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Can luxury be sustainable?
The third edition of the ‘1.618 Sustainable Luxury’ fair took place in Paris at the end of March.
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the fair aims to educate, inform, and support the change for a more sustainable form of luxury.
Why it matters
It is an opportunity to demonstrate that ethics and the environment can be combined when looking at luxury products. As consumers become more aware of the impact of their behaviour on the planet, will we see a growth in sustainable products in categories that usually pride themselves on uniqueness and exclusivity?
The latest buzz in the world of Parisian fashion is new concept store Merci. The store is located over three floors in a stylish warehouse-come-loft apartment and sells vintage and the previous season’s clothing along with jewellery and furniture. Goods are donated by brands, designers and celebrities, with all profits going to a children’s charity in Madagascar. Merci is being heralded as the first ‘luxury’ charity shop.
The Sims 3 is a hugely popular ‘life simulation’ videogame based on the repercussions of characters becoming made poor and homeless. The ‘Alice and Kev’ blog has drawn praise for how it tells the surprisingly moving stories of two characters as they struggle to cope with enforced poverty in Sims world.