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The Maiyet Collective plays host to a series of bespoke designer-maker events, interactive workshops, educational discussions and story-telling events. Explore our upcoming event schedule and past events below.

 

WEAVING FROM WASTE WITH MARIA SIGMA

An in depth workshop which taught us the basics of weaving and how to turn your household waste textiles from old T-shirts to pillowcases into textile masterpieces. 
 
Maria Sigma is an award-winning brand specialising in ‘zero waste’ ethical hand-woven textiles.

This activity took place during our February opening.

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR CLOTHES AND MAKE THEM LAST

Q&A workshop with practical tips on how to extend the life of your clothes from a team of wardrobe experts.

Moderated by journalist, Tamsin Blanchard
Speakers:
Patrick McDowell, Designer
Orsola de Castro, Co-founder and creative director, Fashion Revolution
Hasna Kourda, Founder, Save Your Wardrobe

This event is in partnership with Fashion Open Studio.
This activity took place during our February opening.

 

MINING TRASH FOR TREASURE

A panel discussion which covered the creative potential of fashion and textile industry waste.

Moderated by Journalist Tamsin Blanchard
Orsola de Castro, Founder & Creative Director, Fashion Revolution
Kresse Wesling, Co-founder Elvis & Kresse
David Woode, Journalist

This event is in partnership with Fashion Open Studio.
This activity took place during our February opening.

lOVED CLOTHES LAST

A discussion around the lasting quality of clothes – what we should invest in, how do we choose clothes that will stand the test of time and what will be the heirloom of the future (and will we buy them or rent them?)

Moderated by Victoria Moss, Senior Fashion Editor, The Telegraph
Speakers:
Wilson Oryema, writer, artist, activist, model
Matilda Aspinall, PHD research student, Centre of Sustainable Fashion
Ioanna Topouzoglou, Mashu
Sara Arnold, Founder, Higher Studio
Deborah Bee, Creative Director, Harvey Nichols

This event is in partnership with Fashion Open Studio.
This activity took place during our February opening.

THREAD TALES: COLOUR CONSULTATION WITH THE FOUNDER

Founder of Thread Tales, Katherine Maunder hosted a drink reception and complimentary colour consultation. Understanding how colours can lift your mood and alter how people react to you is a fascinating journey.

  • Assess your skin and hair tone and identify colour that works best for you
  • Learn about the psychology of colour

Katherine Maunder, Founder of Thread Tales has over 17 years experience as a Fashion Designer and stylist. Her career spans luxury to high street from Milan to London with extensive experience and knowledge of working with colour.

Her success as a designer comes from her ability to understand how clothes can make you feel along with her eye for colour, shape and detail.

This activity took place during our February opening.

A Conscious wardrobe and individual style for the professional woman

In this interactive workshop, workwear designer Joanna Dai and fashion stylist Jennifer Schneider covered the comprehensive aspects around personal image and conscious wardrobe-building in a professional setting.

From the value of personal image to practical takeaways on building a capsule versatile wardrobe, body shape, colour analysis, accessorising and dressing for your lifestyle, Joanna and Jennifer delivered a comprehensive and fun workshop allowing attendees to elevate their personal brand in a conscious, sustainable way.

This activity took place during our February opening.

nuggets of gold: from mine to consumer

Annabel Davidson, Jewellery Editor of Vanity Fair, was in conversation with Daniela Colaiacovo, founder of MAKAL. They spoke about Daniela’s incredible journey from being one of the few women in the mining industry, operating a gold mine in Central America and the launch of her own London based jewellery brand.

Daniela tells the story of the first properly ethical gold mine in the world that set out to demonstrate that responsible mining is compatible with caring for the environment and neighbouring communities.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, this was also a celebration of MAKAL, a brand that empowers its women artisans, taking hand-discovered gold nuggets and crafting them into contemporary fine jewellery collections, fully traceable from mine to consumer.

This activity took place during our February opening.

