18 Nov

The Most Ethical Luxury Fashion Brands

It would make perfect sense to assume that paying more for clothing and supporting luxury brands is a more ethical way to shop—the reasoning being that somehow the hefty price tags that come with designer items must (at least in part) signify ethical production of the items. Unfortunately, this is generally not the case, and many designer brands have rather damaging practices that continue to hurt our planet and its inhabitants!

The good news is that there is a growing number of environmentally-conscious luxury brands that offer high quality and beautiful pieces, that are also sustainably and ethically made. If you are looking to splurge on your next staple piece, here are some of the most ethical luxury fashion brands for you to browse.

Stella McCartney

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No list of luxury ethical brands would be complete without including Stella McCartney. This was the first vegetarian luxury label in the world and has become synonymous with ethical luxury. McCartney was the first to bring environmentally conscious high fashion to the catwalk and is living proof that designers can create hugely popular clothing and accessories with sustainable practices, while respecting animal rights and our planet as a whole.

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One Vintage

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Founded by Marcelle Symons in 2000, One Vintage has now become an iconic luxury vintage shop based on London’s Portobello Road. The shop lovingly transforms antique textiles and relics to create contemporary and modern luxury pieces, all while preserving the rich beading and embroidery that was once hand-crafted.

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RVDK

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RVDK is a sustainable couture label that is revolutionising the fashion industry’s wasteful practices, and hopes to lead the way to one day change the industry as a whole. Founded in 2015, its collection is aimed to be seasonless and timeless. Each piece is ethically made with high-end existing materials and leftovers.

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RIANNA + NINA

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RIANNA + NINA was formed after its founders met by chance at a vintage furniture fair and bonded over their shared love for vintage fabrics and bond prints. Today, the Berlin-based duo creates their eclectic clothing collection from repurposed vintage fabrics that are rich and bold in colour, and crafts every piece in Germany.

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Aiayu

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The name of ‘Aiayu’ means ‘soul’ in the indigenous Aymara language of Bolivia. Established in 2015, Aiayu products are created with care for the environment, its workers, and the wearer. Each of its timeless and durable pieces are created so that you can buy once and cherish forever. The brand embodies its belief that the combination of a product’s origins, sustainable production, and environmental impact are equally as vital (or perhaps even more so) as its aesthetics.

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FH Christensen

Rated: Good

Sustainable and ethical brand, FH Christensen, believes that fashion should represent good causes and promote positive messages, sustainability, and ethics. Manufacturing its pieces in London, it has set out to push boundaries; crafting sustainable luxury garments with ethical procedures without compromising on quality. The brand is an advocate for change as it works to ensure manufacturing is plastic-free, and leave the smallest carbon footprint possible.

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Chopova Lowena

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Chopova Lowena is an English-Bulgarian brand that juxtaposes Bulgarian traditional outfits with the unexpected 1980s rock-climbing style to create eclectic ready-to-wear pieces. The brand’s manufacturing techniques remain entirely authentic, while implementing sustainable practices throughout its processes and production chain.

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These are just some of the brands that are changing the way that we look at luxury fashion. They are proof that designers can (and should) ensure the clothing they deliver to us is of the highest quality, while still respecting and protecting our planet and all living creatures. Quality, fair trade, and environmentally-friendly practices should be the trademark and norm for all clothing brands! So while expensive clothing doesn’t necessarily come with a guarantee of ethical practices right now, with the rise of more conscious luxury brands like these, someday (hopefully in the near future), it will.

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