Article updates April 2020
This Friday is April 1st and it's safe to say Autumn has arrived. It's time to get prepared and invest in a Winter coat, especially if you live in Melbourne - the windy city! Don't worry I have taken the stress out of finding the perfect coat to suit your ethical values. Searching high and low across the globe I have pulled together the ultimate list of ethical and eco-friendly Winter coats Bonus, the US and Europe are moving from Winter to Spring which only means one thing SALES!!!
#1 Lois Hazel
zThe Lois Hazel brand evolved out of a desire to produce womenswear that showcases intricate design principles along with high quality fabrics, with each collection focused on a central design element.
Committed to focusing on sustainable and ethical practices, Lois Hazel offers a 100% transparency on where each element of her garments are sourced and produced with all pieces being made here in Melbourne and crediting everyone involved.
Kowtow create minimalist and effortlessly stylish monochrome staples from sustainable and ethically sourced materials. The collection draws inspiration from the arts, culture, travel, architecture, landscapes and craftsmanship - perfect for every occasion.
Since she was a child, founder of Kowtow Gosia Piatek has always shown empathy to the natural world and she applies the same values to her clothing line. Whether creating and growing something in an ethical and sustainable manner, or recycling and reusing if not, Kowtow are always mindful of sustainability at each step of their creations.
The New Zealand based company manufacture each garment out of certified cotton and is passionate about making sure everyone in their production chain in India is being rewarded fairly for what they do, without being exploited.
#3 Outland Denim
Graded A+ in the 2018 Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report, Outland Denim crafts premium denim jeans from fabric waste and raw materials such as pocket linings and recycled packaging. As a very personal touch, each pair of Outland Denims comes with a “thank you” note from one of the seamstresses who created the jean who shares something of her life and the hope that she now has because you have chosen to invest in her jeans.
Not only are Outland Denim jeans made differently, the brand is committed to providing training and employment opportunities to women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
By purchasing a pair of Outland Denim jeans, a girl you don’t know is right now being saved from a life of abuse and exploitation and learning skills that can help change their future!
How many people can say that about their jeans?
A pioneer of independent Australian design ELK was founded by husband and wife duo Marnie Goding and Adam Koniaras in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. ELK support and use circular design principles. Key to this is ensuring that their products are well made and durable, as well as repairable so that they can be worn and enjoyed for many years. ELK are also increasing their use of recycled, recyclable and certified sustainable materials and trims, and the goal is to use 100% environmentally preferred materials by 2025.
#5 ReCreate Clothing
ReCreate is a boutique fashion brand that transforms the lives of their producers through fair employment, training and empowerment. They focus on ethical and sustainable production at every stage of the process, from crop to customer.
ReCreate started in 2013 after their founder spent several years working alongside a local non-profit organisation in the Dey Tmey community. ReCreate training and production centre was a practical way that they could empower marginalised women to protect and provide for their families through skilled and fair employment.
Established in 2008 by designer Kristy Barber, Kuwaii is duly esteemed for making beautiful, intelligently designed clothing and footwear for women. Made in Australia, Melbourne to be precise, each article is meticulously designed to last, and to be cherished.
Kuwaii collections are characterised by masterful technique, quality fabrics and materials. Refined, detailed and romantic: form and function find accord in our timeless shapes, clean lines and impeccable tailoring. Our pieces evolve from our environmental reflection and contemplation about everyday life, to become sartorial staples – classic pieces that evoke effortless sophistication, innate beauty and confidence.
Patagonia's mission statement is to 'build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis', and in this way, Patagonia is one of the leaders in the charge for creating a more responsible fashion industry.
Arnsdorf is a modern womenswear brand, based on a foundation of transparency, ethical manufacturing and sustainability. Our garments are designed, cut, sewn and finished in our own in-house Atelier in Collingwood in Melbourne, Australia. We have an Ethical Clothing Australia accreditation and we are a B Corporation.
#9 Eileen Fisher
EILEEN FISHER has been creating timeless clothing for over 30 years. Designed with pure shapes and fine fabrics, the collections offer sophistication, comfort and style that lasts.
As a socially conscious company, EILEEN FISHER is a pioneer in eco-friendly fashion and in supporting global initiatives that support human rights, the environment, and empower women and girls.
The clothing is sold at over 66 EILEEN FISHER retail stores, over 300 department and specialty stores across the US, UK and Canada as well as 2 Green Eileen stores, which are part of the company’s innovative recycling program.
EILEEN FISHER is the largest women’s fashion company to be a certified B Corporation, voluntarily meeting high criterion for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
NAGNATA is a premium fashion and lifestyle brand designed for modern movement and studio-to-street style.
NAGNATA collections incorporate high-end fashion constructions with contemporary sportswear appeal, offering an unconventional concept to the fashion, lifestyle and activewear markets.
Through sustainably focused contemporary fashion lines and artisan collaborations, the brand aims to redefine value and challenge the rampant consumerism engendered by fast fashion.
LIMB is committed to sustainability and fashion with a social conscience, ethical production is our foundation and we are proudly made in Australia, our flagship store is in Melbourne with our studio out the back.
A.BCH is a circular fashion label offering a simple solution to a complex problem. The fashion industry is a major contributor to global air and water pollution, obscene wastage, human and animal exploitation – and that’s just the tip of the unethical iceberg. A.BCH is working to a circular economy standard, even though the rest of the industry has a lot of catching up to do.
#13 People Tree
People Tree is a pioneer of Fair Trade fashion and is a licensee of FAIRTRADE certification. This means that products that have the Fair Trade mark are fair trade certified throughout the whole supply chain. Through close partnerships we work to the highest Fair Trade standards on projects to support our producers, this includes hand skills training, the development of natural and low-impact dyes and organic cotton farming.
#14 Denim Smith
Denimsmith launched in 2015 as a collaborative vision of veteran Australian designers and makers who are committed to the ethical production of high quality denim clothing.
With over two decades of denim expertise enriching every piece, Denimsmith takes locally-made to a whole new level and is proudly accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia.
#15 Good Studios
Good Studios is a clothing and homewares label championing hemp textiles, celebrating classic contemporary design and providing a platform to educate community and individual consumers around sustainable fashion.