FASHION’S BIG FIX

How do we fix the mess of the fashion industry? This panel talk was focusing on the challenges facing the issue from imminent effects of Brexit and climate change; over-production, over-consumption and waste to fair wages and working conditions for garment workers.

Moderated by journalist and campaigner, Bel Jacobs with practical ideas from an expert panel

Bozena Jankowska, Designer
Tamara Cincik, Founder and CEO, Fashion Roundtable
Jemma Finch, Co-Founder @StoriesBehindThings
Tamsin LeJeune, Founder and CEO, Common Objective

This event is in partnership with Fashion Open Studio.
This activity took place during our February opening.

Piñatex in focus

An intimate and hands-on evening discussing the innovative, vegan and highly sustainable texile, Piñatex. A sold out informal discussion about Piñatex and sustainable textiles, with the designers from MASHU, ALTIIR and LUXTRA – brands currently using Piñatex in their collections – talking about their journey as sustainable fashion brands. Joined by Dr Carmen Hijosa, inventor of Piñatex who shared her journey and vision for a more sustainable future.

This activity took place during our February opening.

 

BOZENA JANKOWSKA: MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Bozena Jankowska launched her new blazer personalisation with us, allowing customers the  experience of customising their own by selecting from choice of fabrics, linings and buttons. Each piece was specially made to order, bespoken made in her London based studio.

This activity took place during our February opening.

MEET THE FOUNDER: BY SARAH

The founder of BY SARAH LONDON, came in for the day to tell the story of her an all-natural and organic skincare collection which advocates a more conscious lifestyle. Attendees were given a complimentary, personalised skincare consultation and a deluxe sample.

This activity took place during our February opening.

Behind the Scenes: Hanna Fiedler

Hanna Fiedler invited us to experience the creative process behind her luxury designs. Hanna brought her atelier to the store for the day, taking us behind the scenes of her Spring/Summer 2020 collection. She showcased a real “behind the scene” experience with mood boards, sketches and toiles, as well as pattern experimentations, and live draping on a mannequin.

This activity took place during our February opening.

MEET THE DESIGNER: ELLIS MHAIRI CAMERON

Ellis Mhairi Cameron, gave us a beautiful insight on her on drawings and ideas for her upcoming collection, which will launch at London Fashion Week in September 2019. Visitors got to see sketches, models and have a chat with Ellis about her ideas and inspiration.

This activity took place during our February opening.

crochet party with iota

In order to broaden their community, connect people to craft and share their unique and inspiring concept, Iota created their ‘crochet parties’, which very excitingly they brought to The Maiyet Collective at Harvey Nichols. In this fun and creative workshop our guests learned how to knit a clutch bag over a glass of prosecco.

Workshop included:

  • A kit with bespoke yarn skein in 3 different colors to choose from, instructions, crochet needles, a leather strap and even a small token, for everything to turn out just right.
  • 3.5 hours of quality time with a true crochet master joined by the brand’s creative director. Together you will accomplish crocheting your own handmade bag.
  • A glass of prosecco

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This activity took place during our February opening.

SLOW FASHION TO SAVE MINDS

Georgina Johnson introduced her manifesto Slow Fashion to Save Minds and discussed why our emotional relationship with our wardrobes needs to be fixed – and how we can do that.

Moderator: Bemi Shaw, journalist and stylist
Hanna Fiedler, Designer
Kanchalika Stephenson, Founder, Malako Skincare
Georgina Johnson, Founder, Laundry Arts
Adele Orcajada, Partner, Material Driven
Judith Achumba-Wollenstein, Co-Founder & Editorial Director of Hajinsky, Fashion Psychology Magazine

This event was in partnership with Fashion Open Studio.

This activity took place during our February opening.

CLEANSING YOUR HOME WITH TINCTURE

Leading nutritionist and hormone expert, Kay Ali, and passionate toxin-free campaigner, Angelika Davenport, founder of the TINCTURE home cleansing collection, gave a fascinating and engaging insight into the hidden chemicals in our homes and environment, and how they are affecting our health and wellbeing.

