Maude and Tommy in York is not your run-of-the mill fashion shop, far from it. Its statement stylish offer of clothing and accessories, and its fabulous city photoshoots, have been helping to create quite a different view of ethical fashion from the sack cloth and tie-dye rags we all know and, er, love.
Maude and Tommy can be found on Grape Lane, not far from York Minster. It was opened 10 years ago by Anne McCrickard, with founding values to be a positive force in the world, stocking only products that provided a decent wage for skilled workers around the world, choosing brands that are conscientious regarding their environmental impact and with all business practices determined by principles of justice and equality. If only everything in life could be that way.
It’s named Maude and Tommy after a brother and sister who used to babysit Anne when she was a little girl. Anne the selects beautiful designs she loves, made ethically in the UK and around the world, with brands including People Tree, Braintree and Komodo, which produces in Nepal. The lovely pictures here are shot by Mike Nowill, in York.
Maude and Tommy is well worth a look, and what better excuse to splash out on fashion when you know you’re supporting talented independent makers in the UK and around the world.
Find Maude and Tommy at Grape Lane in York and on www.maudeandtommy.co.uk.