We've been super fans of Rapanui for quite some time now. In a past life we organised the Observer Ethical Awards, and Rapanui were shortlisted as one of the best ethical fashion brands, for creating cool interpretations of climate change messages all carried out through a robust supply chain.
Rapanui is the brainchild of brothers Rob and Mart Drake-Knight who set the business up in a shed on the Isle of Wight. Their surfer sensibilities show through in the T-shirt fit and designs - and they create cool, iconic imagery such as our bestselling Thunder and Save our Seas tees.
Sustainability is at the heart of the brand. The organic cotton T-shirts are made in a wind-powered factory in India, which is accredited through the Fair Wear Foundation. This means that all those involved in producing the garments are paid a fair wage and treated ethically. The tees are then printed in a factory on the Isle of Wight, which provides vocational training for young people. Rapanui have won a social impact award for this work.
We're delighted to have their latest range of tees in store now featuring geometric animal images. Check out the range here.
Buying Rapanui tees is a great style statement and a pledge to protect the planet too.
The festival season will soon be upon us! We're looking forward to the excellent Green Man Festival just down the road from Hay in Crickhowell. If you're off to spend a weekend listening to good music in a field somewhere, here are some great fair trade items that might come in handy!
Where's my phone?!
Whether you're texting your pals to rendez-vous in the healing fields, or snapping your favourite band in the signing tent, you'll need your phone at your side at all times! This handy phone case can hang around your neck for easy access.
Hand made in Cambodia from recycled sacks. £10.
Protect my head!
The folically challenged will know the importance of a sun hat and a bottle of factor 50 on a sunny day (here's hoping for sun!). These supercool hats protect your head and look great too.
Hand woven in Ecuador. £60.
Help! I've lost my can of Batiste!
Having a bad hair day? Just disguise it with these cool and colourful headbands. Available in a variety of prints, you'll be holding your head high!
Hand made in India. £15.
I need some luxury!
OK, it may be a bit 'Mariah Carey', but many jet-setters swear by scented candles to help them relax and feel comfortable whatever the setting. These small votive candles smell wonderful and will give you a few minutes relaxation before you head back to the dance tent.
Hand made in Thailand. £8.
These wolfpack tees will help you stand out in a crowd and are a great talking point. Perfect if you're going to see the Vaccines! Available in his n hers designs.
Made in eco factories in India. £25.
With the weather currently taking a wintry turn it's worth sparing a thought for an intrepid gang for whom our current blizzards are like a balmy summer's day.
Legendary adventurer Sir
Ranulph Fiennes is leading a team of explorers to conquer the last
great polar challenge:
crossing Antarctica in winter. Their aiming to
raise $10m for Seeing is Believing
and provide crucial scientific data. We know so little about this part of the world that it really is the last great frontier.
Here at Eighteen Rabbit we're shivering at the very thought of it, but we do have a small link to the project via our fantastic T-Shirt suppliers at Rapanui. The cool gang down on the Isle of Wight are providing some specially-made Rapanui
baselayers and fleeces for use in the caboose where the exploration team sleep and
rest. You can see more on their blog to keep up to date with the news.
We'll have more great Rapanui t-shirts coming soon including the first batch of their incredible new spring & summer designs. Meanwhile you can see the range of guys and girls tees on the site now.