Chinti and Parker / Westland London
I just watched the nineties classic So I Married an Axe Murderer for the first time. If you haven’t seen it, I urge you to check out Mike Myers’ beatnik poetry performance from the film. Hence why my fashion and home fashion mash-up features cats and hearts this week.
Carla Colour Lind recycled sunglasses from Ethical Collection
Amour jute tote The Jacksons
also check for the jute totes on Ethical Collection & at their Portobello pop-up shop open until 30th July 2017. They have a delicious selection of Carla Colour sunglasses in store too…
Reclaimed linen top Thoreau
Vintage gold Ferragamo leather jeans from 1st dibs
Sculptures by Suki Chan from Edward Haes
Trainers LA Sportiva
One year ago I left my corporate fashion job to follow a more conscious life.
My job gave me pleasure and pain, and enabled me to buy my first home in west London. Like a secret diary, I started to blog about my journey into a more sustainable existence (shoe collection excluded), as head of PR for a shoe brand at the time…. I vowed to do-up my new home with as many old, reused and reclaimed things as possible.
One bedroom, one bathroom, one garden, one kitchen… now my walk-in wardrobe, and one woman taking her first steps into a salvage yard.
One foot in fashion, one foot in salvage, often up to my knees in reclaimed building materials, but refusing to part with my knee-high boots, whilst dancing in mud with reclaimed radiators from the roaring 20s. I started to question, are these industries really so different? Both can be intimidating, but as soon as you cross the facade, you find the heart of great stories. The reason I fell for fashion PR in the first place.
Fashion at an unsustainable pace, ticking-off trends rather than expressing personal taste left me cold compared with the storied pieces of individuality I was dressing my home with. This is when I decided that I not only needed to claim to love my fashionable life, but reclaim it.
Designing my home with reclaimed materials was a style choice as well as an ethical, environmental one. Reclaimed Woman is my attempt to find fashion and home fashions that don’t compromise ethics. A space to retrieve yourself, be real, inspired and conscious, because the examined life is worth living.