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

Psychedelics are on course to be a catalyst for mass mental health

Psychedelics are on course to be a catalyst for mass mental health

Poised to be the hottest new therapeutics since Prozac, psychedelics have come a long way since their hallucinogenic hippy heyday. Last year, upon discovering that a growing number of scientists had begun asking whether mind-altering drugs such as DMT, magic mushrooms, and LSD could help treat trauma, addiction, and depression, I posed a question: do psychedelics have the potential to transform mental health? Almost twelve months on, and the answer is...

By London, UK
What is Giving Tuesday?

What is Giving Tuesday?

Held directly after the consumer rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this global philanthropic event empowers people to transform their respective communities through direct charitable contributions. Amid the holiday season, it’s not unusual to feel inundated by consumerism, particularly when the start of the shopping period is marked by a weekend that actively promotes excess purchasing. But with Black Friday and Cyber Monday now behind us, it’s time we tuned...

By London, UK
Exclusive – six climate activists give us the scoop on COP26

Exclusive – six climate activists give us the scoop on COP26

If this year’s COP summit taught us anything, it’s that young people are the key to climate justice. For this reason, we asked a collection of changemakers about their expectations, concerns, and takeaways before, during, and after the event. Today’s youth are the least to blame for the climate crisis, given they’ve been around for less than two decades. Without drastic changes, however, they will be the ones left...

By London, UK
Why has Lush decided to quit social media?

Why has Lush decided to quit social media?

The cosmetics brand is deactivating four of its accounts until platforms ‘take action to provide a safer environment’ for users. In an increasingly connected world, the idea of a leading company quitting social media seems unthinkable. Alas, just this week, British cosmetics brand Lush announced its decision to quit Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat across all 48 of the countries it operates in. Part of its ‘Global Anti-Social Media Policy,’ the retailer...

By London, UK
How Lebanese women are fighting period poverty

How Lebanese women are fighting period poverty

Amid the country’s prolonged economic crisis, 76% of female citizens are struggling to afford sanitary products. Are eco-friendly alternatives posing a viable solution? Since 2019, plummeting economic conditions in Lebanon have pushed three quarters of the population below the poverty line. Among the many repercussions of this financial downfall – which has seen local currency lose around 90% of its value – a dramatic rise in the cost of sanitary products,...

By London, UK
H&M’s latest collection embodies sustainable glam

H&M’s latest collection embodies sustainable glam

Made using a plethora of recycled and recyclable materials, Innovation Circular Design Story celebrates two themes: eco-friendliness and joy. Given that the majority of us spent the 2020 Christmas period indoors, it’s likely you’re looking forward to celebrating without lockdown restrictions this time around. If you’re gearing up to ditch last year’s sweatpants in favour of full glam for your annual office party – or even just a meander along...

By London, UK
London’s river Thames is no longer ‘biologically dead’

London’s river Thames is no longer ‘biologically dead’

The city’s famous waterway has been revived and is now home to hundreds of wildlife species including seals, seahorses, and sharks. With COP26 drawing to a close, leaving activists exhausted, frustrated, and sceptical of the pledges made by world leaders, I’d say it’s due time we turned our attention to some positive news (unless you’re galeophobic, of course, in which case you may disagree). As of this week, the river Thames...

By London, UK
Has fashion been adequately addressed at COP26?

Has fashion been adequately addressed at COP26?

Sustainability advocates have been urging world leaders to recognise the fashion industry’s role in resolving the climate crisis. Have their cries been heard? Despite its significant contribution to the climate crisis, fashion has been surprisingly absent from the conversation at this year’s COP26 summit. A quick comb through our daily live coverage of the event shows no mention of the world’s third most polluting industry whatsoever. For a...

By London, UK
Could social media pose a solution to the female safety issue?

Could social media pose a solution to the female safety issue?

A missing 16-year-old girl was rescued in the US after using hand signals that went viral on TikTok to show she was in danger. How are these platforms’ users raising awareness and working to prevent violence against womxn? Last week, a teenage girl reported missing in the US was seen waving through the window of a car 200 miles from her home. Though the observing passer-by didn’t recognise her, they did...

By London, UK
Exclusive – Gen Zer Brian Femminella is in the vanguard of social impact

Exclusive – Gen Zer Brian Femminella is in the vanguard of social impact

Fuelled by a dedication to serve others, Gen Z entrepreneur Brian Femminella founded SoundMind, a company combining the power of music therapy with technology to help those suffering from trauma, anxiety, and depression. ‘My niche seems to be doing something that immediately assists the public in one way or another,’ says Brian Femminella. A Gen Z entrepreneur at just 21-years-old, Brian has a profound understanding of mental health and feels an...

By London, UK