By Arwa Lodhi
From back in the days when Queen Elizabeth I rocked Tudor fashion with 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, we’ve searched for 5 ethical brands made in Britain, and discovered styles as interesting and as diverse as the Brits themselves.
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.
Sophisticated, stylish and sustainable are the best ways to describe this clothing line by Carol Bamford. The British lifestyle brand not only creates clothing from rich, noble, naturally dyed materials like organic cotton, vicuna, alpaca and cashmere, but also has a line of deliciously scented organic bath and personal care products that are somehow a bit addictive!
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. Launched in 2009, this is one of the UK’s pioneers in sustainable and ethical fashion.