Gift Guide For Christmas: Dance the Eve Away

 
Collage Dörte Lange, Photography Johanna Ruebel, Model Rosalie@IZAIO Management

Collage Dörte Lange, Photography Johanna Ruebel, Model Rosalie@IZAIO Management

 

Christmas is coming closer and so is the end of 2016. I enjoy this time of the year as a moment of introspection, of stillness, of looking back to and reflecting upon the months that have passed. It is a good opportunity for closure as well as for sketching out new directions and dreams.

At its best, Christmas time is all lights, open fires, the scent of mulled cider, homemade cookies, window displays at Liberty's, country walks, gift wrapping and letter writing. It is the promise of being kind, caring and inclusive.

With this Christmas gift guide, it is not my intent to lure you into joining the omnipresent shopping frenzy that also rules this season. I would rather like to encourage you to invest only in clothes and objects that you truly fall in love with, that light up your day (or years to come) and that you look forward to cherishing and having around you. As to follow the wise words of William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." I have browsed the collections of many of my favourite mindful fashion brands and the following selection of high-quality pieces and responsible craftsmanship is what I deem worthy of delight and possibly magic.

 


Cosy & Chic


 
  1. Lauren Manoogian, Crown Beanie, $132: SHOP THE BEANIE Fair + Ethical | Artisanal | Eco-friendly Production: A knit beanie in White with rolled edge, 93% Alpaca, 7% polyamide. Lauren Manoogian specialises in consciously-sourced materials and collaborating with Peruvian artisans to produce unique and distinctive pieces. More about: Lauren Manoogian 2. Lou Dungate, The Esmond Geometric Cable Cashmere Blanket Scarf, £320: SHOP THE SCARF Fair + Ethical | Local Production: Generous blanket style scarf created in a geometric cable stitch from 100% pure luxury cashmere sourced from inner Mongolia, spun by a family-run mill in Italy and then knitted for Lou Dungate at the first knit factory workshop to operate in the city of London for almost 80 years. Measures: 100cm x 155cm . More about: Lou Dungate 3. Organic by John Patrick, Crop V-Neck Sweater in Camel, $288: SHOP THE SWEATER Fair + Ethical | Sustainable Materials: Cropped long sleeve, v-neck, rib knit pullover in camel cotton and cashmere blend. Ribbed neckline, cuffs and hem. Boxy fit. Pull on. 85% organic cotton, 15% cashmere. More about: Organic by John Patrick 4. Petrucha, Lou Wax Zip-up Leather Boots in Black, £330: SHOP THE BOOTS Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Sustainable Materials | Eco-friendly Production: Pure calf leather in a worn waxed finish, vegetable-tanned, two-part construction, round toe silhouette, raw-edged detailing, concealed central zip fastening, stacked leather heel and sole, made in Spain. More about: Petrucha 5. Jesse Kamm, Sailor Pant, $395: SHOP THE PANTS Fair + Ethical | Local Production: High rise sailor pant cut in 100% American cotton canvas with slightly crinkled texture. Sits at high waist, with cropped and wide leg. Button fly closure. Front on-seam horizontal pockets at hips, belt loops. More about: Jesse Kamm 6. Vitruvi, Sleep Body Oil, $38: SHOP THE OIL Fair + Ethical | All 100% Natural: Vitruvi’s sleep aromatherapy oil combines the powerful calming effects of botanicals that have been used for centuries to promote rest. Lavender, Ylang Ylang and frankincense are blended to calm the body while staying grounded and promoting positive dreaming. More about: Vitruvi 7. Fonnesbech, Avigna Coat in Dark Navy, €666: SHOP THE COAT Fair + Ethical | Local Production: 100% Merino Wool. Straight and classic silhouette, hidden buttoning at front and pockets at side. The waist belt features golden D-rings for an elegant look. More about: Fonnesbach 8. Wool and the Gang, DIY Soul Power Pants Kit, $70: SHOP THE KIT Fair + Ethical | Sustainable Materials: Knitting Kit with pattern and wool: 7 x 50g balls of WATG’s Feeling Good Yarn (Baby Alpaca 70% / Merino 7% and Nylon 23%), 1 Soul Power Pants pattern, 1 sewing needle. More about: Wool and The Gang  

 

1. Lauren Manoogian, Crown Beanie, $132: SHOP THE BEANIE
Fair + Ethical | Artisanal | Eco-friendly Production: A knit beanie in White with rolled edge, 93% Alpaca, 7% polyamide. Lauren Manoogian specialises in consciously-sourced materials and collaborating with Peruvian artisans to produce unique and distinctive pieces. More about: Lauren Manoogian

2. Lou Dungate, The Esmond Geometric Cable Cashmere Blanket Scarf, £320: SHOP THE SCARF
Fair + Ethical | Local Production: Generous blanket style scarf created in a geometric cable stitch from 100% pure luxury cashmere sourced from inner Mongolia, spun by a family-run mill in Italy and then knitted for Lou Dungate at the first knit factory workshop to operate in the city of London for almost 80 years. Measures: 100cm x 155cm . More about: Lou Dungate

3. Organic by John Patrick, Crop V-Neck Sweater in Camel, $288: SHOP THE SWEATER
Fair + Ethical | Sustainable Materials: Cropped long sleeve, v-neck, rib knit pullover in camel cotton and cashmere blend. Ribbed neckline, cuffs and hem. Boxy fit. Pull on. 85% organic cotton, 15% cashmere. More about: Organic by John Patrick

4. Petrucha, Lou Wax Zip-up Leather Boots in Black, £330: SHOP THE BOOTS
Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Sustainable Materials | Eco-friendly Production: Pure calf leather in a worn waxed finish, vegetable-tanned, two-part construction, round toe silhouette, raw-edged detailing, concealed central zip fastening, stacked leather heel and sole, made in Spain. More about: Petrucha

