Beyond Skin winner of the Sustainable fashion award 2014

We have some excellent news.  We are delighted to announce that we were amongst the winners of this year’s Observer Ethical Awards 2014!

Livia Firth and Giulio Bonazzi presents Sustainable Fashion, Observer Ethical Awards 2014 The award announcement was celebrated with a short runway show on the Green Carpet (one of Livia Firth’s clever ideas as a play on ‘Red Carpet’) where the models were showing off some of the most popular Beyond Skin vegan shoes. From left to right you see the sustainable sandal Zoe (also seen on the red carpet at this years Oscars),  next is the upcoming Ethical Meave, who is so crispy new to the Beyond Skin family. She can be pre-orderd for a Mid-August delivery – But no sooner, so you will have to wait. And last being very elegantly shown off is the very sexy Vegetarian stiletto Venus.

Beyond Skin was crowned the winner of the ‘Sustainable Fashion Award’.  We were so thrilled and excited when Beyond Skin was announced the winner!  Natalie and Heather, gratefully and excitedly accepted the prize from Livia Firth as her company Eco Age sponsored the category.  The category was also generously sponsored by ECONYL who manufactures recycled nylon textiles for Adidas and Triumph.

Sustainable Fashion award winners Beyond Skin, Observer Ethical Awards 2014

We caught up with the glamourous and ethical fashionista Livia Firth, who we are happy to report was looking fabulous as ever in our vegan sandal wedges Saskia in turquoise who are currently on sale (So hurry if you want to get in on the Ethical Livia Look).  Lucy Siegle (far right) journalist on the Guardian on environmental issues, was as eloquent as ever and was the proud presenter for the awards, which is in its tenth year already.

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Observer Ethical Awards 2014 end of ceremony guests celebrating

As you can imagine we had a fantastic night celebrating with the other brilliant contestants at the Observer Ethical Awards.  We met some seriously amazing and inspiring people, from Anne Power  plus the girls from HisBe Brighton.  Hisbe short for “How it should be” was nominated for their work for a more responsible, fair and sustainable food industry. They do this through their Brighton based Super marked

“When you shop at a hiSbe store you’re using your Shopper Power to vote for a better food industry! We’re not another health-food or whole-foods store though; we sell normal, recognisable products that people on average budgets and everyday diets buy.We’re about affordable food that is as local, healthy, natural, sustainable, GM and pesticide-free, fairly traded, high welfare, seasonal, minimally packaged, ethically produced and responsibly sourced as possible!”

Other ethical bods who attended the awards were Colin Firth, Jo Wood and Rick Edwards who were there presenting different categories for the awards.

We would like to say a big well done to all the other winners. Such as the brave Captain Peter Willcox who won the lifetime Achievement Award. He is a truly inspirational Greenpeace activist who has risked his life many times to try and make this planet a more sustainable and better place to live. It was a very, very humbling moment when we were told about the work that Peter has done to date, and how he has selflessly committed his life to the cause of our planet. He has experiences having his ship “The Rainbow Worrier” bombed by French foreign intelligence services when they were protesting against nuclear testing. And he has been arrested for piracy from attempting to put up a  “Save the Arctic” banner on an oil rig.

The Lifetime Achievement award goes to Peter Wilcox, Observer Ethical Awards 2014

Greenpeace activist Frank Hewetson accepted the Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of Peter Wilcox. The award was presented by Colin Firth and Lucy Siegle.

Queen guitarist Brian May, founder of Save Me and Team Badger won the campaigner of the year award for all his hard work fighting for animal rights.

Anita Dobson accepts Campaigner of the Year for her husband Brian May, Observer Ethical Awards 2014

Brian May’s wife Anita Dobson accepted the Campaigner of Year award on behalf of her husband.

Brian May is the leader and founder of Team Badger who fights against Badger culling, where Badgers are being killed in order to stop the transmission of Bovine TB to cattle. The killing of badgers, according to scientific studies, does not have any effect on reducing the transmission of bovine TB. Team Badger are fighting to bring vaccines to cattle and badgers instead of murder.

Save Me is an organization that fights against persecuting and torturing wildlife for sports.
Check out the campaign video for both causes below

Beauty products company Lush won best in business for its use of natural ingredients, reduced packaging and overall care of the planet.

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Co-founder of Lush Mark Constantine explains in this video what the ethics and concept of the Lush products are all about which made the company the winners of this years Best in Business.

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Another Winner was writer and actor Matt Fraser who won the Arts and Culture award for his work in Cabinet Of Curiosity: How Disability was kept in a box which he created to make our society rethink our attitudes toward difference.

