Showing posts with label conscious fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label conscious fashion. Show all posts

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Conscious Shopping Tips





We've made a commitment to conscious fashion ethically made with a zero waste ethos.




Trends come and go, we consume at rates which are harmful to the environment. Yet there is more that we can do to stop waste and shop ethically. Discover more brands committed to change like ourselves on our shop unique selection, here























When buying an item of clothing, there are so many things to consider. It’s useful to ask yourself questions, like is it an investment classic or a short-lived trend? Do you really need it? Will you wear it just a handful of times or does it have longevity? 





Conscious shopping guide. 

All of these are important to consider before you purchase any item. You can learn more in our conscious shopping guide.




CARE, REPAIR, RE-WEAR


Make loved clothes last by giving them the real care that they need. How you wash, store and care for your clothing makes all the difference. Check out our some simple tips here

  


Changing our spending habits, rather than trying to overhaul your whole wardrobe, why not invest in a handful of key pieces that will last the test of time.






Sincerely Madia & Matilda 



 

Friday, 30 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas Gift Guide

Still in need of Christmas gift inspiration? 



The Madia & Matilda gift guide is brimming with ideas for your loved ones this festive season, we hope that we can inspire you to celebrate a sustainable Christmas this year!



For the fashion conscious:


1. Victoria Jacket

Our Victoria jacket is the perfect gift for your loved one this Christmas. This soft tweed blazer is an ideal item for smartening up any outfit and suitable for any time of year – from chilly summer evenings to autumn/winter layering. Click here to buy.




2. Anabel Top
Why not treat someone to this super soft jersey top this festive season. Featuring a round neckline and flared sleeves, you can choose from grey, pink or blue stripes so you’re sure to find the perfect match for that special someone. Click here to buy.


3. Jungle Dress

Give someone the gift of a New Years party outfit this Christmas. This one shoulder chiffon dress is the perfect forest green number for any party this season. Click here to buy.

4. Rae Jacket
Ideal for layering up on chillier days or adding some glamour to an everyday outfit – Our silver Rae jacket features delicate flower embellishment and is the perfect gift this Christmas. Click here to buy.

5. Raphielle Top
Why not gift a friend or family member our gorgeous Raphielle strap top this winter? Featuring a contrast velvet panel and satin body, this top is sure to stun at any festive party this season. Click here to buy.


6. Bobble Hat
Whether you’re shopping for you mum, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, friend or college this Christmas, we’ve got you covered with our range of bobble hats. With a choice of two different designs and six colours you’re sure to find the perfect match for your loved one this winter. Click here to buy.


7. Hettie Bags
Treat someone special to our range of Hettie bags this Christmas. Whether you’re looking for a handbag, clutch or cosmetics bag look no further than Madia & Matilda – we’ve got a selection of gorgeous bags in various colours to make gift buying simple this year. Click here to buy.



For the stationery obsessed:


1. Washi Tape
Whether your buying washi tape to decorate your gifts and Christmas cards this year or buying it for a stationery obsessed friend, it’s a great gift. Choose from our selection of metallic or festive themed tapes to make the perfect stationery gift box this Christmas. Click here to buy.


2. Pencil Case
Know someone who needs to get organised? Why not help them out with our sustainable pencil case? Made from a rose-coloured cotton with a polka dot print, this will make the perfect gift for any age. Great for using at work, school or just tidying up your desk at home. Click here to buy.


4. Cards
Our beautiful range of handmade scrabble letter cards make the perfect for someone who loves giving. With a range of birthday, Valentines and Christmas cards to choose from, send these cards alongside your gifts or treat a stationery lover this Christmas. Click here to buy.


5. Paper Clips
Perfect for any stationery enthusiast, these gold and copper paper clips are sure to add some glamour to boring paperwork. If gold and copper aren’t to your liking, we also stock silver scissor clips. These quirky hashtag clips make a perfect gift alongside any of our other stationery items. Click here to buy.


6. Pocket Mirror
Not necessarily an item of stationery but perfect for those who love collecting small items. Ideal for touch-ups on the go, this metal mirror features a tropical leaf print. Why not gift our pocket mirror alongside some of her favourite makeup items for a super sweet Christmas present? Click here to buy.



For the homeware lovers:


1. Coasters
Know someone who loves a classy cocktail or can’t be without a cuppa? Why not treat them to our stylish coasters, choose from dipped concrete or hammered rose gold for a practical yet chic gift. Click here to buy.


2. Trio of Succulents
It’s no lie, everyone loves house plants and succulents. Placed on shelves or a windowsill or as the table centrepiece, why not treat your special someone to our trio of succulents this Christmas. Click here to buy.


3. Hexagonal Wall Mirror
Part of our new Madia & Matilda home range made in the UK, this gorgeous rose gold hexagonal wall mirror is perfect for decorating any wall in the house. Gift your friends or family to this simple elegant mirror this Christmas. Click here to buy.


4. Hoogly Tea
Everyone knows a tea lover, so why not treat them to our range of Hoogly teas. Whether they like their tea green, black or white, or they like trying more adventurous flavours like liquorice and lavender you’re sure to find the perfect gift at Madia & Matilda. Click here to buy.


5. Tray of House Plants
If you want to give more than one person a succulent this year as a part of their present, why not buy our tray of house plants. Perfect for adding your own touch with personalised pots or as part of a gift hamper they’re sure to make someone's day. Click here to buy.















Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Sunday, 4 November 2018

We Care: Stain Saving

We Care: Stain Saving


An average of £12.5 billion worth of clothing in thrown into landfills in the UK every year.

