Once Was Lost – Where Fair Trade Meets Timeless Luxury

Kira Simpson

What began as a want for beautiful, thoughtfully designed products, evolved into so much more when Once Was Lost founder Laura partnered with Ethiopian artisans to bring their luxuriously handcrafted products and skills into our homes.

Once Was Lost operates as a for profit social enterprise, choosing to collaborate with artisans, nurturing age old techniques,  in a way which allows them work from their homes and be part of their community.

“We work with a different business model that best benefits our artisans. For us, it’s all about creating opportunity for the men and women we work with to be strong, to have a voice, a sense of self-respect and a genuine feeling of pride in the work they do – gaining a sense of hope that they will then pass onto their children.”

You can feel the quality, see the extraordinary detail and appreciate the love and care which has gone into making every single piece. I know my Once Was Lost throw will come with me on every adventure, to be loved and treasured for a lifetime.

fairtrade beach towel

"We believe that through celebrating natural beauty only found in the handmade and supporting slower, honest manufacturing, together we can impact the world for good and create something that will be treasured in your life.

fairtrade beach towel
fairtrade beach towel

"Every Once Was Lost piece is completely hand crafted. We partner with small groups of talented artisans in Ethiopia to preserve the time-honoured craft of hand spinning fibres, weaving on traditional wooden looms, small batch dyeing and hand knotted fringing."

fairtrade beach towel

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is a sustainability advocate, climate optimist and founder, and editor of The Green Hub. Her own sustainable living journey began five years ago when she realised our choices matter. What we eat, where we shop, what we wear, how we live, these choices have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. Since launching The Green Hub in 2016 she has grown the blog to become a platform for sustainable fashion and conscious living helping people make lifestyle choices which are kinder to the planet.