Doing something is better than doing Nothing – M&S’s Environmental steps

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Not sure your aware but the commute into London at the moment is a real pain in the backside in many different way, but primarily, as I’m sure you’ve seen on the news, there has been a big old protest regarding Climate change. Now, as I said earlier, this has proved to be a nightmare for workers travelling in and out of Central London, however folks, let’s see the bigger picture here guys, Global climate change, isn’t something like the boogeyman or the Earth being flat. Unfortunately this is a fact and a reality of living in contemporary society. 

Part of this reality is the fact that the Fashion industry is the second biggest global polluter, only after the petrochemical industry! 

Now one brand that is actually trying to do something to combat this nightmare is M&S, yes that’s right, trusty Marks & Spencer. Firstly, Plan A is M&S’ way to help build a sustainable future by enabling customers to have a positive impact on well-being, communities and the planet through all they do. Plan A has been at the heart of their business for over 10 years and has helped redefine the role of business in society today. It has delivered 296 eco and ethical commitments and saved over £750 million through efficiencies such as using less energy, fewer transport miles and reducing packaging.

Also, Cotton production can use a lot of water and many chemicals, making costs of production high for farmers. *The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. M&S continues to work in collaboration across the industry to improve cotton practices worldwide, sharing advice and support on sustainable sourcing. This season, 100% of the cotton for their clothing fabrics is more sustainably sourced, this means thousands of farmers are supported and benefit from more sustainable practises including efficient water, pesticide and fertilizer use.

Not only this but, for Summer 2019, M&S Menswear introduces swim shorts made using recycled plastic bottles. The plastic bottles are transformed into a polyester fibre that is durable and strong, ideal for all summer activities. 20 styles are available including, fun flamingos, tropical palm prints and classic colour blocks and have been validated by the British Skin Foundation with UPF 50+ sun protection.

The recycled swimwear has been designed a part of their Plan A 2025 sustainability plan, in which we are committed to at least 25% of our clothing and home products being made with reused or recycled materials by 2025.

Sign your Name – The NEW Fragrances Signature Collection

The Signature Collection – a name originally associated with dunhill lighters, is a fragrance collection obsessive about quality and range of materials, ingredients and where each originates.

Signature materials and elements of the house are evoked, linking the fragrances to the fashion, accessories, dunhill’s past as well as its future.

The figure of the adventurer is a crucial element to these masculine fragrances as the dunhill man is not one, but many. The figure of Alfred Dunhill himself is a case in point, as a seeker of fortune in daring enterprises.

Signature Collection is a series of four distinctive fragrances inspired by the international and adventurous nature of dunhill.

INDIAN SANDALWOOD

Indian Sandalwood is the prominent, evocative focus of this scent intertwined with essence of fragrant bergamot. Middle notes of warm tree moss and patchouli allow for a full expression of the purity of sandalwood. Created under the direction of perfumer Carlos Benaim.

Signature top note: Bergamot Signature mid note: Green Tree Moss Signature dry down: Sandalwood.

MOROCCAN AMBER

Building on the idea of adventurous experiences and the trade of the spice routes, this fragrance conjures a notion of intense desirability and exquisite excess. Spicy wood and earthy notes of cardamom together with saffron, blend  with warm precious amber to create a deep and earthy scent. Created under the direction of perfumer Gino Percontino.

Signature top note: Cardamom Signature mid note: Saffron Signature dry down: Amber.

BRITISH LEATHER

A notion of liquid leather, of old-world artisanship combined with modern innovation, is at the heart of this fragrance. Evocative of harnesses and Motorities, tradition and subversion, the classically masculine Fougére is complemented and made contemporary by a contradiction of violet leaf notes. This duality of tradition and modernity is echoed in the idea of London itself, home to dunhill and the adventurous spirit of Alfred Dunhill. Created under the direction of perfumer Pierre Negrin, British Leather is contemporary, captivating and refined.

Signature top note: Bergamot Signature mid note: Violet Leaf Signature dry down: Leather Accord

ARABIAN DESERT

The oud fragrance opens with sleek notes of bergamot paired with spicy pink pepper and precious saffron. This freshness gives way to a rich and masculine combination of floral notes that concludes with precious notes of oud. Created under the direction of perfumer Alexandra Monet.

