Rediscover The Joy Of Dressing Up With These Sustainable Brands
By Alexa Scott-Dalgleish
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Tracksuits, leggings and pyjamas have become staple items over the past year whilst anything with a hint of glamour has sat meekly at the back of the closet, wondering if its day in the limelight will ever return. The answer is yes, whether this be in two weeks, two months or, God forbid, two years, but until it does, there is something to be said for dressing up despite having nowhere to go. Many have taken to the trend on social media, donning show-stopping outfits to attend an online Met Gala Ball or digital fashion show and explaining it as “a way of reclaiming happiness regardless of outside factors” (Geraldine Wharry, trend forecaster) or “providing catharsis and escapism from the weight of the news” (Sophie Ellis Bexter, singer-songwriter).
Whatever the reasoning, it is a trend we wholeheartedly support at Talia Collective and to help you on your way, we’ve brought you our top picks of the sustainable brands that will elevate not only your wardrobe but also your mood. It’s time to rediscover the joy of dressing up.
The Ethiquette is a sustainable Parisian couture brand that uses leftover fabrics from French fashion houses and ancient Indian saris. Its couture line offers a rentable wardrobe whilst its retail line, By The Ethiquette, is available for purchase.
Its Cape Magenta is a striking addition to anyone’s wardrobe, made from velvet leftovers and trimmed with golden buttons, whilst its wonderfully glamorous bustiers are crafted from haute scraps and laced at the back with a contrasting colour scarf.
Le Vernisse turns old into new creating bespoke garments from vintage textiles and discarded fabric offcuts. Its materials are sourced in Europe and sewn in Italy and each item is designed to be passed down through generations, ignoring trends and reducing waste. For a dose of feminity, the flowing Gustave Madeleine Midi Skirt is our top pick, made from vintage navy blue silk jacquard and featuring a flattering wrap-effect, a hand-pleated ruffle that cascades from the hip, and dotted silk buttons down one side.
France meets Italy with Instance Officiel’s beautifully designed silk garments, which are made from high-end offcuts from fabric houses in the two respective countries. Each blouse or dress is sewn in its Milanese workshop and bestows the wearer with Italian exuberance and French elegance in equal parts.
Its 100% silk Isabelle Blouse combines playfulness with seduction with its sultry colours and silken buttons, whilst the Alexandrine Blouse makes a subtle but unmissable statement, thanks to ruffled shoulders, balloon sleeves, a high neckline and a pearly, sheer fabric.
Lagos-based shoe and accessory brand Shekudo aims to source all materials locally, with elements of their designs including recycled materials. A team of 14 local artisans works alongside the founder to achieve lasting and unique products whilst preserving traditional craftsmanship.
A staple fabric of its designs is the traditional hand-woven Aso One cloth, created by the Yoruba people of West Africa using techniques that have remained the same for centuries. The Falana OTK Boot and Nonye Wrap Heel are two examples that make use of this, injecting personality and sophistication into any outfit. Shekudo also dabbles in the craftsmanship of bags, with the bold Gina Lunch Bag made from remnants of leftover leather or by-products from the local meat industry. Each sale also comes with a donation of $5 towards the training of at-risk Nigerian women in the art of shoemaking!
Tales of Anyday
Tales of Anyday is dedicated to using natural and organic materials that are GOTS or Oeko-Tex certified and sourced from nature. Great attention is paid to the use of friendly dyes that don’t impact the environment and even its packaging is made from leftover fabrics, leaving customers with a cotton bag that they can use time and time again.
Its elegant and timeless garments are designed to last a lifetime and include the Pont Corduroy Overall made from organic corduroy and with a striking cut out neckline, and the Zoe Kimono, which features a bold, playful print painted by hand and a zero-waste design method, meaning no textile waste is produced in its making.
Zoe de Huertas
Zoe de Huertas bags offer elegance and transparency for contemporary women with a cosmopolitan mindset. All items are hand-stitched in a small, family-owned workshop in Rome whilst leather is sourced from European certified tanneries.
Its creations are produced on a small-scale which makes them highly exclusive whilst avoiding unnecessary waste, with its Miramar Bucket Bag an ideal choice for anyone looking for a timeless style and clean aesthetic. Alternatively, its Anglet Cross Body is a highly versatile addition that comes with a vintage yet contemporary look and made from 100% vegetable-tanned leather.
To dress smart is to think smart, and there is no doubt that the clothes we don can have a serious impact on our moods plus speak volumes to those (currently, limited few!) that we interact with. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself!
Alexa is the Content Manager at Talia Collective. Previously, she worked for a top travel PR firm with a focus on sustainability in London, before moving to Madrid to learn Spanish and cut her teeth as a freelance travel copywriter and PR consultant.