Mother’s Day gifts from brands to trust
Mothering Sunday is on the 26th March this year and has been celebrated in the UK Since the 16th century. It is a time for families to show their appreciation for their mothers.
This year I have asked Positive Luxury to help me put together a gift guide for Mother’s Day, Positive Luxury connect brands and consumers that care. Their mission is to inspire people to buy better and influence brands to do better. The Butterfly Mark is recognised as a guarantee of excellence across all areas of sustainability. you can find out more here: www.positiveluxury.com
I’ve also included a couple of other brands, KT Robbins ceramics, Wild and Wool, Olli Flip-Flops, Natural Spa Factory and Palava.co, who are also good brands I think you should know about = Mothers Day Gift ideas from brands to trust.
Nosouj – Basma fringe clutch – £201 ($250)
At its heart, Nosouj is a sustainable luxury brand creating handbags and accessories made from hand-spun recycled fabrics. With a respect for nature and modern design, this brand to trust bridges the gap between style and social responsibility. Just as the fibres are woven to create the ancient Dokuma fabric, the principles of environmental consciousness and luxury design come together to create Nosouj. Nosouj not only brings authentic and vibrant designs to life, but small ailing communities are given job opportunities for sustainable living, breathing new life into ancient techniques with modern design.
Preserving heritage with an exclusively handmade process, an integral part of the Nosouj message is the inherent belief that the future of fashion is a place where design and respect for Mother Earth meet. Nosouj believes that artisanship is at the root of luxury, and people are looking for brands and products that are truly differentiated. Nosouj incorporates ancient traditions in untraditional ways, creating exquisite limited edition products. The hope is that by doing so, Nosouj promotes entrepreneurship, prosperity and dignity in communities that need it most.
Only Fingers and Toes – Encore Nail Colour – £16
OF+T believes nails are the perfect canvases of expression to communicate who you are and how you feel in a simple slick of colour. Their ‘free-from’ formulas are at the heart of their philosophy, where by removing potentially toxic chemicals, they are committed to offering a nail lacquer that is kind to the body without compromising on durability or quality. Treat your mother on this special occasion, with a gorgeous shade of red good for the mind, body and soul.
Aura Soma Pegasus Parfum 75 – £85
Demonstrating the visual and non-visual energies of colour to enlighten the wearer’s mood, Pegasus Parfum is created from natural and organic ingredients only. Parfum 75 is formulated with the purest, most active natural ingredients grown on Shire Farm in the heart of Lincolnshire Wolds, free from artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Combining magenta and turquoise, this marriage of colours encourages communication from the heart and focusses on love and care, a sweet reminder perfect for Mother’s Day.
AvantAge Supreme Hydration Repair Creme – £55
Suitable for all skin types, AvantAge Supreme Hydration Repair Cream is specifically formulated to stimulate skin cell regeneration and lock in moisture. Perfect for skin in need of extra hydration, the combination of active ingredients reduces skin inflammation and redness whilst combatting wrinkles.
Flamingo Jewellery – Amethyst White Gold Drop Earrings – £1,750
Placing precious, responsibly sourced gemstones at the centre of its fine jewellery creations, Flamingo Jewellery’s Drop Earrings boast an unparalleled pair of cushion cut amethysts, boasting a rich velvet-like colour. Designed to let light permeate through freely, this is truly a one of a kind elegant pair of earrings to be worn without moderation.
Pembe Club – Kavati Necklace with Mahogany Seed pendant – £299
Creating pieces replicating the natural tusks, tooths and horns found in Africa’s wildlife, Pembe Club’s Katavi necklace is an ode to nature. Adorned with a mahogany seed pendant, this gold plated chained necklace is beautifully hand crafted using responsibly sourced materials and supports the conservation of elephants where a % of sales is donated to like-minded organisations.
Wearing Memories Ready to Wear Collection Bracelet – £180 ($220)
Chances are you remember the last time you opened a bottle of champagne, sharing such special moments create a cherished memory you want to lock away safely forever. Whether it is an anniversary, birthday, and wedding or catching up with friends and loved ones these are memories that bring joy every time you remember them.
