How important is Fairtrade and ethical production to you?
It is vitally important for us to have a transparent product. We purchase fabrics and trims from reputable merchants and clarify with production studios that people involved in the makeup of our products are paid a fair wage for their exceptional skills.
Tibetan refugees make some of your products. What traditional skills do they use?
Beautiful symbolic embroidery. We have used the Buddhist cloud motif for our Anti Ageing Silk Pillow Cases.
Do you think the clothing industry is becoming more ethical, and what can we do as consumers? Yes and no! Whilst the demand for ethical production has defiantly increased, the demand for faster cheaper fashion has escalated.
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The sheer waste involved in cheap fashion is saddening. Consumers can look to buy less and invest in quality items that can last longer and be cherished. Holistic Silk produces quality products that endure. We often get emails about our Eye Masks that have lasted since we began 15 years ago – there is no planned obsolescence in our product. We continually strive to be better and are aware that we are producers too.
How do you take care of yourself, and how do you deal with the stresses of running your own business?
Having your own business means you don't really have the luxury of switching off. I really try to stay grounded and do everything in moderation – not always easy as I do thrive on work and that involves a computer a lot of the time. I have a fantastic team that work with me and we make sure to stop for healthy lunches together most days. I think morning exercise and making time for my young family is the most important thing for my wellbeing.
What does 2016 have in store?
This year we celebrate 15-years and as a result we have some exciting projects that we are working on that we will be unveiling early this year, so watch this holistic space.
Where is Holistic Silk stocked?
The majority of the collection is stocked in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge in the Beyond Beauty department on the Ground Floor. We are also in Har-rods. Liberty, independents and spas around the world. You can find us online at holisticsilk. Com.