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Hi everyone,

For those of you who still need a reason to vote, we're writing to you. Think one vote can't make a difference? In the last election some seats were decided by only a few votes.

Too disillusioned to vote? The direction of our country is at stake in this election; our schools, the NHS and our relationship with Europe may well be determined by how many people in their 20s and 30s turn out to vote. We need you.

As the saying goes, 'Vote as you please but please vote.'

To say thank you we'll give 20% off to anyone who sends us a picture showing you voted. Just send us a pic of your polling station, a selfie outside (or your favourite #dogsatpollingstations if you like) to our email, twitter, facebook or instagram and we'll send you a voucher code.

HTHT Pop up - E17 Art Trail

HTHT is taking part in the Walthamstow Art Trail
Over three weeks local artists and makers are showcasing their work. 
You are invited, come see us on

Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd of June
10am-6pm

We are part of the colourful collective which includes colourful collages, photography and paintings by Rosalind King, Rita Platts, Laura Warren
alongside HTHT's new jewellery collection, knitwear and
woven accessories and garments.

Find us on the map - number 112
and find out more about the Art Trail on the
e17arttrail.co.uk website
 

Fashion Revolution Week

Get involved!
Fashion Revolution Week 24-30th April
#FashRev #whomadeyourclothes


WE ARE
FASHION REVOLUTION

Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling
for greater transparency, sustainability and
ethics in the fashion industry.

We want to unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears has been made in a safe, clean and fair way.

Quoted from: fashionrevolution.org


Monday the 24th April marks 4 years since the collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1,133 workers were killed, over 2,500 were injured and countless families continue to be affected by the disaster.

Social and environmental catastrophes in fashion supply chains continue.
Fashion Revolution says enough is enough.
 
In remembrance of the victims and to take a stand against how the fashion industry operates we are asking you to get involved. Be active with many projects around the world and join the worldwide movement to question more closely how our clothes are made. Check out the website for events near you: 

Fashion Revolution events
 

Greenie Beanie Hat * March for Science on Washington DC

Have you heard about the protest March for Science? This march on Washington DC will be taking place on 22 April led by scientists and supported by anyone concerned about the safeguarding of the scientific community. Recent policy changes in the US have caused heightened worry among scientists around the world and this is a chance to make a public stand for the role of evidence-based science when it comes to issues such as climate change and pollution in contrast to fake claims made in service of short term corporate interests.

We want to support this march in the best way we can and so Katelyn has teamed up with her mother, a scientist in the USA, inspired by the pink Pussy hats made for the recent Women's marches, to create the Greenie Beanie campaign. You can get involved by making a hat to wear yourself or by making hats and sending to those who will be marching in Washington DC. The hats will help create a strong visual image with a 'sea of green' from those who want to support the role of science in our society!

Here's the pattern, get knitting! #GreenieBeanie #MarchForScience

Greenie Beanie Pattern long.jpg

Also, please feel free to share the pattern to help us get the word out. You can download different versions for social media here.

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish everyone a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

For us it has been quite an exciting year with many changes. As we closed our shop doors in June it has been quite a different lead up to Christmas for us. We do miss seeing you in person, but we hope you like our new website and have been able to visit our stockists instead!

With the world being quite a roller coaster we are trying to stay steady, focusing on our brand and continue our work with artisans in Nepal. This is still at the heart of each collection we design, to make the best knitwear accessories for you to wear and enjoy.

We hope you will enjoy wearing those winter woolies forever more!

Seasons Greetings,

Julia, Katelyn and Anna

xxx

Autumn Winter 2016

Here Today Here Tomorrow is a fair trade fashion label that has been committed to social and environmental values from the very start. At the heart of our collections is the consideration of ethical production, beautiful materials and contemporary design.

HTHT is best known for fair trade hand made knitwear featuring bold geometric patterns and playful colour combinations. All our designs are made by fair trade artisans in Nepal using 100% wool. Learn more of the story behind these pieces or visit our online shop for the current collection.

Made in Nepal

Here we are again...

