01 Oct Sustainable Fashion Favorites: October 2018 Edition
Happy October! Fall weather is definitely here. 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
Above all, this brand is 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. Additionally, they work on a small-scale level and employ artisans in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. Plus, the factories they use are co-owned by women. Not to mention, 3% of their projects go to charities and organizations that help empower the Latin American community. This specific collection focuses on gender equity.
In the 1980s Katherine Hammett London oversized wearability and political activism. After that, she moved on to different project. But, this time her political activism is also eco-friendly. For example, from materials to packaging, the whole operation is responsibly sourced. Plus, she uses sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled nylon, organic silk, recycled down, and recycled wool.
Vintage inspired design with vintage fabrics! Above all, 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 upcycling, and uses 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. Plus, the collection is made up of completely sustainable materials. In addition, she’s really plays with waste. For example, she’s sourcing book waste from a publishing house in the U.K. and food bank waste. Basically, that waste then gets broken down and turned into fabric.
Feminine and romantic definitely sum up the feel of ByTimo. Plus, the clothes are crafted with consciousness and integrity. They won the Sustainable Design Challenge at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in 2016. In addition to conscious fabrics, they also partner with City Mission in Oslo to employ women in tough circumstances. After that, they provide living wages for their workers and they source their fabrics as responsibly, ethically, and sustainably as possible.
Known for its draping, Port Zienna is intentional luxury. The manufacturing is in one place in Peru. This is to develop relationships with the artisans they employ and closely monitor production. Plus, Port Zienna wants to be as transparent as possible. For example, the fabrics they use are also all sustainable (tencel, modal, organic cotton.) However, they also don’t use any polyester.
Fair trade production in Nepal. These wedding gowns and formal wear is just soooo pretty! Plus, 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
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