From global warming to the latest mess from Donald Trump, doing our part to better our communities, and world, are now more important than ever. One such way is making sure to shop sustainable. But what does that truly mean? In a world where phrases like “organic”, “eco-friendly”, and “sustainable” are the go-to buzzwords in every marketers vocabulary, wading the waters of being a conscientious consumer can be hard.
Fortunately for you, Pretty Birds, we are rounding up a couple of our favorite eco-friendly fashion brands just in time for entering in to the colder months ahead.
With fans of her work including Kate Middleton, Anita Dongre, one of India’s leading bridal and RTW fashion designers is is launching Anita Dongre Grassroot at the pinnacle of her success. Her new sustainable line, focused on providing a contemporary platform for the artisans of India, ensures a continuous flow of work and creates livelihoods for communities that would otherwise have limited access to industry. With beautifully crafted embroidery, dye techniques and woven products all featuring traditional design skills, this line is a modern, sophisticated collection with cool silhouettes and gorgeous prints.
This South Carolina-based company was started by founder Harper Poe and is dedicated to partnering with global artisans to create beautifully crafted knitwear, handbags and footwear. With quirky whimsical designs and charming accessories, this brand proves that you don’t have to sacrifice style for substance.
New Zealand-based brand Kowtow is a basics brand that is anything but basic. With its extremely chic silhouettes and timeless styles, this brand would be a must have for any fashion lover’s closet – even if it wasn’t sustainable. All products are made from fair-trade-certified organic cotton (dyed within Global Organic Textile Standards) and produced in factories in India that pay its workers a living wage, in addition to paying medical insurance and schooling for their children.
With intricately designed silhouettes inspired by the beautiful area of the Mae Hong Son province, jewelry brand Cerimani combines its Thai roots with a seamless modern style. With proceeds from the brand’s jewelry going towards building vocational jewelry schools, and funding essential water and sanitation projects within their community, Cerimani is the perfect example of thinking local on a global scale.