10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
First things first, how did
Fashion Revolution start? Do you know about the Rana Plaza factory disaster? The Fashion Revolution movement began in the wake of Rana Plaza, which is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history. When the 8 story factory collapsed, it killed 1138 people and injured another 2500 injured – most of whom young women. The factory was manufacturing clothing for many the global brands that we all know, and sometimes love.
1. No One Should Die For Fashion. The Rana Plaza tragedy revealed to the world the reality of human exploitation involved in the fashion industry. Just a day before the disaster, workers had complained about huge cracks in the building but were told they would not be paid if they didn’t turn up to work in the morning.
2. The Human Side of Fashion. Inhumane hours and dollar-a-day wages are pervasive across the garment-manufacturing industry. In Guangdong, China, for instance, young women work more than 150 hours each month, with no contract and no access to social insurance. Read Garment Worker Diaries here.
3. Kids at work: It is estimated that 168 million child labourers are involved in the garment manufacturing industry. This means that millions of children are both exploited and denied a childhood because of the West’s appetite for fast fashion.
4. Fast fashion costs the Earth: The fashion industry is grossly polluting. We have seen rivers stripped of fish and filled with microfibres, harmful chemicals, dyes and toxic waste. While on land much of the cotton produced to make our shirts have been grown with pesticides that poison both the earth and the farmers who grow it.
5. How much water is in our clothes? Water consumption is part of what makes the production of fast fashion so unsustainable. It takes 6000 litres to make a single pair of jeans and a T-shirt. It is estimated that the average American owns 8.3 pair of jeans alone. Think of the water consumption involved. And that’s not even taking into account the water we use to wash them over and over again.
6. Carbon Footprint: Our clothes account for around 3% of global CO2 emissions. A single product can travel across two or even three continents before arriving at your local high street.
7. What does Fashion Revolution stand for? Fashion Revolution is a global resistance movement calling for a safer, fairer, cleaner fashion industry. Fashion Revolution asks the big players in the fashion industry to take responsibility, to conserve and restore our environment as well as giving people, especially women, a voice. It demands the fashion industry to provide dignity in work is the standard and not an exception.
8. Who is Fashion Revolution? First and foremost they are pro-fashion protesters. If you want your clothes to make you feel proud
9. Brands are beginning to listen. Since the movement exploded in 2013, thousands of brands have published factory lists. More than 1,3000 factories have been inspected and 1.8 million garment workers have received factory safety information. Working conditions are improving and some wages are increasing too. The Bangladesh government has delivered a 77% increase in the minimum wage to $68 per month for garment workers (still far from the living wage).
10. There is still so much to be done. While brands may sign up to every accord going, set up recycling initiatives and pledge to use better cotton when it comes to the crunch, they still want to make more clothes – and cheaper.
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
5 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
1. Write to your MP. Did you know that 235 million items get thrown away every year in the UK? Ask your government or local authority for more ways to recycle & repair old clothes and shoes!
2. Join other campaigns. There are a lot of organisations focused on raising awareness about the true costs of fast fashion, you can help by following their campaigns, joining the discussion and heading to events with friends!
4. Demand transparency! Ask your favourite brands “Who made my clothes?” Get to know where your clothes come from, who made them and how. If you have doubts about particular aspects of their supply chain be sure to ask about it. Email your fav brand here.
5. Look at the label – it will tell you more than you might expect. Get knowledgable about your clothes – what materials they are made from? By whom? How far has your garment travelled to be with you here, now?
5. Support your local. Buy from local brands that are passionate about sustainability. You can bet those guys are working hard to make a change, even if it’s just at a local level! #smallisbeautiful
5 WAYS TO SHOP THAT DON’T COST THE EARTH.
1. Buy Sustainably: As a small lingerie business committed to ethical production, we know that clothes can be made with great care for people & the environment. We’re delighted to be featured on Revival Collective’s Ethical Map of Brighton. You can download the map right here!
