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Time Out London - Nov 2016
Our current listing with runner-up badges (Best Shop, Waterloo + Southwark)

Time out awards 2016

In and Around Covent Garden Magazine, March 2015

20th Birthday for Ganesha

Shop front shown

'We would like to congratulate Jo Lawbuary, pictured right, and Purnendu Roy, on 20 years of trading as Ganesha. The shop started its journey in Greenwich and Spitalfields Markets in the early 90s'

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For Your Love

In and Around Covent Garden Magazine, Dec 2014

Christmas gifts everyone

felt purse shown

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Amy Laughinghouse Hits the Road, Aug 2014

Ch”eco” Friendly Shops Around the World

Doy shopper shown

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For Your Love

In and Around Covent Garden Magazine, Feb 2014

For Your Love

Bweju pewter frame shown

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Irish Times,19 Jan 13

Waste not, want not

Doy shopper shown

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The Star

Toronto Star, 10 Dec 12

Christmas Travel: Eco-friendly holiday gifts from around the globe

Vintage sari silk scarves shown

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Evening Standard, Dec 5

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Teal reindeer shown

Evening Standard
ipad kantha case

In and Around Covent Garden, Dec 12

Perfect Presents

Kantha Ipad case shown

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The Guardian, 30 Nov 12

Christmas gift guide: our top ideas
'We've rummaged through the best independent shops, designers and brands to find hundreds of imaginative presents..'

Kantha 2-in-1 washbag shown.

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kantha washbag

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Living Etc Magazine, July 12

Outdoor Living
'create a stylish alfresco lounging space using vibrant fabrics, on-trend paint shades and the smartest garden must-haves'

recycled plastic mats shown
In and Around Covent Garden Magazine,
June 12

Celebrating All Things British

upcycled jubilee bunting shown
jubilee bunting
Eikoku News Feature
Eikoku News Digest, 23 Feb 12

London Street: Gabriel's Wharf SE1

This magazine is in Japanese so I can't tell you what it says exactly, but nice things I think, about our little wharf....

a view of Ganesha Southbank is shown

In and Around Covent Garden Magazine,
Feb 12

Romance is in the Air
'Ganesha is always a great place to pick up a unique and special gift, like these adorable boxed heart-shaped soaps for Valentine's Day..'

jasmine heart soap shown

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In and Around Covent Garden Magazine editorial Feb 12

silk pegasus xmas decoration

In and Around Covent Garden Magazine, Dec 11

Christmas Gifts
'When it comes to shopping for your Christmas gifts, Covent Garden is a great place to start. The area is a treasure trove of interesting places to buy, so we decided to give you some of our favourite gift ideas this festive season..'

silk pegasus decoration shown

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Source Intelligence Magazine, Nov 11

Shop of the month: Ganesha
SOURCE Intelligence visits Ganesha, sustainable and ethical retailer of accessories and homewares, in London. By Lucinda Borrell

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renbo tote shown

renbo tote, star
Delicious Mag press Sep 11

Delicious Magazine, Sep 11

Well Served

'these spiffy trays are just the thing for carrying food and drink into the garden on sunny days..'

chiriya hand painted tray shown

In and Around Covent Garden Magazine
July 11

Covent Garden picks..
'these Wola Nani bowls are fantastic for bbqs and family gatherings. their beautiful patterns and colours will brighten up any picnic or table spread..'

Wola Nani bowl shown
In and Around Covent Garden press July 11
tiger rug
The London Evening Standard, 8 Jun 11

The Thames is London's new retail superhighway
'Gabriel's Wharf star store: Ganesha. Purnendu Roy and Jo Lawbuary are long-standing Bollywood buffs with authentic CDs and collage and they bring fair-trade treasures from Asian co-ops and cottage industries to London.

Tiger rugs (pictured) in handknotted pure wool with natural dyes; age-old designs from Tibet, made by Bhutia weavers in the Indian Himalayas.'

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Homes and Gardens Magazine, March 10

Copy That
'Hatta Byng suggests ways to recreate the look of the houses featured in this issue.'


