Ethical articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Fashion For Conservation – The Campaign To Save The Amazon Rainforest By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel was in conversation with Ava Holmes, one of the Founders of Fashion For Conservation….

Fashion For Conservation was founded by three women determined to make a positive impact on the world through conservation-inspired couture: Nazanine Afshar (Art Director at British Vogue), Dr. Samantha Zwicker (Wildlife Conservationist at Hoja Nueva) and Ava Holmes (Fashion Week Event Producer and TEDx Speaker). By combing their talents and passions to create dynamic fashion campaigns, they hope to educate consumers on animals and ecosystems, while donating funds to wildlife groups.

Their partner is the Whitley Fund For Nature (whose trustee is

Shades of Grey – Saviours of Black And White Rhino By The Luxury Channel

An award-winning conservancy in Kenya has been so successful in conserving black rhinos, it is now looking for further land to expand into. Part of its success? The local people….

Ol Pejeta is Kenya’s conservation success story and its CEO, Richard Vigne, believes its success, in part, is down to local communities. “Conservation must benefit humans. Land must be productive as well as conserving wildlife populations. Without the support of the people around us, we cannot achieve conservation on any kind of scale,” he says.

At 400km2, Ol Pejeta is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary. It is home

How Rui Xu’s Design And Innovation Took The V&A By Storm By Victoria Macmillan Bell

Wildlife, animals and endangered species are garnering more column inches than ever before thanks to the many charities and millions of supporters highlighting their plight and plugging away at reversing the declining numbers across the planet. Fashion houses have long courted furriers, whether it’s the trim of a cuff, the lining of a handbag or boot or a full-blown, floor length fur coat. Remember the PETA supporters storming the catwalks with banners reading the slogan, ‘‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur?’’

Designer Stella McCartney, conscious of her company’s ethical footprint, hasn’t used fur or leather from the beginning

Travels To My Elephant – Take Two By The Luxury Channel

This year sees another iconic adventure with Travels To My Elephant II, a 6-day, 500km journey that sees over 90 racers travel across Rajasthan from Jodphur to Jaipur in a fleet of extraordinary and eccentric vehicles that include Royal Enfield Motorbikes, Major Jeeps and vintage cars selected from the Maharaja of Jaipur’s personal collection, all in order to raise over £1 million in much-needed funds for the plight of the Asian Elephant and to pay homage to Elephant Family founder, the late Mark Shand.

This exclusive adventure has a limited 20 spaces left and is open to the public to

Chile Receives The World’s Largest Donation For Natural Parks By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel’s Fiona Sanderson talks to conservationist Kris Tompkins….

The non-profit organisation started by former Patagonia executive Kris Tompkins and her late husband, North Face and Esprit founder Douglas Tompkins, is making what it says is the largest-ever land donation by a private entity to a country. Appearing with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet on March 16th, Kris announced that Tompkins Conservation plans to hand over more than 10 million acres to the nation of Chile. The Latin American country will use the land for creating a new natural park roughly the size of Denmark.

“I will remembered

Elephant Ignite Expedition – A Journey of Courage, Love And Hope By Carla Geyser

Twenty-three months ago, I started planning an expedition that I wanted to do from South Africa to Kenya. I had heard about the current elephant poaching crisis and I knew in my heart that I couldn’t just sit back and do nothing about it. Fast forward to December 2016 and this dream has been accomplished….and wow, what an incredible journey it has been!

When sitting in Hatari Lodge in Tanzania, I looked up on the wall and there was a quote which resonated so close to my heart:

“May the shine of far-away lands be with you like a

Virunga Lodge Has Opened The Dian Fossey Map Room By The Luxury Channel

To commemorate the work and the 30th anniversary of the death of legendary conservationist Dian Fossey in 1985, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Karisoke Research Centre by Fossey in 1967, Virunga Lodge in Rwanda has opened the Dian Fossey Map Room. Facing the magical Virunga Volcanoes, the specially commissioned Map Room, designed in conjunction with Studio FH, will be an intimate space to share the legacy of Dian Fossey.

Fossey was a pioneer primatologist who worked in the Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and finally in Rwanda from 1967 to 1985.