After returning to Kathmandu, to work on our next season and check the coming collection, I feel more than ever we are building on an even greater relationship with our artisans. Nepal feels like a home from home, welcoming and always friendly. The dark clouds (although not the monsoon rain clouds) have lifted and the air feels lighter compared to last year. Walking around Kathmandu one can see a lot has been happening since the destruction left behind by the earthquakes. Destroyed houses have been cleared away and things are moving forward. As ever politics here are extremely difficult and, as everywhere in the world, people have divided opinions about what is best to do. 


This time I am trying not to get distracted by the greater problems of the country, but enjoying the simple day to day routines and local people with whom I feel so comfortable and the dedicated, hard working artisans who keep the HTHTLabel fun and worthwhile. 
 

Om mani padme hum

See the whole range of our AW15 Fair Trade knitwear now in this online catalogue.

Or shop the collection online.

 

 

Made in Nepal

We are on our way to Nepal

We are on our way to Nepal


Thank you so much to all the friends and customers who made our last evening in the shop a very special one indeed. Our shop/studio space is where we built the foundations for what will be our next exciting adventure. In the last 5 newsletters we talked about how we will be moving the Here Today Here Tomorrow label forward, continuing to build the brand and further develop our fair trade work in Nepal.

On the day of the shop's closing we woke up to the news of the referendum and as a collective linked as much to Europe as to the UK we can't say we're anything but sad, shocked, and all the more determined to fight harder for the politics of togetherness instead of isolation. 

 Today Anna is on her way to Nepal once again to work with our partners and friends there. Despite the fact that Nepal has had a years of severe political unsteadiness and devastating earthquakes the majority of Nepali people seem to always have kept a smile on their face and a positive outlook on life. We will endeavour to do the same.

Next time we'll write back with news from Nepal,
Namaste.

Shop Leaving Party

We would like to thank you all for your support over the past 6 years and invite you to our leaving party!!

Put it in your diary...
Thursday the 23rd of June from 5.30pm - 10.30pm
(obvs don't forget to vote beforehand!)
...
Last week we announced that we are closing our wonderful shop/studio space on Balls Pond Road. After celebrating year after year the launches of our new collections and birthdays, gigs and collaborations we would now like to raise a toast to all the great times we had and moving forward with our Here Today Here Tomorrow label

So do swing by for one last shop shin dig, we'd love to see all of you who have made the last 6 years so great. 

Asta la vista!

One door closes, another door opens...

It's hard to believe that almost 6 years ago we were given the keys to our shop space on Balls Pond Road. In that time it has been so many wonderful things; a studio, showroom, office and workshop, a gig venue, research hub and a place for many, many cups of tea!

From the very beginning we have been dedicated to celebrating and showcasing beautiful sustainable and ethical fashion from a wide range of inspiring designers and brands, something that we feel truly passionate about - something we know many of you, our customers and supporters, also believe in! 

In 2011 we went a step further and set up our own fair trade fashion label. Following our first visit to Nepal, we met an amazing producer group who we continue to work with to this day. From a small beginning, selling knitted hats and gloves in our shop, this has grown into our Here Today Here Tomorrow wholesale brand which is now stocked throughout the UK, Germany and Switzerland. 

And this has led, slowly and organically, to our decision to close the HTHT shop in Dalston at the end of this month. This is not without sadness - the space has been our home and the journey of setting up our business has been closely intertwined with the space. But it's also a hugely positive step for us, giving us the time, energy and head space to move forward and grow our brand in new ways! Continue to keep an eye out for the HTHT pieces that you know and love going forward in all our lovely stockist's shops and through our online store. 

We'll let you know soon about goodbye celebrations and off course don't miss our special offers whilst the doors are still open through the 24th of June.

See you soon,

Katelyn, Anna and Julia

xxx

Made in Nepal

Positive energy, positive change

When working in Nepal I always feel inspired to write about my thoughts and impressions – things that inspire me and keep me motivated to work with and for women in a country facing huge challenges every day – where woman fight for equality and the basic rights any human deserves to have.

