In 2018, our fashion faux pas go beyond our style choices. There is a much darker side beneath fashion’s sparkling façade, where labels mean luxury and more shoes equal more happiness (and it’s not blisters and bank accounts in anguish). It is discovering the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Yikes. That’s why we LOVE uncovering labels with sustainable intentions, especially Australian ones. Here’s five that absolutely need to be on your radar…
Bilboa is a gorgeous Australian made label based between Brisbane and beautiful Byron Bay. We love that they are all about reducing wastage and offcuts, with things lovingly hand-made on demand, so garments can be tailored to your specific measurements. Where most manufacturers disregard deadstock fabric with slight imperfections, Bilboa embraces it with open arms and create effortlessly cool designs. Just look at these Cilla Trousers in Haze… absolutely #INLOVE.
Aside from making all your beachy bohemian dreams come true, Spell and the Gypsy Collective are one rockstar Aussie label taking great strides towards being more transparent and eco-friendly. Their website has a People + Planet page and it is phenomenal. It’s a detailed account of their supply chain, where all their factories are listed and you can hover over a map of where they are located, what pieces are made there and factory accreditations. Like Bon, they have a partnership with a fair trade organisation called Setu empowering woman in impoverished communities through jobs for fair wages. Andddd, we’re crushing hard on everything! Especially this Zahara Gown…
Like all fashion girls, founder Linda Smyth knows a good tee has your back for ANY outfit. Bon is all about nailing your cult classic staples with sustainable materials. This fresh-faced gem is accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) so along with using certified organic cotton, Bon has an initiative in partnership with organisations like Freeset in India. This little bon Tote bag created jobs for woman for fair wages to help them escape the Kolkata sex trade. Our top pick for summer? This uber cute graphic good days crew tee.
Ahhh hello, gorgeous leather goods. Ivett Simon, the mastermind behind Tasmanian-made ethical leather accessories label takes inspo from art, philosophy and architecture. The result is beautifully clean leather designs which are made from ethically and locally sourced materials like kangaroo leather – a food byproduct. The tanning process is also completely chemical free using a vegetable tanning process with only plant-based materials. As Ivi notes, this is important because leather tanning is one of the most environmentally hazardous processes that exist in the fashion industry today. Our pick? This accordion backpack – divine!
The Social Outfit is an amazing ethical fashion brand that gives employment opportunities and training to refugees and people from new migrant communities. The clothes are designed by renowned fashion partners like this 2018 collab with contemporary artist Kate Beynon. Buying garments from The Social Outfit means you are fostering the empowerment, social inclusion, belonging and purpose of those who handmake them with love. How beautiful are the campaign images and this entire capsule collection? Totally in love with this Romance Was Born jumpsuit as well!
Ps! If you’d like to learn more about sustainability in fashion and why it’s important, The True Cost is truly an insightful documentary you must see. You can watch it on Netflix! #addtofavs xxx