Green is the new black. Hunting for the trailblazers upping the eco ante? Check out BURO.’s curation of six cult ethical fashion brands you need on your radar, combining lo-fi glamour, positive action and DIY drama (yes, please).
In two words: Trash couture
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BURO. says: Shortlisted for the prestigious LVMH Prize 2019 and creator of the infamous vagina trousers worn by Janelle Monáe last year in her music video for ‘PYNK’, Duran Lantink is the new eco-designer du jour. Inspired by Asian streetwear and nature, the Dutch talent takes leftover deadstock and sale pieces and splices them together to create new high-fashion garments – think Burberry/Prada bucket hat mash-ups, avant-garde tailoring, reworked outerwear and deconstructed denim. For fans of Lee Alexander McQueen’s subversive sensibility.
In two words: Nouveau glamour
BURO. says: Former Louis Vuitton designer Kevin Germanier is our new party (dressing) player. Before starting any collection, the Swiss-born designer and his team gather deadstock and unwanted pearls to create something beautiful. The result? Think Studio 54-worthy jumpsuits, rainbow ruffled tops and ornate jackets. And yes, we want EVERYTHING.
In two words: Deconstructed romanticism
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BURO. says: The balance between raw and embellished is embedded in Rave Review’s DNA. Founded in 2017 by Josephine Bergqvist and Livia Schück, the emerging Stockholm brand upcycles pre-existing garments – found in vintage markets and second-hand stores around the world – into fresh ‘it’ must-haves.
In two words: Cosy AF
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BURO. says: On the hunt for ethically-sourced, sustainably-produced cashmere this autumn? Say hello to Mandkhai, which combines the quality of Mongolian crafts with bold and modern design. The designer, Mandkhai Jargalsaikhan, runs her family’s cashmere factory alongside her parents in Mongolia and the premises still produce every single garment to this day. Gigi Hadid is obsessed. We’re with you G.
In two words: Soft power
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BURO. SAYS: Scandi-British label BITE (acronym for: By Independent Thinkers for Environmental Progress) uses eco-friendly manufacturing techniques, sourcing the finest quality natural organic fibres and recycled fabrics, complete with environmental and social certifications. Forever wardrobe staples for diehard Philo-phile fans.
In two words: Technicolour streetwear
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BURO. says: The second recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, Bethany Williams combines eco-friendly practices with community-led initiatives. In past collections she’s sourced book waste from Hachette to make into recycled cloth for her outerwear and woven ocean-waste plastic yarn into garments, and is donating 20 per cent of profits from the AW19 collection directly towards continuing support for Adelaide House (a women’s shelter in Liverpool). It’s cool to be kind.
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