A Sustainable shopping guide pt. 2

Feb 16, 2018

To be sure, the offer of sustainable styles has vastly improved over the last few years. The days of tree-hugging fashions are happily far behind us. But still, finding brands that offer really fashion foreward pieces and at the same time make an effort to minimise their environmental impact and/or improve labour conditions for their manufacturers? Not always an easy job! That's why I started a small series in which I go on a quest to find brands that meet all of my standards.

Read Pt. 1 of this series right here if you hadn't already! Or head straight on to Pt. 2 for which I selected 3 brands and one multi-brand shop. Be prepared for some serious shopping cravings, because they all offer lovely pieces!

This German brand that states "Unsere mode war schon bio, als bio noch nicht mode war"* on their website, has been producing eco-friendly and fair fashion since 1976. Hessnatur shows complete transparency on where their clothes are produced (which is often within Europe), where the materials were sourced and how they were dyed or otherwise treated. It's not your most fashion forward brand, but they do offer great basics and timeless classics. They're not always cheap, but the materials they use are often mouth watering (leather, wool, silk, merino...all organically sourced), and from what I can judge from the pictures - I haven't ordered anything from them myself yet - their level of quality and finish looks great.

Camel coat, Striped longsleeve, Turteneck top, Striped shirt, Black trousers, White longsleeve, Sandals, Ankle boots.

They also have some quite aesthetically acceptable outdoor clothing, like a waxed cotton parka, leather hiking shoes and wool fleece jackets (I just hate all the usual synthetic outdoor junk, these materials have a much lovelier quality). Oh, and I'm seriously contemplating to buy some of their merinowool underwear for next winter.

*Our fashion was already organic, before organic was fashionable

Ekyog is a French ethical and eco-friendly brand. They use recycled materials, GOTS-certified organic cotton and other low-impact fabrics such as modal and lyocel. They have a rather delicate and elegant style - sometimes a bit too "ladylike" for my tastes, though I do can appreciate a good ruffled blouse every once in a while. They also offer some great timless pieces, like that checkered double breasted blazer or the oversized black trench.

Pink knit sweater, Kick flare jeans, Double breasted blazer, Trenchcoat, Ruffle blouse, Denim blouse.

Armed Angels
I already wrote about Armed Angels in my Slow fashion knitwear guide, but their new blouses and T-shirts were just too good to not be mentioned here again. Armed Angels is perfect for comfy, casual and sometimes slightly quircky pieces (like this sweater dress that would be perfect for lounging around the house).

Blue striped T-shirt, Pink shirt, Vichy check blouse, Mock neck sweater, Mom jeans, Bisou T-shirt.

Rêve en Vert
Rêve en Vert is a multibrand high-end, sustainable online store. You could call it the Net-a-porter for conscious shoppers. They offer some pretty nice pieces, but as you could have guessed, they don't come cheap. They recently added their own line, which includes some fabulous re-made denim pieces.

Camel knit, Sunnies, Striped Tee, Backpack, Jeans.

Do you know some great sustainable fashion brands/shops? Please, share 'em in the comments!