Over half of Brits throw clothing away that could have been recycled or donated and many underestimate the actual number of wearable items they are binning. Many of the items that end up in landfill are thrown out simply because of a stain that didn't come out in the first wash.



Vanish produced a survey and revealed some shocking results:
Incredibly almost a third of Brits admitted to putting the item in the washing machine without any stain removal treatment. When the stain didn't come out immediately, they threw it away. A quarter never even attempted to remove the stain!

To read the full survey and for further information click here.




How many times have you spilled a drink or been splashed with oil while cooking?


It's a frustrating but inevitable part of life but it doesn't always mean the end of the line for your clothes. With some simple know-how and a little bit of science you can tackle almost any stain and restore your clothes to their former glory.


The three simple techniques that are vital to saving your garments:



  1. Don't Delay
    • The quicker you tackle the stain the more likely you are to save your item. Remember the longer a stain sits the harder it will be to remove!
  2. Don't Rub
    • Rubbing will only push the offending substance deeper into the fibers. Instead, try dabbing, blotting or scraping.
  3. Stay Out of Hot Water
    • Avoid hot water at all costs! Once the stain is exposed to the heat it will set into the fibers of your garment. Wash the piece in cool or warm water until the stain is completely gone. There are some exceptions to this rule though.


The Sciencey Part

Removing a stain is as simple as a little bit of chemistry. Once you know what the stain is made up of it's easy to counteract. 

Tannin stains (tea, coffee, wine or juice) - Tannin is a natural vegetable dye found in plants such as grapes. These stains can be tougher to remove if they are hot beverages or mixed with other ingredients such as cream, milk or sugar. To remove tannin stains try vinegar, an enzyme cleaner or sodium perborate (a more gentle form of bleach safe to use on clothes).

Oil and fat stains - Both vegetable and animal fat stains can be tricky to get rid of, the best thing to do is blot as much of the oil away as soon as the stain appears. Getting rid of the excess oil will stop too much of it penetrating deep into the fibers of your clothes. For the best results, try using a powered product, like cornflour, baking soda or talc, to soak it up.

Ink or blood stains - When dried, ballpoint pen ink is one of the most notorious stains to remove. Place an old towel or cloth behind the garment and blot the stain with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or even hairspray, any alcohol solvent will do the trick to dissolve the oil based stain. If the stain is caused by a roller-ball pen, the water based stain can be removed by soaking the garment in milk.

Make-up stains - Have you ever hugged someone and left your makeup on their shirt? Don't worry we've all been there at some point. Luckily it's not too difficult to remove! Using some household dish washing liquid to break down the grease. After an initial hand wash with the dish soap, wash the garment as usual and it should be as good as new.




Hopefully, with these helpful tips and tricks, you can save some of your favourite items from your wardrobe.


If you try any of them out, let us know on social media!















Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Shop Unique - Brands Feature - GraphyX


Graphyx - Brand Feature


1. Can you tell us a little more about the brand?


GraphyX Design Forum is on a mission to get art into the forefront of everybody’s everyday living. Art, like poetry, music or theatre... aren’t necessary for survival. But it’s what connects us all to each other as the human tribe. We are connected through the expression and appreciation of the arts. Without that connection - why both surviving at all? 

And the world is our canvas! We think art should be affordable. In liberating a piece of art from its frame in a gallery, and placing it on everyday useful items such as bags and t-shirts, it becomes accessible for consumers to own, and artists to produce.

We also think art should be sustainable. There’s little point in anything without a planet to live on... so all of our tshirts are 100% organic cotton, fair trade and manufactured using only wind and solar energy. 

We use vegetable oil based inks, rather than mineral oil based ones on our fabric and paper prints. 

We also use recycled paper for our paper products. We use only biodegradable packaging such as recycled paper and bio-plastics (where we have to). 



2.How do you make your products?


Our original illustrations are designed by our co-founder Raphy Mendoza. We are also in the process of taking on guest artists - our vision is that GraphyX becomes a real platform for independent artists to be able to show and sell their work. 

The designs are usually first made on paper, and later digitised for screen printing - that’s what gives it a clean yet hand-drawn style! 

Then we outsource the printing to a local printer based in Frome, and they’re printed on recycled paper or EarthPostive garments. 




3.What inspires you?


Anything and everything. ‘Oranges and Limes’ was inspired by a nightmare, in which I was colour blind and everything was in sepia. I had to make mojitos for 1,000 people, but I couldn’t tell the difference between oranges and limes because I couldn’t see colour.



4.Where do you make the product and what does sustainability or making a quality British product mean to you?


See above. 

I didn’t actually set out to explicitly set up an ethical business. As an artist, I just wanted to get my work out there. But as soon as I started thinking about materials, it just didn’t make sense not to make everything as sustainable as possible. The process really woke me up to the responsibility I have not just as a consumer, but as a designer. 

As a designer, I get to choose how my things are made, and I have to think about where they end up. At that point, it was no longer a choice to be sustainable. It’s just human decency. 





Sharks Tote Bag

6. Favourite place to relax?


Beach! Plus beer. 



7. In the future what do you plan to make next?


We have a few designs in the pipeline incorporating some quotes from poets and people we like, that really resonates with our ethos and mission. 

And some new design by new guest artists! 





Cut Sheep T-Shirt


8. What do you think about sustainability and how does it impact your business?


See above. It makes production a little bit more expensive, and it takes a bit of personal investment to look for a supplier who really satisfies your criteria. But it’s what it is :). 



9. What do you like about collaborating with Madia & Matilda?


I really enjoy seeing what gets paired up with our products! And just knowing that there’s a big movement out there towards a more conscious and responsible way of doing business, and that were a part of it! 








Sincerely Madia & Matilda