Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NYFW Fall RTW Collections: The Sustainable Edit

The ethical fashion folk are big into neutrals for Fall 2014. They've also embraced the oversize silhouettes and futuristic minimalism of their conventional counterparts, as you will see in the collections below (all via style.com). Below, I've put together a few of my favorite looks from the ethical fashion runway crew, and also shared a bit about why each one is considered to be an "ethical" brand.


Edun Fall 2014 RTW
Edun  via style.com

Edun is a global fashion brand founded by Ali Hewson and Bono in 2005 to promote trade in Africa by sourcing production throughout the continent and adhering to fair trade principles in all its dealings. Although the brand struggled at first to balance its ethical mission with quality and luxury design, 85% of the collection will be manufactured in Sub-Saharan Africa under the direction of its newest creative director, Danielle Sherman (formlery of The Row and T by Alexander Wang). You can shop Edun at Barneys and many other luxury retailers. 

Organic by John Patrick Fall 2014 RTW
Organic by John Patrick (via style.com)

Organic by John Patrick is ethical and organic fashion made in New York. You can shop it HERE.

Christopher Raeburn Fall 2014 RTW collection ethical fashion
Christopher Raeburn (via style.com)

According to Style.com, "he is focused on sustainability-meets-chic, demonstrated by his first look, a beige "teddy bear" faux-fur gilet. He used what are termed "cabbages" in the schmatta business (meaning, remaining cloth scraps from original pattern cuttings) to refit and remake this instantly desirable piece. The process is called up-cycling, in which high-end garments are fashioned from reused materials without compromising on desirability. (Incidentally, that gilet was born out of Siberian military coats that otherwise would have been on the scrap heap. And this tells you all you need to know about Raeburn.)
Shop him HERE.

SUNO Fall 2014 RTW collection ethical fashion
Suno (via style.com)

Max Osterweis and designer Erin Beatty produce most of the line by employing  artisans in Kenya, although Suno has since expanded its business to include production in Peru, India, and NY. 15% of the profits on certain products, such as their canvas sneakers, is donated to foundations such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan preservation devoted to the protection of endangered elephants and rhinos. Shop them on Net-a-porter and The Outnet




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