2. Swap it & Love it! Ever tried a clothes swap? This is literally the best way to spend a free afternoon with your friends. It’s the fashion lover’s ultimate feel-good activity allowing you to get rid of unwanted items (often for me it’s the things that I love, but
3. Rent: If you can’t afford the latest trends but love the idea of Designer – this (relatively new) option is for you! You can rent your fav item, wear it and love it, and return it once you’re done. Fancy renting? Check these guys out: oprent.com / wearthewalk.co.uk / higher.studio
4. Go charity shopping: We all love a bargain right?! Shopping at a charity shops does good on many levels – it won’t hurt your wallet, the money you do spend goes to charity, plus you get to find a bit of treasure that might otherwise end up in landfill!
5. Buy vintage: Vintage fashion – it’s all the rage, and for good reason. Often vintage finds come with exquisite tailoring and stunning detail, and you’ll probably notice the quality of the fabric is way better than the stuff in your high street too!
For more about How to Be A Fashion Revolutionary – we love the Fashion Revolution resource guide!
Fanny Beckman is an incredible portrait photographer and writer who uses her creative work to explore feminist activism – and has worked on projects exploring dance, domestic violence towards women, ethical fashion and mental health struggles. Her most recent work is a body positivity photo series ‘Women of My Generation’ where she took portraits of a variety of different women in their underwear in their bedrooms. This was recently displayed at an exhibition at Brighton Dome for Brighton International Women’s Day, accompanied by a short talk about her project. All the women featured responded to a call out she did on social media and were made up of a combination of her friends and also people she had never met before.
What is special about Fanny’s work is that not only does she capture raw portraits – through a combination of her gentle presence, gift of getting people to open up and dedication to empowering women through the set up of her shots she is able to build trust with anyone she meets and create powerful imagery of women, often in vulnerable positions, that truly reflects the beautiful and often raw and honest conversation that goes along with it.
Can you explain your inspiration for your body positivity ‘Women of My Generation’ exhibition? And what was the message you hoped to convey to women looking at these beautiful photos?
Was it easy to find women to volunteer to have their pictures taken in their underwear? What do you think convinced each of these women to go for it?
Without mentioning any names, do you think any of the women you photographed find it to be a transformational experience do you think? If so could you tell us a bit more…
As a woman yourself, what is your relationship with your body and body positivity?
I know you are very interested in questioning gender roles and combining photography with feminist activism. Can you tell us a bit more about previous projects you’ve been engaged in?
What is next, have you got anything exciting projects coming up that we should know about?
I am planning to extend my latest project since I still have a list of women to take photos off. I am currently trying to find galleries and art venues where I can display my photos. I really like the combination of exhibition and having a longer talk about the issue, and would love to do more of that.
And finally, we’ve been thinking about the ‘female gaze’ – considering how female photographers look at women and women’s bodies differently to the usual ‘male gaze’. Do you agree?
This is a really interesting observation, and I am very glad that you noticed a difference – thank you! The male gaze is very present in most media, and unfortunately, it is not only men who take photos from this perspective. We are all so used to seeing typical “male” and “female” poses, as well as different angles and lights being used for different sexes. It takes a lot of time and education to start seeing these patterns, but once you do it is impossible to ignore them. The fact that I am a woman taking photos of another woman doesn’t necessarily remove all the stereotypes and sexualisation. Women are very much affected by what is considered desirable, just as men. However, as previously mentioned I am constantly questioning gender roles, I have studied loads of advertisement throughout the years, both by looking at photos (private at home or at school/university). This has helped me to identify the underlying structural norms which create and recreates sexism, and therefore have had a massive influence on me developing as a Photographer. For example, I would never take photos of a woman in her underwear from above. The bird perspective has been used for centuries to objectify women, make them look smaller and ready to seduce the viewer. Instead, I take photos from slightly underneath her torso, to make her look more powerful and confident. It doesn’t only affect the final result of the photo, but also the dynamic during the shoot. I don’t want to stand above these girls, I sit on the floor admiring all these inspiring women who give me their time. You are incredible.
