Drapers nomination for East Lothian brand
East Lothian fashion accessories brand Earth Squared has been nominated in the fashion supplier of the year category in the 25th anniversary Drapers Awards which recognise the best in fashion retailing.
Earth Squared is fair trade label run by husband-and-wife team Simon and Alison Henderson who sell bags, scarves, purses and wraps. Everything is designed by the family team and crafted by fair trade accredited producers in Vietnam.
Mrs Henderson said: “We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted. We’ve worked very hard to grow our business by combining quality and sophistication with competitive and affordable pricing. This enables us to sit alongside non-fair trade accessories and compete equally, but also to provide long-term support to the people and communities we work with.
“We’re also extremely proud to have a very loyal customer base, with whom we have a very strong relationships built on trust. Receiving this industry recognition, therefore, is fantastic and makes all of our efforts worthwhile.”
The winners will be presented their trophies at a gala dinner at Old Billingsgate in the City of London next month.
Earth Squared was established in 2001 by Mrs Henderson who wanted to start a fair trade business with an emphasis on design and quality. It now supplies more than 500 independent outlets in the UK and overseas.
It is accredited by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) and its partners in Vietnam are members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO).