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eri silk

Spinning Eri silk- From cocoon to cloth

Eri silk stands out amongst the different varieties of silk with its exquisite rich texture especially when hand spun. The cloth matures with time and softens with use. Eri silk can be used all year round, as it combines the comfort and coolness of cotton and warmth of wool. The exact origins of Eri are somewhat undocumented but it is a tradition intricately entwined in the lives of rural women of Assam and other North-eastern states of India. The word Eri...

center for culture and development

Center for Culture and Development (CCD-NL) partners with Urban Medley

Center for Culture and Development, aka CCD-NL  partners with Urban Medley to support and revive traditional arts and heritage. - it is indeed a proud moment for us as a brand because we believe in this journey we need to collaborate with like minded organizations and individuals to achieve the objective. it is not an easy task but we are determined to make a start. A goal of being a valued resource in culture and development CCD-NL is a foundation driven...

styling tips for summer

Top 5 Styling tips for this summer by Jenni Ryynänen

In this interview amongst other things we asked image consultant Jenni, what would be her top styling tips for summer of 2021 Jenni, as an image consultant working with women from different parts of the world, why do you think is it so important the way one dresses and styles their appearance? Your personal image affects all aspects of your life: The way you come across and the way people perceive you. Style is a clever way to express yourself and...

gift card

Why we love gift cards- 5 reasons gift card makes for a perfect gift

Gift cards have become very popular over the years. Most brands, big and small have their own gift card options and also participate in gift card stores and other themed  gift cards. Popular online marketplaces like Amazon, Bol offer gift card options to their customers thus allowing them to use their platforms even for buying gifts. Many are of the opinion gift cards don’t come across as very thoughtful. Some even consider it to be an impersonal way of gifting....

slow sustainable fashion

How Madhubani evolved from murals to wearable art ?

As a slow sustainable fashion brand we are delighted to showcase Madhubani handprinted scarves in our collection. In this article we share the story behind this once  humble folk art. Mahbubani paintings considered as one of the classics amongst art forms traces back 2500 years to the time of Ramayana, the ancient Indian epic. Madhubani art was practised by women in the Mithila region of Bihar, a state in Northern India. Though the exact origin of Madhubani painting is unknown, it...

sustainable ethical handmade

Unique Gifts for Women- It is not really that difficult to find!

Choosing the right gift almost always seems an extremely daunting task We have all come across those moments in life when we have struggled ever so hard to choose unique gifts for  women in our lives. The incredibly special person  – mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, daughter or grandma whom we so want to  impress and express our truest of feelings. Gifts should not only express your love and care but in some ways, it should be able to reflect the...

sustainable slow fashion

Problems with Fast Fashion and is Sustainable Slow Fashion the way out?

Punch in the exclusive discount code ‘just for you’ and  get 70% off !  An evening dress for just Euro 15!  The winter coat you were eying for so long now at a 25% discount- All this and more surely sound too good to be true but take a deep breath and think! Is it really possible are the brands knocking off the price just for you and taking a LOSS, No it doesn’t work that way- someone somewhere has already...

sustainable fashion gift

How a Sustainable Fashion Gift card can make a difference-meet the founder

Nanette Hogervorst- founder of Sustainable Fashion Gift card, an unique initiative  to  not only support sustainable slow fashion, but create awareness and promote the concept  within your network. Urban Medley proudly partners with SFGC and sat down to talk to Nanette about her journey. Let’s start with probably the most obvious question and one I am sure you have been asked many times- What attracted you to sustainable fashion? It doesn’t feel like I am attracted to sustainability. It’s just how...

sustainable capsule wardrobe

Building a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe: Move Away from Fast Fashion

The term fast fashion has garnered attention over the last few years. What does the term denote? And, why do we need to move away from fast fashion? Developed in the 1990s, the term encapsulates a profitable business model where fashion brands replicate high-fashion designs, manufacture them in bulk, and sell them at a low cost. As a result of this practice, fast fashion paved the way for a culture of human rights violations, unfair trade practice, and animal...

sustainable ethical fashion

6 Checks to Ensure You are Buying Sustainable Ethical Fashion

Making a conscious choice to buying sustainable ethical fashion is commendable. Yet, many of us make this shift without truly understanding what sustainable fashion means. If you are starting this journey, we are here to help make this process as fun and enjoyable as it can be! But first, what is sustainable fashion and how is it different from ethical fashion? Sustainable fashion involves the process of making garments and accessories in a way that leaves minimal damage to the environment....