Happy October! Fall weather is definitely here. As my mom pointed out on the phone “the weather turned.” I’m so excited for this next season full of outfits. This upcoming month I’m planning transition outfits, fall colors, and thinking about maybe delving into Halloween ideas. What do you think? If you have an outfit series suggestion feel free to email me or dm me through Facebook or Instagram. I’d love to hear from you. Below are my favorite sustainable clothing items, new brands, and the outfit series you should look at for fall.
Clothing I’m Loving
Maggie Marilyn Dress– Made ethically in New Zealand with organic wool.
Mara Hoffman Skirt– made with artisan woven organic cotton.
Level 99– Made with sustainable production and a tencel/linen fabric mix.
Simple Natural Alpaca– Made with fair trade alpaca wool from Peru.
Beckons Long Sleeve Tee– Made in Colorado with a mixture of bamboo and organic cotton.
Tonlé– Made from remnant jersey.
Ecovibe Apparel– Made ethically in Portland.
Victoria Road Skirt– Made with fair trade production in Pakistan.
Groceries Apparel– Made with vegan vegetable dyes and a mix of organic cotton and tencel.
M.i.h Jeans Sweater Dress– Made with merino wool.
New Brands to Check Out
Latin American creativity at its finest. Carvoe creates clothing that is as easy as it is feminine and along the way gives back to its community. They work on a small-scale level and employ artisans in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. The factories they use are co-owned by women. 3% of their projects go to charities and organizations that help empower the Latin American community. This specific collection focuses on gender equity.
Katherine Hammett London relaunched in 2017. The designs still have that oversized wearability she was known for in the 1980s, but this time her political activism is also eco-friendly. From materials to packaging, the whole operation is responsibly sourced and uses sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled nylon, organic silk, recycled down, and recycled wool.
Vintage inspired design with vintage fabrics! I love how fun this collection from Masayo Kishi is, the prints she uses are enchanting and the colors are my favorite (bright.) The entire collection uses deadstock silk.
This is Kevin Germanier’s debut and it’s a pretty great one. He uses luxury upcycled fabrics, and recovered beads to make this entire collection sustainable friendly. It’s futuristic in its feel and super sharp.
I don’t normally pay that much attention to menswear, but I was really inspired by Bethany Williams. She focuses her collections on social problems, the the hunger in the U.K. The collection is made up of completely sustainable materials. She’s sourced book waste from a publishing house in the U.K. food bank waste, that then gets broken down and turned into fabric.
Feminine and romantic definitely sum up the feel of ByTimo. The clothes are crafted with consciousness and integrity. They won the Sustainable Design Challenge at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in 2016. They partner with City Mission in Oslo to employ women in tough circumstances, they also ethically employ, providing a living wage for their workers and source their fabrics as responsibly, ethically, and sustainably as possible.
Known for its draping, Port Zienna intentional luxury. They manufacture everything in one place in Peru. This is to develop relationships with the artisans they employ and closely monitor production. Also Port Zienna wants to be as transparent as possible. The fabrics they use are also all sustainable (tencel, modal, organic cotton) and they also don’t use any polyester.
Fair trade production in Nepal. This wedding gowns and formal wear is just soooo pretty! The fabric is hand-loomed organic cotton and bamboo. The women who weave the fabric are from Tulsi Mehar Mahila Ashram, an NGO that provides homes from destitute and homeless women and helps them get back on their feet.
Sustainably and ethically crafted in New Zealand. They source their materials from sustainable suppliers in Italy, Japan, and of course New Zealand. For example, the merino wool is from New Zealand and Standard Issue uses seamless knit technology to eliminate excess waste.
News to Check Out
Out of Fashion Week
Changes to Think About
Outfits to Help get into Fall