Hogla mat shown

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Homes and Gardens Magazine, March 10
(German edition)

Shopping in London

Mongolian shopper, palmwood bowls and pagal birds cushion shown

The Guardian, 22 Feb 10

10 of the best fair trade products for the home
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vintage silk bunting shown

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In and Around Covent Garden Magazine,
Dec 09

What's under your tree?

alpaca gloves and scarf shown

Sunday Times Style Magazine, 8 Nov 09

At home with Stone


Mithi Recycled bowl shown

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Homes and Gardens Magazine, September 09

Village London: Gabriel's Wharf
'if you are searching for gifts, designer homewares, unusual art or jewellery, take yourself to Gabriel's Wharf on the South Bank..'


view of Ganesha, Gabriel's Wharf shown

Sunday Express Magazine, 14 June 09

12 of the best Father's Day gifts

'because every dad deserves something special'


leather wallets shown

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House and Garden Magazine, June 09

Bright Outlook
'prepare for vibrant, alfresco parties..'

kauna-phok pads + recycled plastic mats shown

In + Around Covent Garden Magazine,
Dec 08

It's a wrap
'your Christmas tree will be bare without a silk reindeer decoration from Ganesha'

pink reindeer shown


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Covent garden magazine featuring ganesha
In + Around Covent Garden Magazine, Aug 08

Camping Chic
'a chic scarf will dress up any outfit; this pink one from Ganesha is simple yet beautifully coloured..'

naia bag + baroo scarf shown
Green Futures Magazine, 24 June 08

Leaf service
'Indian leaves bring new life to disposable crockery'

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leaf plate
rosie boycott likes our leaf plates

You Magazine, 20 April 08

The Good Life

'Make your next party a green party, says Rosie Boycott...'


leaf plate shown

The Guardian (Unlimited), 09 April 08

'The It bag has arrived in ethical fashion... This simple leather bag at a great price will go with any outfit.'

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Paheli bag shown

pehli bag

grand designs magazine feature showing Wola Nani bowl

Grand Designs Magazine, Feb 08

Style_Trend: Paper chase



Wola Nani bowl shown

London Evening Standard, 22 August 07

Alison Cork's really useful ideas & bargains
' apart from their obvious decorative charms, papier mache bowls from are more than mere table ornaments..'

Wola Nani bowl shown

Evening standard

You Magazine

You Magazine, 19 August 07

Outdoor party pieces
'the outdoor drawing-room can be easy to assemble. Just a few floor cushions grouped together on a rug can suggest the great indoors, such as Ganesha's Kauna-phok cushion.'

London Evening Standard, March 07

All the fun of the fair

'away from the big stores, attractive imported products for the home are now in some of London's more conscientious and adventurous shops. They are increasingly not just "good", but gorgeous, with an intrinsic handmade appeal.'

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sal leaf plate box
Telegraph Weekend, 10 June 06

Six of the best: summer wraps

muslin silk wrap in bronze/blue shown
BBC Hindi service, May 2006

this article is in Hindi. It is about how cottage industry made products are selling for good prices in cities such as London.
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a view of Ganesha is shown opposite

Sainsbury's Magazine, March 2006

Shopping: Fun of the fair

felt balti tote in mossy shown

Ambience Magazine, Aut/winter 05
(German trend prediction publication)

neem de tijd om te denken..

kauna-phok pads + mat shown

Guardian Weekend magazine,
23 July 05

The Insider

Wola Nani bowl shown

Woman Magazine, 27 June 05

Going green just got glamorous
'what better excuse do you need for a spot of guilt-free, clear-conscience shopping?'

Wola Nani bowls, Bollywood icon T, Tipu tie skirt, leather wallet, olive floral bag, indigo silk wrap shown

Guardian Weekend magazine
19 March 05

Space handbook: Natural high
'who said green couldn't be gorgeous?'

Himalayan knitted blanket and cableknit throw shown

Guardian Weekend magazine
14 August 04

Style Slave: Fair and square
'if you thought fair trade was all tie and dye tablecloths, you haven't discovered Ganesha'

greenleaves silk cushion and
Bharati phul cushion shown

The Observer, 27 June 04

High ethics meet high design

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Sunday Times Style Magazine
30 May 04

Will you join the ethical fashion brigade?

floral bag and flip-flops shown

Coast Magazine, April 04

Coast loves...
'fair trade company Ganesha has tons of great beach accessories. This nylon bazaar bag is a bargain at £2.99. There's also a great selection of flip-flops'

mini bazaar bag shown


New Consumer Magazine, Mar/April 04

10 Home enhancers
'Briefing's choice of the best fair trade strictly kitsch..'

parasol, photoframe, bollycoaster, saribraid box shown

VSO Orbit Magazine
Feb 04

Consumer Conscience
'what do Indian weaver Manjulata Mohanty and British Manager David Emmery, have in common? Golden grass placemats of course!'

