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

Fast fashion retailers accused of cultural appropriation

Fast fashion retailers accused of cultural appropriation

Mexico’s ministry of culture has claimed that Zara, Anthropologie, and Patowl wrongfully made use of designs created by the country’s indigenous communities. A number of fast fashion retailers – namely Zara, Anthropologie, and Patowl – have come under fire lately for using patterns distinctive to Mexico’s indigenous Mixteca population in the south-western state of Oaxaca. Accused of cultural appropriation by Alejandra Frausto (the country’s culture minister), these brands have reportedly...

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Exclusive – How Ann Makosinski exemplifies an industrious generation

Exclusive – How Ann Makosinski exemplifies an industrious generation

Ann Makosinski is innovative, entrepreneurial, and eager to build a better planet – all traits of a multitalented Gen Zer who’s striving to prove that science and art go hand in hand.  Canadian inventor Ann Makosinski had something of an unusual childhood. Daughter of a father born in Poland during WW2 and mother from a tiny town in the Philippines, she recalls their parenting style as ‘unique,’ guided by a shared...

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Exclusive – Melati Wijsen on the power of today’s changemaking youth

Exclusive – Melati Wijsen on the power of today’s changemaking youth

The self-proclaimed ‘full-time changemaker’ is part of a growing phalanx of Gen Zers determined to shape our planet’s future. I sat down with this pioneering environmental activist to discuss the importance of empowering young people to step up, rather than shut down, against the climate crisis. ‘Us kids may only be 25% of the population, but we are 100% of the future.’ These are the words of Melati Wijsen, an...

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Where is the UK’s waste really going?

Where is the UK’s waste really going?

According to Greenpeace, more than half of the country’s discarded plastic is being dumped and burned abroad. Campaigners are calling for the government to take control of the problem.  Though the UK government claims to be a world leader in tackling plastic pollution, Greenpeace has just released a new short-film suggesting otherwise. ‘Wasteminster’ - as its aptly titled - draws attention to the UK government’s hypocritical approach to recycling and...

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A small step for China, a huge leap for cruelty-free

A small step for China, a huge leap for cruelty-free

As of this month, imported ‘ordinary cosmetics’ will no longer be required to test on animals in order to be sold in the Chinese market, which is the second-largest in the world. In a landmark move, the Chinese government has just revised its cosmetics regulations, waiving mandatory animal testing for all imported and locally manufactured ‘ordinary cosmetics.’ This essentially means that any products without an active claim such as ‘anti-ageing’ (from...

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Why the Golden Globes may not survive amidst countless scandals

Why the Golden Globes may not survive amidst countless scandals

Hollywood is boycotting the awards ceremony following an exposé by the Los Angeles Times which revealed a series of concerning ethical failings involving the organisation. During the last few years we’ve seen the entertainment industry undergo a long-overdue reckoning. From the Me Too movement and #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to cancelled TV shows and gatekeeper corporations making internal changes, Hollywood is finally being held accountable for its failure to ensure safe working...

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MDMA-assisted therapy on course for medical approval

MDMA-assisted therapy on course for medical approval

A breakthrough clinical trial has uncovered its impressive efficacy in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, inching the drug closer to FDA endorsement.   For decades, scientists and researchers have sought to prove the extraordinary medical potential of psychedelic drugs. Time and time again these mind-altering substances have shown genuine promise in alleviating some of the most intractable (and expensive) – addiction, depression, and anxiety among many others – conditions to treat. With stigma...

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Asda joins the pre-loved fashion fray

Asda joins the pre-loved fashion fray

The retailer is set to begin selling vintage garments in 50 stores across the UK as pre-loved fashion moves from niche to mainstream. As an industry reliant on constantly updating lines, styles, and trends offered up every single season, fashion has always been incredibly fast paced, working at breakneck speed to meet consumer demands. Its requirement that the supply chain functions at an unhesitating rate has not been kind on the...

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Pandora to ditch unethically sourced diamonds

Pandora to ditch unethically sourced diamonds

Pandora is ditching raw materials associated with unethical production methods, instead opting for sustainable alternatives that are near identical without being morally bankrupt. Pandora has outlined plans to stop using natural, mined diamonds in all of its products. Last year it sold 50,000 diamonds in alone and makes more pieces of jewellery than any other company in the world, making this a significant shake-up for the industry. It’s part of a...

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Colombians continue to mobilise despite police brutality

Colombians continue to mobilise despite police brutality

The country is bracing for further unrest as citizens protesting a proposed tax overhaul tied to the pandemic face unnecessary violence at the hands of law enforcement officials. Protests against President Iván Duque’s controversial ambitions to raise taxes in Colombia have turned deadly. Intended to fill a pandemic-related fiscal hole and mitigate the country’s economic crisis, the now shelved reform would have lowered the threshold at which individual salaries are...

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