The Ivory Trade By The World Weekly

Earlier this year, Kenya set 5% of the world’s ivory stock ablaze but the world is still a long way from eliminating the trade, as shown in the infographic below:

For further articles about wildlife protection on The World Weekly, click here.

The Animal Ball By The Luxury Channel

The Animal Ball, hosted by Elephant Family and supported by Selfridges, saw the world’s greatest fashion houses collaborate to dress beautiful creatures from all corners of British and international society. Dinners were held around the capital in advance of the ball, where animal masks (made by designers including Alice Temperley, Amanda Wakeley, Burberry, Charlotte Tilbury, Georgia Hardinge, Jimmy Choo, Matthew Williamson, Pringle of Scotland, Rui Xu and Swarovski) were given out to the 800-strong guest list, who came together later at a jungle-themed Victoria House to celebrate and protect nature’s greatest animals and masterpieces. The masked guests descended into the

A Chance For Cheetahs By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund….

How endangered are cheetahs in the wild?

It is not widely known, but the cheetah is Africa’s most endangered big cat. Since 1900, numbers have fallen by a dramatic 90% and there are now sadly fewer than 7,000 cheetahs left in the wild.

What are the reasons for this decline?

The cheetah faces many threats, such as habitat loss, human/wildlife conflict and climate change. Cheetah skins and bones are trafficked for traditional Chinese medicines or fashion. However, a little-known threat to the survival of the fastest mammal

The Race To Save The Cheetah By The Luxury Channel

The fastest animals on earth are quickly going to become the fastest animals to disappear, unless we can act now to save them, says Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Famous for their speed and agility, cheetahs are now one of Africa’s most endangered big cats. Their numbers have declined by 90% over the past 100 years, dropping from 100,000 to less than 10,000 today.

Cheetah Conservation Fund was founded in 1990, and is the first and longest-running organisation dedicated to saving the cheetah. With a unique approach that addresses the needs of both people and

The Sky In The Eyes By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel speaks to couture fashion designer Rui Xu, who designed masks for Elephant Family’s Animal Ball….

Why have you chosen to support the Elephant Family charity and the Asian elephant with your work?

We still have Asian elephants in China in the very south of the Yunnan province, bordering Burma and Laos, and they are a protected species in China. The Asian elephant is very gentle, and has always been the intimate connection between humans and nature. But nowadays, people have not only invaded their homeland, but also exploited them, detested them, and abused them. During the

Rui Xu – Making A Stand For Wildlife At The Animal Ball By The Luxury Channel

Following on from her successful exhibition Beauty On Fire – For Zaha at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (in memory of her friend and muse – the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid), Chinese fashion designer Rui Xu is firmly cementing her position as a leading designer in the UK. Rui’s most recent project was creating a series of unique animal masks to highlight the plight of wildlife for Elephant Family, whose Royal Presidents are HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The masks were displayed at the V&A Museum (where Rui’s Xianggui fashion work is already a part

Nadja Swarovski – Power And Positive Luxury By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel interviews Nadja Swarovski about the launch of the new Homeware Collection, the work undertaken by the Swarovski Foundation and her message for young people going into business….

You recently launched a new Swarovski homeware collection at Salone del Mobile – what is unique about it?

The unique thing about our Atelier Swarovski Home collection is that we have encouraged designers to mix crystals with other materials. We are currently using a mixture of marble and rose quartz which is cut in Austria with crystal. I believe the combination of the two materials really celebrates each material

Travels To My Elephant By The Luxury Channel

This November, David Alexander, CEO of Alexander Associates Group will be racing prominent figures including Owen Wilson, Stephen Fry and TRH Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York across India, in support of Elephant Family.

Travels To My Elephant is a colourful rally raising funds to help save Asia’s forgotten elephants from extinction. The event will see a fleet of 30 tuk tuks race across India to the world’s most famous elephant, Tara, and is supported globally by Elephant Family’s Royal Presidents, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a host of international stars.

Chasing Ice By Camilla Hellman

Chasing Ice – winner of the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming in partnership with National Geographic – is a stunning documentary directed by Jeff Orlowski. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of our changing planet.

