More and more small clothing brands become part of the sustainable fashion movement. We want to support them all but here are just 10 we love. So let’s cheer them on and shop them instead of the big players. Because if you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.
Since 2016 AndAgain creates one-of-a-kind fashion pieces from vintage & second-hand denim and leftover fabrics. The contemporary designs are all handmade in the US and waste absolutely no materials and almost no water in their production. Founders Morgan and Greg work closely with artists in Philadelphia and sewers all over the country.
The Poland-born Agatka Kozak worked for high street labels and renowned designers at London Fashion Week when she witnessed destructive fast fashion practices she couldn’t continue to support. In 2014 she created the eco-hot slow fashion label Cossac in London. Her sustainably designed and ethically produced capsule collections (limited to reduce waste and deadstock!) aren’t seasonal, so you can wear them all year round. Her sassy pieces have been featured in Self Control Mag, Nylon or Glamour (Germany).
Instead of following seasonal trends, Rakha offers re-defined classics, with a contemporary look. Balloon-shaped arms, transparent blouses and oversized shirts. – You can find real statement pieces here! Committed to reducing their environmental impact, Rakha’s products use GOTS-certified and biodegradable fabrics as well as Global Recycle Standard Certified (GRS) materials which make 50% of all clothes.
Founded in 2016, Kemp Gadegård combines Scandinavian minimalism with Spanish allure. Their contemporary yet timeless clothing is made in a small atelier in Barcelona. The brand uses natural fabrics from Europe such as organic cotton, linen, bamboo viscose or silk. All pieces within one collection are easy to mix and match and create multiple outfits. For women of all ages and sizes.
For every collection RHUMAA partners with different artists who create original designs that are based on impactful stories they experienced. This way, RHUMAA supports them to raise awareness about social issues through fashion. We got very inspired! To top this off, for each item sold, RHUMAA donates a portion to projects, people and art. High-quality natural fabrics only – vegan styles available, too 🌱
Instead of helping people through donations, designer Pauline Treis from Munich wants to empower them. This is why she started her Switzerland-based brand Jungle Folk together with artisans from Columbia in 2013. By creating beautiful classics they are able to improve their skills and make a living. You can wear Jungle Folk’s casual, super simple and seasonless clothes made from sustainable materials (GOTS-certified organic cotton, linen, silk and more) on any occasion.
Maska means “knitted stitch” in Swedish. Inspired by her grandmother, Maria Svensson started her 1st collection with a range of sustainably made, hand-knitted cardigans. Now Maska offers quality garments including bold jerseys, minimalist dresses or stylish trousers using Italian wool, organic cotton, cashmere, and other natural fabrics.
“Change the world, and look amazing while you do it.” In 2016 Dena Simaite founded the PETA-approved fashion brand in Amsterdam. Noumenon’s retro-infused designs are inspired by bold female activists from the 70s. We absolutely love their “From Couch to Coat Collection” that boasts ethically produced blazers and jackets using surplus furniture fabric. All pieces are entirely cruelty-free, eco-friendly and stylish, from cut to finish.
About a year ago, Gözde Karateki decided to live her dream and started Atolye Ren. Atölye means studio in Turkish and Ren means pure or clean in Norwegian. The sustainable fashion label from Istanbul upcycles discarded fabrics, reuses their own production waste and works with natural, biodegradable materials such as linen or Tencel. Believing that beauty lies in diversity, they produce minimal, comfortable and timeless clothes for different body shapes and all sizes.
The newcomer brand from Brooklyn, NY offers eco-friendly knitwear “for an unpredictable life”. Their collection is pretty fresh and, for now, boasts 3 different pieces. A knit tank top, cropped pants and (our personal favorite) the reversible 3D-Knit tank dress. Whether you are in a modest or sexy mood, you can wear it with either a high or a low cut neckline. All pieces are made from 100% Italian merino wool in the US.
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Mia is a Paris-based freelance writer from Vienna. When she was a little girl, she dreamed of living in the Amazon jungle, where she would protect the rain forest and animal life. Now living in the city jungle of the French capital (things sometimes turn out differently than expected), she found her calling in raising awareness about pretty much everything sustainable, vegan, organic and ethical. The trained copywriter received her MA in Global Communications in Fashion at the American University of Paris. miawindischgraetz.com