JOY Spotlight: Julie – Assistant Designer

With more and more restaurants, products and brands going vegan we thought we’d chat to our lovely assistant designer Julie about the lifestyle and what drew her to it. 


What got you interested in veganism and what sparked you to make the change?

I’ve always been passionate about the environment and then in 2016 I decided to go vegetarian for Lent. I loved it and didn’t look back! As my interest grew around this new lifestyle and as I researched and became more aware of the health, environmental and social impacts I decided to push myself again and the following year and went vegan.

What’s your fave day of food look like?

Breakfast: Nush Yogurt with coconut chips, omega 3 seed mix and chopped banana.

Lunch: Homemade Minestrone Soup or Avocado on Sourdough

Dinner: Temple of Seitan in Camden – It’s a must for vegan fast food! 

Dessert: Candy Kittens' lollies, the Blueberry Bliss flavor is my absolute favourite!  


What are your three favourite green beauty products?

1. Inika – I swear by their foundation, bronzer and mascara!

2. Source of Nature for face wash and general day-to-day products

3. For beauty products I can’t go past Neal’s Yard Remedies


Veganism connects so well with sustainability, working as a designer what positive changes do you think the fashion industry are making?


I was really grateful to have gone to University of the Arts: London College of Fashion, where the womenswear degree had a huge focus on sustainability, students were encouraged to learn more about the future of fashion and how they could make a positive impact. There was also a competition that the university ran with Stella McCartney, designers who created a sustainable end of year collection could win an internship with the brand – this was huge and such an amazing opportunity!

Fur free:

Thankfully over the last few years there has been a push to completely eradicate fur from our runways. We still have a long way to go but it’s a movement I can get behind! 

The High Street:

I think consumers are becoming more aware which is helping to push the High Street to make significant changes to their businesses, for example ethical capsule collections. These small changes can make a huge impact. 

What tips do you have for other people wanting to become vegan?

1. Keep on top of documentaries and articles on Veganism, it really helps your decision seem more worthwhile and understand better on why you’re making the change. I recommend the docoumentary What the Health and reading How Not To Die by Dr Michael Greger.

2. Stay accountable, check the Vegan Calculator online so you can see the difference you’re making.

3. Check for Palm Oil. I’ve noticed lots of vegan products still have Palm Oil in them – for me I don’t consider those products vegan.

4.  Buy pre-owned or try source sustainable clothing, a lot of highstreet brands are now launching sustainable capsule collections. Or if you can, make your own clothes, I source fabrics from Cloth House on Berwick street which have a great range of high-quality organic and sustainable fabrics.