To celebrate Earth Day we gathered a selection of designers who are known for their sustainable practices, eco-friendly and organic materials, and ethical standards. These designers are seeing the industry through a big picture lens, connecting the dots, and creating practices that are efficient and ethical, with strong forward momentum. They spend time considering what materials are used and where its made, how the production of fabric impacts the environment, how much water is being used, will the customer keep this garment or will it end up in a landfill, and finally how are we contributing to the future of craft, the environment, and the ethical climate in the fashion industry.
John Patrick has been at the forefront of sustainable fashion since the early 2000's. His namesake brand Organic by John Patrick prioritizes organic materials, fair labor practices and ecological awareness. His easy wear slips and camisoles are a staple in every in-the-know woman's closet, we've been know to collect colors for every mood and occasion. Other basics like tees and tanks crafted from organic cotton are not only sustainably produced but stand the test of time and wear. Produced in New York state John Patrick focuses on ethical labor practices, transparency of cost and labor, and developing relationships with organic producers and botanical dye houses that then go on to continue sustainable practices throughout the industry.
Baserange is underpinned by a strong belief that sustainable products should not be a luxury. The organic cotton, recycled wool, silk, linen, and bamboo used throughout Baserange's collection are selected based on environmental impact and water and chemical use. Garments are produced by small family owned factories in Portugal and Turkey that the brand has built long-term relationships with. The brands super soft bras and underwear are known for comfort and durability in addition to being eco-friendly and organic.
ATP Atelier's sophisticated leather shoes are made in Italy by local craftsmen, who work under circumstances and wages that the brand can vouch for. It allows them to establish long-term relationships with the individuals who make the product, ensuring a sustainable business in the long term. ATP Atelier searches for leathers from sources the brand stands behind, ATP Atelier aims to make a handmade shoe that will last, an anecdote to fast, throwaway fashion. Timeless, minimalist design ensures that their flats and sandals will be a mainstay in your closet for a long time.
Shaina Mote emphasizes using natural, renewable fibers and avoiding petroleum-based synthetics that harm the environment. Her signature, wearable silhouettes are fabricated in Tencel, micromodal, and rayon, which actually come from different types of trees or wood pulp. The brand is committed to using local factories for construction and finishing like pleating and dyeing. Shaina's natural color palette transforms every silhouette into core wardrobe pieces that one can wear time and time again.
Mara Hoffman started the transition to more sustainable practices a few season ago and the brand has already received awards and accolades for their commitment toward sustainability. The brand uses responsibly sourced organic, recycled and regenerated materials whenever possible. A large portion of Mara Hoffman's ready-to-wear collections are made in the garment district of New York City and all the swimwear is made in Los Angeles. Many of the swim textiles are made of 78 percent recycled polyester. Partnerships with factories and a multitude of global organizations that prioritize fair treatment of workers and artisans, and aim to minimize waste and energy usage wherever possible throughout the production of each garment. The brand aims to bring quality products into the world over quantity, and styles that change with every season.
Suzanne Rae's focus is on slow fashion. She aims to make heirloom pieces and encourages women to invest in fewer pieces that are of quality, responsibly produced and versatile. Produced locally in New York City's garment district, a large majority of the brands carbon footprint is confined to the island of Manhattan. Social outreach is another aspect of Suzanne Rae's unique voice in the industry. In 2014 the brand partnered with the original Girls Inc. located in Waterbury, Connecticut to re-launch their sewing program. Having a discerningly eco and ethical eye and nurturing the next generation of creatives are the backbone of who Suzanne Rae sees as her ideal modern, progressive woman.
The suns shines. The grass smells fresh. This year on earth day we are feeling inspired to slow down, breathe, and appreciate the nature we can find around us. Discover the beauty of sustainability below....