provides small-scale miners and their communities in developing countries the opportunity for better living and working conditions. The Flip Octo Pendant (pictured) is handmade from 18k Fairtrade & Fairmined certified Yellow Gold with 8 baguettes of Ruby, Blue and Yellow Sapphire, Mandarin Garnet, Topaz, Amethyst and Black Spinel, totaling 3.6 carats.
The award winning ‘mettle – Fair Trade’ range is the brain bank of Melbourne based fashion designer Brianna Hallihan, established after years of working within the industry both locally and abroad in London and Paris. Each piece is fair trade accredited, limited edition and hand made using recycled bomb shell metal from the Khmer Rouge and Recycled Lucite. The entire range is produced in Cambodia and Indonesia within a small, not for profit income generation and skills training project owned by it’s members. All pieces are finished to the highest quality standards with the aim being to bridge the gap between design driven pieces and fair trade ethics. Mettle – fair trade supports small disadvantaged producers through a business relationship which is fair and non exploitative. They make sure people are well-supported, seeing producers as people; not just producers of goods. The co-op enlisted by mettle is registered with the Cambodian government as a local association; a not for profit group owned by its members. In line with this ethos, all pieces are made from 100% recycled materials. The end result? A hand made eco-luxe piece to be cherished for all the right reasons.
Olga Roh founded Rohmir in 2007, finding her forte in luxury fashion design. Hailed from Russian nobility, with vast experience in fashion and savoir-vivre style, she has seamlessly established herself as a designer of ready-to-wear collections with a fierce injection of cosmopolitan glamour. For AW12 the collection symbolises the magical journey from East to West, from bright bold tones, metallic shades and golden hues that are evocative of spice markets and bazaars to neutral palettes with a sophisticated European touch. The brand complies with global labour standards, paying minimum wage and local living wage. They also have policies in place that require their suppliers to adhere to social and environmental standards.