Last week I felt hugely inspired in London too. Well, it’s always inspiring but this was an especially wonderful week. After visiting the Women of the World Festival on the South Bank – celebrating International Women’s day, and attending the Woman on the Move Awards – I felt incredibly moved by all the stories, refugee women who had gone through possibly anyone’s biggest nightmares, but yet they are courageous and persevere and look forward to a better future making a change for themselves and others.

It seems that the news in the past year have been extremely depressing and the world is losing hope to become a better place. I find it extremely saddening that we only see and hear about dreadful things people do to one another.

Unfortunately ‘the news’ mostly reports about terrible stories, which would discourage anyone to believe goodness in the world still exists. It is hardly motivating when we see no light at the end of the tunnel to keep moving forward.

There are many incredible projects and people who have brought change to many people in the world. It is great to hear these motivating stories as they make us see that there are good people achieving amazing things through pulling together, persevering and believing that change can happen, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

As Zrinka Bralo, Executive Director from Migrants Organise said ‘I do what I do because I have hope’, and only with hope comes change. So let’s start seeing the good news and let's be encouraged by the positive stories that are happening around us and around the world. 

I have always said how thankful I am to women who have fought in the past for equality. Without them many of us would not have the freedom we enjoy every day. They were looking ahead and, if they had not believed in change it would not have happened.

I have hope that every woman and man will have freedom one day if we make good news happen and spread the word.

Inspired by this, the winter collection we are now working on for AW17 is titled ‘Moving Forward’. Designed in London and knitted by women artisans in Nepal. Moving towards woman empowerment, peace and freedom for all.

Spring happenings in Hackney

As some of you may know we like showcasing many talented people from our local area, from designers, illustrators, artists, musicians film makers and more.

CSFA stands for Creating Sunshine for All and is one of many projects run by migrantsorganise.org. This fantastic project gives refugee women the opportunity to develop skills, confidence and takes them away from the many daily challenges they face. We hope this project will grow in the future and are proud to be one of the first shops selling CSFA's colourful and beautifully handmade bags and purses.


When we ran our own kickstarter campaign a few years ago we had incredible support from many of you. One being Munir Malik who is now directing an exciting film we would now like to support too. Take a look at his Kickstarter campaign -Harvest is a short horror film idea about three friends on the road to a party they will never reach. "Youth is wasted on the young."


We should all take time out from our busy schedules and remember to breathe properly. Having gone to Dalston Yoga now for years, it is definitely time to share this wonderful experience of shadow yoga which takes place in a comfortable homely yoga studio in the heart of Dalston. Paulene is a great teacher and you can check out her classes here.

2016 is Rollin

February is already here and we didn't even have time for any January blues!

As last year, we travelled to Berlin with our favourite brand Antiform to grow our wholesale business and spread our labels love to the european market. With a wonderful Venue in Post Bahnhof Berlin the Ethical Fashion Show really gets it right in terms of show casing new and exciting ethical and sustainable fashion and accessory brands. 

It was great to see some of our favourite UK stockists 69bKeep boutique, The Fair Shop and many more at the show! Thanks guys for visiting. Obviously wonderful to meet lots of other people too.

Let's not lie, a trade show is a lot of hard work but it is not to say that you can not have fun. So we enjoyed the joint party put together by Komodo, Monkey Genes, Skunk Funk, Frieda Sand, Green Blut and the Natural Shoe Store. We enjoyed an underground Berlin venue in Kreuzberg and let our hair down to a David Bowie 70's party.

Photo credit: @antiformonline

Once returned to London our very own shop was ' Shop of the week' In London's Time Out magazine. Thrilling news - it's very lovely to gain some recognition, smiles and high fives all around.

Now we continue with a smashing 20% sale on all our knitwear. It is still chilli out there...keep yourselves warm with 100% wool, hand knitted, fair trade, colourful hats, gloves, skirts, tops etc.

So better late than never,

Happy 2016 Everyone,

Your HTHT Team

Let's not stress...first gift ideas for her and him

Maybe it is still a little bit early
 

But we thought you might want to know, that we are here for you this year to keep the stress levels down and to help you enjoy Christmas shopping in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

We are stocked with all our favourite designers who put a lot of love and care into each item they make, from garments to accessories over to jewellery, candles and cards.

