By Darcy Rive
Sahara exudes that bohemian chic aesthetic that can only come from adventures around the globe, meeting artisans the world over and celebrating the creativity found in different cultures. It comes through in the brand’s unusual cuts, playful proportions, rich colour palette and bold prints. The brand prides itself on its work within small communities, supporting skilled workers, while using sustainable materials such as hemp and Tencel (which is made from wood pulp) to create their beautiful collections.
Available at Fenwick Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells and York
For the three Chadwick brothers, their family-run brand Seasalt not only designs and manufactures easy-to-wear, practical and comfortable wardrobe staples but also highlights all the things they love about Cornwall. While their clothes pack a nautical punch, the brand is also lauded for its ethical practices and community involvement. Seasalt was the first ever fashion label to win the Queen’s Award in Sustainable Development and was also the first fashion label to gain Soil Association certification for their cotton garments. As well as producing their garments in the most responsible way, Seasalt supports local arts, charities and creatives such as Sea Shanty Festival and Fisherman’s Mission.
Available at Fenwick Canterbury, Colchester, Newcastle and Tunbridge Wells
Defined by clean lines, simple shapes and muted tones, Eileen Fisher’s eponymous brand embodies a minimalist elegance and quiet sense of style. This designer is as concerned with the sustainability of her clothes as she is with their impeccable design. Not only does she make clothes that transcend seasons, and thereby removes the necessity to constantly buy something new, but almost 100% of the brand’s cotton and linen is organic and more than half the line uses sustainable materials. In 2009, the brand introduced a circular supply chain, which reuses materials and turns waste into the foundations of new products. Outside of its best practices, Eileen Fisher also supports initiatives that help women and young girls, grant programmes and community partnerships.
Available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells and York
BITE Studios is inherently luxurious and cool, with exquisite tailoring, impeccable construction and boxy-yet-feminine silhouettes. The brand successfully combines this sense of luxury fashion with a focus on sustainable practices. Their naturally-sourced materials are 100% ecologically certified; everyone within their production process receives a fair wage, while garments are designed and made in London, which helps to reduce transport and shipment pollution. Furthermore, their clothes are designed to be worn perennially, rather than seasonally, and mixed and matched throughout collections, encouraging a slow fashion process that is kinder to the world.
Available at Fenwick of Bond Street
Oska’s womenswear mixes Eastern-inspired silhouettes and voluminous cuts with a definite sports luxe vibe. With its sustainable and ethical practices, Oska is as easy on the conscience and the planet as it is easy to wear. The exceptional quality and workmanship of its garments give them wardrobe longevity, and collections are manufactured in nearby countries, reducing travel pollution. Oska constantly optimises its production techniques to make them more efficient and more considerate, while working closely with their employees to ensure their absolute wellbeing.
Available at Fenwick Kingston, Newcastle and Tunbridge Wells