By Arwa Lodhi
From the first time Queen Elizabeth I sported her ruffled collar all the way to when Mary Quant shocked the world with the mini skirt, the UK has always been famous for fashion. Today, Britain is making itself known for showing a greener side: many brands are now not only made in Britain, but they’re also manufactured from eco-friendly materials, too.
Here are 5 Made in Britain Brands for summer.
Kensington-based ethical fashion brand Beulah makes quintessentially British luxury clothing with a social conscience. In addition to making elegant clothing from organic cotton, silk and linen, Beulah provides employment for trafficked and vulnerable women, and runs charity activities to support victims of trafficking through the Beulah Trust. Over the past five years, the company has been recognized by its ethical values and secured a loyal celebrity following, counting the Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba as clients.
Boho chic doesn’t get more gorgeous than these luxury printed silk kaftans, kimonos and robes! Handmade in Britain, these garments are just too lovely to be confined to resorts or around the house – they make perfect light jackets or tops for when the summer weather comes calling. Each unique print is reflected in the multifunctional cloth bag that houses the items when they’re sold.
Creative director Rashmi Soni, began designing chic loungewear in 2010 as a response to her frustration at the lack of fashionable loungewear already available on the market. Combining wearability, comfort and style, the 2014 collection offers women sleek wardrobe staples that they’ll be proud to be seen in. The versatile and interchangeable collection is designed to take you from indulgent relaxation time at home to the school run, to travelling in style! Mix-and-match lounge pants, tops, dresses and cardigans come in a neutral palette with berry accents. Each piece is lovingly made in luxury ethical fabrics such as modal with a silk and cashmere blend, bamboo and 100% silk.
The name may be Italian, but the brand is pure British. Paying close attention to the British love for animals, this label uses only peace silk, (which doesn’t kill the silkworms), and will also soon include a line of super-stylish vegan shoes called Nobody’s Skin. Watch this space!
Casually cool, this British label uses all-sustainable materials that drape gently from the body, including silk, bamboo jersey, Merino wool and organic cotton.