With protecting Mother Earth in mind, Belgravia’s charming array of independent boutiques, seasonally supplied restaurants, galleries and beauty salons (London Grace’s vegan nail polishes are an eco fave), makes thinking outside the (chocolate) box so much easier when trying to shop for consciously created, long-lasting gifts, or just experience some feel-good, quality time with your special someone. After spending some time in the area this week, here are some of my sustainable recommendations.
Known for luxury designs which combine both a strong confidence alongside a soft femininity, Anna Mason London not only offers the ultimate showstoppers, but also a consciously crafted Classics range; A collection of timeless, yet modern, day-to-day dressing solutions that fast become everyone’s ‘go to’ wardrobe favourites. I never feel more empowered or chic than when I’m wearing one of Anna’s flattering designs, and my eyes are firmly set on a black tailored suit that I know I would cherish for years.
Inspired by the Japanese concept of ‘one-mile wear,’ NRBY set out to provide women with feel-good capsule clothing, made in beautiful natural fabrics, that would take them through their busy days.Timeless shapes with an emphasis on style over fashion, this independent British brand really aims to ease any potential wardrobe (or gift) dilemmas.
There’s nothing I love more than a brand that makes one thing, and one thing PERFECTLY. Inspired by men’s tailoring, British heritage and timeless style, B-Corp certified WNU launched in 2017 and has since become the number one destination for sustainably created, effortless shirts. Their organic cotton, Tencel, recycled silk, linen and hemp shirts (each adorned with buttons made from Corozo nuts!) have recently been joined by the perfect wardrobe transitioning classic denim style I couldn’t resist.
Created by Jo Malone CBE, Jo Loves offers a highly coveted fragrance, bath and candle collection that, wrapped in their signature crisp packaging with red ribbon. Their sophisticated fragrances (‘Pomelo’ is my favourite) are now also available as ‘paintbrush perfumes,’ housed in sustainably designed fragrance sticks that also offer refillable cartridges.
The Buttery is a country-side café-restaurant in the heart of Belgravia, offering a seasonally-sourced laid-back menu, the finest London-roasted coffee from The Gentlemen Baristas, and a wine list featuring produce from some of the pre-eminent British vineyards. Its tranquil walled-garden is truly a secret oasis, and one of my favourite city sanctuaries. For brunch, I recommend the Shakshuka!
You cannot visit Belgravia without a saunter through Eccleston Yards, a leafy courtyard buzzing with entrepreneurial talent, and home to several independent shops, delicious restaurants (Wild by Tart and Atis are favourites of mine) and wellness hubs. Amie Wine’s studio (aka wine shop, gallery and bar!) is always worth visiting for a glass of their delicious pale, dry vegan rosé. I also may have self-gifted myself one (or two) bottles! For each bottle sold, Aime donate £1 to charity: water, helping to bring clean and safe drinking water to those in developing countries.