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Eco Fashion is no longer "alternative" - 4 Eco Fashion houses we Love

Posted by Sonja -Shift to Nature on

Fashion is powerful in today's economies, yet eco-designers are more than keeping up with the latest - they are driving designs and companies that not only produce gorgeous pieces from organic textiles, they are creating sustainable fair work practices, financial transparency and through this protesting the throw-away state of the fashion industry. They are also as affordable as what we buy in our shopping malls - so there is good incentive for Conscientious Consumers.

Here are four of my favorite looks. We can source any designer or item for you - please contact us at Shift to Nature

A Peace Treaty - - Jewellery & Scarves

A Peace Treaty: "Born in 2008, as a personal pact between Farah Malik, a Pakistani Muslim, and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew, A Peace Treaty creates employment for skilled artisans working in places of socio-political strife, effectively supporting their technique and craft while elevating their products to the level of high design...Each season, A Peace Treaty travels to a particular region and sets up intervention projects with local village artisans. The resulting four to six yearly collections of scarves and jewelry, re-define and modernize ancient handmade textile and metalsmithing techniques that are at risk of extinction. Working with master craftsmen in nine countries, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the US, the line injects life and trade back into local economies and creates income-generation opportunities for out-of- work artisans."

Pictured Above A Peace Treaty Acacia Necklace US$275.00 , Vaturi Berry Scarf US$250.00 , 360 Pink Ring US$140.00

Helena Fredricksson - - Swedish Designer based in NYC

H Fredriksson "is a collection designed with a modern, artistic and sustainable conscious purpose. Inspired by the dark psychology of Bergman Films and contemporary European painting, the collection has an air of melancholic beauty, drawn from the austere silhouettes of the Nordic landscape. The overall mood of the line is one of time and timelessness, yet the details, silhouettes and design breathe modern contemporary culture. ith a sense of past and present, the designer’s belief in traditional craft as well as in a future of new sustainable fabric technologies is marked in the mindful fabric choices of the collection. The collection is manufactured in New York City using sustainable fabrics and production methods."

Pictured Above H Fredriksson Black Sian Dress US$456.00 , Mosaic Lara Dress On Sale US$140 , Sustainable Silk Top US$180.00

Honest By - - European Collective - Striving for Transparency

Honest By - "Bruno Pieters conceived Honest By during a sabbatical from the fashion industry in Southern India. An award-winning designer and art director, Pieters spent 2010 exploring the developing world, an experience that profoundly affected his personal philosophy and his thinking about fashion. Observing how native people wore clothes that were grown, woven and sewn from sources they could identify around them, he wondered if such transparency could be operated on an international scale when making designer products. On his return to Antwerp Pieters began to work on a radical new concept.
Honest by is the first company in the world to share the full cost breakdown of its products. The word Honest refers to the way in which the Honest by company operates, with a 100% transparency policy. The concept behind Honest by offers designers and brands a public platform to share their own design processes; utilizing the extensive research Honest by has already conducted on organic fabrics and suppliers."

Pictured Above Honest By Bruno Pieters’ silk satin pencil skirt EURO236.25 , Nicolas Andreas Taralis’ innovative blush pink coloured organic sleeveless feuiletté dress EURO203.22 . Bruno Pietres' Printed Sleeve Organic Cotton Shirt EURO135.00

M Patmos - - Sustainable fabrics and working with local Artisans for hand crafting.

The M. PATMOS "collection consists of luxury knits in Italian cashmere as well as trousers, vests and outerwear with special ready to wear pieces, such as hand beaded silk dresses and tops. Styles are modern classics with vintage inspired tailoring and dressmaking details. There will be continued focus on luxury yarns and fabrics, sustainability and collaborations with artisans."

Pictured Above M Patmos Leather Inset Sweater Dark or Light US$495, M Patmos Drape Front Jacket US $1225, M Patmos Colour Block Dress US$695.00