This activity took place during our February opening.

MEET THE DESIGNER: PIPPA SMALL

London based, ethical jeweller Pippa Small MBE joined us for our jewellery designer in residence series of events, creating bespoke custom cord necklaces by stringing together stones and gold amulets.

The designer has been making jewellery for over 25 years. With a masters in anthropology, Pippa went on to work all over the world with artisans creating unique handmade jewellery in warm high karat yellow gold, steeped in ancient traditions and belief systems the jewellery carries with it the story of the maker and a sense of the history and culture of the source of the jewel.

This activity took place during our February opening.

AN EVENING WITH BY SARAH X RUUBY APP

The Founder of By Sarah, one of our new beauty brand is on a mission to bring greater transparency to skincare together with Venetia Archer, Founder of Ruuby App, London’s digital beauty concierge, the two inspiring female entrepreneurs discussed the importance of beauty rituals and finding time for self-care.

This activity took place during our February opening.

MEET THE DESIGNER: GUYA MERKLE

Guya Merkle, Head of VIERI Fine Jewellery and her team joined us in-store, accompanied by the brand’s treasure box and sketch book in which the pieces in their Candy Collection began to come alive. We met the team, marvelled at the colourful gemstones and let Guya choose our perfect stone, shape and combination to make our very own Candy piece.
As well as their Candy Collection, the VIERI team shared the story behind the fine jewellery label and the work they’re doing with the Earthbeat Foundation to improve livelihoods of the minors and protect the environment.

This activity took place during our February opening.

OLIVIA GRACE: MY LIFE IN DIAMONDS

The founder of our ethical fine jewellery brand Olivia Grace London is the aptly named Helena Fine. She is an expert in diamonds and other precious stones and has worked in the industry for over 20 years.

Helena joined us in-store to tell her fascinating story of a life in diamonds and what to look for when you are buying ethical and sustainable jewellery.

This activity took place during our February opening.

THE MAIYET COLLECTIVE & FASHION OPEN STUDIO: CLARE PRESS IN CONVERSATION WITH TAMSIN BLANCHARD

We were very excited to welcome Clare Press to the store, who spoke in conversation with journalist Tamsin Blanchard about her role as Vogue’s first Sustainability Editor, how to make a meaningful podcast, and the new role of craftivist communities from her new book, Rise & Resist.

The empowering and inspiring discussion could have gone on all evening, but alas, there were books to sign! Guests had the opportunity to meet Clare and have her book, Rise & Resist, signed with a personal message.

This sell-out event took place during our December opening.

Whilst we didn’t record the talk on the evening, Clare recently interviewed Maiyet’s Founder, Paul van Zyl for her podcast.

Listen here

MAKING COMMUNITIES WORK: how to work with communities to create ethical supply chains

A moving and insightful educational panel discussion exploring how brands can give back while creating ethical business models. Each of the speakers shared their differing experiences, the challenges they’ve faced as well as the importance to supporting communities, from adults with learning disabilities to women who’ve survived the Rwandan genocide.

Moderated by Lizzie Rivera, Sustainability journalist and Founder of ethical lifestyle site, BICBIM.

Speakers:
Jennifer Ewah, Founder, Eden Diodati
Lavinia Brennan, Founder, Beulah
Emily Mathieson, Founder, Aerende
Sophie Slater, Founder, Birdsong

Designer – Makers: Sensory Pathways with LA-EVA

The artisan team behind organic beauty brand LA-EVA offered guests the chance to experience their luxurious products over a complimentary hand massage.

Elegant and edgy, LA-EVA creates products inspired by organic beauty, a love of art and the alignment of luxury with simplicity. Units of wellbeing, created from fine ingredients, blended to treat body and mind as one.

ISHKAR’S WOBBLY GLASSES

For two thousand years Herat’s distinctive coloured glass was traded along the length of the Silk Road. Today, conflict has all but destroyed this industry. ISHKAR is working with one of the last remaining workshops, to revive this ancient industry. 