During his first trip to Iceland in 2007, James Balog (the subject of Chasing Ice), conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey (EIS). With a band of young adventurers in tow, he began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to

Red Alert By K magazine

For half a century, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List has been tracking creatures and their risk of extinction. After attending an event in Paris to mark the anniversary, K magazine reports on the latest efforts to protect endangered species….

The black musselcracker, a large, solitary fish with a bulbous nose and a deep frown, resembles a bad-tempered cartoon animal. But if measures aren’t taken to protect it, future generations might only see it in cartoons. Endemic to South Africa, its population has declined precipitously due to overfishing, and its vulnerable status has earned it the

The Last Days of Ivory By The Luxury Channel

She cemented her place in Hollywood history with hard-hitting films such as The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, but director Kathryn Bigelow is now fighting a new war, having produced a short and harrowing film called The Last Days, to highlight the plight of elephants. Released to show the monetary as well as the blood trails between elephant poaching and ivory-funded terrorism, the animated film was made in collaboration with concept designer Samuel Michlap and WildAid’s Executive Director Peter Knights.

The fact is, an elephant is killed every fifteen minutes, and over 30,000 elephants are killed through poaching

Born Free By Fiona Sanderson

Meru National Park, in addition to being one of Kenya’s key conservation areas, is also, significantly, the spiritual home of Born Free. It is where Joy and George Adamson lived, raised Elsa the lion cub and successfully, against all the odds, returned her to the wild. It is also where actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers focussed much of their attention when they started the charity Born Free (formerly called Zoo Check). So it was fitting that Land Rover, with whom Born Free has established a long-term relationship, should invite me to the Park to commemorate the 30th anniversary

Fashion Statement: Born Free Africa And Liya Kebede By Britt Collins

Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede feels a deep connection to the cause of Born Free Africa, which is seeking to save African children from contracting HIV from their mothers. Billionaire‘s Britt Collins explains….

When the fashion world gets behind a cause, you can be sure it will be attention-grabbing and glamourous. American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, designer Diane von Furstenberg and a few dozen other industry superstars have kicked off a global initiative to save an entire generation of children in sub-Saharan Africa from contracting HIV from their mothers. And so Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, Vera Wang and 20 other designers

Annoushka Ducas – A Portrait of Ethiopia By The Luxury Channel

In 2007, when jewellery designer and mother-of-four Annoushka Ducas MBE first travelled to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, she was touched by stories of families who could no longer support their children. Through no fault of their own, these children would more often than not end up in orphanages, estranged from their families and lost to their mothers. This experience prompted Annoushka to give something back by empowering mothers to be able to provide for their children through the charity Give A Future. “Ethiopia is a rapidly emerging economy but is still plagued by poverty,” she reveals. “In Africa’s political

Why Your Next Sweater Should Be Alpaca, Not Cashmere By Jenni Avins

Of all the party animals at February’s New York Fashion Week, the alpacas may have been the best-behaved. The lovable, long-lashed camelids mixed with the media at a party where the Peruvian Trade Commission promoted the use of their fibre.

Those alpacas arrived right on time. The widespread ubiquity of cashmere, the wool spun from soft under-hairs of Asian cashmere (or Kashmir) goats, is no longer sustainable. Sure, cashmere has gotten cheaper since making the leap from luxury to mainstream in the 1990s, but the quality has declined with the price.

In much of the world, sweater weather won’t be

Womanity – Equality And Women’s Empowerment By The Luxury Channel

The Charity

70% of the poor in the world are women and at least one in every three women, or up to one billion women, have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes.

This is the shocking statistic released by Womanity, a charity founded by Swiss entrepreneur Yann Borgstedt, which reveals that even in the 21st century, women are still viewed as subservient – even as dispensable – to men. It’s a view that Borgstedt is working hard to change. “Men should understand that it is not about control; the more you empower women, the more

Style Your Home With Dorya’s Green Furniture By Hannah Norman

Furniture-makers Dorya, recognised for their fine wood craftsmanship, is giving the green light to styling your home with green furniture. We’re not just talking colours, you understand, but credentials. Since 1996, Dorya has had a partnership with environmental charity Mother Earth and in the process, created a scheme whereby a tree seedling is planted for every piece of furniture produced. To date, over 36,000 trees have been planted.

