The affordable Christmas gift guide
A conscious Christmas
The Christmas season has officially begun and with it comes the stress of finding the right gift for our loved ones. I love Christmas shopping and finding the right gift for my parents or partner..however, I am aware on how challenging this can be. There is nothing worse then being stuck the day before Christmas without presents! Nonetheless, Christmas has become a synonym of shopping and over-consumption. This is why it is more and more important to shop consciously and carefully choose the right gift. This year we have curated a selection of items that will help you to make sustainable choices. Remember to take your time before purchasing and every little action we take is a step forward a conscious revolution.
1. Muun mini Castor bag
Muuñ is a collaborative brand born from a cooperative gathering of a diverse community of craftsmen’s. Designed with modern elegance in mind, Muuñ reinvents the straw bag taking Influence from Scandinavia and Japan. Crafted from 100% vegan materials, using wild straw from elephant grass combined with vegetable tanned Italian leather and handspun recycled wool, Muuñ resists the manufacturing process of today’s fashion industry putting people at the heart of their brand ethos. The Mini Castor Bouclé Bag is handmade in Georgia from wool in an oversized bouclé knit, featuring a drawstring fastening, detachable leather top handle and shoulder strap.
2. Lauren Manoogian beret
Lauren Manoogian launched her namesake ready-to-wear line crafting organic yarns and ‘antiquated’ loomed knitwear, inspired by her extensive travels, rooted in tradition, Manoogian creates intuitive collections that fuse simple silhouettes and soft, earthy colour palettes with sustainable philosophies to produce unique and honest women sweaters, tops and pants. The Beret is hand-loomed in Peru from a technical alpaca wool blend fabrication in a soft tactile weave, featuring a minimalistic design.
3. Funagata waxed canvas bag
Designed and produced by Tama Art University Sculpture graduate Kazumi Takigawa in 2012, Funagata crafts wax-finished canvas craft bags. The concept originates from the simple brown paper bag; taking its inherent aesthetic qualities and combining it with a unique design and production process resulting in a durable and unique bag based on longevity. The brand philosophy is underpinned by sustainability; hand-crafting canvas bags which are naturally dyed using tea, oolong, coffee and iron as a mordant in Takigawa’s Japan-based atelier. Balancing stiffness and suppleness, the 002 Waxed Canvas Bag is crafted from ethical, long-lasting durable cotton and finished with a wax treatment.
4. Stella McCartney cat-eye sunglasses
Like a flick of liner, cat-eye sunglasses are flattering on every face for the way they emphasize and lift your cheekbones. Stella McCartney’s take are made with slender rose gold-tone frames, and fitted with blue-washed lenses. Let the colors pop by wearing a neutral lip on your next holiday!
5. Melissa Joy Manning earrings
Melissa Joy Manning’s fine jewelry is inspired by her passion for travel, art and culture. Committed to using sustainable materials, each piece is lovingly handmade in the designer’s California studio using recycled 14-karat gold. Melissa Joy Manning named the Herkimer diamond as one of her favorite stones to work with – she loves how the unique shape reflects light so beautifully. Hand-cast from recycled 14-karat gold, these earrings thread gently through the lobe and are set with 3.30-carats of the shimmering gem. Show them off with a low-slung ponytail.
6. Wald Berlin necklace
WALD Berlin’s jewelry is inspired by founders Joyce Binneboese and Dana Roski’s travels – each piece has a connection to a different adventure. Handmade in Berlin, this ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ necklace is cast from polished gold-plated silver and strung with a real shell and two small freshwater pearls. Take your styling cue from influencers on the streets of Paris and Copenhagen, and layer it up with other chains.
7. Le Labo candle
Niche New York-based fragrance brand Le Labo hand-manufactures unique scents composed by some of the world’s finest noses. Working with raw ingredients processed in Grasse, France, each one is built around a primary natural essence. Expect high quality natural oils, soy wax candles and strikingly modern perfumes. Hand-poured in Mississippi and labeled in London’s Marylebone, Le Labo’s Santal 26 candle comes in a rustic tin that has been distressed to give it a unique aged effect. Its 100% soy wax is blended with rich essential oils and leathery notes for a subtle smokiness that is perfect for any room in your home.
8. Closed scarf
German label Closed has established itself as a brand with a high aesthetic quality. Founded in 1978, the brand has been creating timeless designs that last. While always staying true to the company’s origins and strongly relying on French imagination, Italian craftsmanship and German tradition. Today, the collections cover womenswear and menswear: from ready-to-wear and footwear to accessories – and denim of course, handmade in Italy. With modern designs that are characterized by a great attention to detail, creating effortlessly perfect looks. The Jacquard scarf , produced in Italy, is made of pure wool with „Together Closed“ lettering and twisted fringes at the ends.
9. Chinti & Parker cashmere pillow
Driven by the concept of ‘material creativity’, the Chinti & Parker uses the world’s best yarns to create collections underpinned by sophisticated textures and designs with soul. Today, Chinti & Parker’s ready-to-wear collections feature the finest cottons, softest cashmere and lightest Merinos crafted by the most respected mills across the globe. Chinti & Parker and Christmas go hand-in-hand: Cosy cashmere, starry details, joyful colours are seasonal must-haves! The 100% cashmere cushion with contrasting pom-pom detailing is the perfect christmas gift for any interiors lover.
10. Veja sneakers
Veja is a French company with a strong focus on transparency, fair trade and social and environmental responsibility. It collaborates incredibly closely with the factory that produces its sneakers to ensure the best work practices. They have acquired a cult status in such a short time period of time. This ‘Bastille’ pair boasts a wild rubber sole that’s been ethically harvested by hand from the Amazonian forest. The classic low-top shape is accented with a signature ‘V’ and a navy heel tab, making it the perfect match for tonal dresses or denim.
Text: Margaux Lombard, December 10th 2018