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  • How to create an ethical bedroom in 6 easy steps

    How to create an ethical bedroom in 6 easy steps

    We made a film! The aim is to show that ethical interiors don't have to mean compromising on style. If you would like to buy, or find out more about, the items featured, they are listed below (in order of appearance):

    Striped linen duvet cover £145

    Striped linen pillow cases £40

    Organic cotton and linen cushions £39

    Cathedral screen print £35

    Stoneware beaker £9.50

    Soya wax candle jars coming soon, alternative options here

    Natural wool blanket £95

    Coffee cup £19

    All of our products are handmade in the UK by people facing social challenges. Aerende provides opportunities for marginalised makers, challenging stigma and championing a range of British homewares with beauty, utility and integrity.

    With thanks to our friends at Fleetville Films for bringing this vision to fruition. 

  • A zero-waste restaurant for homeless people, staffed by Michelin-starred chefs

    A zero-waste restaurant for homeless people, staffed by Michelin-starred chefs

    When a space is this beautiful, you know it is going to be something special. St Cuthbert's Centre – an open-door centre for marginalised adults in Earl's Court, London – is currently undergoing a transformation as part of the Evening Standard's London Food Month. From next week it will reopen as Refettorio Felix, a welcoming place for homeless and vulnerable people to come and eat a meal cooked for them by some of the world's best chefs (including the inimitable Angela Hartnett as well big names such as Jason Atherton and Daniel Boulud). They will work alongside the brilliant food waste charity The Felix Project to provide knockout meals in surroundings courtesy of StudioIlse (one of our all-time interior design favourites).

    It is with huge pleasure and pride that Aerende has been invited to supply the table linen for this project - providing employment for our refugee sewers and showcasing their work in a restaurant that has a near-perfect synergy with our own ethos of integrity, inclusion and meaningful beauty. It's been made possible by the London Linen Group and Food for Soul, the non-profit founded by Massimo Bottura (who made Osteria Francescana famous), who should both be applauded for looking at ways of doing things differently to benefit the world. For diners, while the meal will no doubt be amazing, Refettorio Felix is about more than just food, it's about the power of eating together to unite and restore both body and soul, a symbol of innovation and compassion and a true sign that someone cares. 

  • The Aerende Almanac May

    The Aerende Almanac May

    Our edit of good things for the conscious consumer is now out, albeit a few days letter than our Mayday target. The delay is a sign of all sorts of other things happening behind the scenes so bear with us; and hopefully you'll enjoy the wooden cabins, ethical yoga wear and tips to feel more positive.  We hope to be back on track next month. You can read it below. 

    goo.gl/kqVrT3

  • My Fashion Revolution week outfit

    My Fashion Revolution week outfit

    As an ethical retailer, it’s not only what I sell that counts, but how I live. So I thought you might be interested to see what I'm wearing for #fashionrevolutionweek.

    These cocoon trousers were made by Paris and her team at Stalf Studio in Lincolnshire out of cotton/linen fabric woven in Ireland. They are the comfiest trousers I’ve ever worn and are already way past the 30 wears target even though they are less than a year old. In fact, they could probably do with a wash, but in the interests of the environment I’m trying to minimise that too.

    The shoes and bag are both available on Aerende. The espadrilles are made by the brilliant ladies at Juta Shoes in London out of leather offcuts destined for landfill. Each pair provides work and opportunities for disadvantaged women and, as if that wasn’t reason enough to pick up a pair, they literally go with everything in my wardrobe. The rucksack has been made by Angela, a formerly homeless person being supported back into work by What Daisy Did in Northamptonshire. It’s made from recycled military tent fabric, so is super sturdy and will make you feel rugged. Or you could just pack your sandwiches in it and take it to work. Either way, it’s a handy thing with a heartwarming backstory.

    Knowing #whomademyclothes makes me so happy. Although I still occasionally get seduced by the high street, spending more time discovering small, independent British brands, run by people who care passionately about their materials, their production methods and the way their companies operate is so inspiring. I'd love to hear your recommendations too. Shopping with intention, whether it’s for clothes, food, or homewares, is the future.