Now you can cherish these memories forever with the exclusive champagne jewellery range, Wearing Memories, created by Australian designer Kiron Barui.
Elvis & Kresse : Yellow Overnight Bag, £275
The Elvis & Kresse Overnight bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and has a reclaimed military-grade parachute silk lining. Previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK, the hose is perfectly robust for an overnight bag.The wide mouth opening means you can get all your belongings in and out with ease.
Elvis & Kresse have been reclaiming heroic materials ever since they fell in love with London Fire Brigade’s decommissioned fire-hose. After a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives the hoses were destined for landfill. Elvis & Kresse started to rescue it in 2005 and never looked back. 50% of the profits from the fire hose range are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. More materials soon followed, as Kresse has always had an obsession with waste and likes nothing better than discovering and intercepting something new. The challenge is the same every time – what can they do to prove value, change perception, and respect these resources.
Po – Zu: Piper V Dark Brown (currently on sale £93.75)
For those moments when you need to channel Jedi/warrior strength as a mother!
Po-Zu’s most popular boot, made in traditional British woven tweed with cork heel and felt wool lining, providing great fit, warmth and cosiness for the cooler moments we all know are always a possibility in Blighty!
Po-Zu is a London-based award-winning sustainable footwear brand, launched in 2006, and currently ranked as the UK’s Number 1 Ethical Shoe Brand by The Ethical Company Organisation. The word Po-Zu stems from the Japanese ポーズ, meaning ‘to pause’. It is their mission to provide feet with unique respite from the frantic pace of busy lives, and to halt the damage that modern footwear manufacturing often causes to people and planet.
Bodas: Shadow Stripe Nightshirt, £56
Bringing a fresh feel to Mother’s Day!
Bodas were early to the concept of rarified basics. Described by journalists as understated modern chic, this is quiet luxury at its finest. Everything Bodas offers is made from the highest quality fabrics – the finest tactels and lace from France and Italy are used for lingerie, Supima cotton from the US for nightwear and luxe 8-ply cashmere from Wales for super-soft sweaters and socks. Bodas has always remained true to its principles: attention to detail and design, its unique signature colour palette and never losing sight of the end goal, which was to make products that women want to wear. The original perfect cotton basics lingerie have evolved into full, yet focused collection of exquisitely tasteful grown up ranges of lingerie, nightwear and loungewear that mix the classical and minimal.
Chartwellandg – Sleeveless Top – Breeze, £195
Chartwellandg is a pioneering British luxury resort wear brand creating handmade clothing and accessories. In a conscious move away from mass production, chartwellandg is redefining luxury resort wear – focusing on purity and minimalism to create refined, relaxed and timeless pieces with artisanal details. Hand-rolled hems, mitred corners, hand-plaited leather, silk covered buttons, and the hand-embroidered detail are all signatures of chartwellandg.
Founded by a husband and wife team who both grew up in New Zealand and have made London their home, chartwellandg was created with the desire to create a business that was rewarding in the wider sense. chartwellandg is joining the revolution. We passionately believe that luxury should be synonymous with integrity.
Handmade with washed crêpe de Chine silk, the stunning top features hand-rolled hems, with straps made from a white washed crêpe de Chine silk tie, which threads through the top and simply ties at the back, further proof of the immaculate attention to detail this brand prides itself upon.
All fabrics and materials used within the chartwellandg collection are proudly sourced and consciously constructed in Great Britain, including the accessories and signature packaging. The supply chain is compact, practices sustainable and the team are treated as part of the family. The award of the Butterfly Mark recognises chartwellandg’s devotion to producing high quality products with craftsmanship and sustainability at the heart of every step.
Age of Reason – “I will never Surrender” scarf – £196
For those moments every mother has, to help them feel defiant and strong enough to take on anything!
Age of Reason is a UK luxury print label with an emphasis on quality and longevity. Born as a scarf studio in 2011, the brand has evolved to add women’s wear and lifestyle accessories. Age of Reason produces two yearly collections and regular limited edition pieces, which are usually snapped up quickly by avid followers of the studio. Taking inspiration from literature, historical costume, punk culture and her African childhood in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Ali, the Founder, applies a quintessentially British style to her contemporary collections. These are beautiful clothes you can really live in.
