Discovering Hidden Treasures at Concept Y

I had a noodle about at the Concept Y Store in tucked away in Soho’s Farrier’s Passage.

This cosy shop stocks a range of affordable, design led pieces from around the globe.

Drake + Cock Heart Jumpers
Perfect to satisfy your Drake Addiction. Cockheart jumper, £55, available in-store.

 

Tea Time Earrings by
Time for Tea with a side of Cutlery.  Earrings Handmade in Birmingham by Bug.

 

<3 The stiching deets. T-Shirt, £38 by Wiino,
❤ The stiching deets. Scissor Tee, £38 by Wiino.

 

The only reason you'd want it to rain - to show off your duck swag.   Original Duckhead Brolly's, £22.
The only reason you’d want it to rain – to show off your duck swag.   Original Duckhead Brolly’s, £22.

 

Swoon Earrings by
Swoon. Swallow Earrings, £160, by Roz Buehrlen

 

Couldn’t resist trying on this sassy vegan leather jacket by W.S.Studio.

 

I had a chat with the lovely Laura who runs the shop plus she picks her fave pieces.

  • You mentioned the Cock Heart jumper is really popular, why do you think it’s struck a chord with shoppers? 

Laura: Yes Cockheart is super popular. Fashion can be taken really seriously, so Cockheart is lighthearted and refreshing for people to see. Also, I guess lots of people heart cocks!

  • Are today’s shoppers interested in whether brands or pieces are ethically made or eco-friendly?

Laura: I think customers are definitely more aware of ethical fashion and the impact it has on our planet, industries, people etc. Although I do think there is a long long way to go and people should be more interested in the story behind the products they’re buying!

  • Following on, of the brands you currently stock which are best suited to ethical and eco conscious shoppers?

Barocco Jewellery – Real London nuts and blackberries all cast in England.

MT Label Jewellery – Made out of recycled materials.

Laura’s Faves 

 

  • Yoshi purses! Real leather and handmade in England(in-store only)

So there’s jewellery made from real nuts, duck brolly’s and cockheart jumpers, plus some ethical bits and bobs too.

What more could you want?

Soho Store

57A Brewer Street

London

W1F 9UL

https://www.conceptstore-y.com/

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2017 Easy Green Changes: Tips To Ditch Fast Fashion

ETHICAL UNICORN

If you’re looking to live a greener 2017, one of the most eco-conscious changes you can make is a reshuffle of your attitudes towards fashion, consumerism and secondhand clothing. I stepped away from fast fashion a year ago, and I haven’t looked back since.

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to climate change, second only to oil. ACTUAL OIL. A lot of this is because supply chains are long with many components; and often these components involve underpaid, sometimes underage, workers in terrible conditions. And then let’s talk about waste, as Greenpeace points out

‘400 billion square meters of textiles are produced annually, of which 60 billion square meters are left on the cutting room floor. Each year over 80 billion pieces of clothing are produced worldwide, and after its short lifespan, three out of four garments will end up in landfills…

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Music: Spring King Live Review + Q&A

Spring King played at Bedford Esquires last month, yes it was epic, you can read my review here. 

I chatted to frontman Tarek Musa about the new album Tell Me If You Like To, learned 3 easy Polish phrases and found out about surreal tour happenings.

Priya

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#breakthestigma

 

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Image via Let’s Be Open About Mental Health Facebook

In this month’s edition of The Bedford Clanger, we teamed up with the #breakthestigma campaign.

We took over Bedford town centre and asked locals to share messages to break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Have a look at a slideshow of the day here and read about it in the May issue of the Bedford Clanger.

What would you write, to #breakthestigma?

Priya

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