The Ultimate Guide To Sustainable Autumn Accessories
By Talia Collective
Because everyone knows accessories make the outfit.
A hat – perhaps the singular most powerful accessory in transforming an outfit from drab to debonair. It can be a daunting world to enter so best start with the beanie hat, the least intimidating of the headwear and one of the most popular. This super soft and luxurious hat from knitwear maestros, Santicler, is made from pure cashmere in a prestigious Italian mill, and comes in two shades of grey (arguably the most versatile colour out there).
The cashmere used is 60% recycled which vastly reduces water consumption and the need for virgin cashmere production. A win for the environment and goats alike!
Trainers are a staple item all year round but as autumn arrives, it’s always good to have a darker pair on hand (which are far better at hiding the inevitable mud and water splashes). Italian footwear brand, Yatay’s Irori trainers are crafted from vegan ‘corn leather’, which is made using polymers extracted from grains, whilst the lining uses a silky-soft material sourced from tree pulp.
The innovation doesn’t stop there with insoles made from recycled rubber and an exterior from recycled plastic bottles. The combined effect is durable, waterproof, ultra-comfortable trainers that keep feet dry and fresh all day long.
Heading out with just a light jacket and a pair of sunglasses is but a distant memory now. Instead, an additional layer, an umbrella (to be safe), gloves (you never know) and a hat (everyone knows you lose most heat through your head) all become necessities. And so a seemingly-bottomless bucket bag to store them in.
Hand made in Italy from smooth vegetable-tanned leather, Zoe de Huertas’s Miramar bag comes with a detachable wallet and adjustable strap. The leather is sourced from selected European farms and is a by-product of the food industry, which means no animal is killed for its skin. It’s also metal-free, meaning no chemicals are used in the tanning process, and free of any artificial finishes.
This golden creation is big and bold enough to hold its own over bulky jumpers and cable-knit cardigans (autumn’s uniform). It’s made by Carolina de Barros in her atelier in London using 100% recycled sterling silver with 18ct gold plating, and is inspired by broken seashells, demonstrating that something can still be beautiful even if not perfectly whole.
Each piece is handmade to order using the lost wax casting method, in which molten metal is poured into a mould that has been created by means of a wax model.
Autumn is full of days when it’s too hot for a boot but too cold for a sandal. The ballet flat is perfect for such in-between days. Designed for everyday wear, these flats from ESSEN are cut, sewn and crafted by hand from supple Italian leather and their shape is defined by the natural curve of the foot.
Classic yet modern, they feature a memory foam padding for extra comfort, a squared toe and a flattering shape and, as with Zoe de Huertas’ bucket bag, are crafted from leather sourced as a by-product of the meat industry.
Both functional and stylish, the wrist watch never goes out of style. Hurtig Lane’s Mykonos collection is 100% cruelty-free, vegan, non-toxic and ethically produced, designed with the fashion-conscious minimalist in mind.
The exchangeable vegan leather straps are available in many different colours and materials making these watches ideal to wear on any occasion.
ESSEN’s iconic, slim-fitting, lace-up Classic Combat is handcrafted in Portugal from supple Italian aniline leather (a by-product of the meat industry, once again), and comes lined in luxurious Nappa leather with a statement metal zipper at the back.
Featuring a memory foam padded insole for extra comfort, this timeless style is grounded by a practical chunky rubber sole for added grip and durability, perfect for even the toughest of weather conditions.
Autumn means drear colours and muted tones, right? Wrong! Brighten things up with BEEN London’s mango yellow Fields Tote bag, the carry-all to beat all carry-alls. Aside from the colour, other dazzling features include the fact that it’s made from 100% recycled leather, its polyester lining from recycled plastic bottles and its felt padding from recycled textiles and uniform.
It’s also loaded with pockets and includes a zipped and padded laptop pocket, two internal zipped pockets and two deep external pockets. What could be better?
Tthese over-the-knee boots will be the envy of all: showy but still elegant, sophisticated yet playful. Handmade by artisans in Lagos, Nigeria, each pair are crafted from classic, sturdy Aso Oke weave – a staple fabric of the native West African Yoruba people – and completely lined with black goatskin leather. They are made to order with weave designs cut in different sections and placed at different angles when creating the product to reduce waste, meaning that no two products will ever be identical.
As knits get bigger and coats get thicker, so does the jewellery. And the Jawan Ring is just the ticket. This beautifully crafted, layered and textured ring is the creation of jewellery designer, Rebecca Manners, and crafted exclusively for Talia Collective. It is handmade in Indonesia using a 3,000-year-old granulation technique from the highest quality materials including gold, silver and rhodium, and is a celebration of craftsmanship and the preservation of local traditions.
An all-time classic, this white super soft wool and silk beret is the perfect accessory for autumn and winter. It’s made-to-order and hand knitted in Solliti’s Studio, from a blend of the highest quality merino wool and silk. Wool is sourced in Australia and is certified mulesing-free.
Keep ankles warm and dry with a high-top trainer. The Engel from British design studio, Sans Matin, comes with a sleek, handmade design featuring a premium pebbled white leather upper, a contrasting black nubuck leather tab, white cotton laces, a 60% natural tree rubber outsole (with the remained repurposed from car tires) and a cushioned footbed for maximum comfort.
100% of the leather used is by-product of the meat industry which, along with the canvases, laces, footbeds, shoeboxes and shoe bags, are sourced within two-hours of Sans Matin’s atelier, vastly minimsing material waste and its carbon footprint. It also offers a recycling scheme in which customers receive a 10% discount on their next pair when they return their old Sans Matin trainers.
Dusty-red velvet slippers – the epitome of effortless autumnal style. Each pair of Flabelus shoes is made in Spain and inspired by the classic slippers worn by Venetian Gondoliers. Crafted from organic velvet, 100% aged linen, natural piqué and recycled bike tire soles, they come with a commitment to support dedicated local artisans and their age-old production techniques.
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