We are Moving! Check Out Our New Oxfam Shop Blog

Oxfam Fashion is moving house! After 8 years of blogging here at the Oxfam Fashion Blog we’re moving to a new platform and we want you to come with us.

The Oxfam Shop Blog will not only host the preloved sustainable fashion content you know and love from the Oxfam Fashion Blog but will cover all things charity shop; from books, home and music to behind the scenes in our shops. You’ll also keep up to date with the latest news about Oxfam and opportunities for you to get involved with our mission to beat poverty worldwide. So why not check it out? Visit www.oxfam.org.uk/shop-blog

The New Oxfam Shop Blog Categories; Sustainable Fashion, Lifestyle, Shop Talk and News.

A huge thank you to all of our readers and bloggers who’ve supported us on this platform, we couldn’t have done it without you! We are so grateful to you all for sharing your passion with us and hope to see you in our new home.

Don’t forget to follow @OxfamFashion on twitter to stay up to date with the latest fashion posts from the blog.

 

 

Oxfam x Lima Lima: An Interview with ethical jewellery designer Rhiannon Hart

Meet Rhiannon Hart, founder of Lima Lima; a minimalist jewellery brand based in Bristol. Rhi hand-makes everything from her home studio and aims to use recycled materials wherever possible. We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with her for an exclusive OxfamxLimaLima jewellery collection, so I met with her in her home studio to get to know her a bit better over a coffee!

So how did you get into jewellery making?

I studied surface pattern at uni and made some acrylic wearable jewellery as part of my final piece. This later led me to do a beginner’s course in Silversmithing – I was hooked from the very first class. A second course later and I now have my own Jewellery Business! I have taught myself a lot from Youtube videos – Soham Harrison’s videos are amazing. I’m continually learning and challenging myself – next I want to take an advanced course on jewellery casting.

What inspires you?

Everything – sculptures, paintings, architecture! In particular, I love Art Deco, Bauhaus and The Memphis Group.  I am drawn to bold, geometric shapes but like to translate that into subtle, minimalist jewellery. I get inspiration wherever I go; I’m always taking photos of buildings and even weird things like drain covers! I’m forever looking at the ground!

Who is your favourite jewellery designer?

I absolutely love Annie Costello Brown. Her pieces are stunning, and the way she handcrafts each piece herself means they have an amazing textured quality to them.

Rhi working on designs in her home studio

Rhi working on designs in her home studio

Are you excited about collaborating with Oxfam?

Absolutely – I am so excited to be partnering with a company who share my values and ethics. I try to make conscious decisions at every stage of my business; part of my range is made using eco silver and my packaging is all made from recycled card. The silver is made using recycled silver jewellery and medical equipment. There really isn’t an impact on quality so really, why wouldn’t you?! I think sustainability and transparency are really on customers’ radar at the moment. People are starting to ask “What’s this made of” and
“Where is this made?”. That’s great and I want to focus on this further. Next, I’m planning to switch my brass to using factory off cuts.

Talk me through your design process.

I initially start looking at trends and art for inspiration. I then create moodboards and spend time sketching out shapes before making prototypes. Sometimes the best things come from just going straight to bending some wire and seeing what happens though!

Are you an Oxfam customer?

Yes – I  love a good Oxfam find! I have a pair of black and white checked trousers I absolutely treasure.

Do you have a go-to accessory?

I have a ring from my first collection that fits on every finger and takes me from day to night. I never leave the house without it. I also love the monstera leaf earrings from my new OxfamxLimaLima range. They’re such a great simple statement and were inspired by all my lovely houseplants!

Rhi polishing her favourite Monstera leaf earrings.

 

Rhi polishing her favourite Monstera leaf earrings.