The list goes on as there were so many extraordinary people, projects and places that are working hard to bring about ethical change.
Here a few of the other lucky winners

e40d9637-f5c1-427f-9ad4-8132738e6c1f-320x480Anne Power won the Local Hero award

 

Community Energy Project award goes to Lancaster Cohousing, Observer Ethical Awards 2014Lancaster Cohousing won the award for Community Energy Project

 

Winners of the Travel award Myths and Mountains and READ Global - Observer Ethical Awards 2014Myths and Mountains and READ Globalyear’s were the lucky winners of the Travel award, presented by Ruaridh Nicoll, editor of The Observer Magazine, and Mark Anderson, managing director at Virgin Holidays

 

Retailer of the Year awarded to Riverford, Observer Ethical AwardsRiverford winner of Retailer of the Year award.

Check out all the lucky winners here.

We feel truly blessed to have been given recognition for having the most sustainable fashion must haves and would like to thank you, as without our beautiful customers it would not have been possible.

Man's best friend: Beyond Skin's Natalie Dean and Heather Whittle.

Check out our interview with the Guardian Observer about our win here.

 

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The Best Vegan Easter Eggs (and other chocolate)

Easter is upon us, and for those living in UK have been blessed with the usual gorgeous April sunshine!  Long may it stay and give us reason to wear vegan sandals instead of boots!

At Beyond Skin shoes we have been talking about the very tricky subject of chocolate.  Yes, we do love to push the conversational boundaries and chat about shoes and chocolate here! 

What we have been discussing is our top vegan chocolate a combination of vegan Easter eggs  and sweet treats.  Here is the top five as discerned by us…

1)   Booja Booja vegan chocolates.  Has to be.  We are officially obsessed with Booja Booja, any special occasion, out come the truffles!  You must try their scrummy Rum Sozzled Sultana Easter Eggs – off the scale delicious.   We love the packaging of Booja Booja too and how they melt so deliciously in your mouth.  It’s always fun surprising people with the fact that they are vegan chocolates, an easy way to break a preconceived idea of what vegan food and chocolate is like.

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2)   Montezuma’s vegan selection box, which comes in a gorgeous little printed box one to be kept (not sure why, just looks pretty).  All of the different flavours make our mouths water.  If you’re lucky they might even have a store near you… you can check out there vegan selection here…

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We are lucky enough to have a store in Brighton, which can be rather dangerous, but very effective.  A go to for present buying, or dinner party attendance as the packaging is so beautiful these boxes make the ideal present.

3)   Moo free chocolate – great for vegan Easter eggs, a classic for vegan children due to the quirky packaging and fun cow logo.  We are especially keen to try the vegan honeycomb infused Easter egg. 

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4)   Conscious Chocolate  Ideal for those who like flavoured chocolate they offer a variety of vegan chocolate bars in all sorts of flavours such as Chili, Mint, Orange (a personal favourite) PLUS over the Easter period, they are offering a free Easter Card with all orders.  Who can resist.

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5)   Om Bar – if you have not tried the coconut vegan chocolate treat that OmBar create, then you are missing out BIG time!  You have to give them a go, seriously delicious.  This is the best mid afternoon pick me up, best to be enjoyed with a hot cup of tea and all of your afternoon worries will just drift away.

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If, like us, you like to get a little adventurous in the kitchen it’s super easy to make your own vegan, raw chocolate.  This is best for adults, as raw cocoa has a high level of natural stimulants so might create over active children on Easter day!

What you do, is get a bain-marie and put in the chopped up raw organic cocoa butter in the bowl.  Stir gently with a metal spoon until melted, then add 6 tablespoons of raw organic cocoa powder in the bowl – sieve it in gently whilst stirring. 

Add a couple of tablespoons of agave syrup to taste, then maybe some salt to taste.  Now is your chance to get creative with the flavor; you can add coconut oil, peppermint oil, nuts, raisins, anything you like the taste of really! 

Stir until all smooth and pour in to your chocolate mould shapes (our favourite is the classic heart shape).  Once all topped up and level, pop them in the fridge or freezer until firm, when they are ready to be devoured!


These make lovely vegan chocolate presents too, and always impresses friends (they just don’t know how easy it is)!
 

Now, all you have to do is enjoy the vegan chocolate Easter feast you have prepared!