Signature top note: Pink Pepper Signature mid note: Rose Signature dry down: Oud

Weird Science – The RÆBURN Lab

RÆBURN is a British fashion label with a unique and innovative approach to creating menswear, womenswear, and accessories collections. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Christopher Raeburn became known for his re-appropriation of military fabrics and in particular for iconic outerwear created from decommissioned parachutes. The REMADE ethos still guides and influences every aspect of the RÆBURN design and development process; a RÆBURN product is defined by distinctive aesthetic, meticulous detail, considered functionality, and sustainable intelligence.

Christopher’s pioneering work had brought responsible design to a mainstream fashion audience and presents a new definition of luxury with integrity. The brand currently has stockists worldwide and has received an amazing array of media coverage nationally and internationally, reflecting an unusually balanced combination of high concept and commercial awareness.

RÆBURN is pleased to announce the official opening of it’s studio in Hackney as an experiential retail store. The opening marks the brand’s first permanent retail venture following successful tests towards the end of last year with a three month pop-up store at Coal Drops Yard.

The RÆBURN Lab offers an opportunity for visitors to browse and shop seasonal collections, archives pieces and Lab exclusives, whilst experiencing the craft first hand in the RÆMADE atelier.

The RÆBURN Lab is poignantly located in what used to be the Burberry archive where the likes of Shackleton’s exhibition material were stored and having commissioned a new bespoke fit-out allows for the store, archive and RÆMADE atelier in one open plan ever evolving space. It is also used as a platform to host a wide variety of workshops from open studio days for the local community to more advanced workshops where attendees are invited to design and make their own items using off-cuts from the atelier.

RÆBURN Lab
Studio 1, The Textile Building
29a Chatham Place
London E9 6NY

Follow the brand @Raeburn_Design and the Lab @Raeburn_Lab

6 Things you need to know about visiting a Hammam Spa

City living can take its toll on our minds and bodies, what better way to escape the stress and dramas of everyday life with a relaxing trip to a Hammam! But what is a Hammam Spa? A Hammam is a middle eastern variation of a public steam bath, the different treatments can help you leave the spa relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the day with a healthy glow!

If you want to relax, revive and re-energize without the worry of paying too much then take a visit to Hammam like, Casa Spa.

1. Natural ingredients – from the traditional black olive soap aka Savon Noir for cleansing your skin to the Ghassoul clay mud masks straight from the Atlas Mountains, Hammams only use natural ingredients in their treatments.

2. Rich in history – Hammams Have a long and rich history,Originating in Ancient Rome.They were then used in Turkey and North Africa in places like Morocco. During Victorian times Hammams became very popular across Western Europe.  With treatments like the Ghassoul Clay Mud Mask still being used today. 

3.Good for mind and body – A trip to a Hammam can help you relax and rejuvenate from the stresses of everyday life. It’s also an excellent way to start the day feeling fresh. Not only that it’s a great for your skincare and any aches and pains. 

4.Social – Swap the bar for a spa, coming to a Hammam is a great way to Social with your friends in a calm relaxing environment. Many Hammams have a relaxation room where you can partake in a cup of tea and chill out with your friends after your treatments. A trip to the spa is much healthier and cheaper than a few rounds at the bar.

5.Treatments –  many Hammam spas offer a range of other treatments as well as the traditional bath, these include traditional facials, hair treatments and massages to help you look and feel your best from the top of your head to the tip of your toes

6.Better Sleep – Thanks to the exotic steam ritual in the Hammam spa, improved sleep is another added benefit. The steam working your body up and helping you release your toxins will add in relieving anxiety and help in getting a peaceful night’s sleep.

Top 10 Sneakers of the week from laced.co.uk

Imagine a community of likeminded sneaker passion individuals all found in the one place, both buyers and sellers connected in the resale market tapping into a global demographic all looking to purchase the hottest trainers available.

Well at Laced they act as the bridge between these two communities, allowing products to cross safely and quickly between the two, where authenticity is everything and speed is critical. 

Founded in 2018, what began as a desire to improve the resale process, has now developed into a fully fledged, fully functional platform which is growing by the day. They understand the resale market can be a difficult and sometimes stressful one to navigate, the apprehension that comes with buying from anyone other than a retailer is natural, and the fear of getting ripped off or conned is something they wish to irradicate. Their specialised authentication team meticulously checks each pair that passes through Laced , so you can rest easy in the knowledge that there will be no nasty surprises when you unbox that coveted pair.

So check out below their top 10 trainers available this week.

Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan – Available from April 9th

Coinciding with the release of the animates flick Missing Link, which serves as inspiration for this unique take on the Air Max, the interestingly names Nike Air Max Susan pays homage to the film’s protagonist, matching the shoes green and plaid overlays to the tux worn by the Bigfoot-like creature. This models nickname is pulled straight from some of the film’s dialogue where Mr Link first introduces himself as “Susan”. If you know, you know. 

