I'm always on the look out for sustainable style. There are a number of fashion labels right here in Australia that are leading the conversation around sustainable, ethical and socially responsible clothing whilst designing on trend apparel. Here is a list of my top 10 Australian sustainable fashion labels, a one stop shop for sustainable style.
Vege Threads, an Australian eco fashion label that focuses on sustainability & social awareness. Vege Threads continues to place sustainability and slow living at the forefront of the label. Head designer and founder of Vege Threads, Amy Roberts, looks to create an inclusive culture through the values of the label. She uses collaboration as a way to bring forward-thinking creatives together who are interested in sustainable living.
Bhalo is an Australian ethical fashion label produced in rural Bangladesh. Bhalo creates limited edition garments using natural hand woven textiles, printing and embroidery. They believe that this form of transparency is crucial to encouraging people to make ethical decisions, clothing included.
Bhumi means Mother Earth in Sanskrit. Bhumi's mission is to be the home for sustainable bedding and clothing. All of their products are designed with respect for the earth, sustainable design and manufacturing practices.
Kitx strives to be a pioneer in design-led, sustainable and ethical fashion. Kit Willow, Founder of Kitx explains"We create product love with high frequency wear, superior quality and creative design. We consciously source materials that minimise harm to our planets precious resources. I strongly believe in a better world, through the simple manta of making women look and feel beautiful, without harming our planet, so everyone can win".
"You could say that we know denim. We are denim!!!!"
Nobody Denim undertook a resource assessment back in 2013, which was supported by Sustainability Victoria. This was followed by process and equipment upgrades and has resulted in energy and material cost savings. Nobody Denim's objective is to improve the use of resources to enable more efficient operations. This will allow them to achieve cost reductions, production capacity improvements and better environmental outcomes.
Cue, one of Australia's favourite fashions brands, as voted by the readers of Marie Claire is ethically accredited and has won a number of industry awards. Cue clothing is predominantly made in Australia from their head office in Surrey Hills, Sydney. Staying local means they support the Australian fashion industry.
Ginger & Smart
Ginger & Smart combines captivating design with the finest quality materials and first rate manufacturers. Accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, the brand product mix includes designer fashion, a leather accessories line, a spa collection and a newly launched collection called Akin.
In 2005, The PAS Group acquired Metalicus. From here it's core focus evolved to become a lifestyle brand known for technical ingenuity, with a pared back and modern aesthetic. Since then Metalicus has grown a strong retail presence both offline and online. The PAS Group’s social and ethical compliance code is founded on values of fairness, integrity accountability, sustainability and respect. These values are encompassed in all that they do and further more govern the brands growth.
Shift to nature
Shift to nature sources each eco brand that has a strong commitment to the sustainable and ethical production of beautiful items. Eco encompasses products made from certified organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and other sustainable textiles and that are also made through sustainable and ethical fair work production and business practices.
Altham, founded by Joanne Altham on the principles of authenticity and lightness. Altham is subtle, graceful and considered in every detail. It is a lively and contemporary alternative to the world of fast trends.