Conscious Luxury brand

Hello! If you are keen to buy some luxury clothing that are made to last you should definitely take a look at Evarae

This company seems to have been building a solid story around sustainability and their program is clearly defined and focused on 7 main pillars:

#1 Ethical manufacturing: garments are produced either in Italy or in India, involving local communities and the company is committed to create safe and fair job condition for the workers

#2 Reduce the impact on the environment: for every online order they plant 1 tree with partners reforestation projects, around the world. Each month they pick a different planting region connected to their business.

#3 Adoption of a recycle scheme: If the lifecycle of the swimwear has come to an end, customers can either bring it back to one of the stores or send it back to us and receive a discount on the next purchase. Evarae will make sure the unwanted pieces are recycled responsibly and that all waste is transformed into new products or green energy. 

#4 Silk is eco-friendly produced

#5 Digital printing instead of screen printing which contributes to reduce the amount of water used in the process and also smaller quantities of color

#6 Green shipping: Evarae uses GoGreen Carbon Neutral shipping methods for all online orders and use cycling couriers for any local deliveries.

#7 They claim to be cruelty-free

Overall it seems s a genuine choice to buy stylish garments, personally I am in love with their swimwear collection, I cannot wait for summer to come to wear of those gorgeous swimsuits!

Handmade fashion accessories

Hello! I’d like to introduce this Italian brand, Cingomma, producing accessories such as belts, bags and wallets which are very unique and innovative!

The idea behind Cingomma is that they rely on local artisans repurposing bicycle tyres and tubes to create these handmade fashion accessories.

One really peculiar aspect is their way to approach the e-commerce business: basically when they took the decision to launch the e-shop they also decided NOT accept online purchases if there is a physical store within your area and they are going to cancel your online order if you cheat 🙂

Reason behind it is that they care for their local staff and they want to protect the people working in the retail chain that would otherwise be affected and I would add perhaps cannibalized by the online growth, so kudos for that!

The idea of the founder has been to create products from repurposing bicycle tyres and tubes. They retrieve this material from the many bike repair shops located all over Italy and is a win-win situation since these material would have been dumped to landfills and contributed to generating pollution.

Have a look at their range of unique products they are also super cool, my favorite item is the backpack made entirely from recycled inner tubes perfect to carry my laptop to the office!

Hope you get inspired, for similar content please follow my blog and my social media accounts, thanks so much!

Vegan & cruelty-free outerwear brand!

Hello!

Are you interested in hearing of a slow fashion brand for outerwear? Well, I have found out a very good for you, culthread.

Culthread is a female founded brand that has to make quality coats and lifestyle products that you will want to wear for long time.

They produce Vegan outerwear and claim to be 100% animal-cruelty free and PETA approved brand.

Looking at their collection online you can quickly realize how easy is to look trendy and be good with the environment and society!

They mostly use 100% recycled polyester to produce the garment and they also reuse what is called deadstock fabric which is the leftover from orders made by other big brands not fullfilled. Another material used to source their manufacturing is  Thermore Ecodown which is a fiber used for insulation in outerwear products and it is amazing how sustainable is and why?

Beacuse Ecodown has traditionally been the sustainable alternative to down feathers. Now Thermore takes the next step towards sustainability by converting the Ecodown product line to fully recycled content, derived exclusively from PET water bottles. The new Ecodown is the only durable thermal insulation product in the market to be made from 100%, post-consumer plastic bottles.

This allows the reuse of a considerable number of bottles, which would have otherwise ended their useful life as waste in a landfill. Depending on the application, outerwear insulated with Ecodown can save up to 10 bottles per garment, does this not sound amazing to you?

Hope you get inspired, personally I am in love with the Artesian jacket in the gallery below! Do not forget to follow my blog for more content on sustainable brands, thanks so much 🙂

Swedish sustainable shoes

Hello!

To brighten up your mood in this winter Sunday, check this Swedish sustainable brand for shoes, Blankens!

This brand has been founded in 2014 and it has been embarked since day1 in a journey towards sustainability. Here their underlying principles:

  1. Production chain should be in proximity: in this way they can reduce the negative impact of shipping elements of production and that is why all manufacturing is entirely made in North of Portugal.

2. Materials sustainability and traceability: all the leather is sourced in Italy and Spain, and the brand is in the process of replacing it with more sustainable materials, such as vegetally tanned leathers, eco-leathers, and alternative materials made from recycled plastic.

3. Create products that are supposed to last by combining nice design with good quality.

If you visit the e-shop you can quickly realize that prices are affordable, and the shoes are really stylish in my opinion and durable too, hope you get inspired for your shopping!

Circular fashion made in IT!

Hello!

This emerging Italian brand, Rifo is very interesting to follow why? because they produce ethical and sustainable clothing made with recycled and recyclable fiber.  Their mission is to believe in a future where there is no longer need to produce virgin resources, but we can use existing ones and this concept is nicely summarized in their brand name, which is a dialect expression in Tuscany which means “remake”.

Rifo wants to restore an emotional connection with our clothes by recycling as much textile waste as possible. Rifo makes men and women’s clothes, blankets and accessories through upcycling textile fibres. The circular fashion brand processes old cashmere, denim, lace and cotton into new yarns of fabric.

Rifo’ is also concerned about overproduction of garments which leads to waste and pollution and they have found their way to embrace a slower pace in fashion: they always start with a presale before launching a new circular garment, blanket or accessory so that they can study the market and their customers to avoid overstock and better balance production based on the actual demand.

