What If Meghan Wore?

The Sustainable Fashion Edition

Meghan Markle’s style choices are spotlighting sustainable fashion. Her recent visit to Wales saw her step out in black skinny jeans by artisanal jean brand Hiut Denim, a statement green handbag by DeMellier and ‘Prince of Wales’ wool coat by Theory. Each bag sold by British brand DeMellier helps fund vaccinations to a child in need, whilst New York-based brand Theory prides itself on sourcing traceable Australian merino wool that upholds Italian weaving techniques.

These are encouraging themes emerging from ‘the Meghan effect’ that point to sustainable fashion brands with social and environmental ethics at their core.

Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry was predicted to bring in  $677 million to Britain’s economy, and already her clothing choices have caused their respective brands to sell out online in record times or crash their websites altogether as consumers vie for the same coat, dress, bag or hat the soon-to-be royal wears. I believe we can see this unprecedented influence on fashion trends in a positive light – whilst slow and sustainable has the spotlight, let’s encourage it to keep going.

I’ve put together a little list of my ultimate sustainable fashion designers to dress a royal.

Welcome to ‘What If Meghan Wore? The Sustainable Fashion Edition’. I wonder if it’s frowned upon to recommend a certain type of lingerie to a royal? Hopefully, they’ll overlook it since it’s so pretty… and it’s made in London!

Kitty Ferriera

I came across this brand’s stunning designs almost two years ago and I blogged about it here.

  • Luxury fashion brand dedicated to sustainable womenswear
  • Made in London
  • Uses British-made fabrics where possible
  • Sources only upcycled materials rather than creating new ones
  • ‘Slow fashion’ advocates
  • Sizes 6-26
  • Fabrics made using silk from the only silkworm farm in the UK
  • Eco-dyes such as those made from pomegranate and onion skins are used to dye their fabrics, cutting out manmade toxins and producing one-of-a-kind patterns and prints

“I like to think fashion can tell a story not only based on style or an era but based on values”

Founder & Creative MD, Valerie Goode 

Shop these picks here!

Momoc Shoes

Flats fit for a princess.

  • Spanish designer shoe start-up with materials sourced from Spain
  • On a mission to make sustainable ‘chic’
  • Uses naturally-occurring and recycled materials to make their shoes, such as cork and natural rubber
  • Shoe bags made from 100% organic cotton
  • Insoles made from recycled leather
  • Packaging made from recycled cardboard
  • Made in Spain
  • Believe that ‘a circular business model is the future’
  • A ‘Positive Luxury – Brands To Trust’ Butterfly Award holder

Shop more here!

Sika

RUBY MAXI DRESS / £169.00

Phyllis Taylor, the lady behind London- and Ghana-based brand Sika, was inspired by traditional batik and wax print fabrics from Ghana, her home country, to design a collection of ready-to-wear pieces and employ the talents of local dressmakers to create them. Sika has since facilitated their dressmakers’ growth in both business and workspace, and Phyllis hopes this will continue to inspire more growth in the African fashion industry in the future.

DAHLIA DRESS / £249.00

Shop the full collection here…

Beyond Skin

PARIS SHIMMER FAUX SNAKE VEGAN STILETTOS / £125.00

A vegan shoewear brand who have put a lot of effort into minimising their environmental impact – you can read all about it here.

  • Made in Spain
  • 100% vegan
  • Insoles made from 70% recycled cardboard
  • Heels made from 70% recycled resin
  • All materials are sourced from Spain and local to their Spanish factories
  • Proudly the only shoe brand to use Dinamica® to make their shoes – faux suede material which is made from 100% recycled PET plastics. Jaguar & Mercedes-Benz currently use it in their car interiors! (whose environmental ethics are questionable but I also thought this was an interesting fact!)
  • All materials are sourced from Spain and local to their Spanish factories

Shop more here!

