Australia has become a home for sustainable fashion, as designers endeavour to create unique clothing pieces that embrace the earth rather than harm it. With consumers also holding their favourite brands to a higher standard, here are ten Australian sustainable fashion brands who we think are bound for an exciting road ahead.
Did you know denim is one of the least eco-friendly clothing items? It's all about the process of making and maintaining, and Outland Denim seeks to revert exactly that. With their innovative Wash and Finishing facility, the brand uses state-of-the-art techniques to create jeans that don't destroy the environment.
Independent eyewear and accessories brand auór was founded in Sydney but is handmade and produced in Italy. Extremely transparent on how they source every material used in a pair of their glasses, down to the wire, auór also embraces a slow fashion mentality by focusing on tradition and craft rather than pumping out products.
HoMie has been at the forefront of local ethical streetwear since 2015, supporting youth affected by homelessness, but last year, after a popular up-cycled collection, the brand launched REBORN, utilising off-cuts and second-hand clothing to create one-of-a-kind pieces. The kicker? Everything is sourced and made right here in Melbourne.
Workwear is in and Melbourne-based SÜK is killing the game. Known mostly for their inclusive sizing and complimentary cuts, their iconic overalls and other pieces are created by two manufacturers in Pakistan that prioritise ethical and ecological production practices. By using 100% Fairtrade cotton and adhering to The Standard 100 by OKEO-TEX, SÜK is, in their words, "human and earth-friendly".
Founded by Ballardong, Whadjuk woman Rebecca Rickard, Deadly Denim uses recycled jackets and textile scraps donated from a local sewing group in a correctional facility to create unique denim jackets, skirts, dresses, vests, shirts, totes and more. The brand showcases Indigenous artists and their designs, while also endeavouring to be as sustainable and socially impactful as possible.
There's a lot of elegant sustainable fashion out there, but not so much in the streetwear sphere. And then there is kodama, run by Melbourne-based Japanese fashion designer Natsuko, which was born from a desire to ask questions about the way we consume and make our clothes. Much of kodama's range is made-to-order to prevent waste, and sources organic cotton and hemp for fabric.
Founded on the basis of creating menswear that pops, HEW now makes a variety of mens and womenswear that follows the Global Organic Textile Standard. A GOTS Certificate provides assurance on the whole supply chain—so you know these clothes are fairly made, from sustainable materials, in a transparent supply chain.
FME Apparel is led by Melbourne designer Maddy Maeve, whose central themes revolve around producing "small, thoughtful runs with a strong emphasis on high-quality and organic fabrics". Light, airy, simple; these collections will leave you with prime wardrobe staples that don't contribute to mountains of unused product.
Meaning "we" or "us" in a number of Aboriginal languages, Ngali spearheads the union of sustainable fashion and preservation of Aboriginal artwork. With each garment made to spotlight the art, the brand also manufactures locally to reduce their carbon footprint and utilises minimised production runs to prevent waste.
Post Sole Studio
Post Sole Studio shoes are beautiful, timeless, and hand-crafted; they describe themselves as shoemakers first, designers second, and you can see exactly why. But beyond the beauty, there is a commitment to sustainability too: local work, small quantities, made-to-order, local materials, dead stock, and more.