Why to buy: Halsduk by Esmee; “designed to look great long after the seasonal trend is dead” sustainable Dutch design & Craftsmanship with a Scandinavian and Japanese touch. From Scandinavia for its nature and colorfulness, Japan for its serenity. That combination and Esmee's style and her view on fashion make this a timeless product.
Creations of hand drawn prints, natural & durable materials and honest craftsmanship gives every Halsduk an exclusive experience. You can not only feel this experience. One can see it from far! The yarns are made with care and love, taking into account the welfare of the animal, human being and the environment. By choosing rich, soft and high quality materials, you will have longer wearing pleasure from your Halsduk. Think of extra fine Merino wool, organic cotton and recycled denim. All garments are made in limited editions, custom made or one of a kind. I do not only care about the materials, I also care about you.
What we love: "When I started Halsduk by Esmee, I had one thing in mind, the creation of timeless pieces that you will still be wearing in 20 years time." Every Halsduk garment travels in time and adapts to the wearer, not the other way around. The creations are timeless in combination with style and elegance. They are versatile and suitable for any occasion. You can wear them as exuberant or minimalistic as you like. Endless combinations are offered to you and this also why I am such a fan of that myself.
Cashmere scarf Price: € 169,00/$ 199,00 | Shop it now: HALSDUK BY ESMEE
Why to buy it: The warming scarf is the perfect gift for your loved ones for Christmas. The scarf made in Turkey sets a course in every outfit with the elaborate rib change. Love fashion, think organic, be responsible – these are the maxims of LANIUS. Based on these principles, the vision of company founder Claudia Lanius is to combine eco-friendly materials with fair working conditions, feminine silhouettes and the perfect fit.
They assume responsibility for people, animals and the environment. That‘s why their production sites comply with social and environmental standards which are regularly checked by independent institutions and by them personally. "Out of our love and respect for animals, we use neither real fur nor down. And when it comes to wool, we stick to a strict „no-mulesing“ policy" - Lanius says. Animal welfare certification (kbT) guarantees that animal husbandry is appropriate to the species, feeding must be biologically (e.g. without genetic modification), fattening is forbidden and the reproduction may only occur naturally.
What we love: LANIUS loves fashion. A team of creative designers produces new LANIUS collections twice a year in their Cologne workshop. Feminine, unique and designed with attention to detail. Thoughtful trends and high-quality materials define the style of LANIUS slow fashion collections.
The LANIUS collection starts the autumn/winter season 2020 with three fashion themes EMPATHY, IDENTITY and THOUGHTS, thus visibly highlighting the rational and emotional concerns of the wearer, who consciously engages at a personal level in the global fabric of our world, asking questions, making decisions and developing as an individual.
Price: 116,90 € | Shop it Now: LANIUS
Why to buy: Make Monday Sunday is a loving homage to the dress. Natural, feminine elegance and suitability for everyday use make the products in this wonderful collection real pearls. The dresses, coats and accessories are created for every woman, every day and every occasion, manufactured in Lüneburg, Germany. With and eye both to aesthetics and style. The focus is on local, qualitative, and social handcraft using natural materials from Europe. Make Monday Sunday gives a simple answer to the daily question what to wear: Keep it simple. Wear a dress. The Square is an elegant, oversized shawl made of 100% flowing, sustainable Tencel ™ Twill in the dimensions 140cm x 140cm and a perfect companion for any occasion in four classic colors.
What we love: Less is more! That's why we focus apart from timeless and cross-season designs on Fashion on Demand and Slow Fashion. The production volume is always adapted to the real order quantity. This avoids the unnecessary and senseless use of resources and prevents stressful over- and mass production. We strive to fundamentally renew the existing global supply structures in the clothing industry and to change them into a transparent, sustainable, and social way of making conscious clothes piece by piece. We simply love, what we do that's why every day is a Sunday. Make Monday Sunday!
