7 Sustainable Contemporary Womenswear Brands to Watch

From print driven soft separates to contemporary casualwear, we highlight the leading womenswear brands who are proving that sustainability and commerciality go hand-in-hand.
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According to the Year in Fashion report produced by Lyst, the Google of fashion search platforms, customer searches for sustainable fashion grew by 66% in 2018. Contemporary, sustainable labels were featured heavily in Lyst searches, confirming that the contemporary womenswear category is a key category for driving sustainable fashion.

Here are 7 of the best including four CO Leaders.

Image: Komodo

According to the Year in Fashion report produced by Lyst, the Google of fashion search platforms, customer searches for sustainable fashion grew by 66% in 2018. Contemporary, sustainable labels were featured heavily in Lyst searches, confirming that the contemporary womenswear category is a key category for driving sustainable fashion.

Here are 7 of the best including four CO Leaders.

Image: Komodo

Komodo

Every Day Ethical Wear

Starting almost 30 years ago Komodo’s dedication to ethical fashion has grown from strength to strength: their cotton is GOTS certified organic, the rubber on their shoes is recycled, the denim is Lenzing Tencel…and the packaging will be plastic free by AW19.

From 2019 onwards, Komodo will offer trans-seasonal basics (colours and styles updated each season) with limited edition runs of fresh contemporary ranges.

Retail price points: £30-£110 ($40-$140)

Connect with Komodo on CO

Komodo

Every Day Ethical Wear

Starting almost 30 years ago Komodo’s dedication to ethical fashion has grown from strength to strength: their cotton is GOTS certified organic, the rubber on their shoes is recycled, the denim is Lenzing Tencel…and the packaging will be plastic free by AW19.

From 2019 onwards, Komodo will offer trans-seasonal basics (colours and styles updated each season) with limited edition runs of fresh contemporary ranges.

Retail price points: £30-£110 ($40-$140)

Connect with Komodo on CO


Thought 

Easy Organic Looks

From an Australian start via a Camden Lock pop-up to selling in over 1,000 stores worldwide, Thought’s easy-fit silhouettes and colourful prints made from hemp, organic cotton and bamboo viscose make for perfect weekend wear. Loungewear, nightwear and a men’s line are on offer too.

Retail price points: £40-150 ($50-$190)

Connect with Thought on CO



Thought 

Easy Organic Looks

From an Australian start via a Camden Lock pop-up to selling in over 1,000 stores worldwide, Thought’s easy-fit silhouettes and colourful prints made from hemp, organic cotton and bamboo viscose make for perfect weekend wear. Loungewear, nightwear and a men’s line are on offer too.

Retail price points: £40-150 ($50-$190)

Connect with Thought on CO



Gung Ho 

Collections With A Cause

Each of Gung Ho’s print driven soft-separates collections is inspired by environmental issues, featuring quirky conversational prints in relaxed styles. Each garment in the range comes with a “minizine” with key facts and info on the issue at hand with proceeds from sales going to related causes.

It uses materials such as organic cotton, Lenzing Tencel and even its buttons are plastic-free being made from Corozo nut.

Retail price points: £100-300 ($130-380)

Connect with Gung Ho on CO


Gung Ho 

Collections With A Cause

Each of Gung Ho’s print driven soft-separates collections is inspired by environmental issues, featuring quirky conversational prints in relaxed styles. Each garment in the range comes with a “minizine” with key facts and info on the issue at hand with proceeds from sales going to related causes.

It uses materials such as organic cotton, Lenzing Tencel and even its buttons are plastic-free being made from Corozo nut.

Retail price points: £100-300 ($130-380)

Connect with Gung Ho on CO

Armed Angels

Relaxed Style From Germany

Armed Angels believe “fairness is never out of fashion”.  Its cotton is Fairtrade and organic and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Its extensive range of casual basics include shirtings, jerseywear and relaxed dresses as well as a strong denim line, all offered in a neutral palette combined with stripes and feminine prints.

Retail price points: £50-£100 ($60-$130)

Armed Angels

Relaxed Style From Germany

Armed Angels believe “fairness is never out of fashion”.  Its cotton is Fairtrade and organic and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Its extensive range of casual basics include shirtings, jerseywear and relaxed dresses as well as a strong denim line, all offered in a neutral palette combined with stripes and feminine prints.

Retail price points: £50-£100 ($60-$130)


Kowtow

Clean Contemporary Style

With its pared-down look, perfect for layering, Kowtow’s commitment to only using renewable and sustainable fibres has won fans far beyond its native New Zealand. Collections include fine rib knits in organic cotton to wide-sleeved jumpsuits using Lenzing Tencel and colourful swimwear in Econyl recycled ocean plastic.

Retail price points: £100-£300 ($125-400)

Connect with Kowtow on CO


Kowtow

Clean Contemporary Style

With its pared-down look, perfect for layering, Kowtow’s commitment to only using renewable and sustainable fibres has won fans far beyond its native New Zealand. Collections include fine rib knits in organic cotton to wide-sleeved jumpsuits using Lenzing Tencel and colourful swimwear in Econyl recycled ocean plastic.

Retail price points: £100-£300 ($125-400)

Connect with Kowtow on CO

SKFK 

Taking Spanish Style Global

Easy wearing soft separates, relaxed tailoring and print driven accessories in organic Fairtrade cotton, lyocell, linen and hemp mean that SKFK founded in Spain in the 1990s, now sells successfully in over 600 outlets across 38 countries.Textile waste upcycling and a recently introduced rental scheme add to SKFK’s sustainable credentials.

Retail price points: £30-£140 ($40-$180)

Connect with SKFK on CO

SKFK 

Taking Spanish Style Global

Easy wearing soft separates, relaxed tailoring and print driven accessories in organic Fairtrade cotton, lyocell, linen and hemp mean that SKFK founded in Spain in the 1990s, now sells successfully in over 600 outlets across 38 countries.Textile waste upcycling and a recently introduced rental scheme add to SKFK’s sustainable credentials.

Retail price points: £30-£140 ($40-$180)

Connect with SKFK on CO


Henri London

Highly Contemporary Clean Aesthetic

Simple pared down architectural silhouettes in natural fibres form the basis of Henri London’s offer.  Part of Henri London’s ranges are made from Indian handwoven kala cotton, supporting rural communities while other pieces come in organic and fairtrade cotton and linen. Designs draw on traditional workwear and are simple, pared-down pieces with commercial appeal.

Retail price points: £90-£220 ($115-$280)


Henri London

Highly Contemporary Clean Aesthetic

Simple pared down architectural silhouettes in natural fibres form the basis of Henri London’s offer.  Part of Henri London’s ranges are made from Indian handwoven kala cotton, supporting rural communities while other pieces come in organic and fairtrade cotton and linen. Designs draw on traditional workwear and are simple, pared-down pieces with commercial appeal.

Retail price points: £90-£220 ($115-$280)


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Melanie Plank

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