Two sisters founded SIZ, drawing inspiration from the mountains and coasts of Portugal, mixing natural hues and dyes and sewing pieces with care and love. The latest fall/winter drop ‘beneath the canopy’ is a beautiful example of how SIZ incorporate ecological research into their design and production pieces.
UK based Cold Laundry is a gender-neutral brand formed by husband and wife Ola and Cerise Alabi, who describe their love-hate relationship with fashion as the driver behind the brand. The products are minimal, with clean-cut lines and warm, earthy tones inspired by time spent in Korea, and a commitment to “putting people of colour at the forefront and a message of unity and diversity in the fashion community ”.
This adorable brand was founded in East London by designer and seamstress Amy Ward, who sought to “create garments by hand that reflects the ideology that we should all buy less and admire quality and consideration over quantity”. Pieces are made with natural fibres by hand on a minimal scale that creates unique items. Materials are recycled from dead-stock factory waste meaning BUG items run through a circular production process. Since Amy has become a mother, BUG has expanded into designing cute and functional sustainable items for children.
HIUT DENIM CO
The Welsh denim company’s ethos is “do one thing well”, which for HIUT means making only the best jeans for people and the planet. Unfortunately denim gets a bad rep, with fast production promoting poor working environments and releasing toxic chemicals. HIUT’s ingenious response to the water-waste involved in denim production is addressed by their NO WASH CLUB, which promotes abstinence from denim washing. They also created the Breaker Club initiative, which sees people paid to wear jeans for six months, only to return them to be sold on the market.
“Life is our reason to exist”, explains the founder of MIREIA, the Spanish Vegan shoe company that manufactures their charming and modern footwear in Alicante. PETA approved MIREIA PLAYÀ offers a diverse range of organic, sustainable and animal-friendly shoe products, from long-lasting winter boots and comfortable city-street sneakers to breathable spring and summer sandals.