Article by Annabel New, Online Category Buyer for Oxfam GB

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Rhi works on her designs in her home studio
Rhi works on her designs in her home studio

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Student Style Inspiration on a Budget

New home, new friends, countless societies to join; the start of university can be a little overwhelming.  In the first few weeks, it’s likely you’ll be inundated with social events; from pub crawls to fresher’s balls and film nights to the more obscure cheese and wine evenings. You’ve been told to ‘try everything’, but how are you meant to go to the first cake decorating social when it clashes with the induction for the Extreme Sports society?! 

For fashion lovers, the bigger dilemma may be, ‘what am I going to wear to all these social events?’ With a downsized wardrobe to fit into your student halls, your options may be limited. We’ve compiled a list of wardrobe staples that could help you out on those days you’re lacking student fashion inspiration.

Lectures

For many students, fashion will not be your top priority when you wake up for your first 9am lecture. Even if you do turn up dressed to perfection, by the end of the second week you’ve probably already worn your favourite outfits and you’re more likely to be rolling out of bed and finding your nearest hoodie to throw on. Here are some lecture staples that will have you looking effortlessly stylish, even when you’re not feeling so fresh!

Womens student fashion lecturewear shirt t shirt jeans bag embroidered brogues  Student mens fashion lecturewear outfit jumper graphic tee jeans trainers

It isn’t groundbreaking to tell you that jeans are a must-have, but buying preloved is a great way to get good quality designer jeans for student friendly prices. Pair with a graphic tee and some trainers or these unique embroidered brogues for an on-trend lecture look!

Nights out

Inevitably, your first few weeks at university are going to consist of a lot of nights out. Even if you don’t like clubbing, there’ll be loads of social events you can get involved with. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered!

Women's fashion night out or clubbing dresses inspiration

A shirt dress or jumpsuit can take you from day to night- if you’re going out straight from campus, just add some wedges and a clutch and you’re ready for a bar or club. Also making them the perfect staples for a spontaneous night out!

Student fashion isn’t known for being formal but it’s great to have a few options on standby for your Fresher’s ball or Christmas party. Shoe boots are ideal to dress up or down, plus they’re comfy so you’re feet won’t be in agony by the end of the night!

Most of all, university is a brand-new beginning and the perfect place to embrace your individual style!

Inspired by Tilda’s tips? Oxfam’s Online Shop has over 100,000 ways you can be yourself. Shop unique clothing here.

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Ten Reasons to Visit the Oxfam Festival Shop

Were you on of the lucky ones to bag tickets to a music festival this summer? With Latitude Festival just around the corner, you may be franticly deciding what to pack or rushing out to the high street to pick up cheap outfits, but did you know that everything you need, and plenty more besides, is waiting for you on site?

The Oxfam Festival Shop will appear at several festivals throughout the summer including Isle of Wight Festival and Glastonbury plus the upcoming Bestival, Leeds, WOMAD, Kendal Calling and Latitude. From tutus to tweed and waterproofs to wedding dresses – you’ll never know what a quick rummage will turn up.

The Oxfam Festival Shop is as much a destination as any stage, so here are 10 reasons why you need to visit it this festival season.

1. The hand-knitted ‘granny’ patchwork blankets will keep you toasty at night and can double up as picnic blankets during the day

2. You can be a sailor for a day. Or a bride, solider, country bumpkin or otherwise…

3. As well as browsing bargains, you can channel your inner designer and take part in DIY fashion workshops

4. You’re giving money to a great cause!

5. You get to meet the wonderful Oxfam staff who help pick out the stock for each festival

6. You’ll find absolute bargains – at Kendal Calling last year I found a pair of nearly-new Berghaus waterproof trousers for a fiver!

7. One Word: Vintage

8. Practice your best model pose and get papped by the Oxfam Fashion Spotters – your photo could appear on the Oxfam Fashion blog.

9. Tired clothes can be spruced up once you get home

10. Camping essentials such as sleeping bags, wellies and waterproof jackets can be picked up if you forget to bring yours with you

There you have it – not one, not two but ten reasons why the Oxfam Festival Shop needs to be on your festival programme.

By SJP