Join our Body Positive #youbeyou campaign
Have you spotted our #youbeyou campaign over on Instagram? We are practising what we preach & celebrating all the wonderful bodies in our community! Follow us on Instagram @brightonlace to see the campaign and how you can get involved.
Valentine’s Day – ‘Love Letter To My Lacies’
A Valentine’s declaration of love and adoration to my favourite lingerie inspired by Lydia Higginson for Fashion Revolution
I love you. A lot. I know that I don’t express this enough or show you the appreciation and care you deserve as often as I should. However, this Valentine’s day I thought that it was about time I stopped taking you for granted and told you how I really feel in a love letter, crafted from the bottom of my heart.
To start with I just want to say thank you for always being there for me. When I wake up in the morning, open up my undies drawer and see your deep red lace gazing up at me my heart fills with joy. Thank you for providing me with a little celebration every day!
My Valentine – handmade lace lingerie that compliments my body, my eyes and my skin; always making me feel amazing no matter what the occasion. Whether I’m lazing about in my lacies on the sofa or I’m dressed up in my matching bralette and knicker set for a special occasion, you’re always there cheering me on, providing me with the gentle support I need.
I always smile when I think back to the story of when we first met. That moment when I first saw you, looking so delicate, hanging on the rail at @flockbrighton, eager for us to meet. I fell for your exquisite floral motif, unlike any lace I’d seen before. From that first fleeting glance, I knew I had to make you mine. It was love at first sight…
The more I found out about you, the deeper I fell. You are a vintage remnant lace from the British fashion industry – full of stories, memories and incredible experiences. You really were and still are one of a kind. I heard that red is difficult to dye, but your shade is perfect. I breathed new life into you, introducing you to my favourite wardrobe staples, and you have continued to inspire my personal style, a muse feeding my creativity.
Our relationship flew by in a blur the way only true love does. Next thing I knew, it was the evening before my wedding day, and there you were, a special lace set – handmade just for me. Your vibrant red lace was a daring choice, but whilst I nervously awaited the moment I was to walk down the aisle, I felt so good with your gentle support, close to my skin. That day, you made my heart sing and you continue to do so every day.
You are caring and comfortable – forever being the backbone of my underwear collection. A matching set that appreciates and celebrates my body just as it is, not trying to mould me into something I’m not with uncomfortable seams or wires. I could never ask for anything more from my underwear, you’re truly perfect.
Thank you for the memories that have become interwoven into your beautiful lace. No matter what the future holds, I will love and cherish you forever and always.
We’d love to hear your love letters to your lacies! It’s so easy to take our clothing for granted, especially when it comes to our underwear. Here at Brighton Lace, we felt that it was about time we all started showing our favourite lingerie some love! They are with us in our most intimate moments, through the monotonous work days into the exciting parties and encounters. Our lacies are special, full of memories and have the power to make us feel a million dollars. This is why we love our new Instagram hashtag #feelgoodundies because that’s exactly what they are!
Now that all the Christmas festivities have well and truly passed, and the winter chills seem to be indefinitely creeping in (for England at least!), it’s more important than ever to practice self-care and look after your mental and physical well-being.
January is naturally a slower time of year, and it needs to be like this because you can bet that by the time Spring arrives we’ll all be out and about being busy bunnies. As I write this I’m remembering that it’s okay to be quieter! I don’t need to ‘push’ myself to be productive, particularly after our super busy Christmas period! I’m making a promise to myself to take the time every day to be kind, to re-charge and to do some of those things that always get pushed to the side when things seem hectic.
Here are 7 of our favourite ways to practice self-care.
#1 Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness
Three things we should try and fit into every day. Yoga and meditation are the perfect act of self-care to start or end your day. They help you to transition into and out of work mode by allowing your body gentle movement and your mind to focus and relax. We also love using apps like Headspace, Calm or Insight Timer during a busy day for those moments when you need to disconnect and reset yourself. We also love the website Bright.
