The fashion industry is slowly being overshadowed, and in many ways controlled, by the production of Fast Fashion brands. Fast Fashion is the mass production of low quality garments (with low quality material) often created in factories that practice unethical methods treatment of workers with the goal of creating cheap clothing for the consumer. The cost of Fast Fashion can negatively impact not only the environment, (by large-scale factory production), but it can also affect the lives of the factory workers, who often work in poor conditions for an unfair wage. However, there are some brands that aim to combat this unsustainable production of Fashion, Here are 7 Stylish Sustainable Fashion brands that deliver quality garments through practicing sustainable and ethical production methods.
1. Nourish Sweat And Soul
For Workout Gear that combines high performance gear with a vibrant yet laid back style, Nourish, Sweat, Soul has some GREAT pieces for your wardrobe. The company was founded by Laura Berg, who after losing her home due to a Natural Disaster in 2013, wanted to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle – which included a more sustainable and ethical wardrobe that didn’t compromise on style. Not only are the items produced in an ethical environment, the apparel is constructed using organic and recycled material in Los Angeles. A popular collection is “Veg Dye” – a tie-dye pattern made entirely from natural Plant Dye, including roots, bark, wood, flowers and minerals.
Promising Maximum Impact using Minimal Style is Kotn. This relaxed yet sophisticated range means the items are suitable for anyone in any profession. The brand itself is especially passionate about the treatment of the factory workers who physically make the clothes, and ensure that garments are made by people who are paid a fair wage. A popular item is the “Essential Crew” T-shirt available in multiple colours – a relaxed, casual fit that can be dressed up and dressed down for ant occasion.
Emphasizing the use of quality and ethically sourced materials, with sustainable production methods is Everlane – the new answer to Modern Basics. The brand sources the finest quality materials and partners with ethically aware factories around the world to ensure all garments are produced at the highest standard by workers receives a fair pay. The brand promote a system of “Radical Transparency”; which is being transparent and honest with the cost of every product they make. A Bestseller item is “The Day Glove” shoe – a classic pump perfect for any occasion.
For Fair and Organic Fashion, ArmedAngels a great brand. What makes this brand such a great option for those of you trying to live a more sustainably conscious lifestyle is the materials used. These include Organic Cotton, Organic Wool and Organic Linen. As well as good quality natural materials, the brand also incorporate high quality, ecologically sustainable man-made materials like LENZING™ ECOVERO™ and Lyocell, even Recycling Old Plastic bottles into yarns and fabric for new materials. A Bestseller from the brand are the “Shivaa” leggings made from an Organic Cotton blend.
Building their own Sustainable Factory in Los Angeles, Reformation collaborate and work with talented makers from all around the world to create quality pieces ethically and sustainably. The Brand are so passionate about the treatment of their workers, they even often factory tours to come and see first-hand how their clothes are made and who they are made by. As well as the fair wage and good treatment of the workers, the brand is also very conscious of the environmental impact of mass-producing clothing, and have therefore made it their mission to be a Carbon Neutral company; something they have kept up since 2015. A popular item is the “Christine Dress” – a fun and flirty mini dress with a clean and sophisticated vibe.
Keeping the legacy of Vintage Denim alive is the brand RE/DONE. This brand is unique in that is doesn’t actually create new pieces, but takes apart old, worn down pieces at the seams and re-creates new garments from that – essentially recycling old clothes into something new and fashion forward without losing the vintage charm of the original garment. As each piece is carefully crafted from vintage jeans, the garments are one-off and unique, so no one will have the same item as you. A popular option for many shoppers are Vintage Levi’s, a classic brand with heritage that makes it always current and relevant.
7. Citizens Of Humanity
Citizens of Humanity completely reforms the traditional and unsustainable production of fast fashion by adopting what is known as “Vertical Integration”. “Vertical Integration” is when all the materials are manufactured at the Brand’s own sewing and factory facilities. The brand’s integrated Demin production essentially shortens the production chain, eliminating the possibility of unethical practices from second or third part production factories. The brand’s bestseller has to be the “Emerson Slim Fit Boyfriend Jean” – a relaxed fit in a classic Denim wash.