Slow Fashion at its Best
You’ll know Biome best for their huge range of eco-living products but now they stock fashion. Biome’s visual merchandiser Leah Musch (also fashion activist Unmaterial Girl) proposed expansion into sustainable and ethical fashion.
Leah is doing an incredible job of leading the change Slow Fashion Department. She has carefully curated a collection of considered pieces (say that 10x fast!) from brands who truly care about the environment and the people who make them. Every piece tells a story so you know exactly what your clothes are made from and who made them.
“We have a lot of specific values when it comes to the brands we stock. We ensure we know about where the garments are made and what fabrics and dyes are used. We champion local, fair trade and small run brands. All garments are vegan, which means no wools, silks or leathers. We also don’t stock virgin synthetics and only make exceptions for brands such as Dorsu which can’t guarantee 100% natural fibers as their pieces are made from remnant fabric, and Swedish Stockings whose tights often feature recycled or regenerated synthetic yarns.” – Leah Musch
For Brisbane locals, the Paddington store has a collective space featuring a different fashion brand each month so you have the opportunity to try on and buy in person. For everyone else, the brands are all available online.
Furthering the slow and sustainable message, Biome is also hosting clothing swaps every few months so make sure you follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with the next event.
Some brands worth checking out
BeeKeeper Parade – who create bags and backpacks using textile waste, but the story behind the brand is really inspiring. It started after founder Koky’s Sister tragically passed away from cancer and left him her car in her will. Her final wish was for him to sell the car and fund a business that would inspire change and help support the continued work of BabyTree Projects, a charity they founded together to fight for children’s rights and to bring quality education to the doorsteps of children in rural Cambodia.
Tasi Travels – an Australian made fashion label who create versatile pieces designed for travelers. They’re all about minimalism, practically, and packing less while staying stylish and comfortable. They use Tencel in all their pieces which doesn’t wrinkle and is blissfully breathable making it perfect for warmer climates. My pick as I own and love this shirt is the Voyager Travel Shirt.