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Thursday, 26 June 2008

Two for Tea at Equa

Our latest window display has come courtisy of Esther Coombs, who makes these beautiful cake stands from vintage plates and glasses that she decorates with her incredible drawings. She came to Equa last week and spent a few hours drawing a cafe sceen on our window and creating a wonderful story with our mannequins and one of her cake stands... http://www.esthercoombs.com/

Monday, 16 June 2008

June's Outfit of the Month...

This month's outfit has a distinct 70's vibe!

Hakeya Earrings by Made. Brass with recycled glass.

Royal Hide Bag by Alchem1st, Lovely soft vegetable tanned leather in a rich chocolate brown, with brass stud detailing. It has lots of compartments and is roomy enough for an A4 file or laptop. Vegans might prefer one of our bags by Matt and Nat.

White Shirt by Noir. A beautiful tailored white shirt with full sleeves gathering in at the cuff. A great new take on a classic piece.

White Vest by Alchemist. A really useful organic cotton basic. This is also good under transparent chiffon pieces such as the Alchemist pin tucked tank.

Farrah Jeans by Kuyichi. If you want a break from super skinny jeans these are perfect. A 70’s inspired cut, high waisted, loose in the leg but still tight enough round the hips to feel sexy. There is a cute denim tie at the waist but this could also be substituted for a thin belt for a sleeker look.

Beyond Skin Bella Wedges. I just love the Art Deco print on the wedge, here it peeps out under the jeans to provide interest to the outfit. The height and neutral colour of the straps lengthens the legs making these wedges great teamed with shorts or a pretty summer dress.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Florals Are Everywhere this Summer!

Our latest pieces from Annie Greenabelle are so on trend and perfect for the Summer sun (when it comes out). The Floral Party Dress, as featured in June's eco issue of Marie Claire, is due imminiently... the floral print is made from reclaimed cotton that Annie Greenabelle source. They are one of a number of ingenious designers who seek out end of rolls or off cut fabrics that other fashion designers don't want because there is not enough for a large collection... this means that these dresses are limited in number, which we at Equa think makes them even more special! The black body of the dress is made from 100% Fair Trade Foundation certified organic fair trade cotton.

Throw Away Bag Free Shopping

I never go anywhere without my Envirosax... since I was given one in my stocking last Christmas I haven't needed to use a plastic bag. I'm never caught out when I need to pick something up on my way home from work. They are great, they fold up so small they just live in your handbag so you never forget it.
In the UK we get through around 8 billion plastic bags each year, but unlike many other European countries the UK Government doesn't seem to be doing too much about it... while some supermarkets are now charging for their throw away plastic bags, it is no use unless the others have to do it too and it shouldn't be up to UK retailers to set the agenda, it should be those in power.
Judging by the popularity of our Envirosaxs at Equa and seeing the number of us walking around with our re-usable bags it seems that this is not an issue that is passing us by and so hopefully the UK will soon go the way of Ireland and enforce a charge for all throw away plastic bags.
Penny x