Twice a year, during the Fashion Weeks, the fashion pros travel to New York, London, Milan, and Paris. The latest trends on the runway are in the center of their attention. But there is also a lot going on beside the catwalks. Of course there are shops, pubs, and hotels in these big cities that are committed to sustainability - and the cool crowd just loves them. We would like to introduce you to our favorites.
Good News: The first completely fur-free international fashion week takes place in London: Each of the participating London Fashion Week designers (14 - 18 September) will be doing without real fur on the catwalk. It's a milestone.
Wild Food Cafe1st Floor, 14 Neal's Yeard www.wildfoodcafe.comCozy café in the pretty Neal's Yard in Covent Garden, where only vegetarian cuisine is served. Especially the raw food dishes are very popular. Tip: order the tofu-filled samurai burger or the Ayurvedic Super Salad!
Duke of Cambridge30 St. Peter's Streetwww.dukeorganic.co.ukEngland's first organic pub was opened in 1998 by Geetie Singh in northern Islington and has since enjoyed great popularity not only among its neighbors. Geetie cooks traditional British cuisine, the ingredients come exclusively from local producers, fish is only served if it's origin has been tested by the Marine Conservation Society. And the furniture is also secondhand or recycled. The perfect place for a relaxed lunch.
Hally's60 New Kings Roadwww.hallyslondon.comIn this bright, casual café in Parsons Green you feel a bit like being in a Californian beach bar. Anna Hallyday and her husband Philip Beatty only work with ingredients from organic cultivation. The Eggs Benedict on the breakfast menu are a dream; the "bottomless brunch" at the weekend is especially worth it!
Cub153 Hoxton Streetwww.lyancub.comIt couldn't be better! The restaurant in hip Hoxton is a collaboration of Drink-Wizzard and world's best bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana and the multiple award-winning chef Douglas McMaster, sustainability pioneer with his Zero-Waste-Restaurant Silo in Brighton. The cuisine is light and very vegetable-heavy, of course all ingredients come from regional and sustainable cultivation, the dishes change seasonally. Praiseworthy: even the tabletops are made of recycled yoghurt pots and were designed by a member of the team. Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 6 pm.
69b Boutique69b Broadway Marketwww.69bboutique.comGreat selection of sustainable fashion at the hip Broadway Market in Hackney. Owner Merryn Leslie used to be a stylist for i-D magazine. She sells fashion by Riyka, Indigo People, Mat & Nat, the East London label Here Today Here Tomorrow, and beauty products by Les Fleurs de Bach.
Fouchéhttps://thewearness.com/pages/foucheAfrican Handcraft meets Couture: The London jewelry label Fouché creates genuine statement pieces inspired by Art Deco architecture and African art. The collections are handmade from natural materials in Africa and completed in Europe. What prompted former Fabergé designer Claire Fouché to create her own label in 2014? "I started thinking about how I could make jewellery that would combine luxury couture with craftsmanship in a modern context," she explains. The founder found the answer in Kenya, where she has been working since 2011 for the Maisha Foundation, which promotes young talent locally.
28 - 30 Seymour Streetwww.thezettertownhouse.comA townhouse with only 24 rooms, one of the hippest hotels in town - and one of the most ecologically friendly ones. If you check in here, you will feel super comfortable from the very first second: each of the guest rooms is extremely original and personally furnished with antiques and colorful fabrics, one even has a freestanding bathtub on the terrace. The packaging of the REN products in the bathroom is naturally recyclable and does not contain parabens, phthalates, petrol, or mineral oil. The wood used in the building has been sourced from sustainable sources; all the colors used in the interiors are environmentally friendly. The Zetter is also a founding member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which helps restaurants buy from sustainable and local suppliers and advises on waste reduction, energy efficiency and fair trade. Tip: be sure to have a drink in the wonderfully eccentric "Seymours Parlour" or order the "Aunt Wilhelmina's Afternoon Tea" (double room from approx. 250 €)!
One Aldwych1 Aldwychwww.onealdwych.comThis elegant five-star hotel is a listed Edwardian building dating from 1907. Very convenient: many shops, theatres, and restaurants are within walking distance. The house, which is one of the "Leading Hotels of the World", has set itself a very ambitious environmental program: all paper, cardboard, glass, some plastics, cooking oil, light bulbs, and batteries are recycled, using a highly efficient vacuum system, 80% less water is wasted, for example, when washing up.The beauty products in the bathrooms are from "T London", a 100% natural skin and hair care range that is free of all synthetic preservatives and parabens. And: the packaging for the guest room equipment is biodegradable (double room from approx. 350 €)
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