If you want to feel good about fashion then you should check out a great range of t-shirts, created for Comic Relief, by famed designer Stella McCartney. The designs, which feature various icons of British culture, are available in adult and children’s sizes. So if you are a funny guy who laughed at Tommy Cooper, a muso with a fondness for The Beatles, a fashionista who fancies herself as a bit of a Kate Moss, or you loved the timeless style of Marilyn Monroe, there’s a t-shirt here for you.
The shirts cost between £5.99 – £6.99 for children’s sizes, and £9.99 – £14.99 for the adults, are available from TK Maxx. Stella says: “I admire the Red Nose Day team and their achievement for this incredible worthwhile cause, and to be able to be supporting that is extremely rewarding.”
Stella graduated from Central St Martins in 1995, and her signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection. In 1997, in 1997 she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloé in Paris, enjoying huge success there after only two collections.
Stella is a lifelong vegetarian who does not use any leather or fur in her designs, and this has always been her mantra. She showed her first collection, under her own name in a partnership with PPR luxury division as a 50/50 joint venture, in Paris in October 2001.
The t-shirts from Stella’s Red Nose campaign are all manufactured in Africa with 100% of the cotton sourced from Fairtrade certified, organic cotton co-operatives in Mali. This ensures the cotton is free from pesticides and genetic modification (GM) – and that a fair price is paid to farmers in developing countries. It’s fashion that not only feels good but looks good too.
When you buy Fairtrade cotton it means that the whole community benefits financially through the increased prices they receive. The community uses the money in many ways, from building local schools so children don’t have to walk 10km a day to receive an education – to enabling parents to send their children to school, rather than the whole family having to work so they have enough to eat.
All the profits from the sale of each t-shirt is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives across Africa and here in the UK.