Following on from our Sustainable Fashion article, we have curated a list of sustainable fashion designers to support. Delve into the world of eco-friendly fashion with a few of our favourite sustainable designers. These designers have influenced the way the industry changed their practices to become more environmentally conscious.
When we think of sustainable fashion designers, Stella McCartney is usually coming to mind as she is not shy about vocalising her opinions on eco-friendly fashion.
The fashion house is committed to delivering cruelty-free and organic clothing. Stella is constantly discovering ways to source or develop technical fabrics, alternative to traditional fibres. Moreover, she has also partnered with Adidas to highlight sustainable ways of producing garments. Stella is one of the leading pioneers of sustainable fashion.
In 2013 Eileen Fisher joined the Leather Working Group who audit tanneries for environmental performance in key risk areas.
Eileen Fisher is dedicated to using recycled and organic fibres, as well as reducing CO2 emissions. Through less transportation and using dye houses that are bluesign certified, they help to decrease water consumption and contamination. They also advocate for human rights, giving workers fair pay and being treated well within the workplace.
Maggie Marilyn’s goal is to become eco-friendly in every aspect of their business, from their creative process to their shipping and end of the life cycle of their products.
The brand have many environmentally friendly goals that can make any shopper proud of the clothes they wear. For example, they aim to reduce the number of hazardous chemicals used in their products. They aso aim to use compostable polybags or carbon-neutral mailbags for shipping.
Mara Hoffman is very transparent with the materials they use to create sustainable clothing. They have abandoned traditional wet printing techniques opting for digital printing, resulting in less water, dye and fabric wastage.
They value their relationship with their factories and ensure their workers are treated equally and provided with good pay and comfortable working conditions. Their swimwear is also produced using 100% recycled nylon or polyester.
Teatum Jones focuses on using recycled fabrics and fibres to produce collections. As part of their philosophy, they don’t use fur, they keep dead stock for future use, and recycle everything.
Secondly, Teatum intend to stop using viscose and polyester fabrics by 2023. Comparatively Tence is safer for the environment and an alternative to viscose. Furthermore, by producing four collections each over two seasons, they are able to prolong the life of their new releases.
Raeburn’s collections create new, innovative pieces by deconstructing them. Through local production and recycling unwanted materials, they strive to reduce waste by producing smaller batches for sale.
Raeburn’s packaging is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Furthermore, Raeburn often donates to environmental non-profit organisations to fund research into eco-friendly materials to save the plant.
Marine Serre has gained recognition as an upcoming fashion designer by the likes of Beyoncé and Kylie Jenner.
In her designs she upcycles jeans, linens and carpet to reduce waste and make fashion more sustainable. As a matter of fact, Marina sourced 1,500 vintage silk scarves for her most recent collection. Additionally, she created a flamenco-inspired dress using shirts, wetsuit materials and bags made from gymnastic balls.
Nanushka is a strong advocate of sustainability. They manufacture in-house as well as outsource from local factories, allowing them to visit frequently to ensure their workers are treated fairly.
The company keeps deadstock fabrics and composes a library for future use so that less fabric is wasted. Priority is given to fabrics that are durable, easy to care for, and useful at the end of their life cycle. Due to the proximity of their ateliers and factories, they empower communities by providing job opportunities in places like Hungary and Serbia.
Nicholas K’s mission is to make sustainable fashion a foundation rather than an option. They use fabrics such as Tencel, organic cotton, and linen to reduce water usage and chemical usage.
By using natural colour wools and vegetable dyes where dye is needed, the shop minimises the amount of excessive dying. The brand employ rural handloom artists, creating nearly nine times as many jobs as machine-made cloth, reducing electrical consumption. This is a vegan friendly brand as they proudly claim to be fur-free and reptile skin-free.
Lauren Manoogian uses natural materials and handcrafted production techniques to create her garments. She specialises in ready-to-wear knitwear and uses her textiles background to create intuitive shapes and personal development within her collections.