The Conscious Collective x Jimmy Fairly Ethical Eyewear

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thical fashion has come a long way from its harem pants and cotton bucket-bag origins. From Helen Kirkham’s deconstructed “Frankenstein” sneakers, to Stella McCartney’s dreamy vegan handbag range, and the (newly-released) denim two-piece collection from Reformation, sustainable fashion has earned its place on the runway and on our high-streets.

Taking its place amongst the Chanel and Valentino shops of Paris’ 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Jimmy Fairly opened its first store in Marais back in 2012. An ethical designer eyewear brand, there are now 19 stores across France (8 of which are situated in Paris) and a growing demand for expansion overseas.

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About the brand:

Much like the US’ Warby Parker, Jimmy Fairly operates a “Buy one, Give one” system. Recognising the global healthcare epidemic that leaves over 1 billion* visually impaired individuals without access to sight, Jimmy Fairly partners with numerous charitable organisations to donate one pair of glasses for each pair purchased online or in store. This seemingly simple gift grants others access to education, work, and lifestyle opportunities from which they would otherwise be ostracised. In keeping with its ethical endeavours, all Jimmy Fairly frames are designed in Paris and are (responsibly) handmade in Italy.

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About the look:

With the ever-increasing demands of my degree, I find myself reaching for my glasses more and more frequently. Thankfully, these Jimmy Fairly’s have extended my wardrobe options when it comes to working the geek chic. The near-transparent frames have allowed for the introduction of lighter, blush colours (perfect for the upcoming spring), and inspired this masc/fem monochrome ensemble.

Glasses / Jimmy Fairly / Sold-out Helga Frame in Cristal Champagne.
Jacket / Depop.
DEFND CULTRE Patch / Afropunk.
Turtleneck / Sobeys Vintage Clothing.
Trousers / Sobeys Vintage Clothing.
(Vans / UO.)

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Elsewhere on the internet:

Instagram, Bloglovin’, Pinterest.

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*Information provided on the JimmyFairly.com/fr website.

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Autumn in the City (Thriftbook)

FOUR

18/11/17, Autumn in the City.

Zine by Grace.
Photography by Jacob.

TWO

Style me… Sustainable.

Clothing

Embroidered Zara Shirt /  Depop.

Roll Neck Sleeved Cape / Zara AW 2013 Collection.

Vintage Diesel Jeans / Depop.

RI Embroidered Backless Loafers / Depop.

ONE

“Buy Less, Choose Well, Make it Last” – Vivienne Westwood.

Accessories

Fairtrade Red Brass Earrings / Just Trade.

Vintage Gold Case Watch / Yesterday’s Glam.

Russell & Bromley Bag / Gifted AW 2015.

THREE

“Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.”

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury.

The Conscious Collective | Pangean Clothing Co.

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Introducing…

The Conscious Collective

A curation of ethically made, environmentally sound clothing, brought to you by some of the world’s most fashionable eco-freaks, hand-selected by November Meets May.

This collective aims to inform, inspire, and aid your slow fashion journey; whether you’re still shopping the high-street or a sustainability pro. From product reviews, to exclusive interviews, and first-look insights, The Conscious Collective brings you closer to the people and enterprises saving the world one-wardrobe-at-a-time.

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Series #1.
 
Pangean Clothing Co.

Location: California, USA.

Founded: 2015 by visual creators Yasha and Roxana.

Speciality: Sustainable street wear.

Vision: To "save the planet through resource-management".

Pangean Clothing Co.

I found this jacket somewhere in the depths of a street-style Pinterest board. Despite its very overt eco-message, I held my breath as I followed the link back to Pangean’s homepage. There’s no way this is going to sustainably made, I thought to myself. Even if, by some miracle, it was manufactured responsibly, I never considered the possibility that it could be vegan, too. In the midst of my mid-term meltdown, the good Lord sent me a miracle in the form of pinatex. Sweatshop-free, 100% vegan, and made-to-order right in the U.S of A, this is easily the coolest, greenest, most unique jacket I have ever owned.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the marvel that is Pinatex, the core component of this jacket is pineapples. That’s right, the skin of 16 pineapples made this soft, breathable, resistant jacket. No animals harmed (which means no walking around in the skin of another being like a caveperson), Pangean pride themselves on being 100% cruelty-free. On top of that, pinatex is a recycled material, meaning no extra land, water, or fertiliser went into its production. For more on why pinatex is the most sustainable vegan leather option, check out Emily’s (from Conservation Folks) post here: http://www.stylewise-blog.com/2017/10/is-faux-leather-really-better-eco-leather-substitutes.html.

