An Ethical Gift Guide: The Style Maven

Full disclosure: I LOVE Christmas. Carols, presents, tree – I’m down for it all. I’m that dickhead who decorates their desk with tinsel and constantly hums “Here Comes Santa Clause” from 1st December onwards.  But while I’m the first to get festive, gift giving tends to fill me with a bit of anxiety.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore giving (and receiving) presents but I also find it very wasteful and unsustainable. So often there are presents that are bought just “to have something to unwrap” and these trinkets (although well-intentioned) are left forgotten and unused a few months on. I am guilty of this as both the giftee and gifter – it’s so hard to get people useful and thoughtful presents, especially when you’re working within a budget.

SO in the lead up to Christmas, I’m going to be posting some ethical and sustainable Christmas gift ideas for all the different people in my/your/our lives.

First up – The Style Maven

This is that girl you know who loves her labels. She inhales fashion mags and is master of the stylish selfie. She is a part-time blogger, avid online shopper and her Christmas wishlist comes straight from the pages of Vogue.

Last year you got her: the Grace Coddington Memoir

This year get her: Suno PJs and/or Sneakers

Suno is a (relatively) new and buzzy New York luxury brand that seeks out global artisans, often in remote communities, to manufacture their products. Winner of 2013 Council of Fashion Designers of America award for Women’s Wear Designer of the year, Suno has caught the eye of celebs and editors alike (Anna Wintour is a fan). So yes, it’s kind of a big deal. While most Suno items cost a gazillion dollars, these smart PJs cost under $200 and their cute printed sneakers are under $100. A perfect little taste of luxury for the fashion girl.

Care Factor: Suno is leading the way in the ethical/luxury space and so far it’s all been good news. The PJs are made locally near their New York headquarters and the sneaks are an even better story – made in Kenya with Suno fabric and recycled rubber, 15% of the cost of these babies will be donated to a wildlife reserve protecting rhinos and elephants. Hurrah!




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