For every 100 glasses ISHKAR orders, 30 or so come in surprising shapes: wobble, wonky and unique. 
 
The ISHKAR team offered insights into Afghanistan’s glass making tradition and gave guests the chance to pick a wobbly glass with every set of colourful glasses purchased. 

This activity took place at our December opening.

Breakfast with the DESIGNERS

Jewellery brands Flora Bhattachary, tinyOm and Natalie Perry joined forces to indulge guests in a wonderful Friday morning.

As well as meeting each of the Founders over an informal tea and light breakfast to chat all things jewellery, guests explored their chakras, enjoyed henna painting and received a complimentary limited-edition charm with spends over £125 on any of their beautiful pieces.

This activity took place during our December opening.

 

ELECTRIC DAISY FLOWER FARM’S BESPOKE FESTIVE WREATHS

Throughout our festive pop-up, Electric Daisy Flower Farm designed Christmas wreaths for customers which created a wonderfully wintry display and aroma throughout the store.

The Wiltshire-based farm pride themselves on their ethical harvests. Their bountiful collection of flowers are grown using sustainable garden practices and are completely chemical free. Air miles are accumulated only by the amazing biodiversity of pollinating insects and wildlife who share the land with them.

This took place during our December opening.

CHAKRA WORKSHOP WITH TINYOM

tinyOm Founder, Virginie Dreyer, offered guests a guide on the subtle body’s seven main energy centres. Guests explored their relationship with their chakras through her informal workshop.

Meaningful, poetic, fine jewellery with a protective purpose. tinyOm is named after the Om mantra, which celebrates the original vibration of the universe. Contemporary and delicate jewellery with a unique design in 18 carat gold, diamonds and gemstones, tinyOm is a brand dedicated to every woman in harmony with their life philosophy.

This event took place at the December opening.

WELCOMING WILDER BOTANICS

We’re very excited to welcome Wilder Botanics to The Maiyet Collective. Guests met the Founder in-store to talk all things herbal whilst testing their natural oils and tasting their herbal infusions. It was a great opportunity to learn about each ingredient and how they support and benefit the whole being, both inside and out.

Wilder Botanics products are created from the finest organic wild crafted energetic ingredients, completely sustainable and recyclable. There are no chemicals or preservatives, just pure natural products for your body.

This activity took place at our December opening.

Meet the Founder: JRS Jewellery

Julien Riad Sahyoun, Founder of JRS,  discussed his journey to creating an ethical jewellery brand and the inspiration and experiences that fuel his designs with our customers.

Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Julien Riad Sahyoun has been inspired by his mixed cultural heritage to create unisex jewellery that is both modern and versatile.

Julien is driven by a desire to unite humanity and leave a positive footprint on the world. Using only responsibly sourced stones and ethically produced, each piece of JRS jewellery is delicately detailed and imagined in finely wrought craftsmanship.

This event took place at our December opening.

Meet the Founder of Olivia Grace

Helena Fine, the designer and founder of Olivia Grace, joined us in-store to share the inspiration behind her incredible collection, as well the recycled gold Sunflower collection of flexi-bracelets, launched exclusively with The Maiyet Collective.

Inspired by the age of romance but with a modern twist, and using only ethically sourced materials, Helena Fine’s colourful designs champion stunning combinations of the highest quality precious stones and materials and the finest craftsmanship in Europe.

This event took place at the December opening.

A.S. Apothecary: FROM SEED TO SERUM

Small batch distillery, A.S. Apothecary taught guests about the ingredients and processes behind each of their beauty products, from seed to serum.

A.S. Apothecary are a pioneering luxury skincare brand devoted to creating beautiful, effective and sustainably made botanical products. They grow and pick their own plants, then distil and hand-make all of their range, in small batches. Their knowledge of plant therapeutics, flower oils and the positive psychological benefits of scent inform the design of potent and exceptional products which effectively nourish and rejuvenate the skin, and soothe the emotions.

This activity took place at our December opening.

