Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Near Far

I love stumbling across new (and inexpensive!) products and designers, so when my friend at work recommended this line I got incredibly excited and I am already planning things to order!

NearFar is an ethical clothing line which works with organisations in Sierra Leone, providing the unemployed with work in the tailoring industry, and fashionistas with gorgeous inspired designs.

According to the website: "Ten years of Civil War has left the country with many uneducated and unemployed young people. Many of the tailors have lived as street children, been victims of commercial sex trade or been subjected to domestic abuse. Through building relationships with these tailors, NearFar has been able to help them profit from their skills and rebuild a life of stability for themselves and their families. NearFar’s commitment to this cause is demonstrated by the fact that 10% of all sales is reinvested into the training"

The brand can certainly prove themselves as ethical and unique, but what about the designs?

NearFar claim to provide an 'alternative to the mass-produced and an antidote to the mundane.'
This is certainly clear in their bold West African inspired prints and fine tailoring. Although the selection is small, there is still plenty to choose from including handbags, dresses, shorts and skirts, and most items of clothing come in a variety of different prints.

I am a big fan of bright, funky designs and so far I am finding it hard to decide which I like the most! At the very reasonable price of around £35 for a pair of amazing high wasted print shorts, and £55 for a shift dress, it is easy to get carried away and want a little of everything!

If this all sounds like your cup of tea (fair trade, mind!) then head over to the site at NearFar.co.uk where you will find out a lot more information that is probably much more useful than my waffling :)


  1. Cool! I'm loving that dress. Thanks for the post m'dear xx

  2. Love this! Kudos! Is there a link?

  3. They're not completely inexpensive, they're just reasonable. Which is fine, by the way, because you know that you're not buying something that exploits people. When you buy Primark, you love that you saved a lot of money, but if you think about it, you're sure that's probably been made by some little kids!

    I hope this organization is true, and they seriously could re-invest more than 10%, but it's fine anyways, as long as they do not exploit them, but save them from a crappy life!

    Their clothes are absolutely fabulous, I really love the designs.
    There are lots of African immigrants in my hometown, and when I see those traditional clothes, I always think their prints and fabrics are awesome!

  4. Such a great concept, making these prints modern and directional. I love the dress.


I love talking to people so please leave a comment and I'll do my best to reply as soon as possible!