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Ethical Fashion: Conscious Clothing

Inspired by last week’s Fashion Revolution Day? Here are some of the best ethical brands

Monkee Genes

British Denim label Monkee Genes has a long list of eco credentials, including the Soil Association’s top mark for using certified organic cottons. Most recently the brand has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), certifying its product as fully vegan-friendly. The brand previously used a leather label for its jeans, which are stocked in 55 stores in the UK, but it has been redesigned for autumn 14 in recycled washable cardboard - while maintaining its great fit and popular colour palette. Wholesale prices range from £19 for basic jeans to £29.50 for slim-fit designs in premium denim.

01629 636260 www.monkeegenes.com

People Tree

When it comes to fair trade fashion, People Tree is one of the best-known brands and it was the first international fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organization product label in 2013. Organic cotton and low-impact dyes are used, and the brand regularly provides 50% advance payments on orders to help farmers finance production. Autumn 14 sees the brand continue its collaborations with womenswear designers Simeon Farrar and Zandra Rhodes and stripes are a key theme. Wholesale prices for womenswear start from £10.40 for leggings to £64 for a beaded cardigan, while men’s ranges from £11.20 for a T-shirt to £70 for a shawl-collar cardigan.

020 7042 8900 www.peopletree.co.uk

Rapanui

Founded by brothers Rob and Mart Drake-Knight, this short-order brand proves that fast fashion does not mean compromising on ethics. Its ethically accredited Indian factories are powered by renewable energy and an online mapping tool allows customers to see where the clothing comes from and how it was made. The brand has expanded its basics for spring 14, including organic T-shirts, vests and zip-through hoodies, alongside its main slogan T-shirt range. Stockists include etailer Surfdome. Wholesale prices start from £8 for vests.
01983 409790 www.rapanuiclothing.com

Beyond Skin

Vegan brand Beyond Skin has shown that ethical footwear production doesn’t have to affect style, with a trend-led range found in 10 UK stockists, including Spice Shoes in London and Sirene in Brighton and Aberdeen. For autumn 14 the brand has launched its first trainer, the Rocky (pictured top), while elsewhere red, navy and purple are key colours across 1930s-inspired heeled lace-ups and courts. Wholesale prices range from £35 for trainers to £99 for boots.

01273 778837 www.beyondskin.co.uk

Komodo

Established in 1988, Komodo was one of the first brands to take its eco credentials to the mainstream. For autumn 14, key pieces include dresses made from an organic hemp and cotton denim blend for women, alongside a wool and recycled polyester blend jacket in oversized check and soft 100% organic cotton knits for men.

With 35 stockists in the UK, wholesale prices start from £13 for an organic cotton jersey top to £60 coats for women, and from £15 for hemp T-shirts to £48 for knitwear and jackets for men.

020 7722 3523 www.komodo.co.uk

Lowie

Vintage-inspired womenswear brand Lowie has craftsmanship at its heart, with ranges produced in small, family-run businesses in Turkey and China. The label sources organic and recycled cotton, eco-friendly wool and end-of-line fabrics that would otherwise be thrown away, and much of the range is handcrafted. For autumn 14, standout pieces include Fair Isle knits and patchwork cardigans, with matching accessories. Wholesale prices range from £7.50 for a headband to £89 for a bouclé coat.

020 7737 3310 www.ilovelowie.com

Sara C

Silkworms might not be the most glamorous issue around which to base your brand, but British designer Sara C has done just that, with her collection of dresses and tops made using vegetarian silk. The material is derived from silkworm cocoons but the process allows the worm to hatch, with silk then produced from the leftover cocoon as opposed to boiling the cocoons with the pupae still inside, as with conventional silk-making processes. Wholesale prices range from £46 for vest tops to £98 for maxi dresses.

020 7377 8926 www.sara-c.com

Vivobarefoot

With more than 300 million shoes from America ending up in landfills every year, US footwear brand Vivobarefoot takes an eco-stance with its thoroughly sustainable shoes. Made to last, these durable styles use a mixture of locally sourced and recycled materials, avoiding harmful glues and focusing on stitching and vulcanised methods, all produced in ethical factories but without compromising on practicality. Wholesale prices range between £18 and £90.

020 7490 0222 www.vivobarefoot.com

 

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