4 Sustainable Fashion Brands to Know
There’s been an increased focus recently on environmental awareness, particularly when purchasing new products. Because of this, many new, up-and-coming fashion brands are opting to focus on clothing made using environmentally sustainable practices and materials. Not only is purchasing from a sustainable fashion brand ethically the right thing to do, but it can also give you some serious street cred. Some of the most exciting names in fashion right now are sustainable brands. Here are some of the top names in eco-friendly fashion that you need to know now and how you can style each piece.
Maggie Marilyn is a sustainable fashion brand based in New Zealand. The designs combine elements of luxury with utilitarian designs that feel comfortable and look flattering. They are known for their long skirts and ruffled tops, which are very chic without being too over the top. Each makes a statement while still having an elegant modesty, and you can easily pair the dresses with your favorite high heels or even a leather jacket if you want to ramp them up a bit. The long dresses work equally well for a night out or for a casual brunch, so they are a great investment for any woman that wants to look both chic and comfortable. Every piece is made in New Zealand, and is packaged in compostable sleeves. Maggie Marilyn works with local manufacturers as well, so when you order them, you’re supporting small businesses run by expert craftsmen.
Stella Jean has gained notoriety over the past few years because of her work with Giorgio Armani. Often referred to as Armani’s protege, Jean is based in Rome, but is from a Haitian and Caribbean background. She brings her heritage into her designs with bright colors, tropical patterns, and lots of wrap tops and dresses that evoke the feeling of a beautiful and warm island. She only works with a few small African fabric producers, so she’s able to bypass much of the negativity associated with larger manufacturers. Her brand make an effort to support the cultures that are inspiring her designs, which is something we don’t see often with big-name designers. Each of her collections are small but distinctive, and you can expect to see her dresses worn by Instagram stars or even on the red carpet in the near future as an up-and-coming sustainable fashion brand.
Re/Done is a sustainable fashion brand that focuses entirely on authentic, refurbished denim. Purchasing recycled clothing is one of the best ways to be kind to the planet, since the production of new clothing in factories can be very detrimental to our planet and even our healthy. Re/Done offers some of the most flattering, versatile denim pieces on the market for both men and women, and they give you a bit of instant ‘cool’ because they are so authentic. In addition to sourcing vintage denim, they also have refurbished Hanes t-shirts and other shirts. Many of their pieces have a Californian, beach-chic vibe, so they are ideal for casual summertime outfits. Pair them with your favorite high-top sneakers or military jacket to complete the look. Each piece is manufactured in Downtown Los Angeles by hand, and they are all small batch because they are hand-picked.
Kayu is one of the only sustainable fashion brands that focuses entirely on bags. They make bags in a wide range of different styles, including clutches, wallet pouches, totes, and more. Most of the pieces are made with light colors and summer-y materials that would be perfect to take to the beach with you, but could work equally well for your day-to-day life in the city. The bags are made in unique shapes that will quickly become the centerpiece of your outfit, but their light color schemes mean they aren’t too over-the-top. The bags are made with locally sourced natural straw, and they are made by artisans in the Phillippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Most of their team is women, and many of the artisans are working mothers as well. Kayu is committed to employing talented women around the world to provide support to people who wouldn’t otherwise have it.