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Uncategorized October 31, 2014 posted by

October Roundup

October Roundup

So here we are at the end of October!  How has your month been?  For me October has been a mixed bag.  There have been a lot of fun things going on, like some lovely autumnal days out in Edinburgh (see the castle above, and St Cuthbert below), which have been great.  Edinburgh does autumn really well!

Edinburgh in autumn

On the other side of the coin my daughter has finally given up napping in the day and that has required a lot of adjustment on my behalf!  That two hour window each day has been my time to sit and write the blog and reply to emails for nearly two years, so needless to say the blog (and emails) have been on a bit of a backburner.  I’m sure I’ll find some balance soon, but for now if posting is a bit less than normal, or I’m taking really long to get back to your email, then go easy on me! ;)  I’ve also spent an inordinate amount of time and brainpower on trying to figure out our childcare situation for when my daughter turns 3 in two  months – they sure don’t make it easy (or affordable) to be a working parent!

But enough about me: here’s what’s happened on the blog this month!

Kayleigh Innes and Stephannie Hay shared their ethical style this month.  I loved the contrast between the two styles – it’s so interesting to see different people’s take on ethical style!

ethical style

I posted about some ethical women’s clothes for autumn and also some ethical men’s clothes for autumn.

clothes for autumn

And I put together a handy guide to ethical clothing companies and stores for men.  I know it’s not always easy to track down ethical clothing, especially for men, so I thought it would be useful to have all the companies I know of in one place.

ethical clothing companies

I also shared a lot of really useful posts this month: a vegetable planting calendar and guide that I’ve already gone back to several times for allotment planning.  A post on 13 unexpected uses for white vinegar.  A seriously inspiring video on the case for living simply.

Sell your crap pay your debt do what you love adam

And finally a really easy tea towel DIY that’s so eye-catching!

tea towel craft

In other news, I spent a lovely time in Largs this month with my daughter.  They’re big on vikings there:


succulent statue

This viking statue is made from succulents.  I think he’s amazing!

I was also a bit busy on Instagram this month:

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From clockwise: our last harvest from our garden / two year olds LOVE collecting conkers (so do I!) / autumn display in a local shop / and finally I checked one of my life goals off by getting to see Billy Connolly live in Edinburgh at the start of the month.  Sore sides ahoy!

And that’s us for October!  Happy Halloween everyone!  Our pumpkins are carved and we’re getting ready for a couple of fun Halloween parties!  See you tomorrow with a guide to what’s in season in November!

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    Fashion October 29, 2014 posted by

    Men’s Ethical Clothing Companies

    Men’s Ethical Clothing Companies

    Men’s ethical clothing can be a little trickier to track down than their female counterparts, but there are still lots of great shops and companies out there catering to the ethical man!  To make life as easy as possible for you I’ve put together some of my favourite options on men’s ethical clothing companies, and other outlets where you can buy men’s ethical clothing.

    This list will be ever evolving as I find more shops, so make sure you bookmark this post or add it to Pinterest and revisit it on a semi-regular basis!

    To help support running costs of the blog any links marked with a * after them are affiliate links.  These don’t affect the price you pay for items or your consumer rights, such as your right to return items – it just means I get a very tiny percentage of the sale price if you buy anything via the link, which helps cover my web hosting and things like that.

    where to buy mens ethical clothing

    I’ve broadly categorised the shops by price range to make life easy:

    Budget – £

    Beyond Retro – If you’re into vintage clothing and one-off vintage pieces then Beyond Retro say they have biggest range of men’s vintage fashion in the UK, with clothes from the 50s to the 90s.

    eBay – eBay has changed in recent years, but it is still possible to shop for secondhand clothes on a tight budget.  Filtering for secondhand clothing only and setting a maximum budget for each item are great tips for shopping ethically on a budget.  You can also find some other useful tips on my post on eBay shopping tips.

    H.O.V. – H.O.V. sell fashion-led men’s vintage clothing, with prices from £9.

    Oxfam* – Oxfam have a super collection of secondhand clothes for sale on their website, so you don’t have to spend hours wandering round charity shops.  Instead, grab a beer or a coffee and peruse their secondhand collection from the comfort of your sofa.