Moreover Rifo’ produces all its products within 30 km of their office in Prato, Italy. Not only this allows them to support the local economy and create new jobs, but it also reduces fuel consumption and greenhouse gases.

You can buy online and shipping is supported worldwide, hope you get inspired for your purchase of recycled quality clothes!

Cactus leather shoes

Hello! If you are looking for shoes made with Cactus leather, you should try the collection from Carmona.

This footwear Mexican brand is founded by 3 sisters based in León Guanajuato, where making shoes is a tradition since generations.

These ladies have decided starting day one to join the ecological revolution, integrating sustainable and innovative materials into their products designs.

The leather they use in the creation of footwear is a soft, sustainable and partially organic product that replaces the use of animal leather and synthetics that harm the environment. Moreover all the materials are locally sourced in Mexico but also carefully hand made by local expert artisans with great care and attention!

Shipping is worldwide however it is relatively straightforward if you live in US or Canada (actually free within Mexico) but if you are based somewhere else you would need to drop them a message to get to know shipping accurate costs and estimated timelines.

My favorite piece of the collection is the pair of vegan combat boots, perfect combination with long skirts and different type of stockings to wear during cold season just ahead of us in Europe!

Hope you get inspired for your next shopping of vegan shoes, take care!

A bunch of old water bottles never looked so good!

Hello!

I am going to talk about this brand, Girlfriend, which is an ethical and size-inclusive activewear brand, with amazing products at affordable prices!

Being eco-friendly is at the top of this brand priorities, and basically all their collection is made by recycled materials such as recycled post-consumer bottles to create bras and compressive leggings, but also recycled fishing nets and other waste are utilized to make Lite leggings, while tees and tanks are 100% cupro, a delicate fiber made from waste the cotton industry leaves behind.

Not to mention that also packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, which is cool!

When it comes to traceability and social impact the company states that textiles are made from recycled materials in a facility in Taiwan that specializes in eco-friendly and high-quality textiles, then cut-and-sewn in another SA8000 certified factory in Hanoi, Vietnam, that guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced or child labor. 

Another big plus is the size inclusivity that this brand offers, you can buy products from XXS to 6XL so really covering all different bodies and sizes so we can all feel included! I will definitely buy something, the ‘Compressive’ styles actually caught my eye, hope you get inspired too!

Dress made to measure

Hello!

Thanks to the amazing connections and communities that you can build online, I came across the profile of this super inspirational woman, Betty, and her amazing business, named Betty Concept.

Betty’s idea is to create dresses, made to measure, for every occasions that also empower each woman to express her mood and personality. The idea behind is that the sizes should adapt to the real bodies of women not viceversa!

If you have a look at her dress collection, you can quickly understand that the style she proposes is unique, totally hand-made and sustainable so that you can keep the garment and wear it for long time. It is not a seasonable or some sort of standardized item, quite the opposite: every dress has its own personality!

How does it work? You select the dress you like and choose the color plus specify other things such as the type of sleeves or the lenght, then there is no need for you to pick a size, you place the order right away and when that’s done you’ll be contacted by Betty or her team to take some measurements (most of the time this process is done online via uploading pictures).

The website is in Italian only, but I have seen that Betty ships in many countries so I guess language should not be a barrier to choose the right dress for you and buy it , however if you live in Italy or have the chance to visit the country (when this pandemic will be over) you should definitely pop over to her atelier in Brescia to experience to try on more dresses and get also a personalized consultation.

Personally, I will give it a go with an online personalized consultation, hope you get inspired for your next dress purchase!

Sustainable brand using premium natural materials!

Hello!

Today I am talking about this Californian brand Allbirds, which started as a producer of sustainable shoes made with cosy merino wool which yes they are super cool and yes they have conquered the attention of many “stars” such as Leo Di Caprio, and now decided to launch a fashion collection.

This brand keeps working on innovation, and they came up with this new material called TrinoXO which is a naturally derived fiber made from crab shell waste, the second most abundant biopolymer on Earth according to the company.

All the garments have the label that shows the climate footprint of production (so how many greenhouse gases have been released into the atmosphere) and can be bought online.

Honestly it is a very cool brand committed to sustainability and innovation, you should have a look, hope you get inspired!

Sustainable scarves and knitwear for your foliage pics!

Hello!

How many of you enjoy doing “foliage” strolling around your cities and take pics to capture the beauty of nature in Autumn? I am in 🙂

For sure, if you aim to look amazing in your foliage selfies you want to wear warm, cozy garments but again you should ensure they are also fair and sustainable products!

That’s why today I am talking about this German brand, Armedangels, that seems seriously involved in fashion sustainability.

If you follow my blog, I guess you are familiar with the high-level principles to be considered a fair and sustainable brand, what is interesting to mention for each brand is how they decide to implement these principles which also differentiate each label and create uniqueness in the market.

  1. Armedangels use sustainable, environmentally friendly & circular materials such as organic cotton, recycled & circular cotton, recycled & circular pure new wool (that’s why they are NOT a vegan brand), natural alpaca wool and regenerated fibers

2. They ensure to minimize environmental impact in all phases of production:

  • 100% free of harmful chemicals
  • 100% sustainable production facilities
  • 100% traceable – from the raw material to the finished textile product

3. They treat their workers fairly and this is guaranteed by independent org such as Fair Ware foundation!

Have a look at their e-shop and get inspired for your warm and cozy looking outfits! Personally I love their collection of alpaca styles, check this out!