Sphere giving: Thoughtful and altruistic gift ideas

Words by
Charlotte McManus

3rd February 2021

From Loquet jewellery to Lacoste streetwear, these covetable products have been crafted with ethical practices and philanthropy in mind, helping consumers to give something back

Hidden gems

Fine jewellery brand Loquet has enlisted the talents of Charlie Mackesy — the artist/author behind 2019’s smash-hit illustrated book The Boy, The Mole, the Fox and the Horse — on a new collection for its Lumiere line. Featuring 50 limited-edition, hand-crafted gold pendants, each piece is detailed with a nine carat heart link chain and an engraved “x” motif. In addition, each one contains one of five Mackesy illustrations embedded on a miniature lens, which is only visible when held up to the eye. 50% of the profits will be donated to Harley Jae South, a charity that supports children with life-limiting or life-changing conditions.

£1,800, loquetlondon.com

Handmade tale 

With many shoppers supporting local businesses over big-name brands right now, independent labels such as Stamp & Celia are enjoying some much-deserved attention. Its elegantly modern wallets are made by hand and produced in limited runs in an effort to minimise waste.

From £164, stampandcelia.com

Sphere giving: Thoughtful and altruistic gift ideas

Wild things 

Celebrating the richness of the animal kingdom with bold graphics and prints, the Lacoste x National Geographic range is ideal for those who like to make a statement with their streetwear. Design inspiration comes from the National Geographic Photo Ark project, which aims to document every species living in zoos, aquariums and wildlife sanctuaries around the world. With sustainable styles available for men, women and children, garments are entirely crafted from recycled materials.

From £35, lacoste.com

Clean conscience 

Challenging the problems of the oft-criticised diamond industry with a refreshing focus on ethical practices, Kimaï crafts fine jewellery using lab-grown diamonds. Its debut Perfectly Imperfect engagement ring collection comprises six made-to-order designs in 18ct recycled gold, each handmade in the brand’s Antwerp atelier.

From £1,500, kimai.com

Sphere giving: Thoughtful and altruistic gift ideas

Smooth operator 

In a world of fast fashion and cheaply made fabrics, Bellemere New York is a breath of fresh air this winter. With the focus on top-quality 100% pure cashmere, founder Samantha Honstetter established the brand as a direct-to consumer model by producing garments on demand — they are designed at the factory and shipped directly to shoppers, thus reducing the environmental impact of production. Styles encompass everything from coats to accessories.

From £56, bellemerenewyork.com