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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

Sustainable scarves and knitwear for your foliage pics!

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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!

Sustainable bags, backpacks & laptop sleeves

Hello! I’d like to talk about this italian brand, Feeling Felt.

Their core mission is to combine innovative eco-sustainable materials and contemporary design to create new generation products.

If you browse trough their e-shop you can see they provide a limited range of products, from backpacks entirely recyclable, to versatile bags realized with natural materials such as cork, and pinatex, and to bracelets made with hemp.

I personally love all the items, you can see the attention to design but also the focus on minimizing the environmental impact for manufacturing these products.

Hope you get inspired for your next conscious purchase, feel free to reach out for any suggestion or comments!

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Loungewear sustainable brand

Hello! I came across this brand, ThokkThokk, a German sustainable fashion label, and I think it is worth keeping it in the radar for your next purchase of loungewear.

They got GOTS certified in 2014, which means the garments they produce contain at least 70% of organic fibers (actually there are 2 levels of GOTS certification: to get the label grade ‘organic’ products must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers).

They claim to use eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, tencel and recycled plastic so they make an effort to reduce climate impact and limit the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production.

Another thing on the positive side is that they seem to care a lot about traceability: in their website you can find information on where their manufacturer are based and what part of the production process are they taking care of.

There is also an highlighted commitment to actively fight child labor: they have an ongoing collaboration with Indian NGO SAVE, with the mission to combating child labor in the textile industry and promoting the rights of women and workers. SAVE stands for Social Awareness and Voluntary Education. The 121-member organization together with over 600 volunteers for the rights of women and workers and the prevention of child labor in the Indian textile industry.

Overall I guess deserves the attention of a buyer who is sensitive to ethical fashion. Their online shop is available in German and English and they ship worldwide, for sure I will give it a try!

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Sustainable sneakers that do good!

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I have come across another interesting company producing sustainable and recyclable sneakers,
100% Made in Italy, called WOMSH, which stands for Word of Mouth Shoes to promote the idea that the products they make can spread the message of respect for the environment.

Sustainability as I go along and dig into it, it is a journey rather than a milestone itself: this brand keeps improving its products to become more sustainable incrementally let’s say: they use recycled material for the upper part of the shoe, such as appleskin, material originated from plastic bottles and recycled cotton. So most of the shoe components are actually made with recycled materials with the exception for the soles which can trigger the recycle process after they are gone by being collected and repurposed to create other items, in this specific example to produce the flooring for children playgrounds, and back in 2018 already 1500 pair of sneakers were already being recycled in this way.

WOMSH does also good for the planet as they participate to the Zero Impact initiative promoted by Lifegate which aims to calculate, reduce and offset CO2 emissions generated as part of the manufacturing process.

They support worldwide shipping and their collections looks pretty good to me, it is a good opportunity to buy sneakers made with good sustainability practices.

You can also visit this post to know another good brand for sustainable sneakers,https://closetila.com/2020/07/24/sustainable-sneakers/!

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Unconventionally Circular brand for bags and shoes

Hello! if you are looking for a new bag or pair of shoes you should definitely take a look at this brand Funky Kalakar! This brand is putting a lot of focus and energy into promoting the value of transparency in the fashion industry.

Basically this company believes that transparency is key to craft a conscious future for our environment and for our people and therefore it is vital that we are conscious about the way our clothes are made, and who it impacts the most.

Funky Kalakar has a very ambitious mission to achieve a circular supply chain and they have come up with a so called GO Zero initiative which is the way the envision to implement a circular fashion model, i n which the garments, shoes or accessories are recycled or upcycled for as long as possible, to reduce wastes and pollution caused by the discarding process of the old and worn-out products.

What they do essentially is to collect old products such as shoes that users sent to them, to upcycle or recycle and give them a new life and create new pieces!

That is not all! To promote this type of customer behavior into the circular loop, every users can get a 15% discount on the next online purchase when donating an old item, I think it is a very nice initiative!

Have a look at their collection, all the bags and shoes are made by local artisans across India, I am sure you will find a product you like, not to mention that they have been listed as vegan brand by PETA!

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