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!
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.
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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