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10 Sustainable UK Fashion Brands to Check Out

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

There has been so much in the news lately about the many issues of ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry. The good news is that there is a growing movement calling for change in the industry. As a consumer we can make a difference by choosing from sustainable UK fashion brands that make their clothes with respect for people and planet. If in the past you have avoided ethical and sustainable fashion because you were worried that it wouldn’t look great, you certainly don’t need to worry now. There are a growing number of sustainable UK fashion brands to choose from and what really sets them apart from the rest is their fresh and innovative designs. There are some particularly lovely choices of dress for spring summer 2013.

Here are 10 sustainable UK fashion brands to check out.

Ruby Rocks

A fresh and young UK fashion brand with clothes featuring bright colours and bold prints. Their latest collection really makes a strong style statement with tropical print dresses and ikat print biker jackets. The clothes are made in a small factory in Bali where staff are paid above the national average and benefit from good working conditions with recreation areas. They also receive healthcare for themselves and their families.

Seasalt Cornwall

With a number of products being made in the UK and from organic cotton, Seasalt Cornwall clothes are a great choice for anyone who loves that relaxed by the seaside inspired style that this brand does so well. Look out for their unique prints, cool linen casual summer dresses and classic striped tops.

Braintree Hemp

Braintree Hemp make Feelgood fashion. Their clothes are classic but with a contemporary look and feature unique prints and easy to wear colours. Their collection for summer is inspired the bohemian and relaxed feelings of summer afternoons. Braintree Hemp clothes are made from sustainable fabrics including hemp, organic cotton and bamboo. All suppliers must abide by a code of conduct which ensure that workers are fairly treated.

Bibico

Bibico was founded in 2007 with the aim of creating beautiful fashion that had timeless appeal and could be worn over and over again. The clothes are beautifully made with attention to detail using natural materials. They are handstitched, woven or knitted in fairtrade co operatives.

Komodo

Komodo was set up back in 1988 making it one of the pioneering labels of ethical fashion. They continue to make beautiful clothes that are desirable well beyond their ethics. This summer the Komodo collection has featured some great printed dresses with bright florals in flattering cuts.

People Tree

Another pioneer of ethical fashion People Tree is probably one of the most know and loved ethical brands. As a result of their fair trade initiatives and the work that they create for people around the world, People Tree create beautiful clothes with amazing fabrics and details. People Tree clothes are long way from many people preconception of ‘crunchy’ ethical fashion, their styles are both chic and contemporary but best of all People Tree are really making a difference to people’s lives in Bangladesh and other countries around the world. The latest People Tree collection features modern dresses with a contemporary twist.

Kuyichi

Kuyichi is a Dutch denim brand that uses organic cotton for all of its clothing. Kuyichi are also committed to ethical manufature and innovation . Their collections feature jeans and a range of stylish casual wear including t shirts and sweatshirts.

Lowie

Lowie make beautiful clothes that are inspired by traditional handicrafts and vintage styles. They are commited to ethical manufature and sustainability using organic and recycled cotton and chromium free leather in their collections. Many of their clothes feature handcrafts like crochet and knitting and they are produced in villages in Eastern China, helping to create a sustainable livelihood for people that may otherwise have to leave their families to find work in the cities.

Nancy Dee

Nancy Dee specialise in creating beautiful and wearable jersey dresses which are made from sustainable fabrics such as bamboo, organic cotton and soy. The clothes are all made in the UK under the highest ethical standards. Look out for chic draped day dresses that they do so amazingly well.

Skunkfunk

Whilst SkunkFunk is not actually a Uk brand, it is stocked in plenty of UK fashion boutiques like the new sustainable fashion search engine style-is.co.uk. Their clothes are fresh, fun and funky with the added bonus that with respect for the planet using sustainable and renewable fibres.

Without a doubt, it is now easy to shop with a conscious without compromsing on style. You could also check out Ethical Fashion Forum for more sustainable fashion brands.

Which are your favourite sustainable UK fashion brands?

