We adore prints. Prints inspire us and we love the artwork and story behind the different patterns and colors. Whether it be a uniquely designed kimono, a sweet vintage print blouse or a dress that rather looks like an art piece: We found 11 wonderful and eco-friendly print collections by these fashion labels.
Eight Hour Studio
Work, play and sleep eight hours each for a balanced day. True to its motto, the Eight Hour Studio creates “chillwear” with hand block prints we love. Out of love for ancient Indian woodblock printing techniques, Sonia founded the local yet global, ethical luxurious brand. She works closely with her production partners in Jaipur using silky soft organic cotton and AZO-free dyes of which many are veggie-based. All pieces are perfect for the beach, traveling and sleeping. We go for the Dusk V-Neck top. And you?
Faithfull The Brand
Faithfull designs are hand-dyed and hand-printed in Bali, Indonesia. Believing in giving back to local communities, the brand maintains close and fair relationships with all people involved in the making. Their trendy prints are inspired by rare vintage finds the two founders discovered during their travels. Hot jumpsuits, cute dresses, cool swimwear…we truly want them all. Help us decide here.
We adore the abstract print dresses inspired by the ocean and the Hawaiian beach. For the perfect mermaid moments. Choose between blue watercolor artwork, rose gold prints or our personal favorite: the SUNSET ‘Opihi print dress. Made in Maui, eco-friendly of course.
Kemp Gadegard’s prints combine Scandinavian minimalism with Spanish allure. The contemporary yet timeless pieces are made in a small atelier in Barcelona. The brand uses natural eco-fabrics from Europe such as organic cotton, linen, bamboo or silk. By opting for digital prints, they save significant amounts of water and chemical waste. All pieces within one collection are easy to mix and match and create multiple outfits. For women of all ages and sizes. Check out their artsy styles here.
Inspired by tribal art, the wonders of nature and music, Livia and Nina design original and quirky prints that tell a story. They work with freehand drawing, paint brushing and use silkscreens and woodblock to print their clothes. The design duo uses non-hazardous dyes on local, fair and preferably organic fabrics. They also upcycle scraps that would normally go to waste into their collections. Fair relationships with local artisans and field workers in India are a matter close to their heart. Have a look at their super cool and modern pieces here.
RŪPAHAUS’ patterns are a mix of Indonesian heritage and contemporary design. We think their coolest wearable art piece is the Gala Kimono Kurata. It is made by batik artisans using a traditional Javanese batik technique with the combination of paintbrush-like strokes. RŪPAHAUS experiments with different natural dyes sourced from plants and raw materials like mud, seashells and morinda fruits. They only use natural materials found in the artisans surrounding which are naturally processed through traditional techniques.
The Rushing Hour
Besides creating instagrammable designs, recycling is the main aim of the girl’s squad behind the Australian brand. Founder Jac already upcycled her old clothes when she was a little girl. And she still doesn’t believe in disposable fashion. That’s why she uses sustainable fabrics and leftover materials for her collections that last for season after season. To save water and energy, they use digital printing and eco-friendly dyes. Big win: with every item sold, Rushing Hour provides one month of education to a girl in need. Super cool detail: every piece features an inspirational quote from female game changers across history. We want: the Afterglow Reversible Bomber Jacket.
The flowery patterns make us think of beautiful hidden gardens in China. The Ziran is the first and only company in the US working with the unique xiang yun sha silk which has been made in a small Chinese town for the past 500 years. The silk is all natural, wrinkle-resistant, skin-nourishing, anti-microbial and durable enough for everyday wear. All pieces are hand-sewn and cut in downtown Los Angeles. Have a look at their eye-catching robes, blazers, pants, dresses and more here.
Each print of the Singapore-based clothing brand tells a story about a cultural heritage. The edgy, elegant Falcon Dusk jumpsuit, for example, reflects the hunt and sports activity falconry. The comfy Kirana dress features the iconic Kirana Full Moon symbol. Curious to hear some more stories? Click here.
Californian local, Andrea, discovered her love of screen printing while studying Fashion and Textile design. This kicked off a beautiful symbiosis of bold prints and contemporary silhouettes. All Recreation pieces are made from organic cotton and hemp. Andrea’s hand screen prints turn each garment into a work of art. We absolutely love the Aloha dress.
Text: Mia Windisch-Graetz