Posted on by Katie Edwards

The dungaree revolution is here! If you haven't heard of Lucy & Yak you would have most certainly seen their super comfortable dungarees being sported by an eclectic mix of creatives. I was bitten by the dunga bug when I bought my first pair a few months ago after hearing many of my peers rave about them. 

Being the lazy bum that I am, I rate comfort over fashion (leggings and a baggy top being my go-to for most days) so a good pair of dungrees paired with a cute stripey top is me living my best life.

Not only are L&Y dungarees the epitome of comfort and style, they are also a super ethical company. They pay their staff in the UK over the National Living Wage, their factory in North India was built by them to allow for plenty of space, good lighting and air conditioning to make it comfortable to work in and the tailors there are paid four times than the state minimum wage. I love that they recently posted a little bit about every member of staff who has had a part in the making of their clothes - showing that they really do have a close relationship and care about the well-being of their staff. They think about the environment too, when you buy from L&Y your garments arrive in a beautiful, material bag which is 100% recycled (and so cute you can totally use it again!), their mailing bags are 100% biodegradable and all thank you cards are printed on recycled paper. (Read about their policies here)

With all that in mind I was completely and totally over the moon to hear that I had won their bi-monthly art competition with my illustration of the green haired girl wearing pink Lucy & Yaks. The last few months have been a time of exploration where illustration is concerned. I had suffered from lack of motivation after a disastrous trade show at the beginning of the year that really dented my confidence. In an act of desperation I turned to doodling on my ipad for relaxation and found that I really loved illustrating (You'd think this would come naturally, being a greetings card designer but my work was far more graphical than illustrative). Entering the L&Y competition was a great way for me to focus and practice a particular subject matter.  

Lo and behold, I won! What a confidence boost! (I actually got my Instagram notification while at the supermarket and gave a little whoop of excitement which scared the lady picking up frozen peas next me.) Not only was I chosen amongst some absolutely awesome and amazing illustrations but as a result of being featured on their profile I gained a ton of new followers, got a number of family portrait requests AND a very exciting collaboration (more info on that to come). It's amazing how one event can lead to a number of opportunities and it has opened my mind to different ways I can work creatively. 

I'm now adding portraits to my website so if this is something you'd be interested in please get in touch!

Lucy and Yak dungarees

The dungaree revolution is here! If you haven't heard of Lucy & Yak you would have most certainly seen their super comfortable dungarees being sported by an eclectic mix of creatives. I was bitten by the dunga bug when I bought my first pair a few months ago after hearing many of my peers rave about them. 

Being the lazy bum that I am, I rate comfort over fashion (leggings and a baggy top being my go-to for most days) so a good pair of dungrees paired with a cute stripey top is me living my best life.

Not only are L&Y dungarees the epitome of comfort and style, they are also a super ethical company. They pay their staff in the UK over the National Living Wage, their factory in North India was built by them to allow for plenty of space, good lighting and air conditioning to make it comfortable to work in and the tailors there are paid four times than the state minimum wage. I love that they recently posted a little bit about every member of staff who has had a part in the making of their clothes - showing that they really do have a close relationship and care about the well-being of their staff. They think about the environment too, when you buy from L&Y your garments arrive in a beautiful, material bag which is 100% recycled (and so cute you can totally use it again!), their mailing bags are 100% biodegradable and all thank you cards are printed on recycled paper. (Read about their policies here)

With all that in mind I was completely and totally over the moon to hear that I had won their bi-monthly art competition with my illustration of the green haired girl wearing pink Lucy & Yaks. The last few months have been a time of exploration where illustration is concerned. I had suffered from lack of motivation after a disastrous trade show at the beginning of the year that really dented my confidence. In an act of desperation I turned to doodling on my ipad for relaxation and found that I really loved illustrating (You'd think this would come naturally, being a greetings card designer but my work was far more graphical than illustrative). Entering the L&Y competition was a great way for me to focus and practice a particular subject matter.  

Lo and behold, I won! What a confidence boost! (I actually got my Instagram notification while at the supermarket and gave a little whoop of excitement which scared the lady picking up frozen peas next me.) Not only was I chosen amongst some absolutely awesome and amazing illustrations but as a result of being featured on their profile I gained a ton of new followers, got a number of family portrait requests AND a very exciting collaboration (more info on that to come). It's amazing how one event can lead to a number of opportunities and it has opened my mind to different ways I can work creatively. 

I'm now adding portraits to my website so if this is something you'd be interested in please get in touch!

Lucy and Yak dungarees