SUMMER EDIT: LOOK 1
Hello, heatwave! Summer in London is the best — some may disagree, since we don't have beaches (we do however have lidos!). It can sometimes get too hot but walking the dogs in our local park when the weather is hot is one of my favourite things to do. Even though it's warm, I'm still a true Vata at heart, which means layers are a must for me. This year I've been trying a new layering method, a dress over jeans. It's cool, comfortable and the perfect "in between" outfit. If I'm out and about and get too hot, off come the jeans; otherwise it's the perfect balance of breezy and covering — win, win!
Dagny started from a seemingly simple quest to find a stylish, yet sustainably-made dress. Founder and creative director, Christina Castle, searched for a dress that was as fashionable as it was sustainable, and came up empty-handed. All of the fabrics sourced for Dagny must meet high standards of sustainability, quality, and testing. The brand tries to use surplus fabric whenever possible, saving these rolls from landfills. These are purchased from defunct mills or other brands who have too much stock. When they cannot find exactly what they want from surplus fabrics, Dagny sources the most responsible and industry-vetted Each garment is designed with longevity and functionality in mind and expertly crafted with luxury finishes and seams to ensure they stand the test of time. Dagny works with an ethical, women-owned and operated factory in Romania to produce their garments. The progressive factory boasts many highly regarded industry certifications for labor, social, and ecological practices and is also a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum.
Founded in 2000 by California native Amahlia Stevens, Vitamin A combines feminine design with sustainable innovation. Vitamin A bikinis and bodysuits are designed and produced locally in California with exceptional attention to detail, in the brand's signature EcoLux fabric- a technically and environmentally superior luxe fabric, made from recycled nylon. Amahlia is inspired by ‘70s beach glamour and the modern muses who collect her designs. Vitamin A gives back a portion of proceeds directly to environmental organisations who help to protect our oceans.
Antibad is a curated shop and journal for earth- and human-friendly fashion across vintage and new labels. After working in luxury fashion Antibad's founder, Agatha Lintott decided to turn her eye for effortless chic to ethical brands. Antibad aims to bring style and substance together again and change the perception of sustainable fashion.
Alfie Douglas is a British family of designers who make minimal leather bags & accessories in England. Practical and reliable, the bags have been designed to withstand a lifetime of use. All products are handcrafted using the finest European vegetable dyed leathers with custom finishes and solid metal hardware.
German brand Closed has been committed to ethical fashion since 1978. They originally started with denim, but over time have extended to everything from knitwear to footwear. All components of the sandals I am wearing were handmade by traditional Italian companies. Many of the manufacturers Closed works with today have been with them, and remained the same, for decades. Every step of the product line is assessed from sourcing to testing for pollutants – to ensure every element is as sustainable as possible.
Bourgeois Boheme personally ensure that all its brand-exclusive styles are ethically made, using the best innovative, eco-friendly and vegan materials, by their hand-picked artisans in Portugal. The brand is passionate about championing slow fashion and challenging the stereotype of ethical footwear.
FRENZY BY ZARA
I discovered Frenzy by Zara via Instagram and feel in the love with the brand's simple and creative jewellery design. Each piece is handmade to order in Cornwall using recycled silver.
Swiss watch brand Oris has recently introduced a new collection of sustainable leather straps as part of its #ChangeForTheBetter campaign. The straps are a part of the company’s classic collection of Artelier watches. The Artelier collection celebrates the charm, craftsmanship and heritage of Swiss watchmaking with a series of elegantly designed watches that wear handsomely on the wrist. Oris has been making watches on the same site in the village of Hölstein since 1904 and has a rich watchmaking tradition. Artelier watches remember the vision of the company’s founders: to create beautifully crafted and authentic mechanical watches that make sense in the real world.