Because our lacies are made to be comfortable and to fit your natural body shape you don’t even need to take them off to do your favourite yoga routine – see the lovely Anna De Sousa as a shining example. If you’re new to Yoga and don’t have the time or confidence to attend a class, why not give YouTube Yogi Yoga with Adriene for a spot to bedroom Yoga practice.
#2 Get a good night’s sleep
Making sure you are getting enough sleep is essential to your mental and physical well-being and is one of the most important acts of self-care. We all need a lot more sleep in the winter and when the evenings are getting dark so early, our beds have never seemed so inviting.
Now the weather is getting a bit too cool to sleep in our lace sets, we love snuggling up in our luxuriously cosy lace vests. They came in a rainbow of colours, all manufactured in the UK and hand-dyed by us.
Our vests are so versatile – they are seamless and made from a soft stretchy diamond knit fabric. As well as being worn as loungewear or pyjamas, they can also be worn as a vest to layer over, or as a top in their own right. You get the feeling of not having to leave your pyjamas but still looking stylish and presentable.
If sleep is something you struggle with, we also recommend using sleep masks to help block out the light (watch this space for our new ones, launching with our sleepwear collection next month!). Add a few drops of aromatic Lavender or Chamomile essential oil to your pillow in order to have the optimal nights rest.
#3 Taking the time to relax
Prioritise ‘me’ time! Remember that doing relaxing activities is essential to help keep us more energised, motivated and positive.
Whether that’s taking a scented bath with your favourite music or podcast on in the background, reading a new book, doing a craft activity or taking some time to practise journalling it’s important to take some time in the evenings to unwind and relax after a busy day.
3 of our favourite podcasts to listen to while you relax include:
#1 One Girl Band – A podcast for female entrepreneurs and creatives who work for and by themselves, hosted by the wonderful Lola Hoad. This podcast is filled with real, truthful insights into running a small business and pep of purposeful and practical advice.
#2 Late Night Woman’s Hour – this late night sister to Woman’s Hour is hosted by Lauren Laverne and guests and is a frank, funny and intimate panel discussion discussing various topical themes.
#3 The Guilty Feminist – Comedian, Deborah Frances-White presents this hilarious comedy podcast alongside brilliant guests and a live audience discussing topics “all 21st-century feminists agree on” whilst confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles.
Or you’re after more of a chilled vibe, try our latest playlist Sunday Mornings.
#4 Practising Hygge
Hygge, pronounced ‘Hoo-ga’ is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfort that evokes feelings of wellness and contentment, helping you tackle SAD and get through the winter blues.
Meik Wiking who has written The Little Book of Hygge, explains: ‘Danes are aware of the decoupling between wealth and wellbeing. After our basic needs are met, more money doesn’t lead to more happiness and, instead, Danes are good at focusing on what brings them a better quality of life.’.
The essentials of making your home more Hygge are creating a warming atmosphere with candles, cosy blankets, a big jumper, warm socks, fairy lights and a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Try it out and see what you think!
#5 Get creative
We love crafting as this is a great way to practice mindfulness. It allows us to use a different part of our brain to achieve something beautiful. Let go of stresses and anxieties and just breathe, decorate, scribble and embrace lose yourself in the creative process.
We’ve compiled a board on Pinterest called Create – it’s full of little crafty projects for quiet evenings and weekends. From DIY terrariums to flower pressing and Wabi Sabi Japanese-style mending – there’s loads of lovely ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
#6 Fresh air and exercise
When it’s cold outside it’s tempting to want to stay inside, but there is nothing like fresh air to leave us feeling calmer and re-connected. Nature is a big inspiration and influence on our design process here at Brighton Lace. We love taking in the salty air on cold beachside mornings and stomping up Sussex cliffs to watch the sunset.
Being out in nature with the wind rushing in our hair makes us feel alive, helps us gain perspective and be appreciative of the world around us. Also getting your body moving, blood pumping and endorphins rushing is so important for our physical and mental health.
#7 Eating well
Food and the making of it is definitely an act of self-care, and one we greatly enjoy. We love big batch cooking in winter and cosying up on the sofa in our fluffiest jumper with a big steaming bowl of goodness. Our favourites are the Yummly Crockpot Lentil Soup, Deliciously Ella’s Simple Tomato and Mushroom Pasta and this Whisk Affair Tofu Red Thai Curry.
