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Prince Charles supported bog cotton in sustainable fashion, offering bog cotton sourced from Chateau de Mey for clothing designed by eco-friendly fashion brand Vin + Omi.
The new pieces are part of Vin + Omi’s upcoming collection, featuring swamp cotton – which looks like cotton but grows in swampy areas of the UK – sourced from the Queen Mother’s former residence in Scotland.
Prince Charles has already partnered with Vin + Omi to supply nettle from his Highgrove residence. He took inspiration from their goal of creating sustainable fashion and allowed them to use nettle from his personal gardens.
He then donated nettles, hydrangeas, willows, ash, woodchips, nettles and horsehair from Highgrove for a second collaboration.
In an interview with People, Omi described his collaboration with Prince Charles. He said: “We love working with Prince Charles and we have a lot of fun doing it. He’s been very involved in what we do, and it’s an ongoing relationship, which is really lovely.
He continued, “Sometimes I can’t believe I’m talking to the future King of England – even having conversations about sustainability is weird because you would think someone so privileged wouldn’t be interested. , but he is highly educated. “
“Our whole branding philosophy goes against everything that comes with the establishment, but it’s amazing that something as simple as the environment can connect different people together.”
The Vin + Omi website describes their strict adherence to environmentally friendly and sustainable design practices. Parts of their ‘manifesto’ include working with leading people and organizations whose values match theirs, working with companies that value change to save the planet, developing projects with social or environmental impact with their work and balance their carbon footprint by investing in carbon offset programs.
Vin + Omi was founded in 2001. One of their first projects was to design and create a capsule collection of sustainable bags sold at Selfridges.