June 11, 2020
Welcome to our first #EthicalWardrobe challenge. We want to prove that building an ethical wardrobe does not have to compromise style. So, during the next few weeks, we will be inviting women who inspire us to take over KeiSei’s Style Edit and create 3 ethical outfits.
To kick things off, we’re excited to introduce you to Lydia Graham. If you don’t know her, Lydia is a half-Thai, half-British model and founder of OhLydia Intimates. We fell in love with her style and sparkling personality as soon as we discovered her through OhLydia. You have probably seen her on countless sites, with Burberry, Urban Outfitters and AlexaChung to name a few. In her early twenties, Lydia is rocking her modelling career whilst at the same time expressing her creativity and amazing entrepreneurial skills through OhLydia Intimates.
We asked Lydia: What does ethical fashion mean to you?
Ethical fashion for me is a mixture of being timeless and also guilt free. As the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, pretty much all clothing we buy has and will contribute to this.
Being ethical is also about doing your best. Everyone’s situation is different so we shouldn’t judge people on their choices. However, we do need to educate and find solutions and do it fast.
Even myself, only in the last 2-3 years have I really thought about where my clothing has come from. Now that I am actively learning, I am seeing what else is out there and how bad things truly are. I won’t lie and say I am completely ethical and sustainable but I am trying my best and I am enjoying finding clothing brands who think alike.
Lydia starts with a total look from HODA London.
‘I have only discovered HODA London recently but have fallen in love with their effortless and beautiful pieces. Each garment is made in close collaboration with a highly skilled family of tailors from Rajasthan, India.
They are a slow fashion brand which is great and makes each piece you wear feel even more special.’
Lydia completes the look with an HVISK vegan handbag and shoes from ASRA, a brand that donates to the AASRA TRUST for every pair of shoes sold. AASRA TRUST is a charity in India supporting children to get an education and have a better life.
Shop Lydia’s look
‘The second outfit is my ‘go to’ everyday choice. You can’t go wrong with a pair of Levi’s, and the vintage ones are the best.
The fit and the fade makes each pair unique and the hardship of trying to find the perfect pair (I’ve probably tried on 100 pairs before finally finding the ones for me!) makes it even more special.
Once I’ve worn them and they start to ruin I always cut them into shorts to make another use out of them.’
Lydia combines them with a top from her own brand OhLydia Intimates. ‘I’m being very biased but the fit and the feel of my camisoles are great! The perfect vest top to be worn under or on its own.’
Shop Lydia’s look
And here is Lydia’s Paloma Wool total look.
‘Lastly, Paloma Wool has been a favourite brand of mine for a while now. Barcelona based, all of the garments are made focusing on local production, online sales and art.’