Ethical Womenswear Brands

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AUGUST

If minimal, contemporary clothing is your thing, then August is for you. Founded by an Estonian designer Äli Kargoja, the brand is founded on providing well-made, environmentally friendly fashion to the conscious woman. Each of their pieces is carefully designed and mindfully manufactured to form modern, elegant silhouettes with clean lines and expressive shapes. They source only the best GOTS certified natural materials for the highest quality garments that don’t cost the earth. Their small-scale production benefits both the workers and the environment, and allows Äli to oversee all parts of production and ensure the highest quality end product.

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BYEM

BYEM is a Scandinavian Slow Fashion label and is comprised of all the clean, modern designs synonymous with “Scandinavian design”. Their beautifully tailored garments are designed for the “modern woman” – someone who is conscious of her “impact” on the world, but still wants to step out in style. BYEM seamlessly combines ethics with clean cut, modern pieces. Sign up to their launch letter to keep updated on the launch of their line of sustainably tailored, timeless garments.

BY SIGNE

By Signe’s entire design and production process happens under one roof in Denmark. This ensures transparency and control over all of the processes and guarantees the best of ethics and a fair, non-discriminatory environment. The brand endeavours to only use fabrics that are certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Just in case you don’t know, GOTS defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. By Signe tries to keep all of their fabrics unbleached. Their colour palette is neutral across the range. Pieces can be mixed and matched and incorporated into your existing wardrobe with ease.

BUKI AKOMOLAFE

Classical European, gamine, and perfectly clean-tailored silhouettes in tones like white, beige, and navy meet traditional West-African details and dessins in beautiful bright colors like yellow, blue, or red. The designers German and Nigerian roots enable her to understand both cultures and allow her to reflect them into her unique designs which create a new consciousness for fashion and materials from both cultures. Her knowledge for African handicraft and techniques are visible implemented in her pieces. Buki only uses high quality, eco-friendly materials like organic and certified cotton, organic hemp-silk, and individual African wax prints. The small-scale collection is fully handcrafted in her studio and a small manufacture in Berlin.

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ECHO & AIR

LA based Echo & Air creates their modern, thoughtfully designed pieces only a stones-throw from their studio. (Well, you need a pretty strong-arm, but it’s only a few miles). They strive to use the most advanced eco-friendly techniques and materials possible and support the local economy but ethically producing so close to their studio. They reduce their carbon footprint where ever possible; from the sourcing of their materials, the printing and processing, all the way through to transportation. The designers play with shapes and textures to create pieces that last longer than the seasons, and can integrate easily into their customers’ closets.

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FEELWEAR

At Feelwear, they believe merino wool isn’t just for thermals or outdoor active-wear; they firmly believe it should hold a place in our daily wardrobe staples. Merino has so many amazing qualities, and it is often underutilised to its full capacity. It is one of the softest, yet most elastic natural fibres in the world which makes it not only comfortable, but versatile as well. Merino doesn’t just keep you warm in winter, but it can also keep you cool in summer and requires far less washing that many other materials. Feelwear has created a range of merino pieces for the “urban professional” all of which have their own touch of minimalist-chic.

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HONEST BY

Honest By is a pioneer in the fashion industry – they are the first company in the world to be 100% transparent. They share the entire material and production cost breakdown with their customers. Under each product on their webshop, you can see the price calculation as well as the time it took to create. It includes prices for everything from the amount of fabric and thread used, labels and tags, to patterning and manufacturing. Furthermore, they also include the mark-up and reason why. This transparency ensures you know exactly what you are buying and the story behind it. Honest By are the leaders in helping customers make informed decisions.

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KEMP GADEGÅRD

KEMP GADEGÅRD is a Berlin-based studio that creates sustainable, season-less, womenswear. The team works hard to educate others to the fact that fashion does not need to be viewed as “disposable”; and they do this by leading by example. Their garments are designed slowly, and with intention and then ethically handcrafted in Spain from high quality, natural and organic materials. Aesthetics and comfort are key components in the conceptualization of a piece and they are designed to be worn numerous ways to encourage us to wear the same item multiple times. This helps to dispel the myth that we can only wear that item once before we need to buy something new and “on trend”.

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RŪPAHAUS

The designer behind RŪPAHAUS has quite literally scoured rural Indonesia for the best traditional artisans the islands have to offer. She then works directly with these artisans to design, hand-weave, hand-dye, and hand-make each and every piece. Each small collection is different due to the variations in the natural dying techniques, and what the weather is like at the time of dying! The brand effortlessly blends traditional, cultural stripes and colours with modern, minimalist design. The final product is a high quality, eco-luxe piece of wearable Indonesian culture that can be worn for years to come. Check out their website for more of their amazing story and to shop their collections.

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SOLVE APPAREL

This Romanian-Danish sustainable fashion brand only came into being at the beginning of this year, 2017. Though Solve may only be a young label, it can be seen as leaps and bounds ahead in the way the pieces are conceived and designed. The brand is based on the principal of circular economy, i.e. everything comes from ecosystem and can be returned without causing any harm (or recycled). Their innovative, capsule collection is made up of three different pieces; each with the ability to transform into 10 different styles! Their modern garments can be adapted to any customers’ taste, making them extremely versatile and easily incorporated into any existing wardrobe.

SOULDAZE

The creative genius behind Souldaze Collection, Domitilla Mattei, descided she wanted to make a difference in the fashion industry. She wanted to offer limited collections of consciously created, high quality pieces and reduce the impact of the fashion industry on the environment. Souldaze Collection seamlessly combines the latest fashion trends and ideals with ethically and environmentally responsibly production methods. All fabrics are either natural, recycled, vintage, or surplus and each piece is designed and created locally by talented seamstresses. Domitilla Mattei has designed something for every occasion; from swimwear to loungewear, through to chic casual and eveningwear.

SUNAD

SUNAD specialises in shirts, and boy, do they do them well! Being a Spanish brand through and through, each and every shirt is designed, cut, and then sewn in Spain. SUNAD’s diverse collection of shirts celebrates Spain’s rich history in textiles while adding their own touch of contemporary design. While the inspiration of masculine tailoring still peaks through, all pieces are designed to flatter the female form. Classic, elegant cuts combined with natural fabrics and a modern colour palette ensure each piece can fit into any existing wardrobe. SUNAD’s shirts are a simple yet timeless and extremely versatile addition to any outfit.