    Wolfe Academy – Wolfe Academy sell a large selection of Earth Positive t-shirts printed with water based inks.

    Budget – ££

    Arthur and Henry – classic shirts for the ethical man.

    Braintree Clothing* – casual organic cotton, hemp and bamboo menswear.

    Brothers We Stand – design led ethical menswear

    Cock and Bull Menswear – classic designs (think flat caps, bespoke tweed, and more) all made in the UK.

    Ethical Superstore* – a one-stop shop for a wide variety of ethical brands.

    Ethletic – Ethical Converse style trainers made from FSC certified natural rubber and FLO certified organic cotton.

    Etsy* – a wide selection of hand-made, hand-printed and vintage menswear from sellers worldwide.  If you don’t want to get stung by import duties search for shops in the UK only.

    Finisterre – focussing on ethical clothing for outdoor sports.

    Frank and Faith – stocking a wide variety of ethical menswear brands.

    Greenfibres – a small range of organic and natural fairtrade menswear which is 100% chemical free.

    Howies* – active clothing ethically made, with a focus on quality clothing that lasts.

    Katharine Hamnett – this campaigning designer sells ethically made t-shirts with a message.

    Komodo – one of the original pioneers of ethical clothing, they have a wide men’s selection.

    Liv – Liv have carefully sourced a nice selection of ethical men’s clothing.

    Lost Shapes – ethically made organic t-shirts, hand printed in Somerset.

    Monkee Genes – ethically made jeans.  Keep your eye out for amazing sales.

    People Tree* – formal and casual ethical men’s clothing.   Take 10% off full priced items with code FIBRES10!

    Rapanui – this Isle of Wight outfit focus on unique t-shirts, jumpers and hoodies.

    Rockit – a huge selection of men’s vintage clothing online.

    Silverstick – hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts and polo shirts for active lifestyles.

    The Natural Store – a wide range of ethical clothing and accessories from a variety of brands.

    The White T-Shirt Company – simple, eco-friendly ethical basics

    Veleco – the UK’s first ethical cycle clothing manufacturers.

    Yew Clothing* – ethically made sports and casual wear made from sustainable materials, such as recycled polyester.

    Zalando* – stock a wide selection of ethical mens clothing from a variety of brands, including European brands not commonly found in the UK.

    Budget – £££

    Hiut Denim – bespoke jeans, handmade in Cardigan.

    Nudie Jeans – 100% organic jeans made with sustainability in mind.  And if your Nudie jeans need mending you can pop into their London shop for a free repair service, or they can send you a repair kit free of charge.

    Traidremade – a sustainable fashion label working exclusively with high quality reclaimed textiles.

    If you know of any other men’s ethical clothing companies/stockists that you think should be included here then let me know in the comments below or drop me an email on moralfibres@gmail.com

    ps: if you like this then you might also be interested in my posts on: ethical men’s underwear and ethical menswear for autumn.

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      Fashion October 27, 2014 posted by

      Your Ethical Style – Stephannie Hay

      Your Ethical Style – Stephannie Hay

      Time for another Your Ethical Style feature!  This time, Edinburgh blogger Stephannie Hay is sharing her ethical style tips, secrets and inspiration with us.  Stephannie blogs at The Inelegant Horserider a blog about, funnily enough, horse riding, with Stephannie’s other loves of running and ethical fashion thrown in for good measure.

      horse rider

      Stephannie and her beautiful horse

      Over to Stephannie:

      Hi Stephannie, can you share with us three fun facts about you?
      I took up horse riding again about eight years ago and love it, hence the name of the blog.  I am a nervous rider and wanted the blog to help me realise how much I have achieved and it allows me to chart my highs and lows.  The blog has really helped me during my recent attack of nerves.

      I live in Edinburgh.  I adore the city – it is a beautiful place to stay and I love how small it is for a city.  I like being able to get to the country and the coast in no time at all.

      I am pretty terrible at sewing or crafting but I love trying.  Just now I am attempting to learn to knit again: it’s going slowly but it’s fun.  Oh, and my baking is very much bingo baking – sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t!

      Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?
      Probably Howies, Finisterre and People Tree.  I also like Rapanui for t-shirts, they have brilliant prints and the softest material.  Last year I took part in the Wartime Wardrobe Challenge – a year long clothes rationing challenge – and started getting into eBay again.  This year I have also been to a few clothes swaps which are good fun, especially when combined with friends and cocktails!  I also really like Totty Rocks, an Edinburgh based design duo.  They are so friendly and happily alter items to fit you perfectly.

      What’s the last ethical item that you bought?
      The last secondhand item I got was a black and white stripe top at a clothes swap a couple of weeks ago, which I love.  The last ethical item I bought was a brilliant pair of cycling chinos from Howies which have a higher waistband at the back and extra stretch making them perfect for, well, cycling!  I adore them: I wanted a pair for a while now and the fact they are smart enough for the office is even better.

      clothes swapping

      Some of Stephannie’s clothes swap finds!

      Is there anything ethical or secondhand that you are lusting over at the moment?
      A Vaute Couture Emily coat in Emerald.  One of the bloggers I follow, Jesse Anne O, introduced me to this brand and I haven’t managed to buy anything yet but I love their coats.  They look so luxurious and warm plus the colour is incredible.  Alternatively I would settle for a Finisterre padded jacket, they look so cosy and stylish – perfect for being out and about whether on horseback or not.

      Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?
      I think this top tip is probably just a top tip in general – I would say taking your time is key.  I have made so many purchasing mistakes through impulse instead of thinking if I need the item or in most cases if I love it.  Let’s face it, we all have items that we love in our wardrobe and ones that we don’t.  I think this tip is especially important at clothes swaps or second hand or vintage shopping as sometimes it can be tempting to get lots of items which you don’t need just because they are free or cheap.


      Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?
      Jodhpurs are a niche item which are hard to find ethically produced!  Joking aside I do find certain parts of sportswear tricker to source and some ethical brands I have tried have not been up to the job.  It is definitely getting better though with Ronhill, who have a pretty decent ethical policy.  Howies also have some good cycling and running gear, while Finisterre have good base layers.  And, of course, if in doubt you can patch and mend while emailing each company you like asking about their ethical policies!

      Where do you get your style inspiration from?
      A tricky question for me as I am in a bit of a style quandary at the moment, I’m not even sure I have a style!  But I like the 1920s/30s/40s style captured beautifully in the Agatha Christie Poirot series.  I also love looking at street styles, friends’ style and other bloggers style for inspiration.  I particularly enjoy Franca at Oranges and Apples (you can check out Franca’s ethical style here!), Jesse Anne O, and Katie at Sustainability in Style.

      What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?
      I have a couple of these!  Firstly I love my bright red Totty Rocks mac printed with blue ponies on the belt and collar.  I got it as a reward for achieving something important to me and it is made to measure with these huge pockets that can fit so many things in it so you don’t need a bag! The other items are kind of a set: I have my mother’s denim Chinese-style jacket and denim shirt from the 70s.  They are fabulous, worn to the softest denim and I like the fact that I have pictures of my mum in these items styled totally differently from how I wear them.

      Totty rocks mac

      Stephannie’s gorgeous Totty Rocks mac.

      What would be your ultimate thrifted find?
      Hmm this one is one for the horse riding folk, but I would to love to find some Ariat Windermere boots – perfect for riding and stomping around in.

      Finally, Stephannie, can you share three ethical style tips with us:
      Clothes swaps are brilliant fun.

      The internet is your friend for ethical shopping: people out there have often done some of the hard work for you.  See Ceri’s Ethical Fashion Blog and Ethical High Street as just two examples.

      If you can make friends with your sewing machine or even friends with someone who can use a sewing machine (in my case my mum!) it helps for fixing and altering items that you need to.  My mum managed to rescue a jumper that was attacked by moths by patching the holes with brightly coloured sequins.  It’s so simple but looks great!

      sequin jumper

      Thanks for taking part Stephannie!  You can follow Stephannie’s blog, The Inelegant Horserider, and find her on Twitter.  New to Moral Fibres?  You can also check out the other Your Ethical Style posts!

      Do you want to share your ethical style with Moral Fibres readers?  Whatever your age, sex, size, style, budget or location I’d love to feature you to show that ethical fashion is for everyone!  Get in touch via moralfibres@gmail.com to take part in Your Ethical Style!  There are no barriers to taking part – you don’t have to be a blogger to be featured!

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