Natasha Bridges passionately blogs & photographs her son Oak slow living adventures in the stunning Shropshire & British countryside while wearing sustainable children’s fashion. Natasha loves to seek new brands with a beautiful ethical soul so go follow Natasha & Oak on Instagram @growing.oak.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
I feel as a parent one of the best pieces of advice I can ever give my son Oak is we all have the ability to make positive changes in a gentle way, no matter how big or small.
One pioneering childrenswear brand ‘shaking the world’ by revolutionising the way we manufacturer clothing here in the UK is Mini Stitches. Feel good genderless playful contemporary styles which are washable, sustainable and created for everyday fun adventures like ours, stitched with future optimism and integrity.
Each Mini Stitches garment is empowering diverse women from Tower Hamlets in East London by art charity stitches in time, who gives life to the ethically-sourced fabrics and finishes.
It’s a dedication of love and a passion for motivating people to question where their clothes are made and providing a safe support network to enable a community in hardship to positively shine through creativity.
Teaching industry standard skills in garment manufacturing, alongside English classes and other essential support, to many who have never worked, provides a space for women facing isolation to meet, learn and create together, building their confidence and sustain meaningful livelihoods.
Mini stitches take their ethics way further by the introduction of hand spun, hand woven organic cotton, natural indigo and vegetable dyes and traditional block printing, sourced from Fair Trade worker co-ops in Bangladesh and India.
Oak being a gentle soul, felt harmonious and at peace knowing how his garments were fairly manufactured. With a Spring in our step, feeling free-spirited, we could revel in the afternoon sun, playing tag and other childhood games among the vintage nostalgia.
Suiting Oak’s quirky charisma, the bright red pantaloons, with meticulous details and soft deep pockets were perfect for stashing his ‘love hearts’ impishly. Alluring our every sense, the kimono sleeve shirt in a classic gingham print generating a carefree mood.
We have truly been inspired by this incredible brand, are you ready to make your own positive changes and ‘shake the world’? We are…..
You can follow Natasha and Oak @growing.oak
Find out more about how Mini Stitches are changing UK manufacturing practising, here.
Shake The World Mini Stitches credits:
Oak’s UNISEX GINGHAM SHIRT from MINI STITCHES
Oak’s UNISEX RED POLLY PANTALOONS from MINI STITCHES
Oak’s Blue Bowler Hat: WADDLER
Oak’s Marsden Reefer Coat: BRITANNICAL
Oak’s Knee High Socks: BOBO CHOSES
Oak’s Blue Suede Boots: PèPè SHOES
View Oak’s last adventure on Junior Style – Wandering into the Past with Sommer and Kinder, here.
View more of Natasha Bridges work on Junior Style here.
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