Forest replenishment is something that Dorya has whole-heartedly embraced, and in 2006, joined forces with United Nations’ Billion Tree Campaign, which aims to save the globe’s rapidly depleting forests. Within

Chime For Change By Hannah Norman

At the recent Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Vienna, Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco took to the stage to discuss the concept of the power of philanthropy. It’s something that Gucci is no stranger to, and whilst di Marco was happy to admit that philanthropy “is a marketing goal ultimately,” he was also quick to point out that Gucci is “doing what we are doing because it is the right thing to do.” Such initiatives include completely eliminating their use of all environmentally harmful chemicals and materials in their products by 2020.

“Definitely, the long-term goal, given

Loro Piana’s Vicuñas – Gold And Honey In The Andes By Fiona Sanderson and Hannah Norman

Worth its weight in gold, vicuña fleece has long been labeled the gold of the Andes. Close cousins of the humble camel, vicuñas have been brought back from the brink of extinction by luxury fashion brand Loro Piana. The Luxury Channel has previously journeyed to Peru to film the work of the company first hand as they gear up for shearing season. We were recently invited to Rome for their exclusive press conference to hear their latest news – the announcement of their new partnership and shareholding in Argentinean firm Sanin SA, and to hear their exciting plans to

Karen Laurence-Rowe – Artistic Conservation By Hannah Norman

For Uganda-born artist Karen Laurence-Rowe, there is nothing better than escaping into the fields and plains surrounding her home in Kenya. Her stunning paintings of the local wildlife, landscapes and people have adorned the walls of many an art lover, and in 2012, Karen’s work culminated with the recognition she deserved, by winning the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of The Year Award.

Despite her career taking an upward trajectory, Karen’s main passion – despite her art – remains the wildlife she loves to paint. A noticeable increase in the number of poachers, however, has meant that the community rangers who

Loro Piana “Discovers” The Lotus Flower Fibre By The Luxury Channel

As one of the world’s top fashion labels, Loro Piana – one of the largest cashmere manufacturers and biggest single purchaser of the world’s finest wools – has always strived for uncompromising quality in the materials and goods that they sell, whilst supporting local communities and encouraging long-term sustainability. Prepared to go to the ends of the earth to find the finest fibres known to man, The Luxury Channel followed them to Peru in search of the fleece of the Golden Vicuña, a material worth its weight in gold, but Loro Piana’s latest extraordinary venture has seen the announcement

A Most Eggs-Cellent Campaign: Are You Eating Up The Rainforest? By Hannah Norman

Following the repercussions of several food scandals to hit the airwaves, it has become increasingly apparent that no-one really has a clue what goes into their food. The latest product to join the fray is palm oil. Under European law, manufacturers are not actually obliged to list this as an ingredient on product labeling until December 2014 – meaning many consumers could end up buying food containing unethically sourced palm oil without being any the wiser. With several rainforests under threat from destruction as areas are cleared for palm plantations, Rainforest Foundation UK has teamed up with Ethical Consumer

The Luxury Channel Meets The Founders of British Ethical Fashion Label Beulah By Antonia Peck

Beulah London was founded in 2011 by Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan – friends in their twenties who met as congregants at the same church in London’s South Kensington. The Beulah London brand has already won a loyal following of high profile devotees, from the Duchess of Cambridge to Sienna Miller and Sarah Jessica-Parker.

It is easy to see why; the Beulah designers encapsulate an aesthetic that combines British timeless elegance with beautifully understated glamour. The stunningly luxuriant seasonal collections and bespoke pieces commissioned for weddings and society events, each one named after a butterfly, is only

Aethic Sôvée – The world’s first marine-positive sunscreen By Allard Marx

As you slip languorously into the pristine clear tropical waters, spare a thought for sea life and making sure things stay this way. Most sunscreens damage coral and clams. They release molecules that trigger dormant viruses that can decimate coral reefs. It is estimated that 10% of coral reef destruction is attributable to the sunscreens worn by you and me.

Yet your skin needs to be protected from the sun’s damaging rays. Now there is a product that has been extensively tested to provide photo-stable protection for your skin and leave the ocean’s delicate ecosystem intact. Tested by one

The Super-Naturals By The Luxury Channel

Abigail James, the ‘Super glow-getter’ and Denise Leicester, the ‘Natural healer’ and founder of Ila Spa.

