Sofia Phillips

Senior Writer London, UK

Sofia (She/Her)- I’m the Style Editor and a Senior Writer at Thred, specialising in fashion and beauty with a focus on sustainability and women’s rights. I studied Spanish at the University of Exeter and International Journalism at City, London. Follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and drop me some ideas/feedback via email.

Hi, I’m Sofia, and I’m the Style Editor and a Senior Writer at Thred.

During my time at the University of Exeter where I studied Spanish, I chose to spend my year abroad teaching English in Argentina and working as a journalist in Colombia before travelling across the continent with my camera. Returning to the UK to pursue a Masters in International Journalism and an internship at National Geographic Traveller, I eventually found myself at Thred’s doors.

Now, I balance my time between obsessing over the latest trends, practising my kickboxing skills in the middle of the office, and telling everyone about the new song I just learned to play on the bass guitar.

     

Latest Stories from Sofia

Kering bans fur across all its businesses

Kering bans fur across all its businesses

By next year, the luxury parent company behind brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent will have officially phased out the use of fur altogether. Over the past few years, almost every top designer - from Chanel to Prada - has shed animal fur from their collections. The state of California has outright banned it, Queen Elizabeth II has renounced it, and in 2020, PETA retired its decades-long...

By London, UK
Male makeup is slowly permeating mainstream beauty

Male makeup is slowly permeating mainstream beauty

Fuelled by social media and changing attitudes towards masculinity, the beauty industry is shaking off some of its most deep-rooted stereotypes, creating and marketing products specifically for men. The beauty landscape has undergone radical changes in recent years. The once-rigid distinctions between traditional gender identities are steadily becoming blurrier, and fluidity is now regarded as a valid and appreciated form of self-expression. The result is an industry...

By London, UK
Is TikTok to blame for the recent spike in teenage Tourettes?

Is TikTok to blame for the recent spike in teenage Tourettes?

New research has uncovered a ‘parallel pandemic’ of unexplained tics in young people, the sudden onset of which is likely to do with their social media use. It’s no surprise that the pandemic – bringing global devastation, millions of deaths, economic strife, and unprecedented curbs on social interaction – has had a significant impact on people’s mental health. Of those currently experiencing anxiety and depression related to COVID-19, over half of...

By London, UK
Gen Z is increasingly turning to psychedelics for personal development

Gen Z is increasingly turning to psychedelics for personal development

Amid growing acceptance of hallucinogens including LSD, magic mushrooms, and DMT as treatment for mental illnesses, new data shows the highest rates of psychedelic use among students since 1982. Disclaimer: all content within this article is provided for general information only, and we are by no means endorsing the use of these substances in uncontrolled settings. In light of new findings that psychedelic drugs could transform mental health, scientists...

By London, UK
ASOS pledges to cut total emissions

ASOS pledges to cut total emissions

Part of its newly published sustainability strategy, ASOS will aim to achieve a net-zero impact on the environment by 2030, all while keeping prices affordable. Just this morning, e-commerce giant ASOS released the next phase of its Fashion with Integrity programme, outlining targets to better both its environmental and social impact. To date, the FWI initiative has led ASOS to reduce its operational carbon emissions per order by 45% between 2016...

By London, UK
Opinion – Raducanu’s victory carries a message that stretches beyond tennis

Opinion – Raducanu’s victory carries a message that stretches beyond tennis

While we should share in the collective joy of Raducanu’s extraordinary triumph, it’s also worth reflecting on why immigrants in the UK must be successful in order to be valued. On Saturday, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu became Britain’s first female singles Grand Slam champion in 44 years, as well as the youngest since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004. Sending much of the UK into an extended state of delirium, her magnificent...

By London, UK
Beauty brands speak out against the Heartbeat Act

Beauty brands speak out against the Heartbeat Act

Though the industry remains largely silent on this matter, several women-centric companies have publicly vocalised their stance on Texas’ harsh new anti-abortion law. Earlier this month, we reported that one of the most restrictive laws in the United States had gone into effect. Named the ‘Heartbeat Act,’ it bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy (even in the case of incest or rape) and allows private Texas citizens to report...

By London, UK
Would you wear shoes made from up-cycled coffee grounds?

Would you wear shoes made from up-cycled coffee grounds?

Entrepreneurs Son Chu and Jesse Tran have successfully developed the world’s first carbon-neutral sneakers, each pair made from six recycled plastic bottles and 150 grams of used coffee grounds. Unless, like the majority of the Thred office, you’re disposed to a cuppa each morning to get you going, the likelihood is you’ve already had a coffee (or two) before leaving the house today. Integral to the routines of a substantial...

By London, UK
Animals are ‘shapeshifting’ to cope with climate change

Animals are ‘shapeshifting’ to cope with climate change

Scientists are noticing the widespread body-part growth of warm-blooded creatures which they believe could be a response to our planet’s rising temperatures. No longer the stuff of fairy tales (a real-life Dumbo would be endearing if it weren’t for the concerning reasons behind it), scientists have discovered that our impact on the environment – namely human consumption of fossil fuels – could be sending natural selection into overdrive. This is...

By London, UK
Brandy Melville accused of racism and fat shaming

Brandy Melville accused of racism and fat shaming

The cult retailer, beloved by Gen Z, faces allegations of discriminatory hiring practices, sexual misconduct, and antisemitism. And you thought ‘one size fits most’ was bad. Last year, as conversations surrounding racism followed George Floyd’s murder, an influx of former and current employees at some of the biggest names in fashion, including Refinery 29, Vogue, and The Cut, spoke up about issues of mistreatment. Quickly followed by a wave of...

By London, UK