Sunday, 2 December: Iris, our visiting angel pattern cutter, arrived for the week. Not only does Iris create new patterns from our newly dreamed up cutting principles but she’s very important at the fittings with us, helping us to bring to a finish the toiles of our other pattern cutters. So this is a week when we really concentrate on the collection. Continue reading
Two iconic British brands – Vivienne Westwood and Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics – will support the Climate Revolution during the first two weeks of January 2013. In 104 Lush shops across the UK, customers will be invited to protect the environment by signing up to the revolution.
Climate Revolution is an uprising designed by Vivienne Westwood. Participants will be invited to petition, act and protest for a more sustainable future.
Mo Constantine OBE, Co-founder of LUSH Cosmetics says,
“These are the weeks when every shop in every shopping centre across the world is screaming sales. We have chosen to propel Vivienne Westwood’s initiative – Climate Revolution – into the High Street instead. It might seem strange that the Climate Revolution is being called for by members of the beauty and fashion industry, but Vivienne is right when she says that we must begin today, because tomorrow is too late.
Both Lush and Westwood have always had invention at heart, and a certain disregard for the rules. We’re proud to make Climate Revolution our New Year’s resolution.”
Dame Vivienne Westwood says,
“I was impressed by Lush – it’s run like a family business with the earth and its people as the priority. They have over 800 shops across the world without having spent any money on advertising! I like the attention they give to the amount of packaging they use and the communities from which they source their products.
I’m excited that 2013 begins with Climate Revolution, from 104 windows on the UK’s busiest shopping streets. And it gives me hope that the High Street can help pioneer a more sustainable world.”
Hilary Jones, Ethics Director at LUSH Cosmetics, says,
“All of us – individuals, businesses, institutions and governments – need to find ways to minimise our impact so that when we are gone, the planet remains for the next generation.
Never before has a generation held sway over the very future existence of our planet and we need to face up to that and take responsibility.”
CLIMATE REVOLUTION will be hosted in Lush shops until Monday 14th January 2013
Sunday, 25 November: On the third day, he was still weak but we went to the wonderful Museo Larco. At night we caught the plane home. We should have gone to Cusco, then Machu Picchu. Cynthia and Jemma went with Dilwyn who is an experienced guide. Continue reading
The Arctic has always been a place that inspires the imagination. A great frozen ocean at the top of the world where the northern lights illuminate the sky and huge white bears swim in the icy waters is a place like no other on Earth. Continue reading
In December 2011 Azza Suleiman attended a large protest near Tahrir Square. As she started to leave, she saw a group of soldiers violently beat and strip another female protestor.
Concerned, Azza and some others tried to help carry the woman away. But the soldiers reacted violently: they beat Azza so severely that she lost consciousness. Even then they did not stop.
Their attack was so vicious it left Azza with a fractured skull and impaired memory.
In this film, made especially for Amnesty International, Vivienne speaks about how important she thinks it is to help other people just as Azza tried to do.
Join Vivienne and help Azza get justice. As part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign they are asking you to send Azza a card to let her know that she is not alone and that people all around the world are looking out for her.
Find out more at www.amnesty.org.uk/azza
Friday, 26 October: From work we biked over to Belgravia. My friend Steve’s party. Large drawing room, 30 odd people – possible to sit – servants, buffet with exquisite food, conversation: rich society people from different countries who contribute to charities, diplomats, property developers, people who buy art, artists. I talked to a man from the UN who works in Africa. A teenage Asian boy (fashionable) was introduced to me and he was so sweet, having to cope with his outrageous father – who has tried to buy (offering many thousands) some of our amazing “Man” show pieces for his personal wear.
Saturday, 27 – Tuesday, 30 October: I must now be quick with the diary. I am so busy – you will see. Therefore, not much detail except for outstanding events. Continue reading
We’ve spoken before about the documentary, Up in Smoke, about the incredible work being done by the Inga Foundation in Latin America. The farming system developed by founder, Mike Hands, over 20 years of experimentation can make the destructive slash and burn farming techniques – which contribute so heavily to rainforest destruction – a thing of the past. The ‘Guardian’ online is running the story in three sections. Please watch the first of them here – we’ll follow up with the others tomorrow and Friday.