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5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WARDROBE MORE SUSTAINABLE
Call it a Green Wave; fashion’s tide has well and truly turned. For the first time ever, the season’s most coveted, have-to-have-it pieces now come with impressive sustainability credentials. What began as a handful of Scandi-cool brands flying the flag for conscious collections, the likes of Ganni and Samsøe Samsøe who champion low-impact materials while delivering high-impact statement looks, is now as far-reaching as JW Anderson’s new collection of canvas totes and backpacks, achingly cool and made using previous season’s surplus materials.
1. RELIVE DENIM
At Levi’s, jeans and tees remain as truly Americana as ever, but the team has worked to dramatically cut the water used to make its clothing and has eliminated many of the hazardous chemicals used to dye and treat jeans. If you prefer your jeans a little more lived in, Re/Done is an LA-based label, recreating jean styles by repurposing old Levi’s. Each pair is made using water-conserving methods and without harsh chemicals. Plus, with a limited release, hand-picked and hand-cut in small batches, each and every pair is as unique and precious as they come.
2. CARRY SOMETHING CARBON NEUTRAL
New to the Sustainable Edit is By Far, a minimalist, 1990s-inspired collection of croc-embossed handbags that come without animal cruelty and with a commitment to protect forests and worker’s rights. Fancy toting a zero-carbon tote? Mulberry’s elegant Mini Iris Handbag is one of the spring/summer IT bags, and comes from a carbon-neutral factory in Somerset.
3. SAY YES TO TENCEL™
In New York, Love Shack Fancy has paired its unique brand of romanticism with underwear aficionados Stripe & Stare to create a selection of super-soft underwear and loungewear made with wonder-fibre TENCEL™, created sustainably from renewable wood sources.
4. STAND WITH STELLA
While this slew of new designers and collections brings a whole new energy to the sustainable fashion scene, the mainstays of ethical clothing are back and more beautiful than ever.Stella McCartney offers marble print tees and high rise trousers that ooze jet-set style, while her simple, feminine blouses and tops, created in a selction of new sustainable materials show us how versatile her design s really are.
5. SHOP OUR SUSTAINABLE EDIT
From brands that have always championed sustainability at their core, to the labels that are turning an eco-conscious corner, our Sustainable Edit has never looked so good or offered so much to so many. Those in love are invited to elope in Samsøe Samsøe's Sasha dress, a cream crepe mini shift, with romantic puffed sleeves that comes with an OEKO-TEX® cert, marking it harmful substance-free. Minimalists can slip into Ganni’s Stripe Collar Blouse, a summer-perfect powder blue and white oversized tunic complete with Peter Pan collar made with ECOLIFE yarn, a blend of 50% pre-consumer recycled cotton and 50% post-consumer recycled polyester. Style sleuths, grab JW Anderson’s Paint Print Tote Bag that winks to bygone collections for instant fashion kudos. And for those who prefer a t-shirt and jeans approach, Levi's Perfect T-Shirt and Re/Done's Stove Pipe High-Rise Straight Jeans should do the trick.
Whatever your style and fashion prerogative, this spring-summer fashion invited you to turn green for good.
SUMMER OF SUSTAINABILITY
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