Compassion Fashion

There are two things I try to do of late when making clothing purchases, the first is SHOP LOCAL and the second is SHOP ETHICALLY. My parents have a holiday home up North which we use frequently and these visits provide me with the perfect opportunity to visit a wee haunt called ‘Hope & Gloria’ in Coleraine. I love everything about this shop, the staff, the decor, the stock and the ethos.

Hope & Gloria is a ‘not for profit’ vintage themed lifestyle store. It is also a ministry of Causeway Coast Vineyard and any profits support projects such as Sunday Food Give-Away, CAP debt counselling, OAM Sports Academy in George, South Africa and the E3 Initiative. Did I mention they also run free training for the unemployed out of their premises, in creative skills such as dressmaking, hairdressing, upcycling etc. Their work and vision is holistic, what’s not to love?!

All of this fuels my desire to spend money in this store and it’s hard not to, in the past I have bought vintage homeware, dresses, hats and dozens of quirky, one off pieces for my girls, and all at amazing prices. I never seem to leave Coleraine without a Hope & Gloria purchase and this weekend was no different. Check out my loot peeps: image image I bought this Osh Kosh Denim Jacket (age 3-4) at £4 for Phoebe, the tag said – The perfect addition to a sun dress, I was sold! The Plain and Simple Papa Pea tee was a purchase for my eldest daughter Amelia. This is one of the many examples of creatives based on the North Coast. They produce well designed, hand printed tees, ethically, using organic cotton, eco inks and recycled biodegradable packaging. With every purchase, £5 goes directly to the partnered cause at that time. Hope & Gloria usually stock some of their range and I’m hoping to get my very own tee once they are in stock again. Find out more about them here.

On my last visit to H&G I was chuffed to pick up this wee vintage red PVC dress for Tabitha for only £3, bargain! image Look out for their chest of drawers full of baby clothes (some brand new) for 50p each. Hope & Gloria also stock some very funky fabrics and sell bags of their offcuts for only 50p, I usually pick up some of these for future small sewing projects. imageFor more info on H&G and their work visit their website here.

The best way to finish a days shopping in Coleraine is with a coffee in Lost & Found, a business that also has generosity and community at the heart of what they do (http://www.wearelostandfound.com). And so concludes a day of guilt free, intentional shopping and money well spent!

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