Ethical Brand Directory is excited to announce the chosen brands that will join the EBD Boutique at Spirit of Christmas. 60 million Christmas presents were given last year, with almost £1 billion on the wrong presents in the UK alone. At a time where people’s values are shifting, going vegan, being sustainable, not wanting to support slave labour, buying British, supporting female-led businesses – shopping for gifts can become quite stressful. Spirit of Christmas visitors will be able to experience a different kind of shopping this year – one where they can shop based on their values and discover the empowering stories behind each brand they buy from.
Our Founder Roberta Lee said “I’m delighted to be able to present a special ‘Ethical & Sustainable Edit’ as a feature at the Spirit of Christmas which will highlight the core values of each brand and make it easier for curious shoppers who want to shop their values this year. As the chief curator of the showcase, I am keen to spread the message of a more conscious Christmas and a life less throw-away, where we respect quality, craftsmanship, people, and the planet.”
EBD doesn’t judge people for their choice of values, we are open-minded and provide options for everyone whether that’s being vegan, zero-waste or simply wanting to switch to investing in higher quality longer-lasting items made by brands that are doing ‘good’. This approach means we are able to offer a more inclusive experience that we hope Spirit of Christmas visitors will enjoy.
Our partnership with Spirit of Christmas this year is an important step for us and getting our message out there that an ethical and sustainable Christmas is for everyone – and you don’t need to compromise on luxury or style either.
ETHICAL SHOPPING MADE EASY
The team will be taking bookings for personal shopping and styling – so if you’ve got members of your family that are difficult to buy for, or want some advice on what to wear to your Christmas party this year, book an appointment by clicking on the buttons below. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
Brands Joining the line-Up
ROBERTA STYLE LEE
Roberta Lee is the founder of Roberta Style Lee an image consulting and styling business designed to help men and women to look good and feel good, from the inside out, but in a socially and environmentally conscious way. She’s also a speaker, business consultant and the founder of the Ethical Brand Directory – a place for conscious consumers to find brands that care.
The Morphbag by GSK
The Morphbag by GSK set is made up of a reversible tote, a crossbody/shoulder bag and a clutch, created to work with a woman’s lifestyle from day-to-night. Each bag is made from premium vegan-friendly leather and is available in six colour combinations: Onyx & Rose Gold, Black Forest Green & Metallic Mushroom, Deep Sea & Cloud, Blackberry & Currant, Chocolate & Pralines and Green Pepper & Mustard.
Jewelled Buddha source products that are quality, stylish wardrobe essentials designed to take you from work to play effortlessly. Handcrafted by artisans empowered by a sustainable wage, their products are solely made by hand using age-old craft techniques and using upcycled, hand-loomed, organic and vegan fabrics.
NOAH – Italian Vegan Shoes
NOAH shoes and fashion accessories maintain the same high-quality standards expected from the finest Italian handcraft, which combines tradition and innovation. NOAH is committed to responsible manufacturing that looks after the environment, animals and human health. The energy of the “Dolce Vita“, the Italian taste and the commitment to a responsible, eco-friendly development represent the “Italian Vegan Style” of NOAH.
Distinctively Me creates beautiful timeless and classic styles for the modern woman, using a made to measure business model to eliminate any excess stock through overproduction. They make everything in the UK, avoiding the need to ship across the world and pay their team a decent living wage.
From Belo is an award-winning accessory and handbag brand that uses decommissioned materials destined for landfill, such as seatbelts and plastic bottles. Every item is handmade by fairly paid artisans in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and every item sold helps to feed the homeless and in need in the same city.
The White T-shirt Co
The White T-shirt Co is about essential wardrobe staples made to last, providing women’s and menswear in classic colours, that mix, blend and layer beautifully. They even offer an enhanced Tailor Your Tee service for a perfect fit. All the companies t-shirts are GOTS verified. Verification means that, throughout the supply chain, no compromise has been made to product quality to meet the strict environmental and social standards set by the GOTS award.
Ethiqana is a social enterprise founded on the principles of ethical sourcing, sustainability & fair trade in order to bring about social parity. Their focus is to be the facilitators of opportunities for our artisan heroes so they can carry on with their earth-friendly crafts without having to worry about losing their livelihoods.
Maha Loka shares a passion for the earth and its people, along with the same high standards, morals, and values. Maha Loka embodies the aspiration to be great, do great and live great. They seek the most resourceful and imaginative materials and products. Each creation comes from someone’s hands – not just a factory line. Precious time and effort is put into each product to ensure great quality, integrity, and style.
Bare Faced Skin
Bare Faced Skin is an organic, botanical, vegan skincare range formulated to create beautiful, healthy skin. Uncomplicated, effective, time-saving products packaged in glass, providing protection from the elements and vital nutrients to your skin.
Tatum Diamond London creates luxury hand-crafted, environmentally responsible bags and accessories for people of today who care about tomorrow. They believe in slow fashion, in timeless elegance, and in pieces that reveal their character as they age. They believe in traditional production to meticulous standards, in sustainable business, in integrity in all they do. Above all, they believe in creations to be loved and cherished for generations.
Artisan and fox
Artisan and Fox sell beautiful jewellery and other handcrafted goods from around the world, supporting local artisans and ensuring they are paid fairly. They discovered heartwarming stories, and the artisans’ bright dreams for their own futures. They want you to #KnowYourArtisan on a personal level. That is why they create individualized artisan profiles for each of the makers on their site, so you too can be inspired by their stories.
Óisín (pronounced Ush-een) is a brand with sustainable and ethical integrity at its core. What this means, in practice: every garment is designed and made using eco-friendly processes, out of eco-friendly materials throughout, in a factory that ensures every worker is treated fairly. Just as ethics and sustainability are focused on within Óisín clothing, so is quality and design. Every piece is made to last with durability and lasting comfort.
Belles of London
Belles of London is an ethical and contemporary British womenswear collective, with a Made in London swing ticket! They design for real women across different ages, lifestyles and body shapes and have each designed a capsule collection of pieces they would wear, taking into consideration design, fit and fabric. Each garment is designed and manufactured at their London based factory, a genuine factory that has passed all ethical audits and also has an open-door policy where anyone can visit anytime.
Cleverstein has created a uniques shoe that has an option to switch accessories – enabling you to have lots of looks with just one core pair. They aim to achieve 4Rs in their circular life: Reduce, Regenerate, Repair, Recycle. They Reduce waste by making shoe accessories from their partner brands’ scrap, Regenerate oxygen and forestry by planting a tree for every pair they make, and they encourage shoe Repairs, you can even take your worn-out shoes back for Recycling in exchange for a discount!