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Aside from this biker-inspired jacket, Pangean offers a full range conscious clothing. From chakra tees, to androgynous sweat-sets, and their (ever-relevant) “police the police” line, Pangean once again proves that fashion can (and must) have a socio-political agenda. With a dedication to owning a “100% solar-powered facility” in the coming years, Pangean truly is a “Save the Planet” type of enterprise.

OOTD: Dressing for Unseasonable Weather and Visiting Home (Thrift Edit)

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I had imagined – what with it being mid-October – that I’d be well into my AW wardrobe by now. Apparently, my savouring summer lookbook worked a little too well, and I’m now longing for frosty mornings, layers, and an excuse to watch Elf. After a few misjudged outfits (sweaters in 20°-degree heat, boots in sandal-wearing weather) I’ve reverted to a transitional wardrobe, whilst the seasons play catch-up. This calls for long sleeves, versatile denim, and light, breathable fabrics.

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Thrifted Pieces: Satin Wrap Blouse – Humana Barcelona / Vintage Diesel Jeans – Depop / Vintage Gold Case Watch – Yesterday’s Glam

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I wore this outfit whilst visiting home and took advantage of the mildness by styling my satin wrap blouse as off-the-shoulder. Rolled-up sleeves not only kept me cool, but gave me an opportunity to show off my favourite vintage watch from Yesterday’s Glam. Whilst this uncharacteristically dry October may be yet another testimony to global warming’s very real, very imminent threat, these thrifted, eco-conscious pieces made me feel less guilty about savouring the unseasonable warmth.

Photography by @merlenephotography.

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September Favourites

 

 

Author’s Note…

In the usual fashion, September 2017 was a month of transition: from moving out of my childhood home and into a new apartment, to the gradual recession of my SS wardrobe, and the beginning of a new semester. Whilst I mourned the loss of summer, September was an opportunity to adjust and prepare for the oncoming season. This month, my AW wardrobe received its first ethical edit, I winter-proofed my cruelty-free beauty regime, and stocked up on autumn essentials like books and playlists. Whilst keeping expenses to a minimum, September introduced new staples to my everyday routines and marked the beginning of several new adventures.

 


 

Fashion

Yesterday's Glam Watch

Vintage Gold Case Watch from Yesterday’s Glam.

I first discovered Yesterday’s Glam at this year’s Brooklyn, NY edition of Afropunk. An emerging North Jersey based business, Yesterday’s Glam compiles the best vintage, retro, and pre-loved items into an online shop and pop-up stall. Each piece is carefully hand-picked by founder Shonel Symister and selected for its history, individuality, and flare. Whilst not the most statement accessory in my AW wardrobe, I love this watch for its delicacy and timelessness. It seamlessly transitions from casual day-time wear – like the outfit featured above – to formal evening attire. The best thing about Yesterday’s Glam? Despite being a relatively new company, they offer international shipping!

 

Handmade Just Trade Earrings from Sancho's Dress

“Just Trade” Red Brass Studs from Sancho’s Dress.

This year, I’m determined to incorporate more colour into my AW wardrobe. Not only will this make the loss of summer’s warmth and vibrancy a little easier to bear, it means I can match runway-inspired makeup – such as LFW favourite, coloured eyeliner – with everyday outfits. These bold red studs by Just Trade are a signature piece in my (growing) AW colour collection and were purchased from one of my favourite ethical clothing stores. Sancho’s Dress, located on Fore Street, Exeter, is an independent, slow fashion outlet, selling certified sustainable and fair-trade items. From vegan knitwear, to ethical underwear, and beautiful hand-made jewellery, Sancho’s Dress is an oasis for conscious consumers who believe ethics shouldn’t compromise style.

