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Ethical Fashion

There is no doubt that ethical consumption has become a growing part of the conversation around the textile and fashion industry in recent years.  But how much of this is a trendy buzz-word used by companies large and small to entice increasingly ethically-conscious consumers, and how much of it is authentic, pro-active movement for change?

Debate around the ethics of textiles and fashion is a long-standing and many-fold one. It can however be broken down into two main concerns, namely the increasingly devastating impact it has on the environment, as well as distressing levels of abuse of working conditions and practices of the workers in the developing countries.

As an ethically-conscious brand, Playful promises aims to contribute to affecting real, tangible change. Not only all of our factories ethically audited, but we have also put in the research to ensure that we donate to the very best organisations advocating practical change to communities, countries and aspects of environmental impact that need it most. As a part of this effort, Playful Promises donates boxes – sometimes numbering in their dozens or hundreds, to organisations such as Traid and Giving World Online, both of which have a proven, long-standing record of affecting change in the areas we feel passionate about. We do this several times a year to ensure that our continued, practical support can help make a difference.

Gulafsa embellishing, photo courtesy of Traid

Gulafsa embellishing, photo courtesy of Traid

So what change can we, as a fashion brand, affect? Most people have likely, by now, either heard of or have investigated in some depth the impact their consumer choice has on the environment and the working conditions of workers in the developing world. The case is evident none more so than in fashion and textile industry where surplus or unwanted garments are amassed in huge landfills, the environment is being polluted with synthetic fibre, and the workers producing the garments are frequently working in unsafe and unhealthy conditions, often underpaid and being subject to questionable working practices. Women, and frequently, children, bear the brunt of such working conditions, and we could not call ourselves feminist if we were not doing our outmost to improve the working, economic and social conditions of women making our garments for us.

Checking out one of our factories earlier this year. On the left is a machine that makes bra molds and on the right is a technique for ensuring strappy bras are created with accuracy across each size - using a paper pattern!

Checking out one of our factories earlier this year. On the left is a machine that makes bra molds and on the right is a technique for ensuring strappy bras are created with accuracy across each size - using a paper pattern!

Traid aims to reduce the negative environmental and ethical impact of the textile industry by working towards the aim of increasing textile recycling for aid and international development. This is achieved through a number of ongoing projects, such as ending child and forced labour use in countries such as India, by encouraging large brands to focus on transparency of their supply chain. While the difficulties of monitoring the entirety of a lengthy production chain of a garment are notorious, funding initiatives such as supply chain mapping ensures that a more ethical change can be affected.

Another successful ongoing project that has been funded by Traid over the last three years has focused on expanding sustainable cotton production in countries such as Ethiopia, by supplying the funding and tools to the farmers to convert to organic, non-GM cotton farming, hence reaping the health, environmental and economic benefits of higher-value Fairtrade cotton. Ethiopia is set to increase its organic cotton production in the coming years, and we here at Playful Promises cannot encourage our fans enough to become ever-more aware as consumers, to check your garment labels and support such initiatives with your purchases. Funding and donations from ethically-conscious and eco-friendly brands like ours make all the difference.

Giving World Online focuses on similar causes closer to home, with their ethos of working towards “a society in which no one is in want because nothing is wasted”. The organisation works with a number of charities and local community groups to redistribute surplus goods from businesses and corporations within the UK, affecting a positive change within poorer UK communities as well as helping to stem the catastrophic rise of landfill sites. And this is where we, as a small brand, feel we can help make a difference.

The last report from Giving World has assessed our last donation, with our contribution of 530 garments coming to the value of £2120, which was able to help 270 women. Supporting women across the world – the members of the workforce who are frequently the most marginalised, underpaid, undereducated and abused - is very much part of our ethos and feminist credentials.

Women supporting other women – however small the business or however seemingly fledgling the initiative -  is one of the best incentives we can think of to affect some real, long-lasting change.

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

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As the excitement and the rush of the festive season draws ever near, does the thought of caroller-filled high-streets make you break out in cold sweat? The idea of hustling shopping malls fill you with dread rather that festive cheer? Panic not – our Christmas gift guide makes Christmas shopping stress free and easy from the comfort of your armchair.

Firstly, who are you buying for? We have gifts for your partner and friends alike, to suit a variety of tastes and styles. If you are considering lingerie or a sexy accessory for a romantic flame, then there are plenty of easy-size options available. Confident that your partner would appreciate a naughty gift? Why not put some pasties as stocking fillers – or actual stockings! Our selection of pasties is beautifully wrapped in a pretty presentation box with tissue paper, and stockings make a perfect wardrobe addition, whatever the recipient’s style. Our gold lace and tassel Tommy pasties are especially sparkly and festive!

