High street giant Topshop is teaming up with fair trade label People Tree to create an Autumn/Winter collection.

People Tree works with small producers in impoverished communities around the world providing Fair Trade as a means from destitution.

The exclusive range will include handknitted accessories created at Kumbeshwar Technical School (KTS) in Nepal.

The KTS helps disadvantaged people including disabled or homeless women, ex-prostitutes, widows and female prisoners by providing training and employment. Fair trade orders not only provide the women with an income but also benefit the community. From the sale of the products, 50% fund a nursery and primary school providing an education for 250 children and helps to support a creche and hostel for the homeless and the orphaned as a result of the conflicts in Nepal.

Laxmi Shova, a knitter at KTS who visited London, said : "I am very excited to visit UK and see our products in big stores like Topshop. We feel very proud that our products are selling in such a shop.

"For people like me in Kathmandu and the surrounding villages, People Tree has helped us more than double our income. Fair Trade empowers me, my family, my colleagues and grass-roots women producers in my country, both economically and socially, and means we can educate ourselves and our children."

The accessories will also be on sale in Oxfam nationwide and the Regent Street Timberland store in London.

Adele Moore