 

Armed Angels Fahion Journal Issue #1: AW.

Armed Angels Fashion Journal, Issue #1: AW.

This fashion journal by Armed Angels is possibly the most exciting release from the slow fashion industry this season (and I’m saying that having just preed Reformation’s AW collection). I picked up a copy of the newly released Issue #1 at Sancho’s Dress (for free!) and am still amazed by the content. Not only is it incredibly informative (this edition covers the ethical wool industry), the visuals are breath-taking (just take a look at their Instagram), and the modelling is uncommonly progressive. Whilst I continue to read mainstream fashion magazines, the Armed Angels journal is a refreshing alternative to fast-fashion promotion, and offers an exciting glimpse into the (aspiring) future of fashion.

 

Beauty

Kind Natured Bamboo and Sea Kelp Conditioner

Kind Natured “Love Curls” Bamboo & Sea Kelp Smoothing Conditioner.

I started wearing my hair natural around the same time that the cruelty of the beauty industry was brought to my attention. Needless to say, both transitions – from processed to natural, mainstream to cruelty-free – were made harder by the concurrence. For a while, I struggled to maintain a balance between a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle and healthy Afro-Caribbean hair. Without the use of animal-derived products – such as eggs, honey, yoghurt, etc., – my hair’s recovery was stunted and, disheartened, I found myself reaching for the GHDs. Thankfully, brands such as Kind Natured have since solved my natural hair woes. I picked up this curl-friendly conditioner in Boots after reading its “free from sulphates, parabens, and petrochemicals” label. As any natural sister (or bro) will tell you, sulphates and silicones are incredibly damaging to curly hair. Not only do Kind Natured have a “97% natural (ingredients) promise”, the company is dedicated to cruelty-free testing, and offer an impressive range of vegan products. And, if their ethos isn’t enough to convince you, Kind Natured is a far more affordable alternative to other natural haircare brands, such as Shea Moisture.

 

Lush R&B Moisturiser

“R&B” Hair Moisturiser by Lush. 

Earlier this month, I braved the odour onslaught at my local Lush to purchase the much-raved-about Veganese. After reading the ingredients list and talking to a lovely advisor, however, I came home with a generous taster pot of the R&B Hair Moisturiser instead. A denser, more oil-based treatment, this leave-in conditioner has been designed with coarse, Afro textures in mind. It left my hair feeling soft, my curls defined, and my scalp protected against the plummeting temperatures. My first Lush visit since going cruelty-free, this moisturiser isn’t just a September favourite, but a new autumn staple.

 

Books

September Favourites: Books

Swing Time by Zadie Smith.

This book was a housewarming gift from a friend of mine and, despite its mixed reception, I can’t wait for the perfect rainy day to begin it. This will be the second book by Zadie Smith I’ve been lucky enough to read – third if you count her introduction to Their Eyes Were Watching God  – and, I have to say, I’m yet to find another author who captures the mundane patterns of human existence quite so… exactly. I’m always looking for new female writers and writers of colour to add to my bookshelf; I’m hoping this will be one of many such reads this autumn/winter.

 

Candle 79 Recipe Book

The Candle 79 Cookbook.

If I had to choose a favourite moment from August’s NYC trip, the purchasing of this cookbook would be up there (no, really). Candle 79 is a deluxe, organic vegan restaurant in the Upper East Side of the City, and is home to the most p-h-e-n-o-m-e-n-a-l vegan crepes. As I sat there savouring each delicious bite, I genuinely considered saving all my money just to fly out and eat there again. Thankfully, co-owner, Joy Pierson, released a sophisticated cookbook in 2011, comprising all of the restaurant’s best tried-and-tested recipes. Their secret to the perfect vegan crepes? Keep a look out for my recreated recipe to find out!

