The fashion designer going one step further to learn #WhoMadeYourClothes

Ali Mapletoft won't buy clothes for a year without meeting the maker

Did you see the Clothes To Die For documentary on BBC2 last night about the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, the same city where our social enterprise partner Basha makes our kantha quilts? Asking about the origins of the things we buy – from fashion, to food, to home accessories is something we should… 

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Together again, ship-shape and Bristol fashion

Bethan and Joe take Decorator's Notebook to Portishead

We’re here! After 6 months running our business via Skype from opposite areas of the country – Bethan in Somerset and Joe in Newcastle – we’ve finally been reunited and have a new home, new office and bags of new energy in Bristol! We’re both loving being up to our eyeballs in Decorator’s Notebook (in… 

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Every time you spend money, you cast a vote for the kind of society you want

Kantha bedspreads made by women's social enterprise for Decorator's Notebook (763x800)

Back in my late teens I spent a month of my gap year volunteering on a cocoa plantation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It was there, harvesting fresh cacao pods alongside the locals, that I got to understand what fair trade really means for people in developing countries striving to support themselves and their families through… 

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