Bringing you colour and warmth, as the days draw in. Our new season knits are perfect for this autumn.
At the heart of our collections is the consideration of ethical production, beautiful materials and contemporary design. 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.
Each year we visit our artisans and team in Nepal
from the Association for Craft Producers, this year we wanted to give you an insight of what we get up to and why it is so important to visit and meet the people we work with!
You can follow us @HTHT_shopstudio and we'll keep updating you here.
Enjoy your summer
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 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
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
Fashion Revolution Week 24-30th April
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:
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
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 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!
Julia, Katelyn and Anna
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.
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.
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,
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Bring your friends, partners, family and colleagues to
enjoy drinks, nibbles and the the super chance to win a AW15 woolly hat or gloves!
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!
(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!