Sustainable Fashion is here to stay. More and more brands are taking the sustainable route in every aspect of their product development: from concept and design all the way to delivery. What is even more exciting is that consumers are becoming far more selective about what they buy and where they buy it from. This shift in consumer behavior has given a boost to a new generation of designers creating designs with sustainability at its core.
While luxury fashion houses like Chanel and Ralph & Russo are already doing their “bit” with eco-couture & sustainable fashion; many small independent boutiques have also embraced sustainability. They are creating on trend designs by incorporating environmentally friendly practices in their processes.
At TBS we are firmly behind this sustainability movement and at the forefront of what we do are our very special ethical boutiques , who believe in upcyling, using eco-friendly materials, empowering craftsmen and women and supporting rural artisans. Here are just a few of our favorites;
1) All Things Felt
Felting is a traditional form of handicraft in Nepal. All Things Felt is founded by Divya Kedia in Singapore, every piece is designed by Divya and handmade by female artisans in Nepal. The artisans work from home and earn a living. Divya not only hopes to bring the splendour of the Nepalese hillsides to homes in Southeast Asia, but she also aspires to empower more women back in Nepal. She believes that happiness is handmade.
2) Twin Within
TwinWithin is an Icelandic jewellery design brand known for bold statement pieces that celebrate personal style. Founder and designer, Kristin is an advocate for sustainable design and ethical fashion. Working with the FOCOLARE organization in the Philippines, all of her necklaces are hand-crafted by single mothers within the community and 100% fair-trade.
3) Irregular Lines
As an Interior Designer by profession, Theodora loves to incorporate the elements of nature in her designs. She is passionate about upcycled design and living, and believes that our natural environment is simply loaded with creative elements, which can be mixed matched and reinterpreted into beautiful things. She brings elegant, eco-friendly and one-of-a-kind pieces into your home. Irregular lines is all about imagination, timeless sensibility and strong unique design combinations.
4) Avery Verse
Australian luxury brand Avery Verse, designs a range of handbags and leather accessories handcrafted from sustainable full grain Italian vegetable tanned leather. Taylor and Christie Cook are the husband and wife duo behind this brand. They are passionate about sustainable fashion and aims to make a change in the world by making the right fashion choices not only as a maker but also as a consumer! Christie Cook, also the designer, together with Greek designer Angelo Loukakis are on a mission to capture timelessness and elegance within their designs without sacrificing on functionality. Together they create a range of luxury leather handbags, tote bags and cross body bags; each piece possesses a delicate balance of supple leather and gold hardware. Avery Verse is all about honesty, excellence and creating a great experience for the users of their products.
Left-Handesign is a playful eco-friendly Stationary and Lifestyle brand designed with light and love by Designer and Founder, Radhika. It is a brand that is focused on the fine art of ‘Gifting’ and making someone ‘feel special’. What began as a small business creating hand-made cards based out of Radhika’s studio, has now grown into a fully evolved brand, which celebrates collections inspired by the simple joys of Travel, Art, Nature and Food with its roots in paper goods. Radhika appreciates elements of Design in the world around us and works to identify and simplify this throughout her collection in a contemporary way.
Clare Smith founded Moniko in 2011 after falling in the love with the exquisite beauty of Kimono during her first visit to Japan. Over the years the appreciation of the Kimono has faded, therefore Moniko’s mission is to celebrate Kimono and Obi design and recraft these colourful pieces into classic clutch bag designs and accessories that compliment any modern day outfit. Each bag is a piece of Japanese history. Clare sources each of the authentic and vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi, which she uses to design each piece. Every inch of the kimono and obi is used in her collection so nothing goes to waste. The items are handmade by self help groups and artisans in Malaysia and Cambodia, thereby helping to support disadvantaged communities.
7) Feroza Designs
Kavita founded Feroza Designs, to celebrate the ancient Indian craft of hand block printing, whilst giving it a modern twist to suit today’s needs. Marked with nostalgia, Feroza Designs combine traditional summer bedding products that have been used for generations with an aesthetic that is clean, minimal and contemporary. Using the finest 100% cotton across the collection, each design has a soft and luxurious feel. Each piece is handcrafted by a group of skilled artisans who work in a sustainable way to preserve the heritage of block printing in a world of mass produced products. They provide training to a new generation of artisans, thus generating employment, recycle 80% of their waste water and leverage substantial amounts of solar energy. Feroza Design embodies history, workmanship and attention to detail across all their collections.
8) August Society
Acquiring its name from the Italian tradition of taking the month of August off, August Society is a women’s swimwear label that embraces the joie de vivre. Designer and travel addict, Toni Chan finds her inspiration from her love for summer, which she in turn incorporates into her own bold and unique prints. She designs each piece and only uses top quality Italian-made fabric, which is both recycled and sustainable. Made to last, each swimsuit is designed to be chlorine, sun cream and oil resistant and has excellent UV protection. Each of Toni’s designs are fashioned for women who want a beautifully crafted, perfectly fitting swimsuit in relaxed and joyful designs created in a sustainable way.