Start your wish list now and we will be open everyday in December, up to and including the 23rd. Or order online with free gift wrapping if you wish!
December opening times:
Monday- Saturday 11am - 6pm
& Sundays 12-4pm

Want to knit your very own gift?
If you would like to design and make your very own gift, whilst learning how to knit on the domestic knitting machine please look at our knitting class workshops here.

AW15 Launch in Store!

Here Today Here Tomorrow & Antiform invite you to the launch of our new AW15 Collections!

Join us next Thursday the 8th October from 6pm at the HTHT shop for celebrations and first viewings. 

What's it all about...

5 years ago we opened the shop doors to sell, make and showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and accessories. We proudly invite you to our 4th Made in Nepal knitwear collection and first ever Dhaka womenswear collection. Also debuting their latest collection in London will be our good friends Antiform with their latest collection of made in England perfectly handcrafted fashion with a twist. 

Also showing new designs by Lucie EllenSarah Graham JonesAlice ShieldsZoe YarwoodO My Bag and scents by M&J Candles.

Bring your friends, partners, family and colleagues to
enjoy drinks, nibbles and the the super chance to win a AW15 woolly hat or gloves! 

Dhaka Collection

We are so happy to present to everyone our first made in Nepal dhaka collection.


This collection is made using the traditional Nepalese textile dhaka. Taking up to one day to weave just one metre of fabric, dhaka combines a unique and intricate weaving technique with striking geometric patterns and colour combinations, creating a distinctive and high quality textile. 

We have worked hard with our artisans in Nepal after the two major Earthquakes in April this year. Everyone has been tremendous and strong as they continued to work in extremely difficult circumstances. The ongoing work and building up of an enduring and ethical business in Nepal is of great importance to the people we work with.

This collection began following our successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014.
Read more about the project here.

Each style comes in two colourways, full dhaka and black with dhaka trim.
These fabrics are hand woven by skilled artisan woman in Bhaktapur then given toanother team of talented seamstresses in Kathmandu to sew into Here Today Here Tomorrow designs. 

The collection is available from TODAY online and in our shop as long current stock lasts.

Launch Party: Save the date 8th of October from 6pm.
More details will be in your inboxes soon! 

What to do in Kathmandu?

(If you have been to Nepal, you will have heard that phrase many times!)

To be honest - there is an overwhelming amount to do in Kathmandu – non stop. Not only can you visit all the wonderful heritage sights, there is so much local culture on display and interesting people happy to meet and chat.

Many of you or your friends may have traveled to Nepal. It is such a beautiful friendly country (can anywhere rival the Himalaya's for scenery?!) with thousands of yearly visitors and tourism as the largest industry. Which is why the earthquakes this year have the Nepali's I met very concerned that foreigners will stay away. I often heard of great frustration from friends there at the way the media only shares stories of destruction, when actually in most parts of the city you would not even know the earthquakes had happened. So writing from Nepal, here is my advice for planning your next trip to Kathmandu, which I very much hope you will do!

In my opinion when you visit a country like Nepal you'll have the best experience if you make friends with the locals who will show you the best places to visit, tell you about the culture, traditions, cooking and introduce you to the native foods. Try to speak a few Nepali words and take public transport. You will be warmly received!

I love Kathmandu as much as much I love London. Both are busy, crazy places where you can meet people from all over the world if you are open to it - which of course you should be, because isn’t that the best part that comes free in only a few cities in the world?

In London it is so much more difficult to speak to strangers. By contrast in Kathmandu the people you meet on the streets or on the bus next to you will engage you in a friendly conversation within seconds – no strings attached ;). Sometimes the bus is so full that everyone is laughing and making jokes about sitting on each other’s laps. Have you ever experienced this in London? I think everyday I spent in Kathmandu a new interesting person told me something amazing, or taught me something new – often it only takes a few minutes to listen.

