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Fairtrade Foundation urges Commonwealth to step up sustainable development action

The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2018 will bring together over 600 executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and campaigners to celebrate the green economy’s most exciting and innovative achievements from the past 12 months. The Brewery 52 Chiswell Street London EC1Y 4SD, London


With Big Donations and Simple T-Shirts, Fashion Rallies for Gun Control

Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students have become a major voice in the fight for gun control. Survivors of the February 14th shooting formed a group called March for Our Lives and are organizing a rally that will take place March 24th in Washington, DC, with sister protests planned around the country and abroad.


Millennials, Chinese and Online Spending Key in Luxury

MILAN – The Millennial is not a singular and distinct consumer, according to Armando Branchini, vice president of Fondazione Altagamma, emphasizing the category’s “different sensibilities, expectations and shopping behavior.”The fifth edition of the “Altagamma Consumer and Retail Insight” was held in Milan on Tuesday, based on the True Luxury Global Consumer Insight by The Boston Consulting Group and the sixth Altagamma Retail Evolution study with Exane BNP Paribas, focused on identifying spending habits and platforms in the luxury range.


Farfetch’s vp of creative Yasmin Sewell: ‘Fashion authority doesn’t come from analyzing data’ – Digiday

We spoke to Farfetch’s first vp of style and creative, Yasmin Sewell, about the role data does or doesn’t play in her job, the biggest undertaking when it comes to overhauling the site, and how a singular brand vision can emerge from a multi-brand marketplace.


“This Is Bigger Than Me” – Anok Yai On Being The First Black Model To Open Prada In 20 Years

Naomi is the Miss Vogue editor and social media manager of British Vogue ANOK YAI recently made fashion history by becoming the first black model to open a Prada show since Vogue contributing editor Naomi Campbell in 1997.


Animal testing of cosmetics: MEPs call for worldwide ban

MEPs from the EU’s Environment Committee have said that we should aim for a global ban by 2023, in a move which would allow for greater regulatory harmonisation and readier trade for the industry. The EU has had a full ban in place since 2013, and says this “has not jeopardized cosmetics industry development”​.



This New Material Made From Seaweed May Be What You’re Wearing Next Season

A start up called Algiknit is experimenting with creating textiles made from sustainable materials. Their co-founder, fashion design graduate Aleksandra Gosiewski, told Creative Bloq that fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Alginit’s goal is to limit the waste created by textile production.


‘Much work needed’ to make digital economy environmentally sustainable

A cross-party group of MPs has raised doubts over whether the growing energy demand from digital technology and the proliferation of internet-connected gadgets can continue to be offset by energy efficiency improvements. More efficient smartphones, networking gear and data centres have so far largely staved off increased power demand from the internet and computing – which now accounts for about 6% of global electricity use.



Harrods: how the retailer is engaging its workforce

A new report from Positive Luxury suggests that beauty brands and retailers are seeing a rising demand for engaging employees in new and innovative ways. Positive Luxury, which describes itself as a platform that ‘connects luxury brands with consumers that care’, released the report entitled ‘The World is Ruled by Emotions: Breaking Tradition the Millennial Way’ via its site, and it is available here ​.



Fleece patrol: how organic wool from Patagonia is creating sustainable luxury feat. Gabriela Hearst

Investigating sustainable luxury in fashion: special report on organic wool and the brands that care about tracing your knit back to a happy Patagonian sheep (sustainable luxury, sustainable fashion, organic wool, wool, patagonia, Chargeurs Luxury Materials, theory, stella mccartney, ellen macarthur)


IWC Introduces the Mark XVIII Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good’ in Black Ceramic | SJX Watches

Every year for over a decade now, IWC unveils a limited edition to raise funds for the Laureus foundation, a charity that brings sport to underprivileged children across the world. Each year’s Laureus watch has been different from the last – the preceding editions were the Da Vinci chronograph and ladies’ Portofino – but all share the same deep blue metallic dial.


BAFTA AWARDS: Stars opt for subtle jewels to accompany solidarity dress code – feat. Stephen Webster

Continuity to stand against Hollywood’s sexual abuse scandal, stars wore subtle diamond to accompany their black attire at this year’s British Academy Film Awards. On the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall, the majority of guests wore diamond jewellery to allow their black outfits to do the talking at the 71st edition of the awards ceremony.


Natural skin care maker Weleda begins full brand turnaround

After decades of relying heavily on word-of-mouth here in the US and globally, the natural skin care brand has created its first-ever beauty and lifestyle campaign for the region. And that’s just step one of this year’s complete Weleda brand refresh.


UK Jewellery Awards 2018 shortlist revealed feat. Eden Diodati and Arctic Circle Diamonds

This year’s shortlist features almost 120 companies and individuals who have been selected as finalists across 18 categories that recognise excellence in all aspects of the industry, from design and sales excellence through to retailers and brands. The shortlist, selected by the Retail Jeweller editorial team, was whittled down from more than 300 entries in 16 enterable categories.


The best environmentally-friendly baby products feat. Hevea Planet

What with all the nappies, wipes and clothes you get through, having a baby can take its toll on the planet. It doesn’t have to be this way: from biodegradable nappies and washable wipes to clothes made from organic cotton, bringing up your baby the environmentally-friendly way really isn’t very difficult.

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