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“What I’m always trying to say to the consumer is: buy less, choose well, make it last.” /Vivienne Westwood

With such a strong statement, pretty much summing-up what we’re trying to achieve here at Make it Last, there is no doubt that Dame Vivienne Westwood is one of our sustainable style icons.

Being a fixed star in the fashion sky and a passionate punk pioneer, she is constantly challenging the conventions of the industry, while simultaneously staying current to the creative climate with wit and cutting edge cuts. She is the definition of fun fearless female, letting her lust for life an ideas lead her heart to political activism, where she is devotedly committed to human rights and to eco-politics. Now at 73, this legendary lady seems to have no intention of retiring or shrinking from her activist role. She recently donated £300,000 to the Green Party, announcing to Huffington Post that she will be touring universities all over England to promote the party to students, leading up to the looming British elections.

“I am investing in the Green Party because I believe it is in the best interests of our country and our economy. I hope that by example other individuals and businesses will follow suit. If we get behind this we can make a real difference and the time is now.”

And speaking of now, as we’ve recently seen a new dawn for immortal punk on the catwalk, Westwood’s signature style feels as fresh as her free spoken mind and mission.

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Patent leather handbag, Vivianne Westwood vintage

Perforated leather blazer, Alaïa vintage

Cat eye sunglasses, Norma Kamali vintage

Tartan ballon shorts, Comme des Garçons vintage

Platform court shoes, Vivienne Westwood vintage

Words and vintage selection by Filippa Berg


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