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W H AT ' S O N

Culture Vulture

expand your mind
Meet the blossoming London-based fashion company
making clothes that literally don't cost the earth

G
RISIN
STAR

Those who care where and how their fashion
is made now have a new name to Bear in mind...

NAME: 'ABSOLUTELY BEAR' USP: fashion with compassion
Nick Fletcher - along with wife Olivia
- launched Absolutely Bear with an
eye on the planet, rather than just
profit. We had to find out more...
HOW DID ABSOLUTELY BEAR START?
With a desire to change lives for the
better, by creating a clothing brand that
represents a whole generation of people
who want to make a positive difference
to society. We donate money to our
charity partners, Become and The Born
Free Foundation, so every item we sell
helps us to achieve our collective goal.
AND WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
The biggest challenge now, as for any
new business, is raising awareness of
who you are and what you're about
- so thank you Balance!

WHY ARE PEOPLE NOT MORE ETHICALLY
MINDED WHEN IT COMES TO FASHION?
Awareness and habit. For a long time
people would buy their clothes without
any real knowledge of who made them
or how they got to them. That is
changing and as a society we are
becoming more aware of the impact of
large scale consumerism.
WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE?
Further transparency and increased
awareness. The more information people
have, the better informed decisions they
can make. We believe everyone should
buy fewer, nicer things and hopefully
articles such as this will further shine a
light on the issues and lead people to
check out brands like Absolutely Bear.
absolutelybear.com B

Nick Fletcher, co-founder of
fashion company Absolutely Bear,
which donates 10% of its profits
directly to its charity partners

brief encounters

WHERE DOES THE NAME COME FROM?
We wanted to create a symbol in the
Bear that shows our values, namely

strength, respect and care. 'Absolutely'
was the word we felt encapsulated the
definitiveness behind that message.

THERAPY

WORDS: JAMES GILL

SOUND SEBASTIEN
SINGING BOWLS
Author Jasmine Hemsley
and wellbeing expert Toni
Dicks team up to create a
sensory meditative
experience through the
therapeutic tones of
crystal singing bowls. It's
an excellent way to calm
the monkey mind, open the
heart and nourish the soul.
Edition Basement; 12 and
19 February;
eventbrite.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHY

COMEDY

EXHIBITION

PLAY

Living in London is terrific,
but pollution means it's
hard to pick out your Ursa
Minor from your Ursa
Major. This stunning
exhibition features some
mind-boggling snaps of
stars, space and more.
Royal Observatory
Greenwich; until 22 July;
rmg.co.uk

He's tremendously funny
on panel shows, but
live is where comedian
Seann Walsh truly shines.
Whether taking on the
mundane, such as cooking,
or addressing meatier
issues like anxiety, the
charismatic comic knows
how to make a room rock.
Leicester Square Theatre;
9 and 10 March;
seannwalsh.com

This exhibition showcases
four recent graduates
scouted by contemporary
art gallery Fiumano Clase.
You'll find challenging work
from four artists including
Rhine Bernardino, whose
work includes Regla
(pictured), which uses
glass, water and her own
menstrual blood.
Wren Street; until 8 March;
fiumanoclase.com

Disney it ain't... Suranne
Jones stars in this dark
thriller which focuses
on the interwoven lives of
three strangers when a girl
goes missing. As well as
Jones, this brooding tale
of revenge and retribution
also features the sublime
Jason Watkins. The two
stars make this limited
run a must-see.
Until 5 May; Theatre Royal
Haymarket; trh.co.uk

INSIGHT
ASTRONOMY
PHOTOGRAPHER
OF THE YEAR

SEANN WALSH: ONE
FOR THE ROAD

February 2018 BA LA N CE

FIUMANO CLASE'S
DISCOVERIES

FROZEN

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http://www.absolutelybear.com http://eventbrite.co.uk http://rmg.co.uk http://www.seannwalsh.com http://www.fiumanoclase.com http://trh.co.uk

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