06 Jan

Pantone Colour of 2020: Classic Blue, Done Ethically

2020 is said to be a year of uncertainty for the fashion industry, and with the worries of climate change growing stronger, Pantone’s Colour of 2020, Classic Blue, is said to bring a much needed “sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit”.

Classic Blue instils “calm, confidence and connection” and provides a perfect stable foundation as we cross into a new decade.

Last year we fell in love with Pantone’s Colour of 2019, Living Coral, and told you all about how to do it ethically.

So when we saw this year’s colour, we couldn’t resist having a look at how you can wear this elegant and timeless colour, so you can feel good and do good in the new year!

Kowtow

Rated: Great

Cleo Navy Top – Ships internationally

Kowtow uses organic, fair trade cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce its clothes. It designs elegant, timeless and soothing womenswear, like this versatile and weightless top, which can be worn both loose or cinched at the waist with fabric tie. You can find the Cleo top on one of our favourite retailers’ websites, Ecoture!

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Shop Kowtow @ Ecoture.

Shop Kowtow @ We-Love.

MUD Jeans

Rated: Great

Dunn Chino – Ships internationally

Dutch denim brand MUD Jeans is all about sustainability. Not only does it offer a repair service, but it also provides a rental service where you can lease a pair of jeans for up to a year! MUD Jeans uses a combination of GOTS certified organic cotton and post-consumer recycled cotton. Plus, jeans allow you to experiment with a wide range of blue hues. How exciting!

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Also find MUD Jeans @ Ecoture.

Armedangels

Rated: Great

Quina Grass Shirt – Ships internationally

Your classic blue shirt, with a twist! Affordable, ethical, and on-trend, Germany’s Armedangels gets a ‘Good’ rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men and kids. Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting pieces are made from eco-friendly and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad.

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TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great

Putri Kimono in Indigo – Ships internationally

TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. TAMGA offers a range of tops, skirts, dresses and accessories made from 100% Micro TENCEL®. This bell-sleeved Balinese Kimono is hand-dyed with natural indigo.

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Bianca Spender

Rated: Good

Cobalt Satin Crepe Diplomat Jacket – Ships internationally

How can you not feel calm and confident (and like badass boss) when wearing this jacket? It’s made by Bianca Spender, who has taken sustainability into the heart of her label. From smart workwear to statement gowns, this Australian label employs the highest standards of design and quality. Bianca Spender uses deadstock fabric and natural fibres, making all her garments in Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited factories. Plus, we re-rated the designer, and were able to give the brand a ‘Good’ rating.

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Shop Bianca Spender @ Farfetch.

Reformation

Rated: Good

Jaylee Dress – Ships internationally

LA-based Reformation creates killer clothes that don’t kill the environment. The brand also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage, which we’re all about in 2020! The Jaylee Dress in the colour Royal is midi length with a high slit for an effortlessly chic look.

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Shop Reformation @ Farfetch.

LANIUS

Rated: Good

Caban Wool Coat – Ships internationally

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“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of Lanius. It uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All Lanius facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. TBH, we have a bit of a crush on this dark lavender coat.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good

Midnight Compressive High-Rise Legging – Ships internationally

Do we even need to intro this beauty of a brand anymore? Girlfriend Collective creates recycled and recyclable women’s activewear made with certified Social Accountability Standard International SA8000 fair labour. The brand is also fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified.

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Organic Basics

Rated: Great

SilverTech™ Active Hipster Briefs – Ships internationall

Another one of our favs, Organic Basics offers high quality sustainable fashion basics for men and women in organic materials. The Denmark-based brand puts sustainable thinking at the centre of everything – it only chooses fabrics that care for our environment, and only ever partners with factories that care about their impact. These comfy briefs are perfect for a discreet Classic Blue look!

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Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good

Rio Bikini Top – Ships internationally

You can even rock Classic Blue by the water! With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, Mara Hoffman uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon and recycled polyester, and it even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products.

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Shop Mara Hoffman @ Farfetch.

Veja

Rated: Good

V12 B-Mesh Nautico White Sneakers – Ships internationally

Veja is a French brand designing ecological and fair trade footwear, and is also a sustainable fashion pioneer. The brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton and vegetable-tanned leather! Veja pays their co-operative cotton growers and rubber tappers between 30% and 100% above the world market price. By not advertising, they are able to invest more money into strengthening their ethical practices and design awesome sneakers like these ones!

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Shop Veja @ Farfetch.

Sandqvist

Rated: Good

Kim Backpack – Ships internationally

Sweden’s Sandqvist makes a range of stylish, everyday bags from backpacks to handbags. It uses organic cotton and recycled fabrics, and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Sandqvist even has its own workshop which repairs and upcycles old bags into new products!

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Pachacuti

Rated: Good

Classic Felt Fedora in Prussian Blue – Ships internationally

We love this classic fedora so much (from our Favourite Ethical Hats and Hair Accessories article) that we wanted to highlight it again! Pachacuti is a small business which works to empower rural women in Ecuador who are socially, economically, and geographically marginalised. The brand offers sustainable and Fairtrade panama hats, with an emphasis on slowing the fashion cycle.

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Editor's note

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