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Savouring Summer: A Slow Fashion Lookbook to Slow Down the Seasons

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Photo Credit: Tyrice Hester

Author’s Note…

It’s almost a year to the day since the creation of my Depop page. A year ago, I scoured the depths of my wardrobe, hunting for 2012’s forgotten trends and the remnants of my brief (but intense) hipster phase. The objective was simple: scrounge together enough money so I wouldn’t have to survive my first year of university on toast sandwiches and makeshift toilet paper (napkins, newspaper, old receipts – I get it, there’s no judgement here). Although successful in my endeavour, this is no longer what comes to mind when I think of that red logo and inviting “hello, we’re open” slogan. In many ways, my ethical, slow fashion journey began with the establishment of @prettythrifty. Although the awareness predated the account, it was the accessibility to hundreds of thousands of pre-loved, vintage, and fairtrade items that really got the ball rolling. Since then, the closet clutter of others has become central to my street style, work wear, and evening outfits.

This summer has been all about statement colours, exposed shoulders, political tees, and versatile jeans; all of which I was able to find on Depop, second-hand as to not contribute to the fast fashion industry, and at a fraction of the price I would otherwise pay. Some of my Depop discoveries have gone international with me: appearing in Vogue, GQ, The Fader, Cassius, and The Daily Beast, at the 2017 edition of Afropunk, Brooklyn. With such an exciting and revolutionary season of style, I bring you this slow fashion lookbook, to savour these final summer days.

 


 

Moulin Rouge

Depop Purchases: Topshop High Neck Sleeveless Top / Block Patchwork Skirt

My style inspiration for this year’s Brooklyn, NY edition of Afropunk was predominantly afro-funk. I love funk’s 60-80s origins: from the discoid afros, bright, block colours, and too-tight trousers. Since the festival is a celebration of culture, I paired my thrifted 70s inspired skirt and red high neck top with a red beret, to honour my affection for Paris, and salute black individualism.

Photo credit: Mika Altskan and Matvey Fiks for Vogue, Mambu Bayoh for GQ, and Erik Carter for Cassius.

 

(N)ice Cream

Depop Purchases: Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeved Top / Levi’s Jeans

This look reminds me of raspberry ripple ice cream (or nice cream, for my fellow vegans). The off-the-shoulder top, purchased on Depop, has encouraged me to experiment with the colour cream; a softer, more delicate alternative to similar tops I own in white. The red and black detailing is subtle but signature, widening accessory options: I’d love to match this look with a pair of this season’s pom-pom earrings in red.

 

The Ringleader

Depop Purchases: Pastel “Ringleader” Top / Levi’s Jeans

These jeans (as seen in “(N)ice Cream”) have become my Summer 2017 holy grail. Since I live in the UK and “summer” here is synonymous with dark skies and umbrellas, there’s been ample opportunities to sport these beautiful medium-blue Levi’s. Vintage, pre-owned, and in pristine condition, these jeans are sure to make many more appearances on November Meets May! The pastel slogan tee, also thrifted, makes for a cute and playful street style, and complements my patent pink converse perfectly.

 

Summer Distress

Depop Purchases: Topshop Black Distressed Mini-Skirt / Office Sandals

Whatever the season, I am never without a pair of Birkenstock-style sandals. Whilst the newly released Vegan Micro-Fibre Arizona design remains many miles outside of my price rage, I snagged these beautiful Birkenstock replica shoes by Office on Depop for just £10.00! Possibly the most versatile sandal in my closet, I’ve been pairing these with summer staples such as a thrifted, distressed mini-skirt from Topshop, low-rise cut-offs and, of course, my mid-rise Levi’s.

 

(Bye)nary

Depop Purchases: “Raise Girls & Boys the Same Way” Graphic Tee / Levi’s Jeans / Nike Air Force 1s

As far as I’m concerned, the only casual style better than a graphic tee, is a political graphic tee. This “Raise Girls and Boys the Same Way” top is another Depop treasure and, although I’ve seen the slogan on various Pinterest boards and in Etsy boutiques, I’m yet to find a design quite so unique and (forgive my choice of words, but it is 80s inspired, after-all) funky. This feminist tee not only challenges partisan social norms, but disrupts gender binaries entirely. Who says fashion can’t have a political ambition? Alongside my recurring Levi’s Jeans, I love to pair this top with my thrifted Nike Air Force 1s; the only pair of trainers, besides Converse and Old Skool Vans, in my wardrobe.

 

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Not sponsored. All featured items were purchased by myself.