(Tommy briefs arriving in early December)

(Tommy briefs arriving in early December)

Think they will appreciate something naughtier? Why not opt for our sultry and cheeky Venus range, that comes in festive wine and classic black colour-ways. Easy sizing ranging from x-small to x-large minimises room for sizing error, and is a trendy addition to a wardrobe for anyone loving all things strappy, lacy and naughty.  

Straps wont do? Why not go for our classic and sultry Carlota basque – just peek into your partner’s lingerie drawer to check their bra size and you will have an idea as to the best size for this. It’s a timeless black number that will go perfectly with those stockings.

Another important thing to consider is the taste and style of the lucky person about to be gifted. If naughty lingerie is not quite their bag and perhaps they favour a more vintage-inspired style, why not have a look at our Bettie Page collection where a few new retro-inspired items have just landed and are bound to make the heart of any vintage lover rejoice. Our Emerald set is a real show-stopper, featuring fabulous vintage-inspired overwire on the bra and retro contrast stitching and large bow details on the suspender and the classic briefs. And the new green colour of the set is already so festive!

Someone who likes their lingerie cheeky and playful is sure to love our tulle babydoll and brief set, or hand-print lacy set from Bettie Page collection. The babydoll and briefs feature playful sheer tulle and rows upon rows of fun frills and rosettes, as well as easy dress sizing in UK10/US6 to UK18/US14.

Our Hand-Print Lace set will hands-down (see what we did there?) be the most fun lingerie item in anyone’s knicker drawer, featuring festive red and classic black colours and easy dress sizing in small to xlarge. The sizing could not be easier to get right.

Shopping for a friend? Look no further because we also carry a range of stylish and comfortable nightwear and loungewear. Bettie Page boasts a swishy lavish new robe for that leopard-print lover in your life, which comes in easy dress sizing of UK8/US4 - UK18/US14.

The sultry femme fatales will love the Smoking Suit pyjama set - with striking monochrome colour and ivory piping, this will be the perfect lounging piece to sip mulled wine in under the mistletoe…..

Still worried? Don’t be, because we also have gift cards at the ready in either card or email form so you can always help your loved ones pick the perfect gift for themselves!

And don’t forget that gift-wrapping option is always available via our check-out, just in case your wrapping skills are more Mr Bean than origami.

Please note our final shipping dates to guarantee timely Christmas delivery below – and Happy Stress-Free Christmas Shopping!

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Lingerie as Outerwear - Christmas Party Outfits

Christmas is coming, so that means it's party season. In come the invitations to work dos, family get-togethers and reuniting with old friends to welcome in the festive season. All of these leave you asking: "what shall I wear?" Well, we're making it easier for you by putting together the cutest Christmassy outfits, all featuring Playful Promises designs for you to incorporate. Forget cheesy Christmas jumpers and flashing earrings (although no shade if that's your thing!) Here's 5 outfit tips & ideas to help you out:

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Shake up your textures

We're all a bit guilty of heading straight to black clothes when we're not sure what else to wear. With this outfit you can still do that, but you can mix it up with different textures for a more interesting look! The Roxy Bodysuit is an ideal winter piece on account of it's velvet devore and mesh, it'll keep you cosy and feeling sassy. Pair it with a PVC skirt, and it's fringed choker for another layer of super-cool texture.

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Simply sparkle

Sequins & gems are a Christmas party staple. The Show Time bodysuit is dazzlingly bright and sparkly, and perfect for getting noticed. With something so sparkly, you can dress it with something simple like a plain tennis skirt. If you're feeling extra, wear glittery earrings and jewelled tights too!

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Clash colours with patterns

If sparkly isn't your thing, wearing a daring print with a brightly coloured longline bra is another sure-fire way to get noticed. We love the almost rockabilly-style look of the leopard print and Bettie Page Longline Overwire Bra together with some cute earrings. Wear with our seamed stockings to finish the look.

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Sexy & chic

Basques are a daring way to incorporate lingerie into your outfit, and the Carlota is ideal for that! The black dot mesh makes it easy to pair with anything, but we chose a tartan pencil skirt to look a little more eye-catching and festive. Top with a fluffy beret to keep your head warm and looking adorable over this otherwise sultry outfit.

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Retro glamour

A vintage-lingerie inspired LBD and a floor length robe is a killer look when combined, and it's so simple to put together! The Leopard Print Robe makes any outfit look glamorous. Pair with vinyl heels and red lipstick to fully channel your inner femme fatale.

What are you doing for Christmas this year? Which of these outfits do you think you could rock?