When Australian-based ethical designer Adrienne Bacs got in touch via phone several weeks ago, I was in a state of fluster. I had just spent time visiting family and meeting with student film makers in Brisbane.
She was following up on an email which I hadn’t read because I’m notoriously hopeless with keeping up with the constant emails that flood my inboxes. I hired someone to professionally manage email communications because I’d rather be writing than spend my days responding to emails.
However it dawned on me upon answering her phone call that if Adrienne was calling, that neither Ted or myself had responded to her email. So I apologised and asked her to send it again.
And so she did.
When I received it I quickly checked out Adrienne’s website: Manisha Design. I was instantly drawn to the classic but comfortable designs. I respected her for giving artisans the opportunity to use their traditional skills, in this case, handlooming, to make a living. But mostly I coveted the timeless fashion pieces; pieces that would look stylish no matter the season, no matter the year, no matter the decade even.
So Manisha Design got my tick of approval. Not that Adrienne really needed it.
I also particularly liked that Adrienne had injected her soul into the About Us page, addressing the parts about the fashion industry I also abhor:
I had a hot and cold relationship with fashion and really regarded myself an anti fashion fashionista. Early on I was enjoying my studies in fashion design, but I realised that I could not be part of the fashion world for its fast pace, revolving trend, and disposable philosophy, [it] was too different from mine. I switched to studies on Naturopathy and Nutrition and for nearly 30 years I strived for an environmentally friendly way of existence. But my love of beautiful things and designing never left and as I noticed a growing consumer awareness for environmentally conscious and fair trade clothing I felt that I could be part of this new fashion era after all…”
It became apparent in our email correspondence that Adrienne is not just a purpose-driven eco designer. She is also a spiritually evolved human being. When I disclosed my struggle with balancing the need to accept sponsored posts (to cover operating costs) with the sustainability message (the mission of the blog), she replied:
You probably know this that a lot of ethical and spiritual minded people have a core issue with financial wealth and feel they have to be apologetic if they are not living a poper’s lifestyle but as long as one is conducting an ethical business not only does it set an example but one can use great wealth to help others in so many ways. Wouldn’t the world’s wealth be better off in the hands of people who understand the true responsibility that comes with that?”
I hadn’t thought of it in this way and I am grateful to have read her words during a time of inner turmoil.
Anyway, when Adrienne offered to gift me a piece from her collection, I had to stay true to my minimalist values and decline. I instead suggested she give an Eco Warrior Princess reader a chance to win one of her pieces. She agreed.
A win-win-win situation: Adrienne would get exposure for her beautiful eco fashion brand. A lucky reader would get a beautiful organic cotton top. And I would be able to facilitate the promotion of an ethical brand and Australian designer that exemplifies conscious fashion.
So here’s the top I chose to give away. I hope you like it as much as I do!
How to enter & win this Manisha Design top:
To win this beautiful Manisha Design loose fitting light weight organic cotton top (comes in Australian women sizes 10, 12 and 14) valued at A$280, just click on the link below, complete the form and you’ll be in the running to win.
You’ll also get two bonus entries for each friend referred! So make to share with your social network to increase your chances of winning.
To enter, click here.
Good luck lovelies!
Terms and Conditions:
Giveaway is open to international residents.
Contest is not open to Eco Warrior Princess employees or members of their immediate families.
Contestants must enter using giveaway sweepstakes form/app.
Contestants can receive additional entries by sharing this giveaway with their social media networks using the sweepstakes app (two bonus entries for each friend referred).
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Entries close October 7 2016 7pm AEST.
The winner will be drawn at random and will be announced on Instagram Stories and Twitter.
The winner will be notified via the email address used to enter the giveaway and must reply with their postal address and preferred size within 5 business days of notification.
In the event of the winner not being contactable, another random draw will be held.
Total prize package worth approx. RRP A$280.00
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There is no monetary compensation for this prize.