Ethical Dresses for Spring Summer 2013

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Here is are some of our favourite ethical dresses for spring summer 2013 via www.style-is.co.uk and ideas for how to wear them. The great thing about ethical dresses is that they are manufactured with respect for people and planet including being made in ethical factories or under fair trade principles and being made from sustainable fabrics including organic cotton. They make a great alternative to much of the fast fashion found on the high street which can often involve exploitation of workers in countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia. The ever changing trends, short life cycle and low quality manufacture of fast fashion is not sustainable. These ethical dresses not only look great but will also make you feel great and will last for ages.

komodo lace print voile dress

komodo lace print voile dress

We love the delicate print on this pretty dress, which also has a flattering fitted waist, high neck and capped sleeves. Komodo make ethical fashion under fair trade principles and this dress was made in Kathmandu in Nepal. We would wear it with some strappy sandals and add a pastel coloured clutch for a special occasion like a day at the races or a wedding over the summer.

Ruby Rocks Tropical frill dress

Ruby Rocks Tropical frill dress

This colourful dress is light weight, cool and easy to wear making it ideal for holidays in the sun, festivals and days at the seaside. We would wear it with a pair of gladiator sandals or fair trade baseball boots with a vintage denim jacket or light weight cardigan for slightly cooler days. It is made in a small ethical factory in bali.

People Tree Cheri Sweetheart Chambray Dress

Cheri Sweetheart Chambray Dress

This cute dress by ethical fashion pioneer, People Tree would be perfect for a romantic date with your man. The bodice is hand embroidered and the straps are also detachable. We would wear with tan coloured pump.

Skunkfunk Sugarra Dress

Skunkfunk Sugarra Dress

We love the way this dress does the sixties Peter Pan collar dress with a twist. The empire line style with a flared skirt is super flattering and it could be dressed up for the evening with heels or down for the daytime with flats depending on where you are going. Skunkfunk create sustainable fashion and try to minimise their impact on the environment by using eco friendly fabrics.

Seasalt Cornwall Pippa Dress

Seasalt Cornwall Pippa Dress

This strappy little dress is perfect for the beach with flip flops and a slouchy beach bag. We love Seasalt Cornwall for their nautically inspired and high quality clothes. They also use eco friendly fabrics and manufacture in the UK when possible.

Camilla Norrback Dress

Camilla Norrback Dress

For a really simple and effortless style, we would combine this Camilla Norrback dress with ankle boots and a neon clutch. The beauty of ethical dresses by Camilla Norback is that they are timeless and will last for many seasons to come. They are also made from sustainable fabrics.

Edun dress

Edun dress

For a designer choice, we love this Edun dress with its striking zebra inspired print. Any brightly coloured accessories and a pair of killer heels are the perfect accompaniment to this dress. Edun works to create long term sustainable opportunities in Africa by supporting manufacture, infra structure and community initiatives.

Swedish Hasbeens

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Anyone who has checked out the latest offering of women’s shoes at Spartoo, may have noticed that they have a fantastic new brand that has recently been added to their website. Swedish Hasbeen shoes are not only incredibly stylish but they are also manufactured ethically in Europe, Sweden to be exact where the wooden soled shoes that were popular in the seventies became the inspiration for these fabulous chunky footwear. The idea for Swedish Hasbeens came from 300 pairs of red, white and black beautiful clogs from the 70’s found in a basement. Sweidsh Hasbeens are made using traditional techniques and are ethically manufactured in small factories in Sweden. The high quality natural grain leather that is used for their production is also eco friendly.

Swedish Hasbeens have a unique character that is created by their wooden sole and leather upper. They are available in a variety of styles including summer sandals and boots for autumn and winter. This spring and summer we will be channeling seventies boho by wearing our Swedish Hasbeens with flowing maxi dresses and skirts. They will also look great with a simple pair of jeans for a retro inspired look with a modern twist. The collection is simple but perfectly formed with a choice of tan/ natural, black and brown to ensure there is a footwear solution for every possible style or outfit combination.

