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Take on the warmer weather in conscious style thanks to Kotn’s latest collection, featuring summer staples in womenswear and menswear made by workers paid living wages.
Quality and timeless products made by happy hands
Canadian brand Kotn exists to bring conscious shoppers “a world of timeless designs that honour the people who make them and the places they’re made.”
Kotn started with a simple goal: make the perfect Egyptian cotton t-shirt that didn’t compromise on quality, price, or the integrity of the people who made it. And the brand has come a long way since launching in 2015. Today, it’s a certified B Corp. The brand invests in the creation of jobs, infrastructure, systems, and education to alleviate poverty and create shared, sustainable growth for the communities it is part of through production in Egypt and Portugal.
Here’s why Kotn is one “Good” brand worth your support and our editors’ top picks from the stunning SS23 collection of timeless, high-quality basics for this summer season and many to come.
Supporting local makers
One hot New York summer, three friends, Ben, Mackenzie, and Rami, dreamed up the idea for Kotn. Rami especially was taken with the thought and journeyed back to his familial home of Egypt, where he lived in a cotton-farming community in the Nile Delta for six months. There, the first real seed of Kotn was planted.
Fast forward to today and Kotn says that community remains at the core of everything it does: “From the start, we decided that in order to build a lasting business we’d have to invest in building lasting communities for those throughout our supply chain.”
The brand now works directly with over 2,000 smallholder farmers in Egypt’s Nile Delta and Faiyum regions and has funded 15 schools and built 10 to support quality and accessible education for the farmers’ children. Its crucial work in the area makes the brand well deserving of its top score of “Great” for people in our methodology.
Made from traceable, quality materials
Traced-to-origin Egyptian cotton is the bedrock upon which Kotn’s timeless designs are built, but these days the range has expanded to include materials certified by Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), and the Global Recycle Standard (GRS), which ensure the best treatment for the farmers and the land around them.
Kotn believes in buying less and enjoying longer, a crucial part of a more sustainable approach to fashion production. This process of sustainability, the brand explains, “starts with us creating considered, timeless pieces that are built to last, and ends with you, caring for them for years to come.”
Shop favourites from Kotn’s SS23 collection
Kotn’s latest collection is bound to refresh your warm weather staples for years to come. The brand tells us the campaign is “a sun-soaked journey through Egypt’s desert roads and the sprawling Siwa oasis—a trip that celebrates life and the moments together that make it special. This season’s collection is reminiscent of the days that go on forever and crafted to take you from place to place, wherever life takes you this season and beyond.”
An elegant all-season staple, this tank has a little added texture and a hint of stretch to stay fitted close to the body. Layered or on its own, dress it up easily with a wide-leg pant or skirt, or casually with a simple jean.
An easy-to-style, staple tank for your wardrobe, featuring a classic racer silhouette and cropped length, perfect for high-waisted pairings or showing a little skin. Crafted from ultra-breathable Egyptian cotton blend for a bit of stretch and ultimate comfort all year round.
Intentionally structured design, utilising heavier weight 100% Egyptian cotton jersey, the T-Shirt Dress is the mastery of the perfect tee in dress form. Style casually with your favourite sneaker and wear on repeat.
A wide-leg short that exudes effortless elegance. Designed with a flattering high waist and exaggerated pleats for added volume, the Plaza Shorts are easily dressed up with your favourite oxford or down with your go-to t-shirt. Crafted with drapey 100% lyocell twill.
T-shirt comfort but designed with the sophistication of an oxford. The Mini Shirt Dress will be your most versatile summer piece—wear open over your swimsuit at the beach, with tights and a blazer to the office, or as it was designed: a dress on its own with your favourite sneakers.
The Tahia dress is delicately designed as the perfect slip-style dress, featuring a v-neck and thin cross-over back straps. Made from drapey, lightweight lyocell fabric, keeping you feeling cool and looking timeless. This version features a 100% cotton crochet overlay across the bust and hem.
Resort wear, fit for the city. A flowy, relaxed button-down crafted from lyocell micro twill: a drapey, lightweight fabric that’s lightly brushed for a silky-soft touch and a subtle sheen. Crafted from renewable wood pulp fibres, ultra-breathable lyocell hangs off the body with ease—perfect for keeping and looking cool.
Consider it a spin on your favourite oxford shirt—the Boxy Poplin shirt is an exaggerated fit with a darted shoulder to add dimension to an oversized garment. It features a statement pocket on the front, inspired by the garments worn in the North Coast area of Egypt. Wear open over your favourite tank or on its own to feature the structured collar.
The Men’s Fine Knit Crew has the comfort of your favourite t-shirt but with a more elevated look and feel. The style is designed to be boxy with drape at the sleeve and bottom hem. Made from a lightweight and breathable viscose fabric.
Every day can feel like a vacation in the Camp Shirt. A classic button-up front with a relaxed camp collar, intended for days at the beach or nights out. Crafted in Portugal from silky 100% tencel fabric.