The Super glow-getter, Abigail James

Abigail James is one of London’s top facial practitioners, renowned for the delicacy of her touch and her ability to make tired skin glow. Abigail works at the amazing new Lomax bespoke fitness, nutrition and well being centre in Chelsea’s Fulham Road. Here you will find a sleek, clean and urbane environment with Abigail at the centre of their Wellbeing Clinic and Spa. There are five treatment rooms at Lomax and all are designed with complete comfort in

How to cope with the Winter Blues By The Luxury Channel

Top tips to stay healthy throughout the long, dark winter months from Nosh Detox.

Geeta Sidhu Robb is the impressive CEO and founder of Nosh Detox. She is pragmatic, practical and overflowing with really strong positive advice. She has a knack for identifying result-worthy and proven coping mechanisms and nutritional tips to keep people healthy and strong whatever the season. The Luxury Channel met up with Geeta to find out more…

1. When the seasons change, why do some of us feel so tired and sluggish, especially when it gets colder and darker outside?

Many years ago, in the

The Organic Stylist By Antonia Pearce

Daniel Galvin Junior shows us how he’s made green hair cool….

Daniel Galvin Junior has been passionate about living an organic lifestyle since his late twenties. He has been instrumental in not only the designer haircare market, but in changing the world of beauty for the better and uses organic ingredients in his own label Daniel Galvin Junior haircare.

Your salon in Belgravia is the talk of town. What makes it so unique?

We opened the new Daniel Galvin Junior Colour salon in Belgravia as it is in one of the most desirable locations for my clientele. They both

A Sense of Olfaction Interviews by Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel and its ‘Scent Panel’ discuss celebrity-led perfumes, the market today, natural perfume and scent as nourishment.

Azzi Glasser

Azzi Glasser is the current creator of the award winning Agent Provocateur Parfum and perfumed beauty collection, Azzi has also created and collaborated for Alexander McQueen, Jean Patou, Kylie Minogue’s Private Collection for the V+A, award winning Men’s Nicole Farhi and Women’s Signature Parfum, Tann Rokka Fragrance and Home collection, Project D fragrance Collection with Dannii Minogue, Monsoon signature scent, Accessorize signature scent, Lucy in Disguise with Lily Allen, Hugo Boss, Kelly Hoppen Fragranced Home Collection, Liberty fragranced

How Ethical Labels Operate By Barbara Walshe

Building up an ethical fashion brand can be risky business. Barbara Walshe reveals how People Tree had become the biggest and the best known around.

A surge in ethical fashion labels springing up across the UK over the last five years confirms that consumers are no longer willing to compromise their values when buying clothes.

Yet many of these new brands are niche businesses run by designers with small supply chains, which makes it easier to deliver on their ethical, organic and Fairtrade promise. What happens when they want to grow?

This was a challenge People Tree faced when

Safari Parks With Eco-Credentials By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel looks at some of Africa’s environmentally conscious safari parks….

Going on a safari can be a once in a lifetime opportunity to spot Africa’s Big Five. Originally, going on safari meant hunting animals for sport, but today luckily it means just observing them. It’s not just about the majestic animals; often the stunning nature and landscapes are at the centre of the visitors’ attention.

The Amakhala Safari in the Eastern Cape comes highly recommended, with the slogan: “eco-travel in Africa makes a difference.” They have initiated the Amakhala Conservation Centre, and provide ecological information and research

1Love, 1Heart, 1Goal By Laha Lali

This year marks the launch of the new 1Goal campaign to make education for all a legacy of the 2010 World Cup.

Today, 72 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation of teachers, doctors, sports stars, lawyers, leaders. But without 1Goal and your help, they face a lifelong struggle against poverty: FACT.

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’ once said ex-South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Rather fitting then that this

Dare 2 Magazine By The Luxury Channel

Living an ‘eco’ life just got a whole lot easier thanks to the launch of Dare 2 Magazine.

