I was invited along to an event held by John Lewis & Partners at the Grand Arcade store in Cambridge. I’ve previously been to other blogger events they have held but this one was a little bit different.
We arrived at the Brasserie to be greeted with a glass of fizz and tasty macaroons. The evening began with talks given by brands stocked in store starting with Coach, who sent ambassadors from their London store. They spoke to us about Coach’s history and showed off some of the beautiful bags that JL stock.
Next up was skincare and there were short presentations from REN Skincare, Evolve Beauty and Sarah Chapman London. The JL Personal Stylists then put on a fashion show for us featuring pieces from the SS19 collections. They’d even put together a ‘wishlist’ leaflet so we were able to identify any items that caught our eye. My favourite pieces would have to be the John Lewis & Partners Asymmetric Fold Midi Skirt in green and the AND/OR Avolene Kitten Heel Court Shoes in leopard print.
We then moved downstairs to the Beauty Studio where we spent the rest of the evening. We were able to speak to the brands that we heard from earlier in the evening and receive advice on products. There was even the option of a Sarah Chapman London facial! There were a couple of brands that I’d heard of before but didn’t know much about that I particularly enjoyed learning more from.
In 2018 REN announced their Clean to Skin. Clean to Planet. initiative and pledged to become zero waste by 2021. This is a rather ambitious aim but they have been redeveloping their packaging so that it will be 100% recyclable. They have also created a bottle made from 100% recycled plastic. 20% of that has been collected from rivers and oceans around the world. As consumers becoming more aware of the impact our purchases make on the environment it’s great to see a brand doing their bit to help us make more ethical and sustainable choices. I really hope they achieve their goal.