Sustainable Fashion Dressmaker

Hello! I’ d like to mention to you this clothing brand made in Italy, Malia Lab.

Malia Lab mission is to create a multi-purpose and functional wardrobe, suitable for all occasions, with the common thread of style, refined fabrics and craft quality.

The female founder has the goal to create a sustainable, ethical fashion brand created with respect for the body and the environment.

Unfortunately the e-shop is only in Italian at the moment, but the shipping is offered worldwide. The actual nice feature that stood up for me is the possibility to have your garments personalized, essentially you put your requirements forward to the team via the contact form and they’ll get back with the feasibility.

Quite interesting is also the listing of products by fabric such as hemp, cotton or bamboo fiber but ultimately what this brands capture you for is the idea of craftmanship behind it and the attention to detail in the garment making process.

I have already identified few amazing dresses to put in my shopping list, hope you find your inspiration too, thanks for following my content!

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!

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!

Conscious & ethical fashion brand!

Hello! I am back to write the first post of the year 2021 🙂

In my research I have come across this sustainable brand, Progetto Quid, that produces limited-edition collections of clothes and accessories.

Like other sustainable brands I am recommending in this blog, Quid recovers otherwise wasted high-quality textiles from luxury or well established fashion brands and then these fabrics are manipulated to give new life to garments by people, mostly women, with a vulnerable past.

What strikes me from the online collection is the prices affordability, I was amazed to see unique pieces like dresses for less than 50 euro! In fairness shipping cost are still quite expensive if you live outside Italy but that is expected as these companies still do not deal with huge amounts of orders.

Have a look at their fabulous garments I am sure you’ll find something worth buying! Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to stay up to date with the content I am posting, thanks so much!!!

Sustainable bags made in IT

Hello! I think you should discover this brand, āim, that produces sustainable handbags, made in Italy.

The angle that this company is taking to tackle sustainability is to focus on leather overproduction and take the overstock of leather already produced to make new products without increasing the demand and reusing a resource that has been already put in circle and should be anyways managed from the waste process perspective generating pollution as a result of it.

Another fundamental pillar of sustanaibility that āim has in their mission is to produce collections of items supposed to last for long time, fighting the concept of fast fashion whereby every item is quickly replaced by a newer and trendier one, just launched in the market!

They also believe being sustainable is a journey, and they have future plans to start using alternative materials to produce their collections.

Their collection is quite minimal at the moment, they offer 2 models of handbags Olivia and Sofia which come in different colors.

The ordering process does not seem fully automated at least as I am writing this post and a pre-order process has been rolled out perhaps as a way to face issues related to the COVID pandemic: currently you have to send an email with the request to buy a specific model and color and then the team will contact you to further process the query.

In the website they do not mention the price of the bags, which possibly is something to improve as it is a sign of transparency that is always appreciated by consumers, however you can find the price in the additional information on their Instagram profile! I can tell you these handbags are not cheap but affordable and it is important to always keep in mind that sustainability never goes hand in hand with low costs, simply because if you do not pay much for an item in fashion it means most likely someone else in the production and manufacturing chain has been not fairly treated!

Hope you get inspired to invest in a good sustainable handbag soon!

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!

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!

100% organic denim brand

Hello!

I’d like to talk to you about this very interesting Dutch denim brand, KUYICHI, which is making 100% organic denim clothes.

The founders have a very interesting journey that inspired them to launch this brand back in 2001: they were exploring the cotton industry in Peru and were shocked by the pollution and the poverty they saw so they started collaborating with local cotton farmers and producing fair and organic cotton without the use of toxic chemicals.

Denim industry is one of the biggest polluters and this company acts as as a changemaker with the genuine intent to fix the fashion system. It is not an individual battle, to win over fast fashion we need a collective movement of retailers/brands/suppliers onboarded with the common goal to fight fast fashion.

Kuyichi also believes in transparency so they keep being open and disclosing the list of their suppliers and this is the ground to create a sustainable journey since it is mandatory to know where your products are produced and trace them to be able to improve and fix the manufacturing process.

Hope you get inspired to buy your denim clothes made to last! If you like my content please follow me on my social media accounts, thanks so much!

Ethical lingerie for all women

Hello! Today I am going to talk about this amazing ethical brand for lingerie, called Chite’.

Their mission is to empower womens, by assuming that we do not have necesarilly perfect bodies but we can still aspire to have made-to-measure lingerie that we have always dreamt of.

I like this brand a lot, they spread a very positive message that luxury lingerie is available to all women out there and is tailored to fit perfectly to your body.

You choose the items you like and then give your measurements, once the order is placed your lingerie is actually created by the seamstresses in 2 weeks time and delivered to you!

Have a look at their collection, I am sure you’ll find something you like!

Timeless organic clothing made in Peru

Hello! I’d like to introduce you to this conscious fashion brand 100% made in Peru, Fair Indigo.

This brand seems genuinely interested to make a positive change in the fashion industry. Their journey towards sustainability starts with the use of good quality fibers such as organic Peruvian Pima cotton. For those of you, who like me did not know what actually Pima cotton means, it is a variety of cotton which is significantly softer, stronger, and longer-lasting that other cottons and most surprisingly, at least to me, it represents only 2% of the total cotton produced worldwide!

This cotton used by Fair Indigo is grown on two family farms and harvested with care by hand, you can visit their website if you are curios to know more about the story of these farmers!

Producing good quality garments for sure goes hand in hand with supporting a more sustainable future: if you see things from the end-user perspective it is way better for our pockets to buy fewer long-lasting items rather than keep wasting money on fast fashion pieces that get disposed after just the first time they are worn.

This principle is clearly reflected in their collection: all the garments are very versatile and can be worn in many different occasions. I have been really impressed by one item in particular, a reversible wrap dress wrap that can be worn two ways, with a high or low neckline, plus it comes with pockets that function perfectly whichever way you’re wearing the dress. I think it is very cool 🙂

Worth to mention that Fair Indigo cares about the social environment of its workers and they commit to pay fair living wages to the local staff.

Hope you get inspired to browse and shop their collection, I am attaching here the picture of this amazing reversible dress that I am about to buy 🙂