Price: 89 € / 105,10 $ | Shop it now: MAKE MONDAY SUNDAY
Why to buy: This seasonal scarf is made from a blend of 50% recycled wool and 50% wool. This sustainable piece is 220cm long and 44cm wide, the perfect size for keeping you warm this winter. The nautical inspiration is taken from the Scottish coastline that currently the owner and founder of the brand resides. Nature is a theme that runs throughout Aqua & Rock’s collections. It is a reflection of their efforts to help protect and preserve the nature that surrounds us. The scarf is designed and made in Scotland.
What we love: Aqua & Rock aim to make as many of their products as they can within the UK. Firstly, to support the local economy. And secondly to avoid unnecessary c02 emissions when transporting the finished products. The scarves are produced at a 125 year old family run factory that has been in the family for 5 generations. The home grown, Scottish wool is woven and hand-finished. Aqua & Rock pride themselves on creating pieces that are designed to withstand the seasons and see you through many winters to come. Once the scarf has been used to it’s fullest potential, it can be recycled into wool to create a new fabric for new products.
Price: 39.99 £ or 44,20 € | Shop it now: AQUA & ROCK
Why to buy: Eclectic Chique offers the perfect pairing of modern designs with classic African heritage, inspired by a love of the arts. Vibrant colours, traditional prints and rich embellishments help to create truly unique pieces for your outfit or home, all handcrafted by artisans in Nigeria. Eclectic Chique aligns themselves with ethical fabric suppliers within the local community where possible, and continually endeavours to use safe dyes and minimise waste in the dying process, as well as reduce their carbon footprint within manufacturing and distribution - something that their founder is particularly passionate about as someone with a Legal Carbon Emissions background. By - products of other artisan industries are up cycled to create other integral elements of design, from bamboo to beads, feathers to fabric to help minimise wastage and create truly special, one-off pieces.
What we love: Founded by Teni Majekodunmi, local artisans are the heart of Eclectic Chique. The brand was created to raise the bar for African products internationally, with a clear focus on developing the craft industry in Nigeria, and empowering women whilst doing so. As well as a strict minimum wage policy the brand strategically located their manufacturing headquarters within walking distance from many of their workers, minimising staff expenses and also helping to reduce carbon emissions from transport. Working conditions are light, spacious and generally conductive to the health and wellbeing of employees. The brand loves to source from female owned suppliers, and prides themselves on 95% of raw materials being from the local area, helping to boost their economy and continue to support the community through the creation of beautiful products that celebrate their heritage. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted meaning that workers learn new skills throughout their time at Eclectic Chique, whilst customers are ensured products of the highest quality.
Price: £45 / € 50 / $59 | Shop it now: ECLECTIC CHIQUE
Why to buy: We want to demystify the idea that an environmentally friendly product cannot be beautiful. At Lolo Carolo we are on a mission to prove that comfort, good design and sustainability match together! We are an Ethical and Sustainable Vegan Socks brand designing in Spain and manufacturing with the finest Eco yarns in France & Portugal. We are dedicated to making the most sustainable and stylish socks we can, using the best recycled and organic yarns. However, we wanted to go further than this by committing to plant trees everyday. Planting trees helps us to reduce our carbon footprint. We plant a new tree for every pair of socks sold! That way, our consumers help to reforest areas of the world in great need and provide jobs for locals as well as habitat for animals.
Price: 20 € / $23 USD | Shop it now: LOLO CAROLO
Why to buy: Arturo’s socks are the result of a responsible production, based on the principles of made in Italy, traceability of the supply chain and high quality of the products. In fact, Arturo socks are designed and made in Italy with high quality, certified, cotton yarns and all the supply chain (except for the harvesting of cotton, that takes place in Egypt) is based in Italy.
Moreover, Arturo offers high quality products that could last over time, promoting a responsible purchase behaviour. That's why, with every order made on arturostories.it, you will receive a small spool of thread of the color of your socks' toe!
What we love: Arturo's women, men and baby collection are designed in Rome by a 100% female creative team. As well as for their responsible production, we love Arturo's socks for the special attention to design. Through colors, stripes and patterns which are real yarns illustrations you will follow Arturo’s stories... and remember to "Never underestimate the color of a colorful ankle!”
Price: Women socks 19€ /22$ - Men socks 20-21€/23-25$ - Baby socks 14€/16$ | Shop it now: ARTURO