There are certain staples that we all seem to have in our wardrobe. I’m thinking a pair of jeans, a basic white tee and of course, a good shirt. So I was delighted to swing by the new Henri pop-up in Hackney last weekend – a new and exciting organic-cotton shirt brand with some seriously beautiful pieces and a wonderful ethos.
Henrietta Adams (hence the name Henri btw) has a passion for making good quality pieces that are designed to last. Together, her background in pattern cutting and her creativity have merged to create a truly beautiful and approachable collection of shirts. And despite only starting with a few pieces, there really is a style to suit everyone.
The pop-up shop is very close to Hackney City Farm, just on the opposite side of Hackney Road – it’s a bright and inviting space shared with ethical jeweller Zoë Morton. I already have one of her recycled silver rings!
Naturally, I tried on a selection of shirts, my favourite being The Boxy – it cut off perfectly at the waist and the wooden buttons are too darn cute! The perfect combination of femininity and utility. I could definitely wear this as both a top and a light jacket.
So here’s the low down on why Henri
is doing things so right:
Each garment is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and handmade in a 4th generation factory in North London. How incredible is that? Henrietta takes a zero waste approach to her collection, using up the majority of left over material to make accessories such as these adorable coin purses
. Longevity is key to the collection, with each piece being designed to be enjoyed time and again. Classic staples with a refreshing twist.
With an uncompromising attitude towards being as environmentally and socially conscious as possible, it’s refreshing to find such a sustainable and all the while stylish brand made right here in London. Every part of the journey is considered, from the farmers growing the cotton crop, to the sustainable processes used and many skilled craftspeople whose hands shape each garment.
Whilst I was browsing the beautifully stocked rail of shirts, Henrietta shared how delighted she was to discover that many of her customers wanted the same craftsmanship and quality available for the men in their lives – watch this space for an organic, sustainable mens collection coming soon.