Stylishly Sustainable Australian Fashion Brands to Add to Your Wardrobe
Treat yourself to some responsible retail therapy with the help of these stylishly sustainable Australian fashion brands
Whether it’s a perfectly tailored pantsuit or a slinky slip dress, rocking a fresh new fit is an instant confidence booster and with new labels popping up daily there’s no shortage of options. While there is a lot we love about fashion, its detrimental effect on the environment isn't one of them (fast fashion we see you) and somewhere along the line, we’ve forgotten that clothing is not designed to be disposable. So, before you next hit the high street, we challenge you to check out these sustainable Australian fashion brands that are worth the investment.
Love yourself a bold print or a pop of colour? Sydney-based label Ginger & Smart’s contemporary creations have been the go-to for sustainably minded fashionistas since 2002. Adored for their signature prints and unexpected colour clashes, their iconic textiles are made from the highest quality sustainable raw materials. In each collection, you’ll find a spirited mix of tailored workwear, off-duty wardrobe essentials, and occasion wear that will hold their life for years to come.
Sticking the middle finger up to the world of fast fashion, Outland denim is about to become your new wardrobe obsession. Ethically produced, stylish, and guaranteed to hug your figure in all the right places, these are so much more than just a killer pair of jeans. Providing victims of sexual exploitation with access to safe, dignified employment, Outland's personal enrichment programs include budgeting, women's and infant health, computer skills, and self defense.
Channelling the chill vibes of Byron Bay, Auguste The Label does boho chic like a boss. Manufacturing out of Indonesia, their airy designs lend themselves perfectly to warmer climates. Vintage-inspired with a distinctly feminine edge, Auguste’s updated take on iconic fashions of the past are made from consciously sourced natural fibres that are actively replenished upon use. Members of 1% For The Planet since 2016, a portion of every sale is donated to help fund a diverse range of environmental organizations.
Australian made and owned, Melbourne-based fashion label A.BCH is as local as it gets. Exclusively utilising materials that are renewable, organic, and recycled, A.BCH is one of Australia’s few circular fashion labels. Every thread, fibre, and button has been carefully selected to reduce its social and environmental impact while keeping you on-trend from season to season. From design to production, everything is done locally in Melbourne with 80% happening in-house.
For all the basic babes with an eye on the environment, Nico is a must. Delivering sleek, simple designs backed by a conscious mindset, this sustainable Australian fashion brand favours clean lines and luxe fabrics for their ever so comfy underwear. Challenging existing stereotypes of offshore manufacturing, Nico partners with carefully selected factories in India and Bangladesh that share their unwavering commitment to creating a positive fashion landscape for both its workers and future generations of consumers.
The beauty of hand-made lies in the imperfections - the subtle details that give it life and the story of how it came it be. When you take away the need for uniformity and perfection, all that remains is love. Creating one-off and limited-edition pieces, this New South Whales label champions the natural both in materials and aesthetics. Using skin friendly textiles like cotton and linen, their dreamy silhouettes cater to all body shapes and steer clear of harmful dyes, plastics, and other nasties that are destroying the environment.
Fellow 1% For The Planet alumni, Sydney-based label Bondi Born wrote the book on sustainable swimwear. Majority female-owned and run, their sleek silhouettes use three technically advanced swim base-cloths that will hold their own summer after summer. They’re also one of only a handful of sustainable Australian fashion brands that have been awarded the coveted B-Corp certification, which is a company that operates under the highest standards of social and environmental practices for the benefit of people and the planet. Thought we were done? They’ll also plant a tree with every purchase done through their website.
For founder Jodi Gibbs, the realisation of Bird & Kite was destiny. Growing up in remote bushland Australia, her understanding of the futility of natural resources has been a driving force behind the brand’s environmental ethos. Now based in Bali, the sustainable Australian fashion brand works with Balinese craftsmen in cultivating traditional processes like silk screen printing and embellishment. Bird's off the grid roots are ever present through the use of the largely neutral colour pallets and flowy silhouettes. Keep an eye for the free scrunchie made from textile offcuts that comes with each purchase too!
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