Elle Deco Magazine, Nov 03

create a calming ambience..


kauna-phok pads shown

Evening Standard, 19 May 03

Fair play to fair traders
'Jo Lawbuary and Purnendu Roy know the story behind everything in their shop, Ganesha...packed with Indian wares from scarves produced by a women's co-operative in SW Bengal to swampy rush mats used in Ralph Lauren fashion shoots. In the last 2 years the couple have started selling on the internet and to shops including Selfridges and Graham & Green...'

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Now Magazine, October 02

Little India
'Give your home opulence with Bollywood-inspired colours, fabrics and beaded accessories'

sequin hanging and Shah Rukh Khan bag shown

New Consumer, September 02

Go East
'Boho chic or stylish slick. Add a little far-eastern influence to your accessories and breeze through autumn with some golden glitz.
Giving a hand up this season is easy by opting for a fairly traded handbag...'

selection of bags shown

You Magazine, 25 August 02

Barbadian Bounty
'Go Caribbean crazy with sizzling colours and bursting blooms..'

lotus bag shown

M Magazine, 6 July 02

Club Tropicana
'whatever size of outdoor space you have to call your own, you can turn it into a tropical chill-out zone with hot colours and cool accessories..'

kauna mattress shown

London Evening Standard, 8 May 02

By golly it's Bolly
..'Shops such as Ganesha have no such inhibitions (about Bollywood); you'll find a Bollywood section on its website, including furniture, and, for a fun touch, coasters and placemats with Bollywood themes, just the job for a Bollywood barbecue, perhaps? Ganesha also has brilliant glass-topped tables, decorated with Bollywood film stars, handpainted by rickshaw artisans.'



Perfect Home, March 02

Talking shop
To celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight, 4-17 March, we round up the best world shop goods, where trade associations get a fair price.
Ganesha: For eclectic accessories and home furnishings with contemporary style, a visit to Ganesha is a must. Set up by Jo Lawbuary and Purnendu Roy; you'll find quality goods sourced from, and developed with, co-operatives and associations. Check out the kauna-phok cushions, £25 for a 45 x 90 x 6cm pad, and the kitsch Bollywood placemats and coasters, from £1.50. The website's a treat too.
other ft suppliers also listed in this feature

The Venue, December 01

Definitive Christmas gift and survival guide 'Her -these are a girls best friends'

rickshaw photoframe shown

World of Interiors, September 01

Inspiration page
'These 2.2 x 1.2m Innaphi panels have a dramatically kitsch impact in a Karma Kab, but look grand and restrained when used to line the bed hangings in Ian Grant's flat. Woven in north east India, they are sold through fair trade importer Ganesha.'

London Evening Standard, July 01

Buy Bollywood
'kitsch colouful merchandise is flavour of the moment. Ganesha stocks plastic-encased promotional material form Bollywood films -placemats and coasters -and shelves handpainted with Bollywood figures'...

You Magazine, July 01

An enlightened garden

kauna-phok mattress, shown


New Woman, May 01

Downstairs at Samantha's
'Mix designer pieces with a splash of hippy chic -for all those Sex and the City cocktail parties..'

Kauna-phok mattress shown


Time Out Green Special, September 2000

'This tiny little shop is packed to the roof with gorgeous goods that partners Jo Lawbuary and Purnendu Roy have been bringing over from India for five years. they work directly with cottage industries, buying throws, cushions, rugs and scarves (which are large enough to use as colourful curtains). You can also get very fashionable sitting pads (cushions made form a bamboo-like fibre), and there's a small selection of cards and some lovely hand made wrapping paper.'

New Woman, August 2000

Tangier Dream
'Turn your garden into an exotic kasbah'

showing Naga cushions

Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms, summer 2000

Beach life

showing kauna-phok large pad


Living etc., November 1999

The shape simple
'If your room is the size of a broom cupboard, stick to a pared-down look; simple furniture, unfussy fabrics and single window panels'...

kauna-phok mattress shown


Elle Decoration, February 1999

Essential ingredients
'Beautiful basics to make every day a special occasion'

sal leaf plates shown


World of Interiors, October 1998


'Ganesha's stock of bedspreads, shawls and scarves is bought direct from co-operatives and women's groups in remote parts of north-east India, an area that other importers are yet to reach. Its traditional single mattresses are hand made in Manipur, on the Burmese border, using local kaunaphok rush'...

