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Industry news Find out about all the latest from the fashion accessories industry in our regular news roundup Ethical jewellery Lily Arkwright has opened a new Birmingham showroom in the Mailbox, the UK’s largest mixed use destination outside of London and an ideal landmark showroom. Voted as one of Birmingham’s best breathing spaces, Mailbox boasts unrivalled accessibility to canal side dining and some of the city’s best retail and leisure amenities, providing an exclusive sense of community for Lily Arkwright’s clients. The opening of the Birmingham showroom in February 2024 marks a significant point in Lily Arkwright’s expansion plans. After years in the pipeline, Lily Arkwright is thrilled to see an instant response to this exciting next step, with appointments being booked at record rate. Managing Director Philip Dawson said: “We’re really thrilled to launch our Birmingham Showroom, it’s been an integral part of our 5 year growth agenda as we continue our expansion plans. Birmingham is a city like no other, with such an amazing retail scene and we’re really proud and honoured to be able to service our Birmingham clients”. Lily Arkwright is an ethical jeweller that specialises in sustainable lab grown fine jewellery. From Lab grown diamonds and moissanites, to ethically sourced coloured gemstones, also including natural diamonds. Lily Arkwright has been pioneers in bringing ethical fine jewellery to the UK, launching its moissanite and lab diamond collections several years ago, leading the way in innovation and trailblazing a path where other jewellery retailers dared not step. Lily Arkwright was born in Manchester, the city of industry where their current showroom is nestled in leafy Didsbury. PERIOD-PROOF UNDERWEAR BRAND MODIBODI® ANNOUNCES B CORP BUSINESS CERTIFICATION Global absorbent apparel brand Modibodi® continues to cement its position as a world leading period-proof brand, announcing its certification as a B Corp business. The certification is recognition of the company’s social and environmental impact and the completion of a rigorous assessment process. Designed to look and feel just like your favourite underwear but featuring in-built leak-proof protection thanks to the brand’s scientifically proven technology; Modibodi’s innovative period-proof underwear and leak-proof ranges are made with sustainable, recycled, premium fabrics for the ultimate in leak-proof luxury. Modibodi Executive Director, Kerry Cusack says: “We are thrilled to start our year by announcing that Modibodi has become a ‘Certified B Corp Business’ and with an assessment score that demonstrates our values and focus on continuous improvement to deliver better business for all. As category leaders and innovators, Modibodi has redefined leak proof apparel category and created a business built on trust and authenticity, designing sustainable products with the needs of the consumer at their very heart. Creating a positive impact is embedded into the products we make, and as a purpose-led business we place people, the planet and the communities we serve at the centre of our decisions.” The B Corp Certification highlights that Modibodi is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials. To achieve the certification, Modibodi demonstrated a high social and environmental performance and made legal commitments ensuring stakeholder accountability, whilst exhibiting transparency, allowing information about their performance measured to be against B Lab’s standards and be made publicly available through their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website. Certified B Corporations are leaders in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Unlike other certifications for businesses, B Corp is unique in its ability to measure a company’s entire social and environmental impact. Modibodi now joins a global B Corp community of businesses working to benefit ‘all’ including Patagonia, All Birds, Eileen Fischer, Camper, Ganni, Got-Bag. ETHICAL JEWELLER LILY ARKWRIGHT OPENS BIRMINGHAM SHOWROOM INDUSTRY NEWS 5