Sustainability is one of the focuses of the fashion community since the unravelling of unsafe working conditions. In a predictable fashion (no pun intended), we have a list of designers whose garments deserve your hard-earned coin! We have previously shed light on this topic, so if you’d like to see more designers, don’t hesitate to read our news spreads here.
Bianca Spender aims to use deadstock materials for at least 50% of their collections rather than using new raw materials. Their clothing is also manufactured in Sydney, Australia where the brand came to fruition.
Keeping them local reduces transportation pollution and also allows them to visit suppliers and manufacturers frequently to ensure their workers are safe and happy. A second focus has been on making sustainable packaging with 50-80% post-consumer waste and soy-based inks that are compostable and recyclable.
Chopova Lowena is an innovative brand that looks at bringing traditional Bulgarian folklore and 1980s rock together to create unique pieces.
Chopova’s clothing is derived from recycled and deadstock textiles such as old pillowcases and aprons. They employ seamstresses in Bulgaria, creating job opportunities for women whilst preserving the cultural, traditional and historical heritage of the country through their collections.
Collina Strada is very aware of the climate change we are experiencing today. As a sustainable brand, they aim to motivate others to act similarly, thus protecting the world.
Using rose silk derived from the natural waste of rose bushes and stems, the garments are eco-friendly and biodegradable. In addition, they use deadstock and post-consumer recycled cotton to create their denim and t-shirts, which reduces water consumption.
In an effort to reduce its negative environmental impact on the climate, Gabriela Hearst is a sustainable luxury brand for women and men. Following her core values and ethics, she uses aloe-treated linen to reduce water consumption and the silver lining to inhibit cell phone radiation.
To create her lines, she recycles materials whenever possible and deconstructs existing garments to repurpose them throughout her collections. Besides her clothing, she strives to be sustainable in all areas of her business. This includes her stores being built without synthetics or chemicals, which use light occupancy sensors to reduce electrical consumption. Gabriela Hearst has also produced the first-ever carbon neutral runway show in S/S 2020.
Mother of Pearl
In order to strive for an eco-friendly future, Mother of Pearl continues to implement sustainable practices at their fashion house. They source organic natural fibres that biodegrade faster and release fewer toxins during the breakdown and washing process.
They are mulesing-free which is against painful ways of removing a sheep’s skin. To reduce the carbon footprint of each garment, they limit the number of countries the garments travel to. The company uses recycled wool for its coats and uses digital printing to create its designs.
Nazifa is a fashion and style contributor for SSEDITORIAL Magazine, although she occasionally contributes to sseditorial runway and education. She regularly talks about all facets of the fashion industry, including sustainability, social issues, style, and fashion. She also enjoys going to art galleries and exhibitions when she has free time.