I'm delighted that this week's Meet the Local is Katie, the owner of Tommy & Lottie. Katie and I started chatting a few weeks ago and with the Sustainable St Albans Festival starting on the 11th May and last week being Fashion Revolution Week, I thought this interview was perfect timing.
For those of you who aren't aware of the Fashion Revolution it a campaign for a fashion industry that conserves and restores our environment and gives people, especially women, a voice.
The Fashion Revolution and environmentally friendly clothing are two things that are very important to Katie. She set out to create clothing that was both sustainable and ethical, resulting in the creation of Tommy & Lottie. They produce unisex, ethical and sustainable, clothing which considers the environment.
Tommy & Lottie's twinning sweatshirts are made from organic, vegan, peta certified cotton so really are super sustainable. In a world where disposable fashion has been growing exponentially it's important to Katie that her products last. So instead of using plastic transfers on the clothing, she's opted for embroidery and screen print as they're more enduring.
Sumatran Orangutan Society
One charity that Katie has also partnered with is the Sumatran Orangutan Society. She hand draws all her designs, so after drawing a baby orangutan she connected with the Sumatran Orangutan Society and they loved the design. They have since launched a partnership whereby when you purchase any Tommy & Lottie orangutan prints or sweatshirts, over 10% will be donated to the charity.
Discover even more about Katie....
The one thing I love most about my job is… the flexibility, creativity, no work politics, balance.
I moved to St Albans… from London when I was pregnant with Tommy as although I loved London it was too busy and expensive. After my maternity leave I decided to give up my previous career in Retail and telecomms with a focus to start my own business. I always wanted to be at home for the kids as they grow up so fast, you cannot get those years back.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received… was to believe in yourself.
My most memorable work memory is launching the orangutan partnership.
Pub in St Albans: The Boot
Place to eat in St Albans:
Place to have a coffee/tea in St Albans:
The Street Cafe
Place to buy a present in St Albans: Chloe James