Veja – Ethical Sneakers that Look Good

Veja is an ecological and fair trade footwear and accessories brand that manages to hit the mark when it comes to being both ethical and fashionable. Their sneakers are made differently by using organic and fairly traded cotton; wild and fairly traded rubber; recycled plastic bottles and vegetable-tanned leather. Their products are also made in high standard factories in Brazil and their logistics network works with an association aiming to reintegrate people facing social exclusion into work. If you are one my friends reading this, stay away from the Taua white leather (pictured) as I don’t want us rocking up to the same place wearing the same shoes. Veja has shoes for men, women and kids. The kids‘ shoes rival the adult shoes in coolness. Buy Veja. Read more about the project.

 

Paris Texas Boutique

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I wish I enjoyed clothes shopping more than I do. I find the pressure of investing in pieces that tick the boxes of quality, value, longevity and uniqueness all a bit offputting. So when I do need something new, I head to Paris Texas Boutique in Surry Hills. I love it because the owner, Annette Verrusio, doubles as a bit of a stylist for me. She always suggests a few pieces that I wouldn’t normally pick up at first glance but usually end up loving. She pushes me out of my comfort zone. Annette started the shop 10 years ago and she’s a big supporter of Australian and emerging designer labels. Apart from women’s clothing, there’s a great range of men’s clothing, as well as footwear, accessories, homeware and beauty. A one stop shop. Brands include Life With Bird, Isla, Blessed Are The Meek, Assembly, Spring Court, Samantha Wills, and many more. There is an online shop but it doesn’t represent the great variety that’s in store. Visit the store at 561 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, Sydney or online at their websiteFacebook and Instagram

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