Contributor: Anna Hickey

Anna Hickey is a freelance writer based in Melbourne who has recently graduated from a Masters of Communication. She has a love of food and is passionate about the important role it plays in enriching culture. Anna likes to create, especially in the kitchen where she makes and blogs about healthy recipes.

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Loose Leaf: adapt and evolve

Nestled in the backstreets of Collingwood is Loose Leaf, a one-of-a-kind space dedicated to flora. Owners Charlie Lawler and Wona Bae take inspiration from permaculture and continue to evolve their business accordingly. A serene escape from the grey surrounds of the wintery city, Anna Hickey speaks to Charlie, one half of Loose Leaf.

Workers empty sacks of freshly delivered organic cotton. Photo courtesy of Kowtow

Kowtow: conscious consumption

Kowtow is a rising Kiwi label forging a formidable and successful path forward in the pursuit of sustainable fashion. Anna Hickey sat down with Wellington and London-based founder and art director, Gosia Piatek, to find out more about the the label's genesis, Gosia's approach to doing business ethically and the reasons behind her insistence on 100% organic fair trade cotton.

Age of Enlightenment: cafe culture

Cafés have played an important role in the cultural enrichment of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities since their emergence from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century. Writer Anna Hickey explores the impact of the bean on the proliferation of culture: empires rise and fall and societies evolve, yet the essence of the coffee house – a space for social exchange – remains strong.