Attire Accessories - Feb/Mar 2018 (Issue 68)

ATTIRE 11 NEWS & EVENTS ➨ Ruby Creagh commits to sustainable development with new handbag range West Yorkshire-based designer Ruby Creagh has displayed a commitment to sustainable development with the launch of The Edit, a collection of carefully considered pieces that are minimal in design and use sustainable materials. Available exclusively through the website . Comprising of five items available in five colour ways, the materials used in The Edit are sustainably sourced organic cotton and linen, woven in Lancashire.They also use recycled stainless steel hardware handmade in York, organic plant-based dyes and Italian veg tanned leather a bi product of the meat industry. All pieces in the collection use 100 per cent traceable materials and are manufactured in the UK. Edward Johnson joins Responsible Jewellery Council from Gemological Institute of America Edward Johnson has been appointed Director of Business Development of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) where he will report directly to Executive Director Andrew Bone. Johnson will be responsible for driving growth of the council and developing its influence within the market having taken on the role following his position at Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Discussing his appointment, Johnson said, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the team at the RJC and look forward to progressing their vision of an industry wide accreditation.The work of the RJC proposes a set of unique challenges, but also an exciting prospect of growth and opportunity to promote the industry’s strong determination to deliver confidence to its consumers and uphold sustainable practices.” As part of his role, Johnson will be responsible for developing strategies to drive membership engagement and strengthen the RJC’s relationships with key stakeholders. Visit for further information. BIANCA ELGAR DONATES TO CHARITABLE CAUSES Bianca Elgar has announced a CSR initiative to donate 10 per cent of all sales of the Rose, Forget Me Not, and Passion Flower Skinnies from the Language of Love collection to three charities. Speaking of the move, company owner Bianca said, “I decided to add Flower Power by dedicating three of my flower prints to three amazing charities that are close to my heart, Look Good Feel Better, Alzheimer’s Society and Royal Trinity Hospice.” The fashion and accessories brand has chosen these products to support the charity initiative due to the connotation flowers hold with releasing pain. According to the company, “Flowers are love in search of a voice; a visual expression of emotion when there are no words. In times of sadness and joy, flowers are symbolic not only of love and sympathy, but also the beauty and fragility of life.The life of a flower is fleeting, but the memories we hold, and the lives we have lived are indelible.”