The Mother of all Tees
16 April 2015
For months now I have coveted LP’s moss green sweatshirt emblazoned with the simple yet powerful word: ’Mother’. I wanted it, to be part of a growing tribe helping others less fortunate than ourselves.
So not to do things by halves, I bought two. A tee (in coral, obvs – one of our signature colours) and a sweatshirt (black and silver for chilly British evenings). I just couldn’t decide between them (don’t tell hubby).
They’re the brainchild of Molly Gunn, Editor and Founder of Selfish Mother and all-round amazing style journalist who has written for just about every major UK publication. Selfish Mother is a blogzine for mothers (and fathers) with an honest look at modern parenthood. Whether you have one, two or ten kids, you know whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone. For us, it’s a life-assuring, keeping-it-real, daily favourite. I love that women are doing this without a being at all ‘mumsy’ *shivers*.
Profits from the sales of their sweats and tees go to Women for Women International, an amazing charity that helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives through training programmes. The Mother Collection is made at a Fair Wear Foundation certified factory in Bangladesh. As they say – their clothes feel good to wear in more ways than one. Which is why I don’t feel at all guilty at buying two.
From one mother to another, share the love, buy a tee or two and make difference.
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