Why to buy: Kasperi bags are hand-made in Finland with high quality vegetable tanned leather. The sustainability mission of this Helsinki-based craft brand is to make bags that last for life. The leather is sourced from environmentally certified tanneries in Scandinavia and the hardware parts are locally manufactured from high grade stainless steel. Kasperi products are designed to be easily repairable and the ergonomics to keep it comfortable even when carrying heavier loads.
What we love: The fold top model combines style for urban use and sturdiness for the weekend hike and is compact to carry as cabin luggage. The sturdy cow leather is used for the frame that gives the bag its structure, the soft yet tenacious yak is used in the folding part of the bag. The bag has many external attachment point for external gear like camera tripods or camping gear.
Price: 624 € / $691 USD | Shop it now: KASPERI
Why to buy: Hesa offers beautiful bags to elevate your sustainable outfit. They are all made of high quality vegetable tanned calf leather from Europe, tanned and dyed in Europe. All products have been mindfully handcrafted in Germany by this fair, eco-friendly brand focused on zero-waste and plastic-free production. Hesa only offers small limited editions to assure each customer receives a custom-designed piece. Each product is made with the highest accuracy, love for details and the deepest respect for the craft and the materials used.
What we love: The lifeblood and creative visions in Hesa come from the design-engineer Theresa Föhrenbacher, whose style, fashion, and quality has been deeply inspired by the fashion capitals of Berlin, Paris and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
With each of her pieces, Theresa shows her special sensibility for balancing high quality design standards and fair working conditions for the manufacturer and the end consumer.
Price: From 425 € / From $470 USD | Shop it now: HESA
Why to buy: The linen for tautanz comes from a family owned company in the North of France, founded in 1778. They combine tradition in innovation to ensure the eco-friendliest production process and conform with the highest quality standards. Honoring the natural qualities of linen, the linen used for tautanz robes is neither dyed nor stonewashed, eliminating chemical treatments and reducing water waste in the production process. It is certified with the Masters of Linen, European Flax & Oeko-Tex certificates. Each robe is handmade by experienced craftsmen in Portugal and comes in a natural linen travel bag making the packaging 100% plastic-free.
What we love: tautanz creates all-natural products that ensure luxury comfort while supporting the well-being of the body and the environment. As linen is very durable, the robe will become softer and stronger with each use, allowing it to last for a lifetime. Due to the thermo-regulating qualities of linen, the robe is very light and breathable, making you feel pleasantly fresh and comfortable at all times.
By merging ethics and aesthetics, tautanz creates sustainable homeware with simple and elegant designs that are made to last a lifetime.
Price: 295€ / $ 325 USD | Shop it now: TAUTANZ
Why to buy: Inkolives creates unique collections of artisanal handcrafted sandals, bags and denim, combining handmade craftsmanship and sustainable materials with the latest fashion trends, while preserving the unsurpassed style tradition of the Italian craftsmanship. The long time and trusted collaboration with excellent suppliers and with their leather artisans has made the brand possible to acquire further abilities and to introduce its hand-sewn leather bags. Each shoulder bag is entirely made by hand, in Italy, with the best materials used to last over time. Inkolives's bags reach the heart of every fashion lover because they features the latest trend, while preserving the unsurpassed style tradition of Italian craftmanship and its skilled manual labour.
What we love: Inkolives's artisanal work and the quality of their products are Top. The design combines Italian style with the ancient processing techniques of Italian artisans, using only locally bought, organic, natural, products such as leather, cotton, cord and jute. Inkolive's products tell a story, each of it unique, exhibit beautiful artsmanship that is distinctive and true to their culture. Founded by Giuliana with the production in Naples (Italy), a showroom in Sydney and Milan, Inkolives believes and support handmade craftsmanship and sustainable materials, it encourages new ideas and helps traditional skills survive and thrive through generations of artisans.
Price: 244 € / $270 USD | Shop it now: INKOLIVES
Why to buy: Norlha is a Tibetan ethical lifestyle brand offering women’s, men’s and children’s wear as well as home products. Through the empowerment of the local community Norlha creates products of real value from precious and ethical Yak fibre. Recognised for its commitment to sustainable development, Norlha was certified as a B Corp., and recently received an award from the The United Nations Development Program. Employing 120 local nomads turned artisans, Norlha has given the Yak a modern context and serves as a cultural bridge between the community and the world at large.
What we love: The Norlha Atelier is situated on the Tibetan Plateau and each piece has been hand woven with care and intention by Tibetan Nomads turned Artisans. We love the Prince Light Oversized scarf, probably the lightest scarf in the world that is woven from 100% Yak Khullu. The Norlha Atelier has to be very gentle as the thread starts out extremely delicate but is strengthened as it is woven.