Eating delicious warm meals in winter that are nutrient-rich help boost your immune system. When a meal is hot it requires less energy to digest and aids gut health. Big batch dishes like the ones above are full of vitamins and minerals and are easy to make and heat up throughout the week – and ideal for tomorrow’s lunchbox too!
Good food not only feeds your body, but it also feeds the soul and leaves you feeling nourished and fulfilled.
You must all know by now how passionate we are about the magic of small independent businesses – we really like to shout it from the rooftops at every opportunity and Christmas is a golden one.
To give you some inspiration we’ve put together a Brighton Lace Gift Guide including products from some of our favourite small businesses run by gorgeous women who make equally gorgeous items – from luxurious vegan candles to hand-made clothing, all of which are perfect for gifts.
As well as their top Christmas present picks we’ve also included a little about them and why they like us are passionate about shopping small.
We hope you enjoy and are inspired to ditch the high street and choose special, unique gifts from independent makers this Christmas.
Tell us a bit about Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Hummingbird Hawkmoth is an ethical jewellery brand. Every piece is made by hand using recycled silver where possible. All of our packaging is made from recycled paper and card and is totally plastic free and biodegradable.
Where are you based?
I’m based in Brighton at Rodhus studios. This is a huge space with over 30 different artists and makers. I happily share a workshop with 4 other super jewellers.
Where can we find you?
The majority of our products are made to order (this means we can custom make to your size/specifications if need be!) and may be purchased via Etsy. I do also take part in markets and events throughout Brighton, Lewes and beyond.
What makes Hummingbird Hawkmoth the perfect Christmas gift?
Our pieces are super lovely presents for several reasons. Our jewellery is beautiful, handmade and ethical. Recycled sterling silver jewellery will last a lifetime and hence can make a very special and lasting gift for your Mum, wife, daughter or friend.
Why should everyone shop small this Christmas?
I’m a total convert to shopping small and local! It’s just a win/win situation. You know you’re supporting a small business and enhancing your local economy. By buying handmade you are championing creativity and enterprise. And you are gifting your loved ones with an item that is unique and made with the utmost care.
Here are Hummingbird Hawkmoth’s top Christmas present picks…
Lotus Petal Hoops
These are one of my very first designs. They were born out of a special play session.. And hence I love to make them and I love to wear them too!
These are available in two sizes, medium and large.
These are made from recycled sterling silver and are available in either a high shine or soft matt finish.
Prices start from £45 including free UK delivery.
Circle stud earrings
My simple circle stud earrings are made from recycled sterling silver and are a lovely comfortable and classic earring.
They’re available in either a high shine (seen here) or soft matt finish.
They cost £25 and this includes free UK shipping.
Lotus Flower Pendant
This is a new design and is one of my favourites! Again, made from recycled sterling and on a sterling silver trace chain.
This can come with a crystal point or unadorned.
Prices from £65 including UK postage.
Tell us a bit more about STALF
We hand make our super-simple easy wear. We choose not to design for mass-production or wholesale, instead we hand make small quantities of each of our garments to order, and send them straight to our customer. This means that each piece is unique and special, we get to know familiar names, the people who support us season after season. Our process is personal and unique.The design and manufacturing process is something to be valued and shared, and the way we work is something we’re very proud of. All of our products are researched, designed, hand-cut and made from scratch in small batches by us, in-house.
Where are you based?
STALF is based at the Pink Studio in Lincolnshire, UK.
How can we find you?
All available products can be purchased from our website, stalf.co.uk.
What makes STALF the perfect Christmas gift?
The beauty of STALF is that the garments really do slot into your life, whatever your circumstance!. I’d gift our pieces to almost any woman in my life, but they’re particularly good for expectant or new Mums, anyone who loves a throw-on-and-go garment, or demands a lot from their clothing!
Why should we shop small this Christmas?
