As if I needed one. But, that said, I hold a special place in my heart for small companies who are trying to make a real difference. If you need a jumper, sweatshirt or some Christmas gift inspiration then check this out and feel good about the fact that your purchase is helping make someone else’s life just that little bit better.
My personal favourite is bushbells.co.uk.
They make and sell kikoys, pull-ons and beautiful men’s shirts (see photo above). I love them for beach cover ups. Their pull-ons rock that whole festival vibe for your inner hippie, personally I live in these for everything from gardening to yoga. Also worth a look is their lovely range of hand sewn dog collars and belts.
But the best thing about Bushbells is that it is essentially a fundraising tool. They have built a school in Kenya and are half way through their second. They buy books, provide children with bursaries and a much needed decent meal. All products are made in Kenya and provide work and support for a small coastal community. Seriously, what’s not to love. Have a read of their story on their website and don’t leave empty handed. bushbells.co.uk
Another company I love is Carcel. Founded by two designers, Veronica D’Souza and Louise Van Hauen. Having identified poverty as one of main reasons why many women ended up in prison in Peru, they were inspired to create Carcel. It was set up to create jobs and opportunities for the women, providing them with an income and valuable transferable skills. Carcel produces high quality, beautifully designed knitwear all made in prison and ticks most eco friendly and ethical labels I can think of. It’s available on their website and Net a Porter. Check it out, I’m loving the long sleeve uni tee. carcel.co
Orwell and Austen is a UK based knitwear company who manufacture in Nepal. Every so often they produce a particular sweater in aid of a charity. This year they have collaborated with blogger Kat Farmer and produced the “True Colours” range in aid of the National Autistic Society.
It comes in different colour ways, is made of cashmere and is selling like hot cakes. orwellandausten.co.uk.
Last but not least is Selfish Mother at the Family Store thefmlystore.com. They sell tee shirts and sweatshirts in aid of various different charities. Their Christmas range this year is being sold in aid of Save The Children and 50% of the profits go straight to the charity. Choose your message on either red or black organic cotton and don’t save it just for Christmas.