All You Need to Know About Ethical Denim

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We have always been told that the one must-have item for a woman is the perfect pair of jeans. The right jeans can make us feel confident and magical. The right jeans can be worn to work, to the park and to the club! The right jeans can weather years of wear and tear and still look good. However, finding this perfect pair isn’t an easy task. Not only do they need to be flattering to your shape, but the quality of the denim needs to be worth the investment, and most importantly, the denim needs to be ethical. Over the years, the reputation of denim has been dragged through the mud of ethical fashion. Traditional denim production has taken a massive toll on the environment and an even bigger toll on certain communities by using slave labour. Thankfully, more and more companies are coming up with ways to eliminate these unethical methods and to create a product which is good for the planet and which will make us feel good about wearing it. For the sake of a better future, here are some things you should know before making your next denim purchase.

What makes denim ethical?

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Ethical denim is denim that is produced in an ethical and fair way in a manner that is also sustainable for the environment. This means that sweatshops and child labour are replaced by family businesses and factories with proper working conditions. It also means using new and innovative methods of reducing the amount of chemicals and water required to produce jeans. It takes too much water to make jeans (not to mention the amount it takes just to grow the cotton for the process). So if a denim company has found a way to lower the industry standard of water waste, for instance, they are on the right path towards ethical denim. Read more…

We are crazy about Bel Kazan

Meet our new eco-favourite for prints and effortless glamour, BEL KAZAN. A womenswearbrand based in LA’s Echo Park, Bel Kazan is a quick to love brand, trust us! Designed with modern women in mind: empowered, adventurous, independent spirits. Inspiration is taken from around the globe to create bold prints and effortless silhouettes that easily take wearers from day to night, and quickly become wardrobe staples.

Every BEL KAZAN garment is crafted in the brands’ own factory in Bali, respectfully using traditional techniques for an authentic aesthetic. Using time-honoured methods such as hand printing and batik, a wax stamping art form that dates back to the sixth century with its design process, fabric choices, and the art of creating each print by hand, the pieces stand out for their quality and silhouette – your perfect day to night wardrobe piece, an absolute must for any serious eco-fashion advocate. BEL KAZAN delivers some real sustainable gems with its offering, thoughtfully designed to have a minimal footprint, with meticulous selection of fabrics, dyes, and other materials. We love how honest they are too, the brand is clear that they remain on a learning curve and so remain responsive enough to adjust their production model to be as kind as possible to the environment. I caught up with Belinda Kazanci, the wonder woman behind sustainable fashion’s emerging champion brand, read our interview below…

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The Frontlash features Samata

The Frontlash is a curator of ideas, an advocate of transparency and wellness, and a rallying call for women who know their fashion choices matter.

Photo credit: Jose Perez Captured at AKA West Hollywood

Founded by Laura Jones, the ideas and politics conveyed on The Frontlash about a topic incredibly near to my heart — fashion—is literally a frontlash to big Fashion. The platform is more than a brand guide, but a curator of ideas, an advocate of transparency and wellness, and a rallying call for women who know their fashion choices matter. Click here to read interview with Samata.

Samata announced as moderator at Copenhagen Fashion Summit
Photo credit: Jose Perez Captured at AKA West Hollywood

 

Copenhagen Fashion Summit has established itself as the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. In partnership with a group of Strategic Partners, currently counting the industry leaders Kering, H&M, Target, BESTSELLER, Li & Fung and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Global Fashion Agenda spearheads the fashion industry’s journey towards a more sustainable future. Read more…

Rosie & Cooey – An Eco Baby Favourite!

Times are changing. It’s becoming easier and easier to find, and love, eco-baby wear which doesn’t cost us the earth. There is a plethora and range, it’s not all extortionately priced and the quality speaks for itself. We are in love with Rosie & Cooey in our house! They are a UK online baby and kids clothing shop for 0 to 10 years, which has a beautiful hand-picked a collection of fun, colourful, funky, and ethically made children’s clothing sourced from various sustainable brands. Parents can find scores of clothes designed with style, sustainability and social responsibility at heart. Rosie & Cooey have drawn their line by choosing to only work with brands trading ethically and striving to achieve sustainable production. Their brands do this in a number of ways including using non-conventional materials that have a lower impact on both human health and the environment, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Modal®, coupled with their commitment in ethical production.

Picture above: Småfolk’s Eltern Bodysuit with Panda in soft organic cotton.

What does this mean for parents concerned about their babywear? Well, take for example, Designer Småfolk who only use 100% organic cotton and have been OEKO-TEX certified for the last 9 years. Instead of throwing a lot of good clothing with small print mistakes away (a source of great waste in our industry), the brand donates these clothes to children in need. Or stocked brand CarlijnQ, who create products in an environment-friendly, sustainable, and healthy way and without the use of any hazardous chemicals. Their factories in Istanbul, Turkey only use certified organic cotton with approved dyes which are free from hazardous elements such as nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals.  Read more…

RCGD X AMUR in Bloomingdales

The AMUR X RCGD Capsule collection is available in Bloomingdales. Samata is pictured wearing pieces from the collaboration. Amur believes nature is the ultimate luxury. The interplay between creativity and the environment is essential to the brands worldview.

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The AMUR x RCGD collection is comprised of nine styles which include separates as well as dresses all made from sustainably sourced materials. Notable fabrics include GOTS certified organic cotton, regenerated duchess satin made from New Life, a yarn spun from recycled post-consumer bottles, Asahi Kasai cupro, a Japanese fiber that is made from cotton linter which is waste from cotton production and a Viscose Linen blend, responsibly sourced and FSC certified. Shop the collection here and look out for the AMUR X RCGD tag!

Samata attends 91st Annual Academy Awards

Samata styled by @AlbrightFashionLibrary for Oscars 2019. The Albright Fashion Library is a real ecological fashion secret. Somewhere top stylists and celebrities go when they want something different for the red carpet. To the archive of more than 35,000 items from off-the-runway couture to vintage-wear,  the model of the Albright Fashion Library is one of great sustainability allowing clothes to live in the world instead of sitting in closets, greatly reducing waste in both resources and money spent in the fashion industry. Irene made the choice years ago to move away from furs and unsustainable materials as much as possible. Find out more here.