We’re bombarded with a stream of fashion-related images on a daily basis. As conscientious consumers, it can be overwhelming; how do we know where to best spend our money so that we’re not only making our wardrobe better, but also purchasing in a responsible manner? With NYFW just around the corner, there’s no better time to highlight some of the fashion brands that create with the well-being of the planet in mind and are invested not only in what kind of fashion we shop for but also in the future of a sustainable industry.
Sustainability isn’t just about designing collections with eco-friendly materials and sourcing organic or recycled fabrics; it’s about creating garments that are built to last—both physically and style-wise. These serve a long-lasting purpose, namely, to reduce the number of clothes we buy.
While this might sound like a sensible approach (particularly right now, when we have a presidential administration determined to deny the effects of climate change), it’s surprising how few designers presenting at NYFW make an effort to use sustainable, ethical practices—at least publicly. But that’s all the more reason to celebrate the ones that do. Below, meet the designers who not only create fashion that consumers will want to wear, but also the kind of clothes we can invest in and feel good about.