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Ethical Hedonist September Hot List

September 21, 2018 in Better Luxury Shopping


The Brocante Comes to Daylesford Organic

Daylesford Organic Farm Shop

The Country Brocante is returning to Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire for a harvest festival celebration. The fair will be packed with marquees and galleries, with a carefully chosen blend of exhibitors to ensure a whirlwind of the finest vintage pieces, decorative antiques, and specialist textiles. Complementing this is a range of creative and wellbeing workshops which can be booked in advance.

Linen, fine homewares and Brocante Treasures from Justine Tabak

Just dipping into their website is an almost meditative experience of peace and beauty, suggesting that the real-life experience is surely transcendent. For lovers of elegance and creativity, this celebration of artisan makers is not to be missed!

The event is on Saturday 22nd September, held in Daylesford near Kingham from 9 am – 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased on the day or by heading to this page: https://www.thecountrybrocante.co.uk/tickets


Inventing the Future

A Melodrama in Three Acts by W H Auden and Christopher Isherwood Published by Faber & Faber

For art and design enthusiasts, a special exhibition is being held to celebrate the contribution that 20th Century students from Gresham’s School have made to the field. Called “Inventing the Future”, the exhibition contains a huge range of pieces from public and private collections, from early vacuums by James Dyson, to the Golden Globe won by actress Olivia Colman. Alumni of the school include the poets W. H. Auden and Sir Stephen Spender, and film and stage luminaries such as Peter Brook and Stephen Frears.

Alongside the exhibition are two free talks: the first given by Richard Upstone, former senior curator of 20th Century art at Tate Britain, on the subject of Changing the Face of British Art; and the second given by D J Taylor, a Whitbread Award-winning author, on Capturing the Decade Auden, Spender & the Literary Culture of the 1930s.

The exhibition will be on Saturday 29th September – Sunday 14th October from 9 pm – 5 pm. Entry and talks are free but booking for talks is essential.

For more information, go to http://www.inventingthefuture.info/

Bloomsbury Festival

This year’s Bloomsbury Festival is fast approaching, kicking off on the 17th of October and promising a vibrant blend of arts, culture, and science. Lasting five days, the programme is packed with thought-provoking talks and workshops, as well as a diverse range of live music events. The events are held across London, and this year’s theme is Activists and Architects of Change.

The programme is almost overwhelming in its quality of events and personally makes me feel like clearing my diary and trying to see everything. Our particular highlights include the feminist life drawing workshop, held on October 18th 6 pm -7.30pm, and the NEW WAVE lunchtime concert series across the festival to showcase new talent in music, performance and film.

The festival is held from 17th-21st October, and over 60% of the events are free to attend – good news for anyone paying London rent!

Check out the full programme at http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/events/


Positive Week Redefines Luxury with Ethics

Positive Week celebrates Luxury with sustainability

Last of all, is our What’s Hot highlight for this season. We can’t wait for Positive Week led by Positive Luxury, a community of luxury brands with a conscience. Hosted from 8th-12th October, this event emphasises sustainable brands which are having a positive impact and acting responsibly in business. At the core of their beliefs is the push to redefine the luxury industry in the light of our bold millennial values of ethics and transparency. As Diana Verde Nieto, Co-Founder and CEO of Positive Luxury says, “In a world of fakes, trust is paramount”.

The main event this year involves two breakfast panels on 11th October at London’s Hotel Café Royal. Leaders from top brands, such as Hermes, will give their insight into the state of the industry and their views on sustainability in the context of luxury in the 21st century.

Our editor-in-chief Alison Reid will be attending as a journalist and expert on sustainability.

Follow the event on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (found with the handle @PositiveLuxury), and join in the conversation virtually by using the hashtags: #positiveluxury #positiveweek2018 #redefiningluxury #followthebutterfly

Seasonal Cookery and Days Out at River Cottage

River Cottage is best known for its fascinating Channel 4 series, hosted by television chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. We were excited to find out that the brand also run cookery courses and events, as well as the three River Cottage Kitchens and delis which are open in Axminster, Bristol and Winchester.

With their focus on seasonal produce and ethical dining, it’s easy to feel the first stirrings of inspiration to start to use more home-grown and locally-sourced ingredients. To cement this inspiration, and help you to put it firmly into practice, there’s a great range of courses and events starting this autumn. Events include meat curing and smoking, game cookery and proper pastry and pies. Our personal pick is the mushroom foraging course, set in the picturesque Devon and Dorset countryside. Led by a foraging expert, you’ll be taught how to identify mushrooms, gather them responsibly and incorporate them into a variety of meals. The course promises a ‘mushroom feast’ at the end and seems a must for anyone who wants a foray into the world of wild food!

Courses run until February 2019 and a full list can be found on the website’s course calendar. Prices start from £95:



More Events will be added as we hear about them! Send us your diary dates.

Written by contributing Editorial Intern, Alexandra Klein. Alex is studying for an MSc in Biochemistry at St John’s College Cambridge.







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Alison Jane Reid

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