Shopping small (especially at Christmas) supports a fair, sustainable fashion industry, and keeps our independent businesses alive. Consumer choices steer the course we’re all travelling on, and collectively we can engineer change through the decisions we make and ultimately where we choose to spend our hard-earned money.
Here are STALF’s top Christmas present picks…
The Cocoon Jumpsuit is our bestseller for good reason. It’s a throw on piece that works on so many levels and for almost any occasion regardless of age or season.
It can be layered over comfy tees and under slouchy knits for day, or dressed up with heels and a little sparkle for night.
The Organic Sweatshirt is another all-rounder with classic appeal.
This style has all the throw-over-anything charm of your favourite sweatshirt, but the clean shape and simplicity keep it smart.It’s the ultimate Boxing Day jumper- super cosy and comfy (size up for ultimate slouch!).
Walnut Bobble Hat
The new Dreams Collection is super special. A collection of treasures, limited editions, one-offs and small batch pieces all handmade at the pink studio.
I picked the Bobble Hat in Walnut, a soft, neutral shade that goes with everything. We’ve made our Bobble hats from the softest 100% British Wool, this is not a scratchy hat! It’s the most beautiful, handmade gift to receive on Christmas day and wear forever.
House of Scandal
Tell us a bit about House of Scandal
House Of Scandal was created by Hannah Patrick to provide elegant luxury at an accessible price. With our invigorating scents, each candle is hand poured with soy wax and blended with the highest quality fragrances. Our scents are inspired by everyday life, whether its a distant memory, a word, or that first coffee in the morning.
We wanted to create a multi sensory experience, as scent plays such an important part in our memories, providing the perfect luxury experience in interior scent.
Where you are based?
We’re based in London
Where can we find you?
Head to our website www.houseofscandal.co.uk
What makes House of Scandal the perfect Christmas gift?
The versatility of our candles are the reason why they are such a timeless gift option. We all have that one person on our list that we can never figure out what to get. Who doesn’t want a gift that they can use over and over?
Why should we shop small this Christmas?
Small businesses strive to survive and one of the biggest advantages they have over big retailers is the ability to provide a more personable experience. So why not cause some scandal this Christmas?
Here are Scandal’s top Christmas present picks…
Trophy Wife in Rockstud Rose Gold
This statement piece for your home is the definition of interior scent. With its stunning rock studded container you’ll be drawn in by its intoxicating blend of Ginger, Patchouli, Jasmine and sandalwood.
Seductive Secrets in Diamond Chrome
Who doesn’t love a secret? Scented with Lotus Blossom and Jasmine.
Bad Girls Club
Meet our Bad Girls Club members, this wooden wick duo is available in a Gold Cloche scented with Playful Peony or a Purple Small Cloche scented with Damson Plum & Dark Rose.
Available as a set or sold individually.
Emperor’s Old Clothes
Tell us a bit about The Emperor’s Old Clothes
We’re dedicated to sustainable fashion working exclusively with vintage fabrics & end-of-roll remnants which would otherwise find their way to landfill. This also means that when you buy a new item of clothing you are adding another chapter to the story of each beautiful cloth.
Where are you based?
Every item is handmade by our all-female team in our cosy Brighton studio. Packed to the rafters with beautiful vintage fabrics this is where the magic happens!
We’re passionate about ethical business. This isn’t simply about products and supply chains, it’s about the people behind the brand. Every member of our team is paid the living wage and gets the opportunity to develop their creative & technical skills in our friendly Brighton studio.
Where can we find you?
You can find our latest range of one of a kind clothing + accessories in our online boutique. You can visit us at Flock boutique in Brighton or you can visit one of our other stockists: Godiva Boutique in Edinburgh and Poot Emporium in Frome, Somerset.
We offer design your own + bespoke services so customers can book to visit us for fittings and consultations.
What makes The Emperor’s Old Clothes the perfect Christmas present?
Our pouches, bags, and purses make great gifts for all ages. Lots of people buy them as gifts for their loved ones because they fall in love with the one of a kind patterns + prints.
