Written by Eloise for Can’t Help but Be
Ethical shopping has become something of a trend of late, combining the desire for good quality products with the need for our consciousness to feel better about their source. From the fair-trade coffee beans, to the sustainable sourced wood products and organically grown cotton clothes, the world does seem to have captured the trend and taken it to their hearts. But isn‘t it more expensive and unfashionable? Well if that was the case then it is no more, MADE jewellery show there is no limit to tapping into the potentials of local artisans and in turn allowing them to help themselves to a better life; and we in turn get to wear some beautiful pieces of jewellery.
MADE have many mission statements to their brand but the key message is Made by the people for the people. But this isn’t just some pull on the consciousnesses of buyers with pleas of helping the impoverished, this is a truly unique jewellery company that produces stunning pieces of jewellery. The designers are all influential, including big name celebrities. Designs are taken to East Africa where they are sourced and made by workers within the communities. In doing so local villagers get training, fair wages, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty.
Hayley Mardon; She was born in Zimbabwe and graduated from Edinburgh college of Art. Her designs clearly show her love for her African home as they are formed around strong colours and bold shapes. Her designs include this gorgeous bangles, statement earrings and show stopper rings.
Bex Rox; This lady has a real eye for amazing creations. She grew up in Menorca and through her career she has worked for no less than CK, W Magazine and Vogue and her designs have been shown at London and Paris Fashion weeks. And what makes this even more unique? Well Bex has cleverly made the jewellery interactive as her clasp is magnetic allowing you to adapt the jewellery to your heart’s desire!
Three string bead brass necklace £40 by Bex Rox for MADE.
And if they aren’t names you recognise how about Peaches Geldof? Daughter of active charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof it seems that philanthropy really does run in the family with Peaches designing her own line for MADE. Her designs incorporate a Daisy theme and are all limited edition. Priced from £15.25 they aren’t going to hang around for long, so be quick!
Three Daisy Necklace by Peaches for MADE £25.00
So where can you get your hands on this collection?
Well, online is a great place to start as MADE not only have items on the high street but they also have a unique online collection available nowhere else. And your budget? well you can own a piece of MADE from as little as £6, or if you have a larger budget then into the £100s.
If you do fancy splashing the cash then how about this gorgeous Natalie Sergeant pendant that was designed for Whistles at £115?
And if you love that then perhaps this brass necklace that was designed by Pippa Small for Nicole Farhi may just be the one for you, it’s pricey but I think it’s worth every penny of it’s £399
If such pieces are out of your price range, do not fear. MADE jewellery can be bought for as little as £9.79 for a pair of earrings.
If you want to get up close and personal with the items and you are lucky enough to live near the following shops then why not call in and see the collections for yourself? Items are stocked at Top Shop, Nicole Farhi, House of Fraser, Whistles and a select few Independent retailers including one in Norway and one in Sweden. Also keep your eyes peeled as asos.com are also stockists of this line.
If any of these designs have captured your eye then please head on over to
www.made.co.uk and peruse their website. You can learn about the other designers, see the full collections and read about their story. Also if you sign up to their email subscription you receive 10% off your next purchase- now what more reason could you need!
MADE clearly shows that through fashion we can not only look great but allow people to help themselves to a better future.