- Meet Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia -
There are many women who work with Ethical Collection London that have helped to create our amazing brand. In honour of these women, we are dedicating one day a week, Wednesday, to introduce them and celebrate their achievements. We sent each of the women seven questions to answer about their businesses, inspiration and life. This week, we would love to introduce you to the amazing Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia of Beaumont Organic.
Based in the British city of Manchester, Beaumont Organic specialises in luxury casual garments made from 100% Organic Cotton with GOTS certification. Beaumont Organic only work with factories that are within the EU, pay fair wages and provide good working conditions for their staff. The brand’s underlying ethos states that respect, trust, loyalty, integrity and gratitude must be extended to all those sharing the world of Beaumont Organic.
(Founder, Hannah Beaumont)
What is the story behind your brand's name?
‘Beaumont’ – my family name, and ‘organic’ – the principle behind the collection.
What inspired you to join/start your Ethical business?
At the time I launched Beaumont Organic in 2008, I was a big shopper and owned numerous cotton tee’s. After doing some research, I realised the damage to the environment the growing of cotton was causing. My research led me to find there were very few luxury organic cotton brands available and hence why I launched the collection initially with 8 beautiful t-shirts.
What did you do before joining/starting the business?
In 2006, I graduated with first class honours in Fashion and Textile Marketing from Leeds University. I then went on to become a buyer’s assistant for Monsoon in London between 2006 and 2007 before travelling back up north to launch Beaumont Organic in 2008.
(Beaumont Organic Factory)
What are the 2 points (or more!) that makes your brand Sustainable/ethical?
We work only with factories in the UK and Portugal under full EU regulations. We visit the factories regularly as they are part of the Beaumont team and we speak with them daily. We have now built long, trusting and transparent relationships with all our factories. We also have a representative in Portugal who visits the factories weekly to ensure everything is as it should be.
What do you love the most about your job? How do you balance work/home life?
Seeing the Beaumont Organic collection in boutiques and stores across the world is definitely a high point! In terms of balance, I always ensure that I have time to do non-work related activities such as exercising and relaxing with friends and this allows me to focus and concentrate when I am in the office.
What achievements are you most proud of in business and or life?!
Securing world class agents and distributors for Beaumont Organic in countries such as Japan,The Netherlands and Switzerland. This is key for international success and is a credit to the company that these recognised agents have chosen us. I am excited to grow with them and other similar companies in other territories whilst continuing to grow our online store.
Who do you admire and why?
I am inspired by iconic brands like Chanel for the longevity of the brand; creating an iconic brand like Chanel requires so much dedication and clarity and I respect this highly. Safia Minney and Katherine Hamlet are hugely inspirational ladies in the world of pioneering ethical fashion. Finally, Malene Birger for her elegant sophistication and recognisable brand identity.
Beaumont Organic is coming soon to Ethical Collection!