The Sustainable Style Edit: Spring Wardrobe Essentials
By Talia Collective
Spring is here. Along with the sustainable wardrobe to accompany it!
The Pia is cut with a unique and flattering design that suits all body types. It ties in a V-shape and features slightly bowed sleeves that close with three mother-of-pearl buttons and a classic collar.
It’s made from 100% European MASTERS OF LINEN®-certified linen – ideally for keeping cool during the warmer months.
Cut from thick, Austrian linen, the Wabi Pleated Trousers have a high-rise waist that is accentuated by pleats that kick out to a wider leg. These linen trousers feature a subtle herringbone pattern and close with a zip and a biodegradable mother-of-pearl button closure.
They sit mid-to-high-waisted and are made of 100% Austrian MASTERS OF LINEN®-certified linen which, due to linen’s temperature-regulating features, mean they can be worn in temperatures ranging from 10-25 degrees.
The Portuguese word Maresia can be translated as ‘salty air’, and reflects these earrings’ wind-shaped, asymmetrical nature.
They are handmade to order in the London studio using the lost wax casting method from 100% recycled sterling silver with optional 18ct gold plating. They have a diameter of 2.8 cm and a thickness of 0.3cm.
1 People’s Havana oversized blazer jacket is designed with a chic, straight fit; a notch collar; and double-breasted structure. It is the height of casual elegance.
It is made from linen which comes from the flax plant – a recyclable fibre that does not need irrigation and almost no chemical treatment, and all parts of the plant are used ensuring no waste. The lining is made from Tencel, a sustainable cellulosic fibre sourced from natural raw wood pulp.
The Engel Trainers come with a sleek, handmade design with a premium pebbled white leather upper, a contrasting black nubuck leather tab, white cotton laces, a 60% natural tree rubber outsole (with the remaining percentage 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 the designer’s atelier in Medellin, Colombia.
The Viola Necklace is an elegant, everyday Venetian chain to layer or wear on its own for a simple, chic look. Named after the heroine and protagonist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola is celebrated for her passion, charm and intellect, and for embracing her true emotions.
It’s made from 925 silver plated with fairmined 18ct gold vermeil and has a chain length of 45cm.
This top will brighten up the darkest of days with its vibrant hue and eye-catching silhouette, and can be tied at the front or back to give shape or left loose for a more relaxed fit.
It is made from Tencel, a sustainable fibre made from the wood pulp of trees. Unlike most cellulosic fabrics, Tencel is produced using recyclable, planet-friendly solvents, and is soft, breathable and less prone to wrinkle.
Irene Forte Skincare has partnered with Danie Made in Sicily to turn the traditional Sicilian coffa – once used in ancient rural tradition for farming activity – into this ultra-chic fashion accessory.
A fully sustainable coffa hand-plaited with palm wood fibres and decorated with recycled materials, 100% made in Sicily
The Catalina Linen Wrap Skirt is cut from lightweight, opaque linen and sits high on the waist for an effortless draped look. The ruffles accentuate the flattering wrap shape and the wrapping element of the skirt allows for easy size adjustments.
It’s designed in London and responsibly crafted in Portugal from 100% Belgian, MASTERS OF LINEN®-certified linen.
This ultra-light, beautifully textured jacket is one of spring’s most coveted styles, ethically made by a non-profit women’s cooperative in Uruguay. Hand-woven in extra-fine merino wool and silk blend, it is embellished with contrasting hand-embroidery and looks equally good thrown over a bikini as it does over your favourite jeans.
These trainers are made from vegan ‘corn leather’, crafted using polymers extracted from grains. The lining is made from an innovative material extracted from tree pulp, which is silky soft and ensures dryness and freshness all day long.
The insoles, which feature tiny black flocks, are made from recycled rubber and are highly resistant and cushioned to ensure maximum comfort. The exterior of the trainers is made from recycled plastic bottles and is soft whilst simultaneously durable and waterproof.
Simple yet chic, this black dress is made of 100% organic cotton gabardine which gives it a sturdiness whilst keeping it flowy. It comes with self-tie adjustable straps and hidden side seam pockets.
Wear it alone or pair it with a t-shirt or turtleneck underneath for the cooler days.
This bestselling midline bralette is made with beautiful deadstock lace with floral embroidery in Cape Town.
It features a flattering fit, adjustable shoulder straps for a personalised fit back fastening with a hook-and-eye closure, gold hardware and the signature Nette Rose tag.
The Cap Ferret long-sleeved shirt comes with cuffed sleeves, a relaxed silhouette, a slight wash effect, and a round neck with a button placket.
It is made from 100% TENCEL™, a sustainable cellulosic fibre sourced from natural raw wood pulp, by local artisans in Indonesia, with 40% of profits donated to social and environmental causes.
This eye-catching yellow dress features a sweeping hemline, lapelled neckline and elasticated puffed sleeves, made from 100% embroidered cotton corduroy. All products are made in India by craftsmen in Delhi and further afield, and all manufacturing is done in-house in Little Things Studio’s Delhi-based atelier.
Already a serious statement piece in itself, take things to the next level this spring with heels and jewellery.
The Manila tailored shorts feature ironed creases at the front and back, an invisible side zipper, front in-hip pockets and elegant belt loops.
