As Fashion Revolution Week 2019 approaches we’re sharing our favourite ethical clothing brands!
If you’re interested in ethical fashion then you’ve heard of Fashion Revolution. Now into their fifth year, Fashion Revolution call for transparency in the fashion industry and aim to end fast fashion’s damaging effects to people and the planet.
From the people who wear clothes, people who make clothes, designers, writers, businesses, policymakers, brands and retailers. Fashion Revolution aim to unite all these people to work towards changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed. The ultimate aim is that clothing will be made in a safe, clean and fair way.
Every April, the organisation hold a ‘Fashion Revolution Week’ where they encourage everyone to think about and share #WhoMadeMyClothes. The goal is to push for more transparency in the fashion industry by sharing exactly where their clothes have come from.
Here at Godiva we’re so proud to stock some amazing ethical clothing labels who aim to make the fashion industry a better place.
To celebrate Fashion Revolution Week this year we’re rounding up our favourite ethical clothing labels that are working against the grain to stop the exploitation of people and the planet in the fast fashion industry.
Mollie Brown is a small, independent fashion label creating handmade clothing and jewellery. Every item is lovingly designed and produced by Scottish designer Claire Hart in her Liverpool studio.
Claire sources an amazing selection of fabrics in an eclectic mix of bright, bold and playful prints, colours and textures to create unique and one-of-a-kind pieces.
All Mollie Brown clothing is flattering and full of femininity, individuality and style. You won’t find anything like Mollie Brown on the high street! We especially love her amazing t-shirts and blouses and always have a selection in stock.
One of our bigger ethical brands, Armed Angels strive to prove that fashion can be done differently.
All Armed Angel’s clothing is made under fair, safe working conditions by people who are paid good wages.
The materials they use are all eco-friendly, with the brand only ever using renewable and recycled materials including organic cotton, recycled polyester, tencel, linen and mulseing and chlorine free virgin wool.
All their garments are produced under the strict guidelines of the Global Organic Textile (GOT) Standard which ensures the socially responsible and ecologically sustainable production of textiles. On top of that they are a member of other certified organisations such as PETA, Fairtrade and the Fair Wear Foundation.
Emperor’s Old Clothes
Here at Godiva we’ve been long term fans of Emperor’s Old Clothes and have stocked their gorgeous dungarees, culottes, skirts and dresses for a few years now.
Emperor’s Old Clothes design and handmake beautiful one-of-a-kind clothing in their Brighton studio. Dedicated to sustainable fashion and zero waste, the team work exclusively with vintage fabrics and end-of-roll remnants which would otherwise find their way to landfill.
Every piece of clothing is lovingly designed and handmade by their all-female team, every member of which is paid a living wage and given opportunities to develop their creative and technical skills.
We love how their bright, bold and beautiful designs are all totally unique and always guaranteed to stand out.
Rowan Joy is an independent, ethical fashion label based right here in Edinburgh. The label was founded by Rowan McIntosh after she graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2003 and started out as a vintage reworking project.
Having grown and developed over the years, Rowan now focuses on hand making collections of limited editions and one-of-a-kind pieces. Rowan continues to take inspiration from vintage textiles and frequently uses them in her gorgeous designs.
British based company Palava produce distinctive, playful and nostalgic clothing that’s made to last. The brand intends each piece to be cherished and passed from generation to generation. All of their elegant designs are packed full of colourful prints and joyful spirit.
As well as looking amazing, Palava strongly emphasise sustainable manufacturing and make conscious, mindful choices about their fabrics and production process.
All of their dresses, skirts, tops and coats are made in a family-run factory on the outskirts of London where the Palava team spend a lot of their time working closely with the family. All of their knitwear is made from organic cotton that's made and crafted by experts in Turkey.
Working toward zero waste, Palava create small runs of each of their designs meaning that deadstock isn’t a thing for them! They have also recently managed to become plastic free in their mission to work towards zero waste manufacturing.
Starting in the late 90s as a family run business, Peploves draw inspiration from decades past. We love their range of beautiful print and patterns.
The brand work to ethical and responsible codes of conduct. They ensure that all their manufacturers meet their standards in respect to the environment and the rights of workers in involved in the production chain. Believing in a different way of doing things, they take personal responsibility to ensure that their clothes are produced under fair working condition.
Pepaloves are committed to animal rights and never use any materials with animal origin. Instead, they use high-qaulity natural synthetic fabric alternatives, believing in Animal Prints, not Animal Skins!
We hope you enjoyed our round-up of amazing ethical fashion brands and designers stocked by Godiva. Be sure to check out our Instagram account throughout Fashion Revolution Week where we’ll be sharing more about the amazing people behind some of our favourite ethical brands.