Designer – Makers: The art of weaving with Carolina Wong

Accessories designer Carolina Wong offered hand-painted personalisation on her luxury handbags.

Carolina Wong is an ethical and sustainable leather goods brand aiming to empower women in developing countries, primarily in Morocco. The brand supports local artisans who rely on handcrafts as well as cottage production by empowering stay at home women to earn a living on their own terms.

This activity took place at our December opening.

THREAD TALES MAKE IT PERSONAL

Luxury accessories brand, Thread Tales offered a personalisation service exclusive to The Maiyet Collective’s customers.

As well as complimentary monogramming on all heritage scarf purchases using white metal alphabet letters handcrafted by their artisans in Nepal, Thread Tales offered customers who spent £200 one of their  ‘zero waste’ tassel key rings, which utilise the remnants from their luxury yarn. The perfect finishing touches to your Christmas gifts!

This activity took place at our December opening.

LUNCH AT THE MAIYET COLLECTIVE

As well as shopping, workshops and panel events, visitors can enjoy breakfast, a light lunch and snacks throughout the day from our menu of sustainably and locally sourced foods curated by The Conduit’s Executive Chef, Gary Robinson who boasts over 20 years of global culinary experience.

We also have a champagne bar in the space where you can catch up with friends over a chilled glass of bubbly, or relax after an afternoon of Christmas shopping.

RUG-MAKING WITH ELVIS & KRESSE


Over a sustainably sourced afternoon tea, Kresse (one half of reclaimed material accessories label, Elvis & Kresse) hosted an intimate rug-making workshop. Together, the guests assembled a recycled leather rug and learned about how the brand transform materials headed for the landfill into luxury accessories. 
 
One happy workshopper won the beautiful caramel leather rug, valued at £780.00.
 
Since 2005 Elvis & Kresse have been rescuing raw materials, transforming them into luxury lifestyle accessories and donating 50% of profits back to charities. As well as preventing London’s fire-hose going to landfill for over a decade, last year the brand partnered with the Burberry Foundation to recraft over 120 tonnes of leather off-cuts into new luxury items, designed and sold by Elvis & Kresse. 
 
This event took place during our November opening.

The art of building a sustainable luxury brand with bite studios 

Bite Studios consciously minimises waste and production by finessing a highly edited collection of just twenty styles.

Creative director Elliot Atkinson explained why in conversation with journalist Tamsin Blanchard

This event was in partnership with Fashion Revolution and Fashion Open Studio.

This event took place during our November opening.

THE MAIYET COLLECTIVE X FASHION OPEN STUDIO: WHY WASTE IS THE BURNING ISSUE

Our sell-out educational panel discussion exploring the hot topics of overproduction, waste and regeneration in the fashion industry had the audience passionately engaged. From Elvis and Kresse’s partnership with Burberry to Mother of Pearl’s stance on leather, the speakers examined the ill practices of the industry, as well as reducing and revaluing waste with a helpful and solutions-focused outlook. 

Expertly moderated by Osman Ahmed, Fashion Writer

Speakers:
Orsola de Castro, Creative Director, Fashion Revolution
Amy Powney, Creative Director, Mother of Pearl
Kresse Wesling, Co-founder, Elvis & Kresse

This event took place during our November opening.

THE MAIYET COLLECTIVE X FASHION OPEN STUDIO: FLOORDROBE STYLING

Fashion Revolution’s Founder, Creative Director and Queen of upcycling Orsola de Castro taught guests ways in which to rediscover and make the most of their wardrobes.

From mending tips to a full upcycling insider knowhow, our workshop participants left feeling inspired to care, repair and wear their clothes for a long time.

This event took place during our November opening.

digital detoxing with therapie roques oneil

In a time poor world, guests took a moment with Therapie Roques ONeil to reset. THERAPIE actively creates conscious moments of respite with products and ingredients that work actively to release digital oversaturation and overextension. 

