Inspired by the posts we’ve written about sustainable clothing brands? Did you know that there are so many more beautifully designed sustainable clothing brands that pride themselves on reducing fabric wastage, using sustainable fabrics and fibres, working with artisans, and also giving back to the community? For an industry that uses a lot of water and other natural resources, we often don’t think about this when purchasing our clothing. It helps that we have sustainable clothing brands, who aim to reduce their effects on the environment, as well as educate consumers like us to think more deeply about our clothes and the consequences of getting them manufactured.
It’s so heartening to discover that more of these sustainable brands exist and that they are design-oriented fashion brands who have specifically chosen to manufacture in this way. They bring a sense of consciousness and reason for being, as to why we need more clothing in this already very saturated market. Here are some of those clothing brands that made it to our list:
Yireh is a brand that produces small-batch collections that feature handmade clothing and fabrics, using 2 main factories in Bali. They also ethically manufacture their clothing by ensuring that the workers get a fair wage, a month’s worth of paid vacation days, sick leave, medical insurance and so on. In fact, the brand started out when the owner Emily Jaime wanted to help a young girl on Nusa Lembongan to finish school, so she bought 100 shell necklaces from the girl in exchange for paying her year’s tuition. A similar story occured with a seamstress in Bali, and what started out as a clothing sold on Etsy, has blossomed into a full-fledged business. The brand also donates 10% of its profits to International Justice Mission which seeks to stop human trafficking.
The brand is travel and lifestyle inspired, sells home decor items like rugs, pillows and throws, and surprisingly still very affordable!
Matter Prints is a boutique fashion label that specializes in printed clothing made by the artisans in India, to produce apparel such as pants, jumpsuits, shorts and so forth. They started out making their signature printed Indian-inspired dhoti pants, and have since expanded into a modern sustainable lifestyle brand. The brand keeps wastage down, by turn excess fabric and materials into accessories and MatterMini which is a kid’s collection. They also produce very seasonless styles, which ensure that there isn’t any limited time stamped on the designs, making them evergreen and great for everyday wear. They work very closely with artisans in India to enhance heritage craftsmandship techniques such as ikat, blockprinting, batik and so on, to preserve and bring to life these techniques through their designs, and have been featured on Vogue, Huffington Post, Racked and Conscious Magazine.
Founded by Hang Osment-Le, All the Wild Roses is a sustainable women’s fashion brand is a social enterprise that gives microloans to women-led businesses in developing countries when each piece is purchased. The brand also tries to be eco-friendly, by only doing made-to-order and making small batch collections, thus reducing excess stock and waste. They also work with an artisan family-run workshop in Vietnam, that has been trained on how to upcycle vintage clothing.
4) Raven & Lily
Raven & Lily is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand that empowers women by employing at-risk women to help them earn a fair income producing their sustainable products. The brand uses materials that are recycled or repurposed for their products, and is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Ethical Fashion Forum. The brand is also a registered B corp company, which is a for-profit company that adheres to strict regulations on social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
A Peace Treaty is designed in New York City by Dana Arbib, and manufactured by artisans across 10 countries to produce custom handmade pieces like jumpsuits, crop tops and matching skirt sets, dresses, scarves and so on. The beautiful prints and textiles are designed in-house and the brand seeks to preserve the heritage of the craftsmanship that goes into making all these items. The brand is now a member of the prestigious CFDA, The Council of Fashion Designers in America, which is a by-invite-only membership including other leading US fashion brands like Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Tom Ford and others.
Did you find some new sustainable clothing brands that you’d like to purchase from next time? Which was your favourite?
If you liked this post, do read our other posts about sustainable fashion brands like Reformation & Spell and the Gypsy Collective.