Fairtrade Femmes: Pyne and Smith

Review by Freya Bennett

Learning about slow fashion in my 30’s feels like a calming cup of tea or somebody hugging me and telling me I can let go and relax. I spent a lot of my teens and early adult life rushing around each season buying cheap junk in the hopes I would find something to suit my body. Something that I would love, something that made me cool, popular, easy and breezy! As much as my ethics tell me otherwise I have always been dazzled by consumerism, wanting more and more stuff and feeling more and more empty as I accumulated junk.

I wish it was something I had absorbed earlier on when I would buy so much cheap clothing and only wear it once or twice but alas. At least I am learning it now. And what an age to live in to find beautiful, ethical brands to support what with Instagram giving us the ability to connect with like minded people from all over the world.

I want to introduce you to Pyne and Smith. If you want to join the slow, ethical fashion movement and want a few versatile pieces then look no further. Handmade by Joanna, an Englishwoman in California her pieces are classic, flexible and so cute. One thing I love about collecting a few special pieces of clothing is that you can find brands like Pyne and Smith where you’re not only supporting a small business but you get to know the maker! You can learn more about Joanna’s journey here and grab a dress or two while you’re at it.

I was sent a beautiful linen dress with red checks and buttons up the front. I was a bit worried as I have quite large boobs and buttons are not usually the friends of busty babes but Joanna took my measurements over Instagram and assured me that it would fit. I was sent a medium and low and behold, when I tried it on, it was perfect. My dress travelled across the ocean all the way from California to Melbourne arriving within a week of being shipped!

I had been crushing on Pyne and Smith’s instagram for awhile before contacting Joanna and as it is summer in California, the photos shared are of women dressed for summer. But it’s very icy cold here in Melbourne so when I received my dress I was a bit worried about how I would make it work in this crisp weather. I played around a little bit and realised this dress is just as versatile in Winter as it is in Summer! Just chuck on some tights, a thin woolen top underneath, some boots and a jacket and you’re good to go.

My new aim is to find a few pieces that I can wear all year around. And I think I have found the first piece to add to my collection!


Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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