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The Guardian, 24 January 2006
Good Lives: fair trade pioneers
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idFX, October 2002

Indian Summer

...'At Ganesha, a London shop and mailorder company specialising in fair trade Indian products, partner Jo Lawbuary has seen an upsurge in demand this summer.''Although the Bollywood look is very much a UK interpretation of Indian style, it has been a positive thing for our producers-co-operatives in India and Bangladesh,'' she says. Few items epitomise the look better than Ganesha's Rickshaw furniture -tables and shelves made from recycled aluminium and ornately decorated with hand-painted motifs, plastic accessories and collages of Bollywood stars from magazines.''The range is made by artists who normally decorate rickshaws,'' she says'.....


The Daily Telegraph, July 2002

Dedicated followers of fair trade and fashion 
Fair trade products are competetively priced while ensuring good working conditions and a fair price for artisans and community projects worldwide. Companies dealing in fair trade products offer a lot more than hippie beads and raffia bags. These days, they are tuned into consumers and trends, producing clothes and accessories that can compete with bigger retailers.
Ganesha: Based in Gabriel's Wharf, London, Ganesha stocks hand-crafted accessories and textiles form India. Look out for stunning scarves, including the tasselled wraps made form antique silks at £19.99. There are also hand-blocked silk scarves (£12.50) and striped 'bazaar' bags (£2.99)

other ft suppliers also listed in this feature


Co-operative News, March 2002

Fair trade fever sweeps the UK
...'Ganesha, which has a shop in London as well as wholesale and mailorder businesses describes its product range as 'fabulous furnishings and eclectic accessories co-operatively produced in India'.
The company is a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and it adheres to strict ethical and environmental guidelines. Many of Ganesha's products are sourced from small village co-operatives and women's groups in India.
Jo Lawbuary explained the plight of one of the groups she trades with: 'members of the Self Employed Women's Association are currently in hiding in Ahmedabad in a bid to escape the increasingly vicious communal violence in Gujarat. This is the same region in which 20,000 people were killed by an earthquake last year. I think that giving these people a fair price for their work is the least we can do to help them'.....

London Evening Standard, 25 July 2001

Days out to dawdle over
...'Ganesha is a fine find: full of Indian furnishings and fashion accessories from far-flung co-operatives, sourced by the indefatigable Jo Lawbuary and Purnendu Roy. Wonderful embroidered voile curtains are £14.95, all stiff and crackly with rice starch'...



Time Out Shopping Guide to London 2006 Everything at this colourful little shop is fairly traded, and many items are made from recycled goods. Ganesha has recently branched out, and now includes two neighbouring shops selling accessories and clothes. Among the beautiful stock are paper made bowls (from £7.99) produced by the Wola Nani project in Cape Town, which gives an income to women living with HIV, and mats from Dakar, Senegal, woven from recycled plastic (£10-£30). Also for sale are colourful hats, bedlinen, Bollywood CDs, and notebooks made of recycled carrier-bag covers. Mail order.


Time Out Shopping Guide to London 2005
Everything at this colourful little shop is fairly traded, and many items are made from recycled goods. Ganesha has recently branched out, and now includes two neighbouring shops selling accessories and clothes. Among the beautiful stock are paper made bowls (£7.50-£9.99) produced by the Wola Nani project in Cape Town, which gives an income to women living with HIV, and recycled Dakars from Senegal, woven from plastic (£10-£30). Also for sale are colourful hats, floral bags, organic bedlinen, Bollywood CDs, natural incense and notebooks made of recycled carrier-bag covers. Mail order


Time Out Shopping Guide to London 2004
This colourful little shop should soothe your consumer conscience. Everything here is fair trade, like the wool rugs made by Tibetan refugees (£295) and recycled cotton throws hand-embroidered by women’s co-ops in India (£295-£450). The staff know their stuff, too, right down to the obscure type of stitching and remote regions of Nepal. Not surprisingly, quality is top-notch: the silk cushions, appliqued bedspreads, and handmade paper lampshades are all exquisitely detailed. A range of Bollywood accessories, such as picture frames and place-mats, adds some glitz. Mailorder.


Green Guide ( Ganesha imports fair trade textiles and artefacts sourced from co-operatives and cottage industries all over India. Features an extensive, unusual collection of hand-produced home furnishings from the simple to the extravagant. Also an eclectic range of artefacts from natural materials, leaf plates, reed mattresses and items made from reused/recycled post-consumer waste. Most things are sourced at origin, supporting local and rural economies. Regularly featured in design magazines. Members of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops.