The fashion brand known as AMUR is created right in the heart of New York City. It was born from the concept that great style does not have to come at the expense of our environment and that design can strike a balance between beauty and good intentions. “It’s an approach that’s woven into our very name: A Mindful Use of Resources.” The brand uses eco-friendly textiles like GOTS-certified organic cotton and silk, Cupro (a yarn made from a part of the cotton plant usually wasted in production) and regenerated fibers. They also seek out mills and artisans that employ sustainable techniques. You’ll find luxurious fashion in bright colors and an array of fun florals that you can shop online. From dresses and jumpsuits to crop tops and more, you’ll want to wear it all!
New “cool girl” brand Flor et.al is making a name for themselves. Also created in New York City, this contemporary eveningwear collection collaborates with artisans around the world, such as small artisans in India to create the hand beaded floral designs. They’ve taken a step in sustainability as they have partnered with NEST, a non-profit that connects artisans and designers all over the globe. Their designs are exactly what you picture when you think high fashion. This is the destination for your next special event.
Designer Gabriela Hearst’s commitment is to make a strong and modern collection without compromising her ethics and key values, taking into consideration where materials come from and who is making them: luxury with a conscience or in other words, “honest luxury”. The wool in the collections is taken from her own family ranch in Uruguay, meaning she can follow the wool from the animal, right to the garment. Also, this brand will become the first to have all plastic packaging replaced with TIPA packaging, which biodegrades and composts within 180 days. Take a look at the designs for yourself, you will see it’s the face of luxurious.
DÔEN was created by a group of creative women in Los Angeles, California. The line is inspired by vintage designs and their “nostalgia for the California of past decades.” The brand commits to domestic production and the garments that are stitched overseas, manufacturers are carefully selected to ensure fair wages and working conditions. Majority of the pieces are made by hand and with natural fabrics. Fun fact, each year DÔEN designs a children’s’ collection and one hundred percent of the proceeds go to “Room to Read.” Don’t miss out any further and go right ahead to shopping this dreamy collection!
Tome is an ethical clothing line marketing themselves with the slogan “#EVERYWOMAN inspired by Art #madebywomen.” Another brand based in New York, TOME is clean cut and the pieces are for essential dressing. Each piece is ethically produced, with a view toward inclusivity and diversity. Sustainability is key at Tome and they reveal this by using natural dyes formulated with temple flowers found throughout India, and, as of lately, incorporating organic hemp, cotton, and linens into its collection. Another neat detail is that the tassels featured on several of the clothing pieces were made by refugee women who have resettled in Texas.
Irwin Garden is very passionate about standing behind every step of the manufacturing process of their clothing. They are proud to be made locally and by manufacturing right in the garment district of New York City, they can oversee the cutting and sewing of the collection, as well as continue to support the skilled workers and businesses in the garment district. Irwin Garden’s collections are designed with a focus to celebrate femininity and a return to timeless pieces. The pieces are classic, yet fun and trendy.
Danielle Fichera is the ultimate resort capsule, made for the modern voyager. “The line infuses wanderlust with easy sophistication, in elevated destination wear that can be worn anywhere.” The beautiful clothing is made of the highest quality fabrics and finishes along with sustainable, small-batch production. Every item of the brand is produced locally in New York’s garment industry, and the brand is committed to reducing unnecessary waste by utilizing favorite materials and patterns on repeat. You will fall in love with these patterns and want to pack them all for your next trip!
Let me now introduce you to Eleven Six, an effortless, yet elevated approach to knit dressing. The brand came about by a trip Catherine and Nick, the couple behind the label, took to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. The trip inspired them so much that they made the decision to leave their careers in corporate fashion. Eleven Six is known for their everyday, modern separates, which are created from the finest spun Alpaca yarns and sustainably produced by artisan-women. The brand is a one-of-a-kind that you will adore!
“We aim to help build that future by pioneering on-demand manufacturing practices, maintaining a commitment to sustainability and female empowerment, and investing in the power of community and personal connection.” Misha NoNoo is your go to work attire that you’ll still want to wear after working hours. The collection revolves around a core group of versatile pieces called “The Easy 8.” The brand commits to both waste reduction and longevity. They are also known for incorporating recycling programs for its paper, plastic and fabric waste that supports and protects the local community.
Cienne is a ready-to-wear collection for women who value pieces that are both interesting and necessary. Each new collection, builds upon a foundation of refined shapes, considered details, and artisanal materials designed to maintain relevance over time. The brand focuses on three main things: empowering People, Producing Responsibly, and Elevating & Preserving Craftsmanship. The brand came about in 2014, but really took off in 2018. Cienne will without a doubt elevate your style.
+ Words: Megan Sauers
Megan Sauers is a freelance writer with a growing appreciation for sustainable ways of living. She worked in the fashion industry straight out of college, where she learned how much of a need there is for sustainable clothing creation and consumption. She hopes to raise awareness of this as well as inspire others by how cool slow fashion is!