They are made from 100% regenerated silk, a luxurious mulberry silk fabric produced from regenerative farming methods that support sustainable conservation of the atmosphere, water and soil, and 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell, a sustainable cellulosic fibre sourced from natural raw wood pulp.
A pair of layered and textured gold-plated earrings crafted using a 3000-year-old Indonesian granulation technique.
All pieces are handmade and sourced in Indonesia and Myanmar and support local Master goldsmiths and female communities by providing fair wages and fair trade practices, enabling their crafts to be passed on and preserved.
A cult classic, BEEN London’s crossbody bag is perfectly formed and wearable with any outfit. It’s made in London from 100% recycled leather and 100% recycled cotton lining, and comes with a polyester zip made from recycled PET bottles.
The company also offers free repairs and end-of-life recycling!
No list would be complete without some animal print, so say hello to the Zebra Set. The roller shirt features a 70s-inspired cut with its point collar, raglan sleeves and cropped fit, and is made from upcycled crepe de chine. Its matching skirt is cut from upcycled wool making it ideal for cooler spring days, and has a wrap-effect front and a high-waist with a slit that be adjusted as desired. Both are dotted with silk red buttons for little pops of colour.
Each piece is made to order and available in limited quantity, depending on the fabric availability, in order to reduce unnecessary waste.
Upcycled from leftover fabric, the California jeans are the signature everyday denim pants that are kinder to the Earth and comfortable on the skin. They have a high waist, a tapered rounded leg, an ankle-length cut, an inverted pleat detail on the front side, 4-pocket styling, belt loops and a relaxed crotch, plus an embroidered logo on the back pocket.
Designed for everyday wear, these comfortable ballet style flats are cut, sewn and crafted by hand from supple Italian by-product leather and their shape is defined by the natural curve of the foot.
These everyday classic yet modern slip-ons feature a memory foam padding for extra comfort, a squared toe and a flattering shape.
A signature piece from Sartoria Vico, this jumpsuit comes with a stretchy top, 3/4 length sleeves, wide legs, a deep-V neckline and a low crotch.
It’s made from supersoft, lightweight merino wool by a family team who prioritise local suppliers and guarantee them a fair wage.
These high-waisted trousers come with darts, a zip closure, side pockets, a contrasting button and a relaxed-yet-elegant tapered cut that falls above the ankle.
They’re made from organic cotton, selected for its softness and breathability as well as its environmental benefits, which include the use of 91% less water than conventional cotton, the reduction of water pollution levels by 98%, and the production of 46% lower greenhouse gas emissions. Organic cotton is also free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic chemical fertilisers, meaning it’s kind to both the planet and your skin.
This triangle bralette is made from beautiful floral lace, featuring a classic silhouette, adjustable shoulder straps for a personalised fit, back fastening with a hook-and-eye closure, gold hardware and the signature Nette Rose tag.
Lingerie is made from either leftover materials, that would normally end up in landfill, or upcycling in order to reduce waste and energy & water consumption.
The 80s are back with this minimal double-breasted trouser suit made in orange fibre fabric.
These perfectly tailored jacket and trousers in a pastel purple hue offer an interesting take on traditional suiting, and feature a defined yet loose silhouette, oversized buttons in a matching shade, and straight-fit pants with a front button closing. The buttery soft material is made from tonnes of orange peels that otherwise would be thrown away. It offers a waste management solution to approximately 700 tonnes of orange peels generated per year worldwide and is packed with natural oils including Vitamin A, C and E, which are absorbed into the skin of the wearer.
A playful checked tote bag crafted in Nigeria from classic, sturdy Aso Oke weave – a staple fabric of the native West African Yoruba people – and goatskin by-product leather.
It’s 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.
This wrap kimono dress comes with long sleeves, a tie-belt and a deep V-neckline.
It’s made from soft linen, a very sustainable natural fibre that requires low levels of energy and water to produce. OM’s linen is also made without pesticides and dangerous or environmentally harmful chemicals, meaning that it’s kind to both the planet and your skin.
These long, high-waisted trousers come with darts, a front zip, a button closure and a flattering wide leg.
They are made from organic cupro, an artificial cellulose fibre made from Linter Cotton (or Cotton wastes), produced using a closed-loop process in which the water and chemical components are reused until they are completely exhausted. The chemicals used are free of toxic or dangerous compounds for health and the environment and the resulting fabric is entirely biodegradable. It’s also ultra-soft plus highly durable and breathable, and comes with a slight lustre to it.
The Ivory ribbed-knit top is a timeless garment with a halter neckline that beautifully exposes the shoulders. It owes its cream colour to the undyed yarn which consists of alpaca, wool and tencel.
Alpaca fibre is fine and non-irritating, considered one of the most premium yarns, whilst sheep wool is soft and delicate making it very comfortable. Tencel, obtained from wood cellulose, is crease-resistant and has thermoregulatory properties.
The Portofino playsuit adds an elegant and effortless touch to your wardrobe with minimum styling. Made from 100% GOTS certified organic black linen, this jumpsuit has a relaxed silhouette with a crisp collar and ric-rac details on the waist.
The linen is produced in Belgium in a carbon-neutral factory, located within a 1km radius from where the original flax plant is grown. It is organic, pesticide-free and requires very little water to grow, with an end result that is ultra-soft and breathable. This is sustainable luxury at its best!
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