Social media highlight - Flying Off The Shelves

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Rebecca Barber

Our 2015 collection has been selling amazingly well and it's been really exciting to hear stories from our stockists of how they're doing. We've already had people come back to re-stock because they've sold so well.

Our favourite story so far though is probably from Headington Fair-trade. Before they'd even finished putting the bags out on display they started selling!

 

 

Looking forward to hearing many more stories as the season continues! 

Posted in BAFTS, Fair Trade, fairtrade, Madagascar, Plymouth, SS15

We're proud to belong to BAFTS, but what is it?

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Owen Hayward

We're proud to say that we belong to the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS), working together for a fairer world. We firmly believe that fashion can and should be sustainable and ethical as well as gorgeous.

Fashion should be about doing good as well as looking and feeling good!

As a member of BAFTS we fully support and adhere to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade :

1: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers 
2: Transparency and Accountability 
3: Fair Trading Practices 
4: Payment of a Fair Price 
5: Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour 
6: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association 
7: Ensuring Good Working Conditions 
8: Providing Capacity Building 
9: Promoting Fair Trade 
10: Respect for the Environment 

You can read more about these principals and what they mean about the way we work at www.bafts.org.uk

Posted in BAFTS, Fair Trade, fairtrade, Madagascar, Plymouth, Social Enterprise, WFTO

Spring Is in The Air!

Posted on January 08, 2015 by Rebecca Barber

Now that Christmas is out the way the smell of Spring is on its way! Excitement is mounting as the start of our new 2015 designs are heading out to our stockists, with plenty more on their way in the coming months.  

This next season see's a more refined, yet vibrant collection of stunning accessories to complete the Spring-Summer wardrobe. From the stunning new Bucket Tote, available in 4 refreshing tones finished with the new leather style handle, to the classic nautical, clean cut look of our latest Marine tote, now available in Navy and Cream we have been working hard on making this out best collection of accessories yet. And if you’re looking for something extra special to try, we have some absolutely beautiful pieces featured in our premium Ravinala Collection, all available in a tropical punch or Orchid or Jade, or the more classic neutrals of Taupe and Charcoal.
Each and every piece is hand crafted, finished, labeled, packaged and shipped by our own team of highly skilled artisans who make up the heart of Ravinala and enable us to  bring these eye-catching collections to you. Collaborating and not compromising on how and where we produce every piece and part allows us to, not only achieve fantastic, high quality products made up of our own unique designs, but more importantly guarantee the genuine long term difference that is being made to each of our team members.
You can view our latest lookbook here featuring our latest designs and colours available to order now
If you would like to see our full collection first hand, why not visit our Devon showroom or at our stand 20L39-K38 at Spring Fair, NEC Birmingham 1-5th February 2015.

Posted in Fashion, new designs, Plymouth, ravinala, Social Enterprise, spring summer, SS15

2014 A Year In Review

Posted on January 07, 2015 by Owen Hayward


2014 really was a great year for us. Here are some of the highlights


























Posted in BOO Enterprise, fairtrade, Fashion, Plymouth, ravinala, Social Enterprise, Thank You

New Year New Collection.

Posted on January 06, 2015 by Owen Hayward

We're so pleased that it's finally 2015 because it means that we get to properly share our 2015 collection with you! Not just in pictures but in real life, you can hold it, wear it, even buy it! Some pieces are already in stock at our warehouse, some have already been sent out to stockists and the rest are now on a container ship somewhere between our workshop in Madagascar and our warehouse in Devon, England.

2014 was great year for us, we changed name, re-branded, added a new line and more than double our number of stockists. We've been working really hard both in the UK and Madagascar to make this years collection the best yet, and we're sure that, when you see it, you'll agree we've achieved that with some room to spare!

We're really looking forward to seeing many of you at Spring Fair in February and can't wait to show off the new collection!

Posted in Fashion, new designs, Plymouth, ravinala, Shipment, Social Enterprise, spring summer, SS15

Happy Christmas From Madagascar

Posted on December 03, 2014 by Owen Hayward

 

Happy Christmas and a big thank you from Ravinala team! 

2014 is almost done and what a year it's been. New designs have been received well, new friends and contacts made, and new makers have joined the Ravinala family. We just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all our wonderful Customers, Suppliers and Supporters for being so brilliant this past year. Every purchase made makes a material difference to the lives of our artisan team in Madagascar, so thank you.

There are plenty of adventures ahead, new designs to share as well as some exciting community projects on the horizon for our Madagascar team. On top of all that it's our 5th birthday next year too! 

 

I hope you have an excellent Christmas wherever you are and look forward to catching up with many of you in the new year.

 

Stick with us, 2015 is going to be a good one! 

 

Posted in Christmas, Fashion, Manufacturing, new designs, Plymouth, ravinala, Social Enterprise, Thank You

Our 2015 Collection Has Arrived!

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Owen Hayward

After a slippery start, our 2015 collection has made the long journey from Madagascar to the UK ready for sending out to our stockists.

 

 

The lorry arrived at our UK warehouse at and once Rebecca had managed to break the seal on the container, apparently it's harder than it looks, see image for reference. We rounded up a group of friends to help and fuelled by cookies and coffee we eagerly set to work unloading, counting and moving into the warehouse. We emptied the whole container in a lightning quick 24 minutes and 57 seconds! 

 

 

The stock is all now safely stowed away in our warehouse ready for picking and shipping, and the very first 2015 collection orders have already been packed and sent out.  

 

 

So, what are you waiting for? Browse and order online from the 2015 collection now and we'll get it despatched asap.

 

Posted in Fashion, HQ, new designs, Plymouth, ravinala, Shipment, SS15

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