The beauty brand’s Founder, Michelle Roques ONeil joined us at The Maiyet Collective to talk about the importance of digital detoxing and provided tips on adding mindful life rituals to our day to create a moment to rebalance and restore natural bio-electromagnetic flow.
 
This activity took place during our November opening.

DESIGNER – MAKERS: GET PERSONAL WITH ANNA WALKER

Guests had the opportunity to meet accessories designer Anna Walker, who strives to support the rich history of makers and craftspeople in London. As well as exploring her luxury leather goods collection, customers had their purchases embossed there and then.

This activity took place during our November opening.

NUMEROLOGY WITH GFG Jewellery

Guests met GFG Jewellery’s Founder, Nilufer Kizilkaya and discovered her beautiful Numerology collection. Nilufer helped calculate our Life Path numbers, and understand its implications on our purposes in life.

GFG Jewellery is a London based British Fine & Contemporary Jewellery company established by Nilufer Kizilkaya with the dream that every item is ‘a gift from the Gods’, and will make its wearer smile. Kizilkaya is dedicated to sourcing the gemstones she uses in her designs responsibly.

This activity took place during our November opening.

Beauty with Mauli: The Power of Ayurveda Decoded

Anita Kashaul, Founder of eco-luxe beauty brand, Mauli, explored our ‘doshas’ and the ways in which they form the core of who we are.

Mauli is an independent company with a passion for creating all-natural blends inspired by science lead ayurvedic principles and a sense of British refinement. Expertly formulated in England; they seek out the finest methods and ingredients that are rich in actives to heal and rejuvenate, and exquisite in scent to soothe and balance within.

This activity took place during our November opening.

the Maiyet Collective x Fashion Open Studio: ‘Who Made My Jewellery?’

In partnership with Fashion Open Studio, we hosted a Q&A panel discussion with an impressive line up of speakers who debated the challenges of sourcing precious materials, the definition of ‘Fairtrade Gold’ and why responsible sourcing is paramount.

Chaired by Vivienne Becker, Author, Broadcaster & Contributing Editor, Financial Times

Panel speakers:
Guya Merkle, Founder, Earthbeat Foundation and Vieri Jewellery
Jo Hennenberg, Brand Manager, Fairtrade Gold
Dax Lovegrove, Global VP Corporate Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Swarovski
Pippa Small MBE, Founder & Creative Director, Pippa Small Jewellery

This event took place at our October opening.

AN EVENING WITH OLIVA GRACE

Jewellery brand Olivia Grace hosted an intimate drinks reception with their founder, Helena Fine.

Inspired by the age of romance but with a modern twist, and using only ethically sourced materials, Helena Fine’s colourful designs champion stunning combinations of the highest quality precious stones and materials and the finest craftsmanship in Europe.

This event took place at our October opening.

THE MAIYET COLLECTIVE X FASHION OPEN STUDIO: WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?

The design forces behind luxury womenswear label Alice Lee led an intimate and very creative morning workshop over coffee. Guests were treated to a lesson in knitting, and each took home their own embroidered face mask as well as discussing the importance of considering the provenance of your wardrobe’s contents.

Alice Lee is a luxury women’s wear label specialising in knitwear, designed by Alice Smith and Lee Farmer. The designers have an artisanal approach, with a keen eye for detail and finishing, creating beautifully handcrafted pieces with a strong focus on knit and surface fabrication. Sustainability is important to the designers through the use of recycled fabrics, found embellishments, small runs and bespoke hand made pieces.

This workshop took place at our October opening.

THE Maiyet Collective x Fashion Open Studio: ‘Blockchain for Dummies’

Together with Fashion Open Studio, we hosted an educational panel discussion with a focus on answering, ‘What is blockchain and how will technology revolutionise the fashion industry?’

Chaired by Sarah Ditty, Head of Policy, Fashion Revolution

Panel speakers:
Neliana Fuenmayor, Founder & CEO, A Transparent Company
Martina Spetlova, Designer and Blockchain Pioneer
Mandkhai Jargalsaikhan, Knitwear Designer

This event took place at our October opening.

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