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Raquel Gracia, founder of GRACIAWOMAN, discusses her inspirations for setting up her brand and provides an 
in sightinto the hard task of sourcing sustainable materials from around the world. 
The fashion industry plays a major role intoday’s world. A single t-shirt uses more than a pound of carcinogenic
pesticides,herbicides and other types of chemicals.These all contribute to the increase in poverty and debt, the
destructionof our habitat and its biodiversity and animal cruelty.
It is a fact that our beautiful planet is dying and I believe the only way to protect it is by going back to basics.
Respect mother-nature, support healthy and pesticide-free soil, reduce water and energy consumption and stop
killing our oceans and marine-life.
When I was a child I worked in the fields in my parent’s cottage. I have always been enchanted by nature, my love
for the countryside and its conservation has always been a priority in my life. I believe everyone can make a
difference to help save our planet. Two years ago I decided it was my turn to provide a healthier and greener
choice and so I created GraciaWoman
My inspiration comes from the countryside and my collections show a town and country style. I produce basic and
everyday women’s clothing: tweed and navy blazers, shirts, soft knitwear and everyday denim. 
GraciaWoman offers an alternative to people who care about the environment and wish to move into a healthier
and eco-friendly lifestyle.
Sourcing pure, organic, sustainable, plant-based, fair-trade, hand-crafted, recycled and eco-friendly products and
plants is a truly arduous and demanding task. I work with raw, unbleached, untreated textiles and I try to make a
garment that does not compromise on style, providing the option to choose an environmentally- friendly product.
I use hand-crafted materials produced by artisans,who help me find better and traditional natural resources instead
of synthetics and plastics. I use vegan and sustainable plant-based silks from the agave cactus, local Scottish tweeds,
pure Italian wools,soy beans,eco dyes and only organic cottons.
I source my materials through organic and origin certifications,taking into consideration water usage, fair trade
regulations,craftsmanship, sustainability and energy consumption. Field cottons, including organic cotton,are
destroying ecosystems, it is really important that we reduce our usage of cotton,which is why I use soy beans.
Soy is a renewable resource and fully biodegradable.It is moisture-repellent which is great for the English weather and
has allowed me to reduce 62% of the cotton in my knits
Silk is one of the most beautiful fabrics but it’s as equally unethical. I always knew I had to find an alternative and I had
heard about Sabra or Cactus Silk a couple of years ago when I was researching organic textiles.
I believe we haven’t got much time, we need to think about conservation,
make a positive start and look after what we’ve got left in our planet. People need to be given the opportunity and
choiceof organic andsustainable fashion.
The solutions rely solely in education and consumer behaviour.I believe the future is not just bright, but green, and
companies and people in general will slowly move to a more eco-conscious life.
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              GraciaWoman joins British stars for Fashion for the Brave 

This evening The Dorchester plays host to a super-glam crowd of British stars for Fashion for the Brave, 
an annual gala event to raise funds for the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund (HCOCF) 
and the British Forces Foundation (BFF). This year the theme is Town and Country, hosted by Claudia 
Winkleman, with Hilary Alexander introducing a fashion show featuring several gorgeous British fashion 
favourites including GraciaWoman.  
Raquel Gracia, founder and designer for GraciaWoman, tells us a little more about her ethically luxurious
brand, and why being a part of Fashion for the Brave is important to her...
"Two years ago I decided to change my hectic life, follow my dream and design a collection made of
100% ecological and organic clothing while supporting craftsmanship and small communities.
"For years I researched, visited countries and attended conferences about ecological, conservation,
organic and fair trade textiles. My company does not only support small communities of weavers in the
Sahara - where I source cactus silks and produce clothing - but also contributes to the wellbeing of our
"My focal point is 100% the environment ...all my cottons are 100% organic and fair trade. My organic
denim is washed in Ozone, a method that uses very little cold water and hardly any energy.
 "My Scottish tweed is 775gr which makes it the thickest and heaviest available today. The blazer's design
comes from the Victorian age and resembles my great grandmother’s riding jacket. The jackets are all rounded
and extra fitted and enhance the natural woman’s waist and silhouette. In a few words, it makes your waist
smaller and gives you an optical slender silhouette - it is all in the pattern construction from my grandmother.
"It is vital we all help the servicemen and women who serve on the front line and in operational theatres all
over the world. I am truly honoured to have been asked to be part of the Fashion for the Brave’s Catwalk Show."

