Ethical Life Store: Earth friendly goodsFrancesca Palange
Ethical Life Store is an independent women’s wear label based in Oxford, UK, established in 2009. The company is run solely by Rara Matthews whose affinity for earthy and minimalistic aesthetics are reflected in her label with each garment being worked and handmade personally by her. All products are designed and made in house as one of a kind pieces or in small batch runs. Ethical Life Store
is committed to the use of raw, organic, reclaimed and handwoven materials in its slow fashion creations while using solar power and keeping waste to a minimum. Rara’s range of vegan friendly and ayurvastra garments have been dyed traditionally and naturally with medicinal plant materials of berries, roots and leaves bringing you holistic comforts and well-being in every day wear while also taking care of the planet. Items made with animal materials are carefully sourced – using raw/peace silk, salvaged leather off cuts and end of line designer wools.
It’s definitely worthwhile having a look at her creations!
Perfect for keeping all of your little bits together within your main bag, for travel and festivals, this minimalist style zip pouch has been created from vintage handwoven linen hand dyed with herbs and minerals to earthy light shade of grey. It was made with an antiqued brass YKK zipper and brown leather pull tab on zipper and lined with natural indigo dyed cotton in deep blue. A must have!
This amazing handmade shoulder handbag/crossbody style day bag was made from vintage handwoven linen with a beautiful irregular weave which Rara has over dyed with herbs and plants to an earthy shade of jade green. Minimalist and hippie style, this simple design is ideal to keep your daily needs handy – fits purse, keys, phone, notebook or can be used for yoga, school or as an alternative camera bag. Lined with pretty batik dyed cotton in white with botanical abstract sunflower pattern in shades of green and ecru. Thick leather naturally tanned strap – fitted with two antiqued brass studs on each side. Who wouldn’t love it?
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