Many travellers, ex-pats or immigrating people pass through or live in Kathmandu and so sharing experiences and impressions with this cosmopolitan whirl of life stories is a fantastic opportunity to open horizons, learn about other lives lived and the great projects that draw people here. A lot of people here do a lot of great things!

Not only is it great to meet Nepali people but also for Nepali people it is great to meet you - learn about other countries and cultures, practice their English, exchange opinions, views and ‘traditions’ they do not know about, so open up!

I can’t recommend Gaia restaurant in Kathmandu enough. I have met some great people there from all over the world. It’s like a little oasis in the crazy city, to relax, enjoy great food, meet people and make friends for life! But of course that is not the only place in the valley, but all I have time for now... I hope you enjoy your adventure!

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Women's Empowerment!

All women have a story to tell…

When I met Tzering the production manager at Besuited, the ‘new’ factory we are working with to produce our dhaka collection, she was extremely happy to hear that we are three women running HTHT. ‘Women power, women power’ she said with a big smile!

Tzering with Ramila, is a sewing machinist at Besuited

Tzering with Ramila, is a sewing machinist at Besuited

Over many years as I've returned to work here in Nepal and have continued to learn about Nepali life and culture, it has become more and more apparent to me how hard it can be to live in a world ruled by tradition, ritual, religion and caste. As much as some of these also bring charm and beauty to Nepal, they can also cause a lot of difficulty and pain.

It is no accident that we have been working with and supporting mainly women workers at the Association for Craft Producers (ACP). Particularly in the many villages across Nepal, women can have a difficult upbringing and are usually married at a very young age. They are expected to raise large families and work extremely hard to provide for them. There is pressure to please their families so as to not damage their reputation, or become an outcast. Falling in love with a man from the ‘wrong’ caste can be fatal.

Here at HTHT, we come from a Western society and generation where we have no fear of speaking out loud, we can have relationships with whoever we want, have children without being married and without being judged for our decision. We have the freedom to pursue a career in almost anything we want and travel the world without worrying if we will be able to return home. Women for generations before us have fought for our rights and we continue this fight. We feel very lucky to live in a part of the world where all these things are possible for us.

Dhana knitting at ACP

Dhana knitting at ACP

Every woman in the world has the same mind – but sometimes it is hidden or suppressed and some women are raised not to speak out loud for fearing the consequences – or fearing for her life. Nobody can tell me, ‘They get use to it – and are happy to go along with it’. Maybe women are skilled at ‘getting on with it’ as they do not have a choice but it doesn’t mean that some of these things shouldn’t change, be brought to our awareness and we need to speak up about them.

I learned from the stories on this trip that the lives of some of the women here have been extremely tough. They can be quite vulnerable on their own which is why working in a safe environment, having a regular income and being independent is incredibly important and empowering for the woman who work for our producer groups, ACP and Besuited. The women who work there in leading roles, women like Meera, the founder of ACP or Srishti and Tzering who are our production managers, are women others can feel inspired and encouraged by; I certainly am.

Srishti and Anna at ACP

Srishti and Anna at ACP

I think we can all feel scared for being judged by what we do, the pressures of society, and those we put on ourselves. Are we doing the right thing? What will people think of me? Am I succeeding? It is not easy to break free from this and to do what we feel like without fearing other people’s opinions. At the end of the day we are all striving to live a happy life and we should not judge other people for what makes them happy. People all over the world deserve to be free from suffering. This requires us all to respect, love and be compassionate to each and every person, no matter where they come from or what they do.

We are also aware that many men face difficulties and challenges all over the world. Together we are stronger, to stand up to oppression, discrimination and injustice!

Travels in Nepal

I arrived in Kathmandu one week ago and in this time, through speaking to friends and overhearing conversations passing by, I have gathered many impressions and stories of the recent earthquakes; where people were, how it has affected them. It was a normal Saturday morning, families gathered together, preparing for a wedding, making food, having a rest, working, walking or driving from A to B, utterly unaware that their lives would change forever in a few seconds when the devastating quakes destroyed lives, families, homes and world heritage sites.

Finding the right words and feelings to describe the aftermath of the earthquake is difficult for me. I am no writer and I will not try to be one, but I will try and share my experiences during my time here.