 

Enjoy!  Love all at Beyond Skin xx

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Beyond Skin Spring Summer 2014

The latest Beyond Skin Spring Summer collection is as colourful as the spring flowers and have all the nuances to match, from classic nudes to minty fresh plashes. The Beyond Skin collection has been on the market for a couple of weeks now and is one of the most popular collections of the Beyond Skin footwear range.
Due to this gorgeous sunny weather we have had lately, we will review the Beyond Skin Spring Summer 2014 collection for you, to get a proper introduction to the collection before you buy (or buy more if the case may be!).

uma

First off we have Uma the wedge sandal with 60’s vintage style pastel pink, yellow and silver geometric wedge cover and elegant matching patent pink and metallic style vegan sandal straps. So you can be at an elegant height, while still being comfortable with having nearly bare feet.
Uma is also available in a more striking version in Hot Pink geometric wedge cover and nude sandal straps. Uma ‘s wedge height approx 11.5cm with 2.5cm platform at toe and is made from Faux leather upper & cotton mix wedge cover. Style Uma with a colourful flowery skirt.

Albi

The Classic Albi is the reoccurring brogue shoe that just keeps getting ripped off the shelf’s every season. Albi is super stylish and can last you throughout the summer and beyond with it timeless design. This year Albi is a gentle light nude nuance so even when you are wearing a closed shoe like Albi, you will still look spring fresh.
Albi features a 10mm heel that gives you that little lift to make you feel naturally tall and feminine and is made from vegan faux patent leather so you can have style without the cruelty. Albi can be styled with almost everything. But we suggest a pair of dressy shorts.

iggy

The fierce Beyond Skin Iggy Wedge in bright’n’juicy orange faux leather upper was named after the young Australian HipHop artist Iggy Azalea because this wedge sandal is as bold and beautiful. The sandal features a metallic t-bar strap and a vintage print wedge cover in silver and orange bespoke Italian weaving.
This wedge would go perfectly with a pair of skinny jeans.

Venus

If you’re going out you will be dressed to impress in the new Beyond Skin Venus stiletto in cream patent faux leather with a vintage metallic vintage front detail. Venus also comes in Black faux suede & in lipstick pink. Venus would go great with almost any classic dress and can be dressed down with a pair of skinny jeans. Classy casual can never fail.

zoe

Beyond Skin was spotted on the red carpet at this years Oscars.
As part of Red Carpet Green Dress, a sustainable fashion campaign founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, the talented actress Olga Kurylenko wore the Beyond Skin Zoe  when she visited the award ceremony. She wore the Beyond Skin Zoe with a gorgeous dark pink floor long dress made in  organic piece silk which was died with madder root.  This dress was custom made for Olga for this special occasion and black Zoe was specially picked for this dress. Zoe also comes in a  Nude and Gold  colourway if you need a daytime sandal stiletto.

vanessa

Let’s get down to earth again with a new feature to the Beyond Skin family. Introducing for the first time the Beyond Skin Vanessa flat timeless mule style with a lovely ankle strap detail. All in nude vegan patent leather and soft rounded toe.
Vanessa will go with almost any outfit and is easy to get in and out of when you are off for a cider in the park.

Kristina

Other new features to the Beyond Skin family is the lovely kitten heel Kristina in fresh minty green featuring delicate silk style upper perfect if you are going for a summer wedding or a luscious garden party.
Kristina is at a comfortable height with her 7cm heel and will keep your feet nice and aired with her sling back strap detail. Kristina also comes in Black for the evening events

emerald

Emerald is our personal favourite because of the beautiful detailing that we can not get enough of. She’s a real vintage 50’s style gal. Emerald’s body is a delicate satin with beautiful matching delicate pattern print. The front detailing is vintage deco styling in vegan faux patent leather and metallic textile. Ideal if you are going to a wedding this summer. Emerals is a classic court shoe with almond toe & a 10cm vintage style block heel and comes in both Pale mint & Nude .

willow

Slippers are the best on trend comfortable shoe which can be both extremely flashy or toned down black. This Beyond Skin SS14 collection features the Willow slipper made from Italian weave in bright orange or pretty pink with a metallic thread. Perfect hot addition to your SS’14 wardrobe and will go fantastic to brighten up any casual outfit.
Willow features a comfortable 1cm heel height.

portia

We end off this Spring Summer review with Portia the classic court shoe silhouette with a vintage block heel and featuring beautiful Italian weaving upper in both cream and pale mint with metallic leafy decoration. One of our favorites in the new Spring Summer collection and perfect for a summer garden party in the sun sipping bubbly.

Now all you have to do is make the hard choice of which of these beauties should be yours. The choice is hard, we know, but any one of them will be a great addition to your wardrobe and any classic style from any of this weeks feature will match your style even years ahead.
Happy Spring shopping

Xx Beyond Skin xX

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