Spring is now in full bloom and though we might be subject to the odd April shower, we have a definite sense of renewed energy this month with so much to do, see and get involved with. First and foremost for us at G&S it is Fashion Revolution Week at the end of the month - a time for us to take stock of what it is we are trying to acheive and to really celebrate and shout from the rooftops about sustainable fashion. On top of that Earth Day will have us focusing on the environment in its wider context. New arrivals from Kowtow answer all your what to wear questions for spring and beyond... whilst Easter takes place mid month, and that means a whole lot of sweet treats are in store! Time to take a look at all that April has to offer!
FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK
This year marks the 6th Anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh which has inspired Fashion Revolution to ask testing questions of the fashion industry and demand change so that we never see a disaster like it again. At the core of this movement is the question 'Who Made My Clothes?' and putting the human cost of fast fashion front of mind. Fashion Revolution is something close to our heart at Gather&See and we will be highlighting how our brands work and who is behind them with a number of 'Behind the Brand' features throughout April.
22nd - 28th April
Earth Day is now a global event each year, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. This year's focus is on protecting species that are endangered from insects, to animals, to plant life.
April is the month of the London Marathon - a great opportunity to get inspired and get active. The longer evenings (halleluja!) mean that there is more light to make an after work run in the evening that bit more appealing. If running isn't for you, then look to local sports clubs (tennis anyone?) as a great way to get active and meet new people. Either way, with summer coming, we could all use a spot of excercise for both body and mind.
A FESTIVAL OF TEA
We are big tea drinkers so could not be more excited at the prospect of a whole festival dedicated to tea, that falls on National Tea Day itself. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, London, the festival promises an immersive tea experience and the opportunity to rebalance with tea and meditation, learn about tea and sustainability or experience the ultimate modernist afternoon tea. Sounds to good to miss.
TRACY EMIN AT THE WHITE CUBE GALLERY
The next few days are the last chance to see the Tracy Emin exhibtion, 'A Fortnight of Tears' at the White Cube Gallery. Installed throughout the gallery’s spaces, this major exhibition includes sculpture, neon, painting, film, photography and drawing, all focusing on the artist’s own memories and emotions arising from loss, pathos, anger and love.
Until April 7th, White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey
WHAT TO EAT
We are starting to see more varied fruit and vegetables popping up in the garden this month. The first rhubarb crop is always a welcome sight - we'll be making good old fashioned rhubarb and custard and keeping some back to dollop on our porridge in the mornings. Meanwhile wild garlic is now growing in abundance in woodland around the country. We'll be picking some to throw into a warming risotto - perfect for a chilly spring evening's supper.
WHAT TO WEAR
In a word - Kowtow. The kiwi brand never fails to impress us and this season's collection has just landed and provides the perfect selection of pieces to see you through the spring and well into summer. Particular highlights include their premium denim pieces, an eye-catching spring knit and a new version of last summer's best selling item, the Gathered Hem Dress. All 100% organic cotton, of course. Get in there quick!