Having built strong relationships with the people we work with in Kathmandu and the surrounding villages over the last few years and having made many friends, there was no doubt I would come here as soon as I could. I have seen that just being here is appreciated as I can show my support both through friendships and the work I do here.

My first impressions on arriving in Nepal was that everything seems to be the same as ever in the busy streets of Kathmandu, hustle and bustle, colourful, smiling friendly faces and jokes all around.

Nepali women near the Monkey Temple, Photo by Yvonne Brand

Nepali women near the Monkey Temple, Photo by Yvonne Brand

I received such a warm welcome from my ‘Nepali family’ who I stay with in Kathmandu and was invited to their new holiday home, opened recently for tourists and luckily not damaged by the earthquake. Situated an hour away outside of Kathmandu in the beautiful green countryside town Dhulikhel. I travelled there with my Nepali friend Uttam, and was delighted to be one of the first guests of the Gaia holiday home!

There I met a group of Dutch volunteers who are working at a children’s home and hospital and are part of a team called ‘Acupuncturists Without Borders’. They are here giving acupuncture to help ease the anxiety and trauma many people are suffering after the earthquake, and since the first earthquake hit on April 25th the AWB team has provided around 6400 treatments in 8 highly affected areas. Just one example of the many people here helping in Nepal. Amongst them was Yvonne Brand who has kindly shared many of the images shown here.

L-R: Yvonne's father, Yvonne, Uttam, Hari and Anna!

L-R: Yvonne's father, Yvonne, Uttam, Hari and Anna!

Despite many things seeming the same on the surface, there are noticeably less tourists at the moment. But I believe it won’t be long before they will be coming back to visit this incredibly wonderful country and so I must say - if you plan to travel in Nepal I recommend Gaia Holiday Home in Dhulikel and Gaia Restaurant in Kathmandu, it is a treat. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Gaia Holiday Home

Gaia Holiday Home

After being here a few days, walking through the streets, it becomes clearer how the Earthquake has left visible scars, has left people homeless and without their loved ones. The damage is deep and although the emotional trauma may not be so obviously visible it is clearly undeniable. There is huge anxiety about the months ahead as the Monsoon season starts, and with it the risk of landslides in the mountains and villages, destroying yet more homes, as temporary houses cannot withstand these conditions.

Kathmandu, temporary shelter, Photo by Yvonne Brand

Kathmandu, temporary shelter, Photo by Yvonne Brand

Nevertheless there is hope, determination and belief, to rebuild this beautiful country and look forward to a better future. The help and aid from around the world is hugely appreciated and makes people feel a little bit more secure and confident.

Street art in Kathmandu 'Yesterday - Today', Photo by Yvonne Brand

Street art in Kathmandu 'Yesterday - Today', Photo by Yvonne Brand

I have also spent time with the Association for Craft Producers, who we have worked with now for over 4 years. ACP mainly work with home workers in villages outside Kathmandu. These craftspeople have been affected massively, as not only do they have to rebuild their homes but in many cases their equipment, such as weaving looms, have been damaged making it difficult for them to proceed with their work. They are determined to fulfil orders on time even though we, and every one else is understanding if this is not possible. Meera, the founder of ACP, has set up a programme to help rebuild many houses making them stronger and more durable; the many appreciated donations are distributed to those who need them most. At this point I have to say our artisan knitters have been working tirelessly knitting our knitwear collections and we really appreciate all their great work. We are also glad that the weaving group in Bhaktapur are unharmed and safe.

Last year we started working with a new group called Be-suited who are sewing the hand woven Dhaka cloth and turning our designs into high quality garments. Due to many circumstances the management has changed and we are now happy to build new and exciting relationships with the Nepali team at Be-suited, and by providing this work we hope to contribute to their brighter future.

Besuited in Kathmandu

Besuited in Kathmandu

So all in all the work continues and is making great progress despite the recent disaster and we are excited developing new collections with our Nepali friends for you to see and buy in near future. More updates and news will follow during my stay here.

Namaste, Anna.