Net-a-Porter Launches Net Sustain With 26 Brands, Big Plans + Beauty Coming Soon

Stella McCartney, featured brand on Net-a-Porter’s new launch of Net Sustain, created for shoppers seeking sustainably made products.

Stella McCartney, featured brand on Net-a-Porter’s new launch of Net Sustain, created for shoppers seeking sustainably made products.

Online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter has joined the effort to promote significant changes in the apparel industry, with the launch of Net Sustain.

The platform is launching with 26 brands and over 500 products that meet core sustainability criteria determined by Net-a-Porter. The criteria ranges from "considered materials and processes to reducing waste in their supply chain, taking into account human, animal and environmental welfare and aligning with internationally recognized best practices in the fashion and beauty industries."

Brands represented at launch include Stella McCartney, Mother of Pearl x BBC Earth and Maggie Marilyn as well core products from Ninety Percent, Fisch, Lem Lem, Peony, Veja, Hereu, Nannacay, and Chopard.

"We have always wanted to provide our customer with the best products and allow them to make informed choices when shopping on the site," Elizabeth von der Goltz, Net-a-Porter's global buying director, said in a statement. "Our sustainable edit provides our customers with the knowledge they need, understanding that they can trust that these brands have been carefully reviewed and meet our criteria for inclusion. Our aim is to give a voice to the brands that are truly making positive changes by providing them with a platform to highlight their best practice.”

One assumes that Net-a-Porter’s weekly online magazine Porter Edit will take an even stronger stand in educating the platform’s consumers and fashion readers generally — through sites like AOC — about sustainability topics.

AOC now tracks sustainability daily in a permanent commitment to promoting this sector.

Mother of Pearl, featured brand on Net-a-Porter’s new launch of Net Sustain, created for shoppers seeking sustainably-made products.

Mother of Pearl, featured brand on Net-a-Porter’s new launch of Net Sustain, created for shoppers seeking sustainably-made products.

Queen Elizabeth Plans Meghan's B-Day Party At Balmoreal As Royals Eye Fall 2019 Africa Trip

Monday morning Meghan Markle news is that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reported to be invited to Queen Elizabeth II Balmoral estate in Scotland to celebrate Markle’s birthday on August 4.

"The Queen and Prince Philip adore the couple and, of course, their new great-grandson Archie, and they have invited them to Balmoral for a few days," a source told the The Sun. "It is a testament to Meghan that she has been given this invite. It's a huge honor."

“It’s no secret Balmoral is Her Majesty’s favorite home and that’s why this invite is so special and heartfelt,” the source added.

The unofficial word comes the day after Sussex baby Archie made another appearance via Instagram, his tiny hand grasping dad Harry’s hand in pure poetry. A trip to Balmoral would mark Archie’s first royal holiday, according to The Sun.

More travel may be in Archie’s future, with unconfirmed news that the royal couple will be embarking on a royal tour this fall, traveling to several countries in Africa including Malawi, Angola and South Africa.

The trip will have a humanitarian focus including time spent on Harry’s charity Sentebale, founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, helping vulnerable children in Malawi, Botswana and Angola. Sentebale, poignantly, means ‘forget-me-not’ in Sesotho and honors both princes’ late mothers and their activist initiatives.

Many royal watchers believe that Prince Seeiso, who has a long and very close friendship with Prince Harry, will be one of Harry’s godparents. There were only two foreign royals at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018: Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng Seeiso.

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng Seeiso.

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng Seeiso.

Harry has previously continued his mother Princess Diana’s commitment to eradicating land mines in Angola through his work with The Halo Trust.

Today June 17th, Prince Harry is working with HALO representatives, representatives of the Angolan government, conservation experts and philanthropists worldwide to discuss how clearing landmines from the unique Okavango headwaters in Angola is step one in protecting this precious habitat.

Twice as large as the UK, the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) is Africa’s great wild space where Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge. At its heart is the World Heritage Site of the Okavango Delta, fed by headwaters rising in the far southeast of Angola. The success of the KAZA is of crucial importance to the development of southern Africa. Read more on Halo Trust website.

Barbados PM Mia Mottley Proposes Museum To Honor Rihanna, The Nation's Famous Daughter

Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley is one shrewd woman. Rihanna supported her candidacy to become Prime Minister in 2018, then joining forces with Motley as Cultural Ambassador for Barbados in September 2018.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations September 2018.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations September 2018.

PM Motley has raised her own international profile significantly since becoming leader of her country. AOC featured yesterday her role in activating a deliberate, fast-track move towards 100% renewable fuels by 2030. Barbados is joined by Jamaica in the lead and also Dominica in a major drive towards sustainability, now fueled with the activism, money and connections of Richard Branson, who has launched a program throughout the Caribbean post Hurricane Maria.

Now Barbados Prime Minister wants to open a museum celebrating Rihanna and her Work, Work, Work, Work, Work.

Mottley revealed in London that conversations are already underway between Rihanna’s manager brother and the Barbados government on honoring the Caribbean island’s most famous daughter born Robyn Rihanna Fenty , according to The Voice.

Anybody who could go from Rihanna’s humble beginnings to become “the most successful woman entertainer in the entire globe, in my view deserves to be recognized in her life as a living legend of Barbados as well,” Mottley said.

Rihanna is everywhere right now, becoming the first woman of color to launch a brand with luxury group LVMH with the debut of her fashion label FENTY in May.  Her song about Work, Work, Work, Work is the reference for the opening paragraph of her interview.

The backdrop of Rihanna’s global success across so many fields seems enhanced by the history of her own country of Barbados. AOC published last night an article from The Conversation J.M. Opal, Associate Professor of History and Chair, History and Classical Studies, McGill University in Toronto.

Professor Opal reminds us that instead of exploding into violent retribution when the British Empire abolished slavery in the 1830s, Barbados — “Ground Zero for American slavery and racism, a Caribbean concentration camp in which hundreds of thousands of people of African descent were tortured to make white planters very rich” — became one of the most stable, hard-working democracies in the Caribbean.

That success has continued after gaining freedom from British rule in 1967. And it’s clearly in the DNA of Barbados’ most famous daughter Rihanna and its still young in tenure Prime Minister Mia Mottley. This is a duo to watch!