Dare 2 magazine is an online resource for everything eco-chic, whether that’s green travel tips and ideas from Quintessentially Travel or features on the latest green fashion and dining. And to make it even easier to stay green, readers can search the Little Green Book, a customised search engine which brings you all of Dare 2’s listings and company information, or The Green Map, which highlights restaurants, stores, companies and designers that meet the green standard. Meanwhile, Dare 2 is committed

The ‘Hira’ Diamond Collection By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel previews the ‘Hira’ diamond collection by Pippa Small.

Pippa Small’s inspired gems are full of rich cultural references and anthropological insights. Much loved for her ethical convictions and masterful collaborations with luxury brands such as Nicole Farhi, Chloe and Astley Clarke. Pippa Small’s jewellery is combined with an ethical commitment that goes beyond rhetoric, supporting communities in Bolivia, Panama, Africa and Afganistan.

Her next collection is inspired by ancient Indian Mogul jewellery and the work of Gustav Klimt. Old rose-cut diamonds (sourced from precious antique, Indian jewellery) are set in a mosaic of Klimt style

Child’s Play By The Luxury Channel

Pump Parquet

A novel idea from textile designer and artist Elisabeth Buecher – instead of sitting around playing video games, why not get kids active in order to provide power for those same games – it’s a win, win situation! Pump Parquet puts special, brightly coloured pumps into the floor, when kids use them, they can either inflate toys, or charge things like video games, saving electricity and keeping kids fit. Plus, it looks pretty fun!

Our Children’s Gorilla

“The children’s imagination is our inspiration” say this Stockholm-based toy design company, Our Children’s Gorilla. Dollhouses are fully recyclable

Change Your Carbon Output By Sunshine Flint

A new breed of consultants – call them carbon advisors – want to change your carbon output without changing your lifestyle.

Going green is hardly a new trend, but why face a hodgepodge of remedies when there’s a one-stop solution for reducing your carbon footprint? Enter the carbon advisors. They’ll eco-renovate houses, create and care for organic gardens, retrofit diesel sports cars to use pure plant oil, and use solar and geo thermal power to heat (or cool in the Middle East) swimming pools. They won’t dramatically change a client’s lifestyle, but will change the effects of said lifestyle.

Building for the Future? By Alanna Lynott

Do eco-friendly buildings really make a difference, or are they just a nod to fashion?

A sparkling prism of light, Hearst Tower stands like an artistic instillation on Manhattan’s West 57th Street. It was heralded on completion in 2006 as New York’s first ‘green’ high rise office building and was the first to be awarded a Gold LEED rating by the US Green Building Council. Buildings such as this led the way in environmentally friendly building design, but how much further have we to go before we’re really making a difference?

Over the last decade, offices, hotels and

Yachts Go Eco By Alanna Lynott

Alanna Lynott introduces two of the very latest and most luxurious eco-friendly designs of motor yacht that are set to grace the seas.

Sabdes Axebow

With the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show finishing at the end of February and Dubai’s show coming up this month, all hearts are yearning for yachts. Let The Luxury Channel introduce you to two of the very latest and most luxurious eco-friendly designs out there.

Australian yacht designers, Sabdes, have been designing eco-friendly superyachts for years. Clients began to clamour for something stylish and exciting but ‘green’; they wanted something “efficient in fuel and emissions”

Road Runner By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon reports on the launch of the right-hand drive version of the world’s first electric sports car – the Tesla….

The thing about electric cars is that they may very well be better for the environment, but they don’t look very pretty – until now! Tesla has done for electric cars what brands like Edun and Melissa shoes have done for eco-fashion – made them pretty.

Tesla was set up by Elon Musk, a man on a mission to save humanity. As well as electric cars, he owns SpaceX, who manufacture space rockets with an emphasis on

Yacht Trends 2010 By Alanna Lynott

Still the ultimate status symbol, yachts today are more luxurious than ever before. Alana Lynott takes a look at some of the latest trends making a splash on the high seas.

Swimming pools and cinema screens are now the norm on your average billionaire’s yacht. And it’s no longer a question of whether you have a helipad; it’s more a question of how many you have. So with yachts becoming more elaborate than ever, how do you stay ahead of the pack?

Firstly, security concerns are a priority. Mindful of a recent rise in piracy, yachts are being

Beyond Green By The Luxury Channel

An excerpt from an overview of a recent report by the Future Laboratory in the July 2010 issue of Luxury Briefing.