Price: From 200 € / from $250 USD | Shop it now: NORLHA
Why to buy: TheOne08 is committed to supporting wildlife conservation by providing economic opportunity to the people of Kenya. Taking thoughtful steps towards ensuring the community doesn’t need to deplete land and animal resources to live is their foundational mission. Their handbags and accessories are designed to benefit and support a larger infrastructure of good: one that allows for the manufacturing of their line while providing critical training and job opportunity for all. 33% of profits of each purchase go towards growing and sustaining the livelihood of a population and the land on which they live.
What we love: TheOne08 fosters work opportunity and empowered community in Kenya, redefining what luxury means to the conscious consumer. Each handbag is classically designed, ethically crafted, cruelty free and made from vegan materials. The print on the interior of the handbags is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and tells the story of The Leopard Empress, the symbol of the brand’s wild woman archetype. The Leopard Empress defines the untamed spirit in all of us: our innate power, our true nature; the side of us connected to the earth, the animals and each other. TheOne08 knows that good looks good and never goes out of style.
Price: 91€ - 459€ / $98 - $498 USD | Shop it Now: THEONE08
Why to buy: Avani’s story starts with Swiss excellence meeting French know-how as they strive to provide honest and unbiased sustainable clothing, produced by talented French artisans. That is why they ensure extreme rigour in the sourcing process, selecting only the finest ecological, local and traceable materials in order to be radically sustainable. Natural fibers, wooden buttons, organic fabrics and ecological dyes, the brand works only with high quality, beautiful materials and selected according to one principle: to minimize their ecological footprint.
What we love: Avani sources the healthiest fabrics to take care of your skin, while enhancing your body with feminine, refined wardrobe essentials. Guided by strong ethical values and in the greatest respect for the planet, the brand is committed to total transparency and traceability along their value chain (from the origen of the fiber to the final product). The brand is for all women looking for an alternative to fashion as we consume it today, while celebrating femininity in timeless, well cut pieces.
Price: 57 to 184 € / $67 to 215 USD | Shop it now: AVANI
Why to buy: The silk scarf that is not only exquisitely made, and also positively impacts the world with timeless elegance. Each year, The Silk Project collaborates and contributes to a different charity by working with a talented artist to create a unique artwork for exquisitely made silk scarf.
CELEBRATION + CONTRIBUTION + COLLABORATION.
What we love: We love that The Silk Project is changing the way luxury brands must meet the needs of women today, by the collaboration of elegant fashion with artistry and charity. This year, they have partnered with charity Free a Girl from Holland, who free girls from sexual slavery in over 8 countries, and French portrait artist, Florian Nicolle, to design a beautiful portrait of one of the survivors from Nepal.
Price: 40 - 185 € (including 25% to free a girl) / 44 - 200 USD (including 25% to free a girl)
Shop it now: THE SILK PROJECT
Why to buy: Pretty Polly’s Eco-Wear is a sustainable range of hosiery, seamfree underwear and leggings, made from the first biodegradable (and recyclable) polyamide in the world. The garments made using this yarn will start to decompose after only three years when correctly disposed of in landfill (not while you’re wearing them!) significantly reducing their environmental impact and helping the huge problem of textile waste.
What we love: The yarn has a beautiful softness and handle, giving the underwear a sense of luxury. The garments are all individually designed for optimum comfort and fit, made to work with the body rather than against it, redefining the way we think about underwear and movement. The packaging is also biodegradable and recyclable, so now you can really feel good about your underwear. The range includes beautifully soft and comfortable bras, briefs, leggings, a vest and body in black, white and nude and opaque tights in black
Price: 15 - 27 € / 18 - 36 USD | Shop it now: PRETTY POLLY
Why to buy: Luxiders Magazine Print Issue 3 is all about how to make ethical decisions. In our third issue, we ask some key leaders what they deem sustainable. You will learn about Green Schools and meet some fashion activists, fair jewellery leaders and the biggest players in sustainable denim. Read about the future, enjoy the arts and find your calm in a surreal desert in Spain or at an eco-resort in Thailand.
What we love: More than 100 contributors from all over the world created the contents of Luxiders Magazine #3! 10 writers, 4 stylists, 8 photographers, 7 experts in sustainable denim, 6 fashion activists, 4 institutions working hard to change the future of fashion, 5 artists working on sustainable topics, teachers from green schools... Your purchase will help us to compose the symphony of change.
Price: 12 € / $13 USD | Shop it now: LUXIDERS MAGAZINE #3