Whilst these shoes are great for anyone that loved the look of Abba, their appeal goes well beyond the flared trousers look of the seventies. We love that they are so versatile and will even add a style statement to a simple little black dress. For summer festivals, they are also the only way to wear heels, stilettos would just sink straight into the mud!

Bright Colours Handbags

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Bright colours is a fashion and accessories brand with some fantastic new handbags available in a variety of colours and styles. They also have the Camberwell, a work bag/ brief case that will ensure that no work outfit ever looks dull or uninteresting again.

Bright Colours was founded by Debbie Allen whose inspiration came from the technicolour surrounds that she experienced growing up in Singapore. She also takes inspiration from the colours of the changing seasons and strongly believes in the power of colour to brighten up an outfit and enhance the mood.

Bright Colours aims to manufacture in the UK as much as possible to minimise their carbon footprint and also donates £1 from the sale of every bag to Development Workshop, a charity helping some of the poorest communities in the world, developing local capacities to improve lives and livelihoods.

Outdoor Wear

Monday, November 19th, 2012

There are few outdoor brands that are as long lasting, versatile and chic as a Barbour jacket. Barbour Jackets, if looked after well will last for a life time making them a fantastic investment. There are even wax skirts in the Barbour range, perfect for countryside ladies who want to look feminine but in a practical way. The brand was founded in South Shields in 1894 and was originally intended for sailors, fishermen and dockyard workers. It has since enjoyed popularity amogst the country set as a practical and stylish choice for outdoor pursuits.

It is most recently though that the brand has also become popular with trendy urbanites following Kate Moss’s choice to wear one of the classic styles of Barbour to Glastonbury in 2009.

Boots for Winter

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Once winter comes along,  shoes may leave your feet feeling a little cold. A pair of boots is a pair of boots is a fantastic addition to any winter wardrobe. They are great for wearing with jeans, trousers, dresses and skirts and for autumn winter 2012, there are plenty of fantastic styles around. Here are just of a few of the key trends for boots this year.

Sheepskin lined

When the temperatures start to fall, a sheepskin lining is a great way to keep your feet toastie warm and also looks incredibly stylish. This heeled boot by Snipe takes inspiration from the hiker boot but has an added heel.

Wedge Boot

A boot with a wedge heel is the perfect way to add a little height but without making it too difficult to walk. This pair by Dream in Green is perfect for wearing with skirts and smart enough for the office but could also be worn with a pair of jeans.

Work Boots

These work boots by Pikolinos are unashamedly practical yet also very stylish. They would look great to dress down a feminine skirt worn with thick opaque tights.

Buckle Boots

Adding a buckle to a pair of boots, like this pair by Timberland gives a tough look which would work particularly well with this seasons punk rock trends. Team them with tight trousers and a leather jacket for maximum effect.

Eco Friendly Jeans By Kuyichi

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

You can now be eco friendly and also Shop the latest trends online from evening dresses to jeans and just about everything in between. There are some fantastic online magazines including Daisy Green, which are helping to educate and inform us on how we can look stylish and also look after the environment.

One of our favourite ethical brands at the moment is Kuyichi. They have a fantastic selection of classic and contemporay jeans that will never go out of fashion. Jeans are generally quite a sustainable choice especially if you buy them from an eco friendly retailer like Kuyichi. They last for ages and are generally a piece of clothing that most of us will get loads of wear from. You can check out our post on the history of jeans here.

As pioneers of sustainable fashion, Kuyichi were one of the first brands to introduce organic jeans. Now they continue to make their much loved jeans but also continue to innovate with new styles and sustainable textiles. Most of their collections are made of organic or recycled fibres.

The Kuyichi brands is all about style with a soul. The brand is fresh and contemporary but also true its roots. It makes beautiful and stylish clothes with respect for both people and the planet. The label is all about being relaxed and enjoying life but they do not believe that this enjoyment should cause suffering to others.

