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Oxfam Fashion at Hay Festival 2013

Posted by Natalie Tsoh Oxfam Fashion blogger

10th Jun 2013

Shop festival fashion

I was lucky enough to be sent down to Hay Festival, a 10 day literature and arts festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, to act as the resident style reporter and to attend some sustainable fashion talks. 

Hay Festivals take place all over the world with two festivals taking place in Hay-on-Wye each year; a Spring/Summer festival and a Winter weekend festival. I was welcomed with beaming May sunshine and soaring temperatures when I arrived but was also blessed with the ambience of a music festival from the mud caused by rainfall earlier on in the week. Luckily, I had packed my wellies.

I attended the Hay Festival on the 30th and 31st May and stayed in a beautiful French-meets-British-Victoriana style home. I sat in on a couple of the fashion talks including the Lily Cole and WWF Amazon Adventure and Alannah Weston talks to Dylan Jones Business Breakfast which lasted about an hour each. All talks are extremely affordable at an average of £6 each. 

The Amazon Adventure explored the world of fashion sustainability in the Amazon where Lily learns about extracting rubber from trees (yes, I know - I thought all rubber was artificially made too!) and the Business Breakfast delved into the world of Selfridges, covering the TV series Mr Selfridge and the future of Selfridges.

The festival has a range of talks and workshops across the two weeks from Philosophy to Fashion. There is an eclectic mix of shops, charities, restaurants, bars, outdoor activities, famous figures and book signings. It's great for all ages, all minds (I'm not a literature/arts buff) and is a refreshing change from music festivals, not to mention a lot cheaper. It exercises and inspires the mind and would make a great day out for as little as £0. 

Vintage store owners Kelli and Jo come together for Hay Festival and run Hay Does Vintage which sells vintage clothing, accessories and homeware. I had my eye on a vintage typewriter and a leather suitcase which I was torn about buying. 

The festival hosts both brain and beauty and proof is in these glamorous Hay Festival goers who were style spotted over the two days... 

  • Bring wellies
  • There is a shuttle from Hay-on-Wyre to the festival that's £1 and is valid for the entire day
  • Visit the beautiful Hay-on-Wye village itself
  • Bargain hunt, some books in the bookshop can be expensive so take a look in the Oxfam bookshop first. 

Blog post written by Natalie Tsoh

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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