5. Jesse Kamm, Sailor Pant, $395: SHOP THE PANTS
Fair + Ethical | Local Production: High rise sailor pant cut in 100% American cotton canvas with slightly crinkled texture. Sits at high waist, with cropped and wide leg. Button fly closure. Front on-seam horizontal pockets at hips, belt loops. More about: Jesse Kamm

6. Vitruvi, Sleep Body Oil, $38: SHOP THE OIL
Fair + Ethical | All 100% Natural: Vitruvi’s sleep aromatherapy oil combines the powerful calming effects of botanicals that have been used for centuries to promote rest. Lavender, Ylang Ylang and frankincense are blended to calm the body while staying grounded and promoting positive dreaming. More about: Vitruvi

7. Fonnesbech, Avigna Coat in Dark Navy, €666: SHOP THE COAT
Fair + Ethical | Local Production: 100% Merino Wool. Straight and classic silhouette, hidden buttoning at front and pockets at side. The waist belt features golden D-rings for an elegant look. More about: Fonnesbach

8. Wool and the Gang, DIY Soul Power Pants Kit, $70: SHOP THE KIT
Fair + Ethical | Sustainable Materials: Knitting Kit with pattern and wool: 7 x 50g balls of WATG’s Feeling Good Yarn (Baby Alpaca 70% / Merino 7% and Nylon 23%), 1 Soul Power Pants pattern, 1 sewing needle.
More about: Wool and The Gang

 


Dance The Eve Away


  1. Coyote Negro, Doblada Earrings in Silver, $70: SHOP EARRINGS Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Artisanal: Solid sterling silver circular earring that bends under the earlobe. Lightweight and comfortable fit. All jewelry is designed by Melissa Hernández and crafted with the help of the best local jewelers in NYC and worldwide. More about: Coyote Negro 2. Toit Volant, Flore Dress, $198: SHOP THE DRESS Fair + Ethical | Local Production: A lightweight sleeveless dress in Navy. Featuring plunging neckline, rounded collar, adjustable spaghetti straps, hidden back zipper, back slit and fully lined. More about: Toit Volant 3. Ilia, Lipstick Arabian Nights, $26: SHOP THE LIPSTICK Fair + Ethical | Organic: Deep violet-burgundy berry tinted lip stain from Ilia crafted from organic ingredients to soothe the lips with a touch of color that increases in intensity when applied liberally. Deep Berry lip stain, organic ingredients, made in USA. More about: Ilia 4. Baserange, Mississippi Velour Bra and Underpants in Silver, £45 + £35: SHOP BRA / SHOP PANTS Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Sustainable Materials: Baserange works exclusively with local, family-run businesses. All materials used are free from chemicals, pesticides and toxic fertilisers. More about: Baserange 5. Baserange, Azour Dress in Dusty Blue, $385: SHOP THE DRESS Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Sustainable Materials: Long sleeve maxi length dress in soft sea foam silk satin with side slit. Round neckline, long sleeves, straight silhouette. Back zip closure. Slip on. Unlined. 100% silk. Baserange works exclusively with local, family-run businesses. All materials used are free from chemicals, pesticides and toxic fertilisers. More about: Baserange 6. Brother Vellies, Solt Sandal in Mint Satin, $375: SHOP SANDALS Fair + Ethical | Sustainable Materials: Handmade open toe mule. Satin-wrapped block heel. Gold-tone emblem at sole. Brother Vellies sources their leather from Kenyan and South African farmers, and the materials are entirely a byproduct of the edible food industry. More about: Brother Vellies  

 

1. Coyote Negro, Doblada Earrings in Silver, $70: SHOP EARRINGS
Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Artisanal: Solid sterling silver circular earring that bends under the earlobe. Lightweight and comfortable fit. All jewelry is designed by Melissa Hernández and crafted with the help of the best local jewelers in NYC and worldwide. More about: Coyote Negro

2. Toit Volant, Flore Dress, $198: SHOP THE DRESS
Fair + Ethical | Local Production: A lightweight sleeveless dress in Navy. Featuring plunging neckline, rounded collar, adjustable spaghetti straps, hidden back zipper, back slit and fully lined. More about: Toit Volant

3. Ilia, Lipstick Arabian Nights, $26: SHOP THE LIPSTICK
Fair + Ethical | Organic: Deep violet-burgundy berry tinted lip stain from Ilia crafted from organic ingredients to soothe the lips with a touch of color that increases in intensity when applied liberally. Deep Berry lip stain, organic ingredients, made in USA. More about: Ilia

4. Baserange, Mississippi Velour Bra and Underpants in Silver, £45 + £35: SHOP BRA / SHOP PANTS
Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Sustainable Materials: Baserange works exclusively with local, family-run businesses. All materials used are free from chemicals, pesticides and toxic fertilisers. More about: Baserange

5. Baserange, Azour Dress in Dusty Blue, $385: SHOP THE DRESS
Fair + Ethical | Local Production | Sustainable Materials: Long sleeve maxi length dress in soft sea foam silk satin with side slit. Round neckline, long sleeves, straight silhouette. Back zip closure. Slip on. Unlined. 100% silk. Baserange works exclusively with local, family-run businesses. All materials used are free from chemicals, pesticides and toxic fertilisers. More about: Baserange

6. Brother Vellies, Solt Sandal in Mint Satin, $375: SHOP SANDALS
Fair + Ethical | Sustainable Materials: Handmade open toe mule. Satin-wrapped block heel. Gold-tone emblem at sole. Brother Vellies sources their leather from Kenyan and South African farmers, and the materials are entirely a byproduct of the edible food industry. More about: Brother Vellies