A look at the brands taking eco-conscious, social responsibility and global sustainability matters into their own hands. From producing garments with vegan-friendly leathers, to artisan-crafted one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery, these are the names striving to make Planet Earth a better place…
The Shield Check Cotton Blend Trench by Hope.
New to The Modist. French brand Veja may just make the most ethical kicks around. With minimalistic details, it’s pleasantly surprising that every component of Veja footwear has a story. The cotton comes from an organic farm in Brazil, where workers don’t have to worry about harmful pesticides poisoning their villages. The rubber is sourced by people in the Amazon using traditional techniques. The uppers are crafted from a leather-like material made from curdled milk. Even the way the shoes are boxed, warehoused, and shipped is unconventional: Veja partners with Atelier Sans Frontières, an organisation that helps people who have been incarcerated or are otherwise struggling to find work, to employ workers to prepare orders.
New to The Modist. Created in 2001 by designers Ann Ringstrand and Stefan Söderberg, Hope makes unisex clothing regardless of gender, using organically sourced materials. Sustainability is a natural part of its ethos with fashion that lasts when it comes to design, as well as quality. Up to 20% of new collections consist of carry-over silhouettes from earlier seasons, with a mission to provide a complete wardrobe of versatile pieces to combine and to love for many years to come.
Zero + Maria Cornejo.
Zero + Maria Corenejo
Award-winning commitment to responsibility has been the key to Maria Cornejo’s New York-based label for around 20 years. It produces 84% of products in the city, promotes recycled packaging, works within a carbon neutral initiative to offset the impacts of shipping, and uses innovative dyeing techniques to minimise water waste.
Butter-soft vegan leathers are an ethical alternative to animal skin, and cult brands like Nanushka, led by founder and creative director Sandra Sandor, are working hard to tackle sustainability in the process of making this new fabrication the norm. Eliminating the toxic tanning process of natural leather is a step in the right direction…
Mother of Pearl.
Mother of Pearl
Arguably redefining what it means to be sustainable fashion label, ethical and organically sourced fabrics via socially responsible factories underpin Mother of Pearl, sourced from Uruguay to Scotland. At its predominantly plastic-free head office in London, creative director Amy Powney uses the experience of living off-grid as a child to inform much of her professional life, tracing the supply chain right back to cotton fields and farms to ensure production is as sustainable as can be.
With a dedicated ‘2020 Sustainability Strategy’, New Zealand-based brand Maggie Marilyn’s mantra is to stay transparent and authentic, upholding an honest supply chain that invests in the regional industry. The brand’s goal is to revitalise the lives of the skilled craftsman that make up the innovative local landscape via investments and promoting packaging that can be home-composted, or if mistakenly disposed of into landfill, will fully biodegrade over time leaving zero microplastic particles.
Pearl creations made by real women with stories to tell, WALD Berlin pieces feature designs crafted from seashells, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals. Each is handmade by the brand’s ‘fair trade mums collective’ — a group of unemployed mothers and grandmothers, many of whom live in small villages in Germany where jobs are scarce.
Born and raised in Venezuela, Monica Sordo grew up surrounded by metals in her father’s industrial design workshop. Deep rooted in the Latin design community, her jewellery is handmade by local craftsmen in both her home country and Peru.
Honouring the environment is a priority for Brazilian designer Vanda Jacintho, who uses recycled resin powders to reduce harmful waste products, working with South American artisans in the process. Each and every piece is unique as a result.