The show is certainly in aid of two very good causes and is quite rightly supported by some big names including
patrons Sienna Miller and Jasper Conran. The HCOCF provides financial support to injured soldiers and their
families,including those who have lost their lives on active service, and the BFF boosts the morale of servicemen
and womenon the frontline and in operational theatres all over the world. 
Other supporters for this evening include Ethical British beauty brand Maison D'Anu, which has launched a
bespoke red nail colour in support of the HCOCF. The nail polish, named Brave, will be showcased at the event. 
Laura Mercierwill be providing the make up team on the night and Hackett will be sponsoring the menswear element
of the evening.Other brands that have generously donated prizes and elements for the evening include Boodles, 
Cocorose, Anjli London, The Dorchester, and Albany, and the event is supported by the British Fashion Council.
Posted by Bon Ton Times showcases the latest news, reviews and success stories in ethically-minded business,
championing the brands and names to watch. Written by PR-bod Catherine Chapman, the blog highlights discoveries
and recommendations, as well as the many innovative and ground-breaking achievements being made every day
by those in the ethical sector.

























































































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For a fashion conscious woman, there is very little that can beat the
look and feel of a gorgeous tweed jacket. Chic, smart and always appropriate,
tweed is the must have staple for every sophisticated fashionista.Luckily,
eco-luxe brand, Gracia Woman, have released their newAutumn/Winter 
range for 2012; ethical and eco-luxe pieces for the intelligent andever-
so-stylish woman. The collection features soon to be iconic pieces that
have a long lasting place in any woman’s wardrobe. This is a far cry from
the throwaway fashion so evident in today’s society; these are pieces created
with love and passion, and are designed to last a lifetime. Using a range
of materials, from Scottish tweed to the finest Italian wool, every element
of each garment hasbeenpersonally designed by Raquel Gracia.
The fact that every button, materialand trim has been lovingly handcrafted by
artisans and experts in their fields definitely makes Gracia Woman more than just another heritage tweed
company. The tailored jackets (£225-£295) in tweeds and wool draw inspirationfrom traditional Spanish
riding jackets, which have been updated for a modern figure, whilst maintaining classic tailoring to nip
in at the waist.
Extremely flattering and fabulous, the jackets are the pinnacle of the brand’s 
Autumn/Winter collection.Not only does Gracia Woman make jackets, but they
also offer tweed espadrilles which are made from the same fabric as the trousers
and jackets, all tied up with complimentary silk ribbon. The Gracia Woman 
Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is extremely versatile,being feminine whilst 
maintaining structure and tailoring, ensuring each piece is the epitome
of sophistication. Gracia Woman’s latest collection takes the lead in tweed. 
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 GraciaWoman awared the Blue Butterfly mark
Eco-luxe brand Gracia Woman has been awarded the Blue Butterfly trust mark, an award given
out by Positive Luxury honouring brands ‘doing their bit for society and the environment’. Named
after a once extinct butterfly in Britain, which has flourished since being reintroduced in the 80’s,
the Blue Butterfly markis awarded by Positive Luxury’s advisory board of experts from the WWF,
Fenton Communications and The Carbon Trust, which assess brands in five areas: environmental
impact, labour conditions/human rights,community responsibility, suppliers, and manufacturing.
Raquel Gracia commented: “Having a Blue Butterfly trust mark helps communicate the values of
GraciaWoman- that fashion can be luxurious, beautiful and ethical.”


One of the brands showing at Ecoluxe, the
ethical fashion showroom event I attended
over London Fashion Week, was Gracia
Woman. Gracia Woman is a new ethical and
eco-luxe collection for the intelligent woman.
This isn’t throwaway fashion, but pieces
createdwith love and passion; designed to last
a lifetime. All of the garments in the collection
have beendesigned by founder Raquel Gracia,
and eachbutton,material and trimhas been lovingly 
 handcrafted by artisans and experts in their fields.
 Raquel Gracia is the entrepreneur
behind Gracia Woman. Her childhood love
of fashion and sewing has matured into a
practical dreamto create anethically luxurious collection. 
From Scottish tweed from Glen Mills to thefinest wool from Italy, what sets GraciaWoman’s garments apart  s the unfailing eye for detail. 
The classic white shirt (£65) the stalwart of any woman’swardrobe - is made from organic and fair trade cotton, and features
double cuffs, and freshwater pearl buttons, crafted by a button maker, Mr Suzuki, in Japan. The tailored jackets (£225-£295) 
 in tweeds and woolare very chic,based on traditionalSpanish riding jackets updated for a modern figure, whilst maintaining
tailoring to nipinat the waist.The linings of the jackets all feature gorgeous panels of different cactus silks - each one is unique.
 There are t-shirts made from a mixture of organic cotton and soy, skirts, jeans and handmade jewellery.Exquisite tweedespadrilles,
priced at £95, are made from the same fabric as trousers and jackets, a visual treat that cleverly elongates awoman’s silhouette.
Tied with a complementary silk ribbon,the shoes are handmade in Valencia, handcrafted byOscar, who comes from generations
of shoemakers.All items are made to the highest ethical standards withorganic and fairtrade materials. All shoes are presented in a
beautiful satin shoe bag.The entire collection can be seen at







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