Slow mornings are so much more enjoyable in one of Deiji Studios’ mindfully made lounge sets
(they’re done in Standard 100
by Oeko-Tex–certified linen, which is tested to ensure that it’s free of more than a hundred
substances known to be harmful to human health) and a pair of impossibly plush slippers (made in a
WRAP-accredited factory). Feel-good plus: The brand pledges 1 percent of its annual sales revenue to
support environmental nonprofits.
Launched in 2019 by Camille Perry and Holly Wright—the former heads of buying and design,
respectively, at Topshop—this London-based brand has sustainable thinking baked into its business model.
To avoid overproduction, it does only small runs of its intricately detailed blouses, dresses (Ceres
is a must-buy), and trousers. Oh, and the packaging? It’s recyclable down to the tissue paper.
It might seem counterintuitive for a clothing company to keep its stock levels low
deliberately. But for Lara and Matt Fells, the married couple behind this Australian womenswear label, it
makes perfect sense. Their goal: to promote slower consumption habits among their customers by creating
just enough to meet demand. And as anyone who took Econ 101 will know, it’s this very principle that makes
nabbing one of the minimalist, summer-friendly essentials in your size so gratifying.
This majority-female-owned-and-operated brand is built on the idea that you don’t
have to sacrifice your values to make a splash. Not only does this Certified B Corp source sustainable fabrics; it
produces everything within a four-block radius in Sydney, minimizing its transportation emissions as much
Disheartened by the unrelenting nature of the traditional fashion calendar, industry veteran
Charlotte Hicks founded ESSE: a slow-fashion brand that specializes in considered basics—say, a slinky
column dress done in upcycled satin—that you’ll hold on to forever.
This brand makes damn good shirting—see above—but what’s even more impressive is its
dedication to doing it right: by using materials that support soil health (like GOTS-certified cotton),
paying its mill workers in Italy a living wage (or more), and offsetting its logistics footprint so that
when your order arrives on your doorstep, it’s completely carbon-neutral.
POUR LES FEMMES
Pour Les Femmes—founded by actress Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler—partners with a
workshop in Eastern Congo to produce its light-as-air cotton pj sets. One item equals one day of work for
female artisans with limited opportunities. Which makes positively impacting someone’s life so easy, you
can literally do it in your sleep.
Summer Fridays are almost upon us, and being prepared means revisiting—and likely
refreshing—your swim drawer. (Strap-happy bikini or ultrasleek one-piece? Take your pick.) What we love:
Anemos’s Italian-made options are both fashion-forward and easy on the planet, made from eco-friendly fabrics produced
in integrated facilities that reduce water and energy use and cut down on carbon emissions.
Paradis Perdus is the brainchild of French designer Thomas Poli and a team of New York
fashion-industry vets from lines like Isabel Marant and Mansur Gavriel who wanted to create
fashion-forward knitwear that delivers the feel-good factor in more ways than one. We have one word for
the carbon-compensated recycled cashmere: h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y.
On Model: PARADIS PERDUS SWEATER,
Paradis Perdus, $475;
PARADIS PERDUS SHORTS,
Paradis Perdus, $245.
Off Model: PARADIS PERDUS SWEATSHIRT,
Paradis Perdus, $295;
PARADIS PERDUS SWEATPANTS,
Paradis Perdus, $195;
PARADIS PERDUS SWEATER,
Paradis Perdus, $395.
Sisters Katie McClure and Erin McClure Breen came up with the idea of their ethically made
resort line, Mirth, on a trip to India. The whisper-weight caftans and sundresses are all hand-loomed and
block-printed by highly skilled artisans in India, and a portion of the proceeds goes back to an
educational initiative in the village where the designs come to life.
Few brands out there take social responsibility as seriously as Lafayette 148. From creating
energy-saving workspaces and textile-recycling programs (the New York–based line partners with local
nonprofits to give surplus fabrics a second life), to employing all its artisans in-house to ensure its
production process is ethical and transparent, to funding a school in its cofounder’s hometown of Shantou,
China, there’s no shortage of reasons to feel good about shopping here.
For Gabriela Hearst, who grew up on a solar-powered sixth-generation ranch in Uruguay,
sustainability is simply a way of life. Which is why she works tirelessly to improve upon her eponymous
label’s already-intentional ethos—using deadstock fabrics on the runway, building out carbon-neutral
retail spaces, and setting actionable goals, like eliminating the use of virgin materials entirely by