An Ethical Fashion Outfit Competition For Bloggers

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Ethical Fashion competition

Ethical Fashion competition

Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog has just launched an exciting new competition for March aimed at fashion bloggers. The ethical outfit competition aims to get fashion bloggers thinking about sustainable and ethical fashion and at the same get the chance to win over £200 of fantastic ethical fashion goodies.
Prizes for the most stylish and creative outfits will include vouchers to spend on some of the most forward thinking ethical fashion brands including a range of eco-friendly shoes at Spartoo, Fair trade clothing at Nomads Originals and a range of ethical fashion brands at online retailer Fashion Conscience.
Ceri Heathcote, founder of Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog says “Following the success of my last ethical outfit competition in November last year, I couldn’t wait to run another one. The bloggers really rose to the challenge with some amazingly stylish and creative ethical outfits. With my latest competition, I want to continue to promote ethical fashion, show how amazing it can look and inspire others to give it a go. I am really looking forward to seeing the outfits.”
The competition is open to anyone based in the UK with a fashion blog and twitter account. All they have to do is create an outfit which contains at least ethical piece, that could be something from their favourite ethical fashion brand, vintage or charity shop or something they have upcycled. Full details of exactly how to enter the competition can be found on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog.

It’s All In The Detail - Pikolinos Shoes For Spring

Monday, March 12th, 2012
Spanish ethical shoe brand, Pikolinos has some beautiful shoes for spring and summer. The neutral colours make them flexible enough to wear with just about any spring or summer outfit from jeans and a t shirt to a bikini or delicate white lace dress. The intricate detail and quality allows them to make a subtle but very stylish statement.
Pikolinos shoes are extremely comfortable and are made by artisans with the greatest of respect for the environment. They are shoes that are made to be worn and to last but that also look amazing and won’t go out of fashion.
Puer Vallarta - these shoes have an original shape and visible stitching. They also have a comfortable insole.
Alcudia Sofia - these delicate white sandals are perfect for wearing with the summers white lace or broderie anglais dresses. Delicate with intricate linked design and ankle strap, these sandals make the most of eco friendly design with vegetable tanned leather.
Morairia - these sandals offer a feminine choice for wearing with either jeans or a summer dress. They have a heel which gives extra height but is also easy and comfortable to walk in.
Alcudia Futur - these gladiator style sandals have a futuristic look and shape with interesting stitching and detail. They will look fantastic with both shorts and dresses.
Alcudia Lola - these pretty sandals are perfect for wearing with a floaty summer maxi dress. They have pretty perforated or cut out straps and are made from completely natural materials.

Swap in the City

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This post was written by Ceri Heathcote of Ethical Fashion Blog.

A few weeks ago I went to The Good Fashion Show and was really excited to also be able to attend Swap in the City, a clothes swap party or swish. The clothes swap phenomena has really taken off since ’swishing’ was invented by  Futerra, the UK’s leading sustainability communications agency. If you are looking for a party to attend or would like to find out more about how to organise your own party, their website www.swishing.org has plenty of information.

Swap in the City was organised by Nicole of Total Renewal, who has a wealth of experience in organising swishing parties and  even has beauty therapists on hand to give treatments whilst you are waiting for the swapping to begin.

We were told to bring along up to 10 items of clothing either designer, vintage or high street. I took along 2 vintage, 2 designer and 2 high street pices and on handing them in at the beginning of the swap was given tickets with numbers on allowing me to pick corresponding items from the swap. The swap began with the ring of the bell and there was a rush of excitement and grabbing as everyone reached for the pieces of clothing that had caught their eye. I managed to grab some amazing pieces  and although it wasn’t all vintage and designer, I didn’t really mind as I loved it and will definitely wear it.

I would definitely recommend anyone to give a clothes swap party a try, it is fun, a fantastic way of refreshing your wardrobe and recycling any clothes that you do not wear. To be fair to your fellow swappers, the clothing that you take along should be in excellent condition and something that you are proud to pass on. You should also be completely happy to part with item of clothing as once it has been entered into the swap their is no going back!

Clothes swapping is a fantastic way to get some new clothes and get into ethical and sustainable fashion. So what do you think, would you like to give clothes swapping a try?

If you love ethical and sustainable fashion, you should also check out www.style-is.co.uk which features a range of ethical clothing, shoes and fashion accessories.