Nike Zoom LeBron 3 Home 2019 – Available from April 11th

We are experiencing a court shoe resurgence in 2019 and following in the footsteps of GOAT Michael Jordan, future Hall of Famer Lebron James is revamping one of his first signature silhouettes. The Re-release of 2005s Zoom LeBron III is something fans will be more than pleased to see, and no colourway for the model is more iconic than the black, white and red “Home” makeup. This shoe is nostalgic, unmistakably classic, and still holds up 14 years after its initial release.

Nike WMNS Air Max 720 Pink Rise – 11th April

Continuing the success of Nike Air Max 720 silhouette, the Pink Rise colourway drops as a women’s exclusive and combines a mostly white upper with a striking Pink full-length 720 air unit for which the model is famous. The Air Max 720 has etched itself into history as one of the defining releases of 2019 so far, and the consistent stream of new colourways to add to its ever-growing catalogue doesn’t look like it is slowing down any time soon.

Nike Air Max 98 On Air La Mezcla – Available from 13th April

The On-Air contest winner for New York, designer Gabrielle Serrano decided to take the classic Air Max 98 silhouette to paint a picture of diversity, one that she feels best represents the big apple. Contrasting skin tone like hues across the designs upper to celebrate ethnic diversity in her city, you can definitely see why Serrano’s idea stood out, aesthetically pleasing, while still telling a story, everything a creative colourway should do.

Nike Air Max 1 On Air Tokyo Maze – Available from 13th April

Emerging as the On-Air contest winner for Tokyo, designer Yuta Takuman uses the Air Max 1 silhouette as a canvas in which to paint his abstract expression of the Tokyo subway network, while the red bubble pays homage to the iconic Tokyo Tower. This design is striking, with its maze-like black and white upper taking centre stage, but not to be underestimates are the shoes supporting elements, rainbow laces, and red air bubble make sure this shoe will get you noticed.

Nike Air Max 97 On Air Shanghai Kaleidoscope – Available from 13th April

Inspired by the clouds in the blue skies above Shangahi shifting and dissipating to create new forms and shapes, designer Cashu Ru became one of the six winner of the Nike On-Air contest for his abstract reimagining of the Air Max 97 silhouette which sees the shoe’s upper develop in a pale sky blue complexion which white accents. The Shanghai Kaleidoscope is identifiable as being akin to its source material even without the explanation, and that is what makes this design so exceptional.

Nike Air Max 97 On Air London Summer of Love – Available from 13th April

London’s winner of the On-Air contest decides to take us on a very personal journey back to a first date experienced on Primrose Hill. Visual designer Jasmine Lasose dressed the Air Max 97 in an explosion of vibrant colours, including orange, green, blue, neon and purple hues to celebrate summer in her city, as well as the love experienced within it. This model is finished with finer details which include “97p” printed in a pattern on the wavy stripe overlay, along with “Good Chat” detailed on the pull tabs, a very personal homage to her source material.

Nike Air VapourMax Plus on Air Paris Works in Progress – Available from 13th April

Possibly the most unique of the six On-Air contest winner, designer Lou Matheron, offers us up a living breathing slice of Paris via a model inspired by images of an under-construction Parisian courthouse and the colours of the surrounding job site. Highlighted details include a buckle strap that wraps across the midfoot that features an elastic band on the tongue, followed by bolted yellow Swooshes on the outer side panes, orange/white striped insoles. This design is more of a literal representation of the pieces of the city than any of the 5 other winners, and I for one welcome the variety.

Nike Kyrie 5 Mamba Mentality – Available from 13th April

Dropping as a new rendition of Kyrie Irving’s signature silhouette, this design looks to celebrate Mamba Day 2019 with an exciting new colourway consisting of White and Cyber Green. The shoe sports neutral upper with a hint of snakeskin detailing as a nod to Kobe Bryant’s alternate ego. Finally, hits of purple and neon green, along with red speckling on the heel and midsole are applied as a tribute to the 2009 Joker-inspired “Chaos” Zoom Kobe 5.

 

Nike Air Max 87 On Air Neon Seoul – 13th April

Possibly the most coveted of the six On-Air contest winners, and hailing from Seoul designer Gwang Shin takes inspiration from his homelands national flag, and the main neon signs that illuminate the city of his residence. Covered in a matte black leather base with highlighted neon red and blue colours used across its signature wavy synthetic overlay making this model without a doubt a firm early contender for shoe of the year