Trends reflect the changing nature of consumers themselves. Values, along with value for money, are becoming increasingly important for a new generation of conscience-driven travellers. ‘Ecotourism’ is the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry, expanding globally between 20% and 34% per year, and sustainable tourism is expected to make up 25% of the world’s travel market by 2012 despite the current downturn, according to research by the International Ecotourism Society. On top of this, nearly one in

David Helps Goliath Get Green By Lucia van der Post

Big, established brands are strengthening their ethical credentials by buying up smaller, eco-aware companies. Lucia can der Post examines why these acquisitions are on the rise.

When it comes to innovation it is readily observed that it’s easier to be nippy and creative, if you’re small. It’s also easier to be green and organic. Big companies, by their very nature, get set in their ways. They, too, of course were once small and innovative and grew successful because they had a great new idea. But once they’ve become a big, established brand it’s not easy to change tack without

A Fair To Remember By The Luxury Channel

The 1.618 sustainable luxury fair wowed an eco-luxe crown in Paris last month.

For three days in May, the world’s first sustainable luxury fair showcased the latest innovations in ethical luxury, from gold jewellery to a solar-powered speedboat to the latest eco-resorts. It was declared a success, with over 5000 visitors and partners as diverse as the WWF, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Quintessentially, and has caught the interest of big players in the luxury industry. We recently talked to Brando Crespi, a member of the 1.618 selection committee.

Q: What were the criteria for getting into the show?

Global Responsibility By Pooja Agarwal

‘Global responsibility’ and ‘The affluent Indian consumer’ where on the agenda at the International Herald Tribune’s Sustainable Luxury Conference 2010.

On 24th March 2010, international guests mingled at a party on the lawns of Delhi’s luxurious Imperial Hotel as a preview to a two-day conference helmed by IHT’s fashion editor Suzy Menkes and filled with panel talks with designers, brand representatives, journalists and business owners.

A renewed desire for ‘true luxury’ meant a call for deeper brand experiences.

Suzy Menkes suggested we adopt “Parampara” as the pathway for ‘Sustainable Luxury’, in the new global socio-economic environment. In

Eco Fashion Moves Forward By Lucia van der Post

The days of questionable hemp jumpers are over! Lucia van der Post examines the super stylish trends in ethical fashion and textiles….

A marketing director of a major technology brand that I was talking to recently had an interesting story to tell. He’d gone to see the Selfridges’ buyers to see if they would stock his glossy new product. The first question – the very first – they asked him was, “is the wood ethically sourced?” Selfridges is a mainstream store, not known for its addiction to lentils and sandals, but clearly being alert to every product’s eco-credentials and

Sustaining Luxury By The Luxury Channel

Pier Luigi Loro Piana talks about Vicuña – The Golden Fleece.

Fashion house Loro Piana uses the vicuña’s rare and fine wool in their clothes and have created a programme to safeguard the species (as seen in our recent programme The Golden Fleece). Here Pier Luigi Loro Piana talks about sustainability and why it’s best for his company.

Q: What makes the vicuña so important to save?

The vicuña has a long lean frame, slim legs, and a small, delicate head with tiny ears. They are called ‘princess of the andes’ and are the smallest member of the alpaca,

Eco Rich Lists By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel looks at ‘the colour of money’ in 2010.

As Forbes released its Billionaire Rich List last month it appears even the world’s wealthiest are experiencing a shift in financial fortune. According to the list it is the first time since 2003 that the world has had a net loss in the number of billionaires. And even though Bill Gates lost $18 b he still regained his title as the world’s richest man.

Despite being an interesting insight the lists compiled by financial institutions and various publications should be viewed with reservation.

This aside, there

Shopping for Green Design By Sunshine Flint

High style meets high demand with green design stores selling chic, eco-only products.

The latest high status question is “how green is your house”? The latest toy is not a Bose iPod dock, but a little device called The Owl that shows in real time how much energy your house is using. Demand has created a burgeoning green design field, and eco-only stores are opening in design capitals New York, Los Angeles and London.

There’s no lack of designers and entrepreneurs making chic, elegant and also eco-friendly products today, such as Norwegian company Northern Lighting and their energy-saving.