Searching for fair trade, sustainable clothing using low-impact dyes, reclaimed materials and organic fabrics? Here is my pick of the top ethical fashion brands out there:
Luxury vegan shoes from Beyond Skin
Madison Black Over The Knee Boots (available 29th September)
If you’re looking for beautiful footwear that is also cruelty-free, then the luxury vegan shoes from Beyond Skin are absolutely irresistible. They are handmade in Spain and feature an incredible array of designs. From chic stilettos to classic brogues, stunning bridal shoes to playful kitten heels, embroidered slippers to striking party shoes. There is also an impressive selection of boots and some gorgeous vegan clutch bags too. Their new menswear collection is coming soon and you can sign up on the website to ensure you are notified as soon as they launch. The Madison Black Over The Knee Boots are a great versatile addition to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. They’ll see you right through the colder months and well into Spring. If you only buy one pair of boots this season, this would be a chic yet sensible choice. I’ve also got my eye on the Gaia Black and Gold Lace-up Vegan Heels which are out in November (but ready to pre-order now) and the Ellen Red Bow Vegan Stilettos are exquisite.
Luxury British knitwear from Plum of London
Children’s Fisherman’s Sweater in Royal Alpaca (in royal blue with turquoise trimming – also available in red with peach trimming)
This contemporary take on the classic crew neck is fashioned from soft alpaca wool, providing comfort as well as style. This jumper will keep your little one snug in the winter but is also ideal for warmer seasons due to its lightweight, breathable qualities. What I especially love about this jumper (aside from the alpaca wool!) is how it has been knitted in one piece so there are no bulky seams or scratchy stitching (as the mother of a child with sensory processing disorder this excites me more than you’d believe!). This unique way of fashioning the garment also means that it has a superior shape, as well being so much more comfortable. Plum of London also offer alpaca baby blankets and christening shawls, as well as a collection of alpaca knitwear for women, men and children. Socks, scarves, hats and cowls in vibrant colours complete the ladies collection (which is growing all the time), while the men’s collection also has a couple of sweaters. Alpaca wool is durable, beautifully fine and has excellent thermostatic properties. It is also recommended for those with sensitive skin and allergies.
100% organic kid’s clothes from Little Green Radicals
The Sherpa Snowsuits from Little Green Radicals are part of their adorable new AW17 range. These snuggly suits come in 3 colour ways (Midnight Peacocks, Paradise Birds and Midnight Jungle) they are made from 100% organic Fairtrade sherpa lining & poplin cotton and available in sizes 0-6m to 24-36m. The new range also includes matching Serpa blankets, mitts and hats as well as some seriously sweet tunic dresses, bubble skirts, baby dungarees and playsuits. I’m particularly smitten with the Bear Necessities design. Little Green Radicals fairtrade cotton is farmed in Indian and they pride themselves on being 100% organic. They offer organic cotton clothes for children up to 8 years old, and the quirky designs and bright colours simply add to the appeal.
A curated collection of ethically-made menswear from Brothers We Stand
Brothers We Stand are devoted to seeking out the best ethical menswear and offer a range of designers. Their Oxford shirts from Knowledge Cotton Apparel are classic, stylish and beautifully made. Featuring brands such as Mud Jeans, Idioma and Know The Origin. Brothers We Stand also have their own house collection featuring some classic t-shirts made from organic cotton in a wind-powered factory, as well as their sweatshirts which are made from recycled plastic bottles. Offering essentials such as their 100% organic cotton white t-shirt which at £12.50 is a steal! What I especially love about the company is how they offer real insights into where each item comes from and how it is made (check out the ‘footprint’ description for each item).
Reclaimed, sustainable design from Antiform
Box Jumper in Grey x Tassel
Antiform is a revolution in fashion. All of the materials used in their stunning designs are sourced within the UK. With a focus on reclaimed materials and a welcome injection of heritage craft, brand founder Lizzie Harrison and her team are also available for lecturing, consultancy, design work and ethical production. From fisherman knit hats to tweed sweaters, ethical purses from the Bristol weaving mill to vibrant leggings – their range is as exciting as it is conscious. I’ve completely fallen in love with their folk dresses and pleat dresses too.
This chic box jumper from Antiform is sustainably made in England from 100% reclaimed materials. They are ideal for pregnant mums, as being available in only one size makes them great for a changing body shape. This is also the perfect jumper for breastfeeding. The box jumper is formed from conker-coloured lambswool blankets, with sleeves in ash grey knitted wool and beautiful accents on the cuffs which are salvaged patchwork woven silk samples from Bristol.
Eco-conscious childrenswear from SKiN&BLiSS
A selection of the Hatley pyjamas
SKiN&BLiSS are devoted to seeking out ethical, responsible and sustainable children’s clothing. Their online shop stocks a beautiful range of ethical kid’s clothes all of which are made with love, passion and responsibility. They stock brands such as Monkee Genes and Indikidual (champions of organic cotton), their own brand which includes 100% organic African cotton, Boys & Girls who use organic dyes as well as organic cotton and Hatley whose products are all free from PVC and made with azo-free dyes. Azo-dyes shed carcinogenic aryl amines as a garment is worn, they also contain toxic chemicals such as chlorine bleach.
SKiN&BLiSS have an impressive range of baby clothing and the most adorable soft toys, blankets and swimwear. Their collection for boys and girls includes raincoats, pyjamas, hats, scarves, socks, tights, t-shirts, slippers, hoodies and more. They offer a whole array of beautiful pyjamas from Hatley which as are good for the environment as they are for your child’s delicate skin and they come in the most fabulous prints!
Sustainable and fair trade fashion from People Tree
One of their New Arrivals from People Tree Jaden Corduroy Shirt Dress Burgundy is made from 100% organic fairtrade certified cotton. Corduroy features strongly in the new collection with culottes and trousers available in both navy and burgundy and a zip front pinafore and jacket with drawstring waist in navy too. The range is full of interesting prints in People Tree’s trademark soft silhouette, but it also contains some essentials too such as the Eileen Blazer and Irene Wrap Dress (both in black).
Organic bamboo socks from Thought
Thought have a wonderful range of clothing in natural fibres such as bamboo, hemp and cotton. With their women’s range featuring soft organic denim, nightwear, underwear, jackets and coats. The men’s range is full of hoodies, shirts, trousers and coats. Their range of organic bamboo socks not only have fabulous fun designs but because bamboo has such strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties they are great for your feet. I especially love their over the knee socks. If colourful socks aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of more traditional options available too.
Gender neutral kids clothing from me&i
A selection from the new AW17 selection –
photos by Gerard Hughes for Natural Mumma Magazine
The fabulous Swedish designs from ethical clothing company me&i are all about colour and comfort. I love how their children’s range is gender neutral and their matching coordinates for mum and kids is also pretty adorable. We were fortunate enough to attend the UK launch of their brand new AW17 range and you can read all about it and their sustainable clothing for children in the latest edition of Natural Mumma Magazine.