14 Feb

Ethical Fashion With Flair: Wild and Wonderful

Clothes serve a lot of functions. They keep us warm and dry, they help us look confident and capable, they signify tribes and identities. But for some people, dressing is nothing less than an art form. Fitting in is never the goal—standing out and making a statement is, and we are all for using fashion to express yourself.

This month, we’re catering to those who like it wild and wonderful. If you’re that kind of person, the two most important things about where you shop are creativity and choice. You don’t want ordinary, so whole shops (and streets) are probably ruled out. You might be digging around in the creative quarters of your city, you might be looking out for designer drops, you might be heading to kilo sales. You’re always looking for something interesting and surprising, and unlike the rank-and-file hypebeast, you’re not satisfied with whatever the big brands put out as special editions and exclusive collabs. It’s about real style—independent, individual, creative, and intense.

We totally understand if you think that ethical fashion is too small a world to find what you’re looking for—but think again, friends. Inspired design is no longer mutually exclusive from ethics. There are more sustainable brands with a fashion-forward sensibility than ever before, and more renowned designers are finding their way into the ethical world.

So here’s a rundown of some of our favourite brands and designers who put out pieces that would light up any look. And if you must Insta your every fit… just make sure you let people know your clothes are good for the world, too!

Katharine Hamnett

Rated: Good

No War Organic Cotton Sweatshirt – Ships internationally

Katharine Hamnett is simply a legend in sustainable fashion. Her activist t-shirts are a great bet for making a statement, but how about wearing your political opinions splashed across a comfy sweater (that is made from 100% organic cotton). There are even matching sweatpants, if you’re really brave.

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Shop Katharine Hamnett.

RÆBURN

Rated: Good

Raeburn x Timberland Ravine Pant – Ships internationally

Edgy, urban, functional and a cross-brand collaboration—it doesn’t get more 2020 than this. Add in the fact that it’s recycled/upcycled and you’ve got a 100% winner.

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Shop Raeburn @ Farfetch.

Lucy and Yak

Rated: Good

Try not to smile, we dare you! The world would be a better place if everyone wore clothes like this all the time. By making all of the garments by hand, Lucy & Yak greatly reduces its climate impact, and the feel-good factor goes through the roof.

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Shop Lucy & Yak.

Kings of Indigo

Rated: Good

Maximilian Worker Trousers – Ships internationally

WOW. Yes please. Veggie denim jeans with an all-over text print. What’s veggie denim? Well, these 100% organic cotton jeans are dyed with vegetable indigo. Get them on and feel like royalty. Especially if you wear the matching jacket…

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Shop Kings of Indigo.

Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good

Sarasi Sue Dress – Ships internationally

Looking for something monochrome but striking? How about this boxy and artsy organic cotton dress. Pair with a book of avant-garde poetry and a ceramics class for intellectual extraness. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji, so it ticks the “wonderful” box in more ways than one.

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Shop Beaumont Organic.

Osei-Duro

Rated: Good

Versus Dress in Carmine – Ships internationally

This playful and comfy dress designed in Ghana is sure to leave an impression, boasting gorgeous bright hand-dyed details so every piece is truly unique. It also empowers workers and improves social conditions as part of its mission, so there’s a lot to love!

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Shop Osei-Duro.

Zilver

Rated: Good

Printed Trouser – Ships internationally

Sometimes you need to combine clashing prints and colours just to show people you mean business. Get kicked out of fancy restaurants in the financial district for wearing these upcycled beauties. You would never eat there anyway.

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Shop Zilver.

ARIELLE

Rated: Good

Hitchhiker Trench White – Ships internationally

This trench coat is NOT messing around. Swan in, fire someone, and get straight back into the cab to the art fair. Made from organic hemp and worm-friendly wild silk, this embodies the “wild” look, literally.

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Shop ARIELLE.

 

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Embroidered Patchwork Coat – Ships internationally

Last but certainly not least… well, the picture does the talking, really. Just FYI, it’s made from recycled fabrics. Two thoughts—firstly, imagine rocking up to the supermarket in this to do a big shop. And secondly, if you can afford this, please can I have a grant to write my novel?

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Shop Stella McCartney @ Farfetch.

Keep your eye out for the other articles in this series that look at Streetwear, Colour, and Patterns & Prints options!

About the author: Pete Gomori is a creative director, writer and Londoner who helps ethical fashion companies with their branding. Find him at www.studiogomori.com.

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