Why should we shop small this Christmas?
We’re so passionate about shopping small! There are so many benefits to choosing to shop small + independent over the high street. Supporting small businesses helps to boost the local economy, creates more local jobs, it often means supporting innovation + sustainability and we’re sure you’ve heard the phrase that every time you shop small an actual person does a dance!
Most of all you get far more originality for your money! By shopping small you can treat your loved ones to something truly unique that they will treasure.
Here are Emperor’s Old Clothes top Christmas present picks…
Our travel pouches are a firm favourite with customers young + old. They come in three sizes: laptop cases (13″ or 15″), tablet cases (perfect for ipad fans) + small travel pouches.
Each one has a gold zip and quilted padded interior for extra protection. The outer fabric is handpicked from our range of vintage / end of roll fabric collection.
Our pouch collection is perfect for keeping your valuables safe in your bag or suitcase, or double up as clutch bags to add a pop of colour or texture to an outfit. We recommend using them for laptops, tablets etc but our customers have told us they use them for everything including make-up bags, pencil cases and sewing kits!
Need somewhere to keep those precious pennies? This beautiful handmade coin purse is the perfect gift for those who like to travel in style.
Lovingly hand sewn from scratch this gorgeous coin purse comes with an antique gold metal clasp.
Our clasp handbags have a brown leather style shoulder strap and fastens with an antique gold metal clasp.
This beautiful handmade handbag is the perfect gift for those with a love of vintage fabrics and styles who are always on the move.
Hearts and Guns
Tell us a bit about Hearts and Guns
Hearts and Guns create unique pieces of clothing from beautiful vintage and limited edition fabrics with a contemporary feel. Focussing on fabrics such as lace and antique embroidery we repurpose forgotten textiles so that they can live on in fresh pieces of clothing.
Where are you based?
All our pieces are handmade in Brighton.
Where can we find you?
You can buy our pieces via our Etsy shop, at Flock in Brighton or from Poot Emporium in Frome.
What makes Hearts and Guns the perfect Christmas present?
Our pieces are the ideal gift for the free-spirited women in your life who are fans of one-off and completely unique items of clothing.
Why should we shop small this Christmas?
You should shop small because it is so much more personal. You are dealing directly with someone who has poured their heart and soul into creating unique items just for you!
Silver Moon Sweater
Oversized and slouchy, perfect for those chilly winter days or as part of your PJ set. Created completely from repurposed fabrics.
Cropped Vintage Tweed Jacket
This jacket fits up to size 12. This stunning piece with its sheepskin collar is perfect for layering your winter wardrobe and adding a touch of glamour to any outfit! Created from recycled fabrics.
Silk Velvet Kimono Minidress in Dusty Rose
This dress fits up to size 8, other sizes available on request. This is a perfect party piece! The amazingly luxurious fabric drapes beautifully and the dress is a real head turner! Also available in Dark Olive.
And lastly it’s us, Brighton Lace. You already know about us and our hand made lace bralettes, knickers and vests. But did you know that they are all made by hand by us here in Brighton? Our beautiful sets are perfect for the special women in your life who love colour and celebrating every day.
Here are our Christmas present picks…
Scarlet Red Longline Set
This set is a gorgeous, festive scarlet red with pink details. The longline bralette set is particularly good for winter because it gives a little more coverage than your traditional bralette.
Merlot Red Lou Lou Set
The Merlot Lou Lou Halter Set has to be one of our all-time favourite pieces in the collection. It’s a real luxury set, handmade from a stunning and soft deep red lace.
This backless vintage-inspired high-neck halter top comes with lace ties behind the neck and back, so it’s pretty sexy!
Sheer Black Lou Lou Set
This is the same as the Merlot Lou Lou – this time it’s in our stunning sheer vintage-style black lace!
We hope you’re feeling suitably inspired…
You can find out more about why we love shopping small in our blog post here. Happy gifting everyone!
P.s don’t forget small businesses often need a bit more notice to make, package and sent out your orders… so don’t leave it too late x