HEMP TRADING COMPANY
‘I very rarely wear anything other than hemp,’ says Gav Lawson, commercial director of the Hemp Trading Company. ‘Once you’ve washed it a few times it feels as natural as your own skin. Linen tends to go harder the more you wash it, hemp softens up and holds its shape.’
Working on a 55% hemp to 45% cotton ratio due to cost limitations, Lawson hopes to up the hemp content: ‘We are trying to get more hemp planted and thus get less cotton planted. It’s a plant that can replace all petroleum- based products, that can replace paper and wood pulp, stop deforestation and reverse the greenhouse effect.’
Gav Lawson’s and his bother Dru’s unique line in urban streetwear, cross-branding with the underground hip hop and drum & bass movement can only give hemp a good name. It started when Dru was arrested for carrying cannabis to France. ‘He had this cap on, he looked at the label which read “100% organic hemp” and he thought: “Hang on, I’ve been locked up for something you can do some good with.” So when he got out he looked into hemp and started a business in Hull called Hempology.’
Gav joined him a couple of years later and they’re now into into their second range of clothing. These boys have learnt the hard way, but with the outspoken support of Mark Thomas, Howard Marks and half the UK hip hop underground, things are going fine. Lawson hopes that up and coming bands such as the Heavies, Taskforce and MC’s GO, Redeye and Trip will become fashion mascots for the label.
The trousers, shirts and screen printed T-shirts are designed by Nadia Lala (formerly of the Free Tibet label) and are available in Scotland only at Pie In The Sky on Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, but THTC is looking for accounts and agents in Scotland. (Paul Dale)
I THTC sponsors Meta/headz at the Honeycomb and Manga. Contacted www. thtc.co.uk or on 0207 245 6690.
With summer nipping at the heels of spring, Habitat wants to offer all List readers the chance to enjoy the outdoors in style by entering our competition to win a Hacienda table and four chairs as well as a Helios parasol. Can't you just imagine those long summer nights now?
The Hacienda is a foldaway oak range specially created for smaller spaces. It is made of oak grown in northeast China and is part of the new Habitat Spring/Summer 2002 outdoor collection which is now available at all Habitats
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I INTERVENTION. Scotland's leading fashion festival will be appearing in a different guise this year. Running from 6-10 June at the Arches. under the new name of Scottish Style 2002. it'll feature five catwalk shows and a gala awards event.
I AN UNUSUAL fashion collection is being showcased at Dundee Contemporary Arts until 4 May, entitled ‘Primitive Streak’. Breaking down boundaries between science and art, it’s the creation of artist and designer Helen Storey with her developmental biologist sister Dr Kate Storey, and the outfits are based on ten events in the first 1,000 hours of life. Find out more at www.helenstoreyfoun dation.org
I MORE SCIENCE IN the form of a new self-
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tan hits our shores this month. Prepare for a brand new fake tan experience as you step into a booth to get sprayed all over in 60 seconds flat. without a streak in sight. The Jean Paul Mist-On Tanning system is already a favourite in the US (rumour has it Jennifer Aniston indulges) and it's certainly a whole lot easier than the usual ‘exfoliate, moisturise. worry about doing your back'scenano. Available at the Gallery. 12 Muir Street. Hamilton (01698 327 190). at £30 a session. it'll be launching in more Scottish outlets over the coming months.
I THE RIZLA BIKINI is the latest development in the fashion range from the people behind those popular cigarette papers. Available in red, blue and green for £25. Check out the range on www.rizla.co.uk/ wardrobe.
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