Dagny London

“Sustainable fashion is a movement with many approaches, but one goal: to minimize the footprint of garment manufacturing, while maximizing the positive impact that conscientious design and production can have”. – Dagny London

  • Partnered with a Romanian women-owned and operated factory which holds strong industry-certified ecological, labour and social practices, and is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum
  • Use end-of-line, surplus fabrics where they can
  • Eco-friendly material alternatives Tencel and Modal to minimise environmental impact
  • Organic linen and cotton fabrics certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
  • Biodegradable printing dyes also certified by GOTS
  • Member and financer of the Circle Economy – an organisation who produce the data, tools, and pilot projects to build a new foundation for a circular textiles industry
  • A ‘Positive Luxury – Brands To Trust’ Butterfly Award holder

  • Phewf! After all of that they truly stunning designs! Classic, chic, young and playful – meet the timelessness of an English garden just coming into bloom…

Shop the full collection here

JW PEI

THE MINIMAL TOTE – BRICK / $99.00

Luxury vegan handbags made from recycled plastic bottles.

  • Bright, bold and beautiful non-leather luxury handbags
  • Made from 50% recycled bottles with a vision to be 100% in two years
  • Work solely with Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Oeko-Tex Standards certified factories
  • Linings made from 100% recycled plastic
  • Use eco-friendly non-leather material alternative Patina™ for the body of their bags
  • No pesticides are used in the production of Patina™ and no water is used to dye it. This avoids the environmental contamination implicit in using PU and fibres such as cotton
  • Water and dust resistant

Shop more here…

 

Ronald Van Der Kemp

OVERSIZED MAXI STRIPE TRENCH COAT / £1,935.00

Demi-couture with sustainability at its core. “I wanted to make clothes with soul again. And I wanted to do it in an ethical way.” – Ronald Van Der Kemp 

  • Uses end-of-line fine fabrics, pre-loved couture and vintage pieces to craft his luxury designs
  • 7-piece limited edition capsule collection available from Net-a-Porter, Browns and Farfetch.com
  • Chooses to design in his home country of the Netherlands ‘away from the fashion circus’
  • Slow fashion and human rights advocate Emma Watson wore his design to the 2018 Golden Globes Awards
  • Every piece is handmade by ‘artisans, tailors, seamstresses, embroiderers alongside disadvantaged people’
  • RVDK employs the embroidery skills of Syrian and African refugee craftspeople through Dutch integration outreach program Refugee Company

Shop more here

Fréolic

BRIGITTE GOWN – METALLIC WHITE / £500.00

Luxury lingerie brand, handmade in London. Freolic also made my Top 5. Ethical Lingerie Brands: Handcrafted and Eco-friendly, which you can read here.

  • Designed and hand-crafted in London
  • Bridalwear, sleepwear & luxury lingerie
  • The finest fabrics sourced from France, England, and Italy
  • Lace made on Leavers looms according to an original and unique method derived from a 200-year-old tradition. The label Dentelle de Calais-Caudry® is a guarantee of the excellence of a product made in France, respecting the traditional skills on which it has founded its reputation. Read more about it here.
  • A ‘Positive Luxury – Brands To Trust’ Butterfly Award holder

Prophetik

And finally – for that full-on ‘I Am A Princess, Hear Me Roar’ effect, may I introduce sustainable couture label Prophetik. This is the eco-fashion luxury vision of Tennessee-born Jeff Garner who grew up on a horse farm in Franklin, Tennessee, instilling his life and designs ‘with a connectedness to nature and a peaceful understanding of the world’.

Rakish, ladylike, charming, bold & romantic with both an earthiness and other-worldliness that will have you totally hooked. This is sustainable couture at its very finest.

  • Established sustainable couture collection of 15 years
  • Founded and directed by eco-friendly luxury fashion pioneer Jeff Garner
  • Based in Franklin, Tennesse, USA
  • Luxury gowns made from natural fibers and dying techniques

  • Natural fibers include flax, hemp, seaweed and cactus silk as bases for materials
  • Plant- and earth-based dyes from bark, leaves, and roots are used create these rich colours
  • Works with local community farms to grow the produce necessary to make the dyes
  • Each piece is ‘sourced and manufactured domestically, creating American jobs and minimizing transportation waste and pollution’

To see more of Jeff Garner’s Prophetik creations check out their Instagram page

So…Who would you put on your list?

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