During this week we focus on the brands who need to do better and advocate for a fairer fashion industry. Which is what we need to do. But I also wanted to share the brands who are doing good. Highlight the positive side of fashion and support the brands who started their businesses knowing they wanted to do right by people and the planet.
So I caught up with some of my favourite ethical fashion bloggers and creatives, and asked them to share their favourite outfits and why they love them.
I think without a doubt my fave ethically made outfit would have to be my divine wedding gown…
Made by hand and with so much love by the eco genius that is Lenka Couture. It’s a combination of deadstock french lace and organic silk satin. It’s hard imagine this stunning lace was actually considered scrap/excess/unusable. We were so happy to breathe new life into it and see it shine again.
Lenka fit it on me piece by piece, cutting and playing with the detail and embellishment to create a look for me which is one of a kind. Her work is incredible and I was so honored to wear one of her stunning eco creations. For something borrowed I wore Lenka’s veil from her own wedding! And for something blue Lenka stitched a blue button inside on the label from her grandmas collection and a portion of blue thread from her own gown.
So much love in this dress, to meet the love of my life. What it stands for means the world to me.
I always love wearing TAMGA because they have a breakdown on their website of carbon emissions and energy saved, and water avoided. The company are 100% transparent, plus their garments are made for the boho traveller- that’s me! They can also break down in 2 years in landfill- but I know mine will never get there, as I hope to pass them onto my children.
The shoes are special, because they are made of hemp yarn, a very sustainable resource!
I found it so hard to pick just one ethical fashion brand, because there are SO many out there doing incredible things so I’ve cheated a little and I’m actually wearing two of my favourite ethical fashion brands in this photo, both of which are made ethically in Australia.
My jumpsuit is handmade by the beautiful Fia from Lilla by Fia. All of the garments she creates are made from hemp and organic cotton and are plant-dyed.
The jumpsuit I’m wearing is dyed light pink from avocado pips, but she also uses lentils to dye other pieces.
The second ethical fashion brand is my top underneath, made in Australia by Citizen Wolf. Citizen Wolf takes your everyday shirt and tailors it to your body. Their philosophy is all about buying less, but buying better. All of their mills, seamstresses, and resources are audited, paid above average rates and they utilise deadstock fabrics where they can, and are on their way to becoming a zero-waste company.
I love this maxi dress by La Lesso, it is not only so versatile for any season – summer with a sandal and winter with a biker jacket and boots. It is also made ethically in South Africa and on every garment there is a swing tag with the name of who made the item. The brand is fair trade, their products are carbon zero meaning they offset their carbon emissions and they support the Fashion Revolution movement and women empowerment and 80% of those they work with directly or indirectly are women.
Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability expert. She started The Green Hub as a blog in 2015, which has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education sites dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable lifestyle.