… for the post to arrive. That is, providing those “dreaded adverse weather conditions” don’t get in the way… This year, at Lawfully Chic, in order to sidestep the garish monstrosity of Oxford Street in December, we’re utilising the wonder that is online shopping and choosing gifts with a lasting feel-good factor. Here are some of our favourites from the world of e-commerce:
The recently launched Stella McCartney Kids collection has a focus on organic cotton and a certain playfulness. The website hosts fun interactive functions and an iPhone application for the digitally minded youngster. A percentage of online sales from the organic Leo fox-print sweatshirt will go to ‘Meat Free Monday’, a campaign supported by Stella, herself a lifelong vegetarian.
Stella launched her fashion label as a joint venture with Gucci Group in 2001 and continues to provide solutions for eco-conscious stylistas. The brand’s new website has recently been re-launched complete with electronic ‘private wardrobing’ service and a comprehensive ‘Green Me’ section with tips and advice from Ms McCartney.
The Stylish One-stop Eco Shop
Eco-Age, the brainchild of multi-talented siblings Nicola and Livia Firth (actor Colin’s wife), has become a honeypot for ethically minded celebrities. Offering approximately 1,700 stylish and intelligent products ranging from innovative luxury furniture and ‘up-cycled’ fashion must-haves to handmade recycled decorations and gift wrapping paper, it’s a great place to find some eco-treats for Christmas: www.eco-age.com
If you want to make your home or office ‘greener’ in 2011, you can also speak to the Eco Age Consultancy team. The sustainability experts, who work with corporate powerhouses and global retail brands as well as private residences, can help you to become more sustainably stylish in your work and home life.
After five generations of cultivating land at their farm in the Kent countryside, the Mitchell family has created a new brand of highly sought-after luxury bath and body products. The team behind Mitchell and Peach uses the finest natural ingredients, including essential oils from the family’s fields, which are hand-blended with more lovely stuff such as honey from nearby hives and botanical extractions. Free from inorganic nasties and not tested on animals, there is something very special about these products from ‘the garden of England’.
The Clever Clutch to Cling to
Handmade from recycled drink can ring pulls in Salvador, Brazil, these clever Bottletop clutches are not only versatile and durable: they directly benefit the local community. Proceeds help to finance Bottletop’s educational programmes, empowering young people through fashion and music.
These made-to-treasure limited editions also come in gold. The rarity of gold ring pulls means there will only ever be a small number of the gold Luciana clutch available.
Mind-altering gift vouchers
Founded in 2008 by a group of artists, academics, philosophers and writers including Alain de Botton, The School of Life has been described as a ‘chemist for the mind’.
Based in Bloomsbury, this pioneering organisation offers a range of eye-opening and inspirational evening classes, weekend courses, events and services. ‘Students’ are encouraged to re-evaluate their lives, consider thought processes and shrug off cloaks of self-doubt, for good.
This collective of great minds combines wit and wisdom in sessions such as ‘How to make a difference’ and ‘How to be Cool’. The Sunday ‘sermons’, in particular, border on the evangelical! Past speakers include Ruby Wax on Loving Your Ego and Sam Roddick on Seduction.
Gift vouchers can be used as payment towards any classes or services offered by The School of Life. With an enticing 2011 schedule, it’s worth recommending that your lucky loved one books online as soon as possible.