In April 2014 Ali was inspired by Fashion Revolution Day to spend a year only buying clothes if she could directly meet the person who had made them. A year of interviewing designer-makers and blogging about her “No Meet No Treat” challenge lead to the creation of the Age of Reason clothing range. Ali has also worked with her founding seamstress Nicola Carr to develop “The Pin House”, a socially conscious fashion production studio in Hull, Yorkshire where the majority of her collections are made. The studio, works on high-end sampling, pattern cutting, construction and hemming. It’s part of Ali’s vision to ensure that we always know who made our clothes.
Celebrities fans include Alek Wek, Rita Ora, Daisy Lowe, Laura Mvula, Bip Ling, Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger, Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, Tracey Emin, Anastacia and a growing list of fabulous bloggers and influencers, including Mother Pukka, Dress Like a Mum, Mere Soeur, and Incredibusy, of course!
Ali’s pieces are full of so much energy and vibrance, it’s impossible not to feel the positive effects of this brand to trust.
Bronagh Holmes – Aura Fuchsia Passport holder, £156
“Our mission is to create luxurious, contemporary, hand-crafted, leather bags and accessories to make women look and feel amazing!”
Bronagh Holmes Luxury is an Irish Hand-Crafted Leather Bag and Accessories Label creating contemporary, elegant, stunning leather pieces. Specialising in Eco-leathers, suede and fish leathers, all leather bags are handmade-to-order in Ireland, reducing waste and carbon footprint.
Each leather handbag is designed and hand-crafted to order by award winning designer Bronagh Holmes, in her studio in Donegal. Bronagh only ever uses leathers which are by-products of the food industry, including fish leathers which come from sustainable fish farms and until recently were classed as a waste product.
Created out of a love of Fashion and Luxury but with a desire to make a difference and an awareness of our social and environmental responsibilities, Bronagh Holmes Luxury is working towards a more sustainable and conscious new luxury.
Natural Spa Factory Gift Box – £38
This is indulgent & calming twilight pampering in a box from Bath based Natural Spa Factory.
With Natural Spa Factory’s rose petal-infused Wild Rose body scrub, decadent warm oil massage candle – and the latest addition to their Capsule Collection – dusk ‘til dawn overnight repair oil. Flawless additions for the perfect night-time pamper.
Wild at Heart Gift Box contains Wild rose body scrub, Massage candle & a Dusk to dawn night oil.
Palava Beatrice Cap Chasing Butterflies Dress £145.95
The colourful world of Palava.co organic sustainable clothing for women and kids. Beatrice has been designed to suit a range of shapes and ages it is made from 100% organic cotton, is fully lined, has pockets in each side seam and cap sleeves.
This dress is perfect for everyday wear or dressing up with a Palava petticoat for special occasions. And matching dresses for little girls too… #matchymatchy
OLLI – Flip-Flops – Fair trade flip-flops
FAIR TRADE, Natural Rubber, and Biodegradable. Ultra comfort and Simple design all while making a difference. The perfect flip-flop – currently working towards a launch – add your Mother’s Day pledge on their kickstarter here.
Wild and Wool Needle Felted Family – £128
These adorable bunnies are made using British wool … Jacob’s Grey and Shetland Cream.
Needle felting artists Susie and Katrina’s shared passion for Britain’s natural world influences the quirky woodland creatures they craft.
Ceramic maker and plant lover, Katie hand makes the most beautiful works of practical art – Give the gift of coastal chic with this beautiful slip-cast porcelain ‘sea-foam’ bud-vase.
This vase has decorative piercings reminiscent of sea-foam. Measures 13cm high and 6cm across. A great size for a sculptural bloom or garden pickings and very instagrammable!
Part of Katie’s coastal collection and comes carefully packaged in a gift-box and is then placed in a secure posting box.
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Positive Luxury connects brands and consumers that care. The mission is to inspire people to buy better and influence brands to do better. The Butterfly Mark is recognised as a guarantee of commitment to excellence across all areas of sustainability.