By Diane Small
Summer is a sultry time, full of warm breezes, moist skin and sunshine. No fabric works better for the season than silk–it’s breathable, lightweight, and always elegant.
Derived from the cocoons of silkworms, it’s also natural, and is especially eco-friendly when dyed with vegetable and other natural colouring processes. Vegans will be pleased to know that ‘peace silk’ exists, whereby the silkworms inside the cocoons aren’t killed for their little homes,
Here, we’ve found the best brands for eco-silks to help you look hot and feel cooler this summer.
We love this design-led Spanish brand because it’s got just the right amount of edge without making you look like a fashion victim, and of course because it has a strong pro-environment philosophy. Not only do they ensure all their materials are as eco-friendly as possible, they also check that the entire production process, including dying the textiles, is completely non-toxic. As if that weren’t enough, they use peace silk, too!
2. Aiby Craft
Aiby Craft is an up and coming sustainable fashion firm founded in the sunny climes of southern Spain. Their aim is to create eco fashion that appeals to eco-warriors and fashionistas alike with an emphasis on modern, elegant sensuality. Transparency is important to the brand, and they carefully monitor both labour and production processes.
While Italy, Britain and France currently dominate the fashion scene, Aiby Craft would like to add Madrid to that list. With their floaty fabrics and feminine touches, it’s clear to us that Aiby Craft is leading the way for that to happen!
We admit we’ve become obsessed with this brand, which creates undeniably elegant clothing that’s flexible: you can wear their kimonos to bed, or dress them up with jewellery and heels and wear them for a big night out. Their kaftans can be thrown over a bikini, but are dressy enough for dinner. And of course, all are made from the purest silk, and meticulously designed with Asian-inspired prints in soft, feminine colours.
Think scarves are just for winter? Think again! These voluminous accessories by ACFD Designs are perfect for summer! They can be tied as a sarong, used as a wrap, or tied into a strapless dress. ACF Designs specialises in lovingly made silk scarves using an arduous natural rust dyeing process, which can take up to two days per piece. These luxurious pieces are impossible to create identically meaning every piece is completely unique and individual.
A great amount of time was spent by the brand to source the most ethical fabrics available. As a result, the silk used in the scarves is from a very small family run weaving collective in India. The silk is 100% natural containing no additives, bleaching or finishes and it also conforms to Organic Cultivation Standards.
With its dedication to supply chain transparency and sustainability, Outsider has fast become a favourite online platform for eco-fashionistas. seeking not only ethically sourced fashion, but also fabrics, eco accessories and organic beauty products. Outsider has just relaunched and revamped their site to include not only fashion, organic beauty products and eco-friendly accessories, but also offers fabric for designers who aren’t sure where to source ‘green’ fabrics.
Moreover, there’s a host of new editorial content which aims to inform and educate about the differences ethical shopping can make to the consumer and the wider environment. Here, you’ll learn about what ‘eco-friendly’ really means, and how you can transform your habits to help save the planet for future generations–whilst looking stylish in silk georgette and jersey frocks, of course!
It’s not easy to have your brand called ‘the Hermes of Mexico’ but thanks to fine craftsmanship and excellent quality materials, Pineda Covalin is as sought after by tourists on holiday in Mexico as Hermes is by Parisian tourists. But you won’t find many horse-themed prints on these luscious scarves, kaftans and dresses–themes are as unique and diverse as Mexican culture itself, and include images borrowed from Aztec and Mayan history, a well as the abundant flora and fauna in the perennially sunny nation.
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