Sustainably Chic

7 Contemporary Sustainable Clothing Brands

Conscious Lists, Conscious Lists Pt. 2Natalie Kay
Dress by  Temperate,  Stockings by  Swedish Stockings , Purse by  Wachila , Necklace by  One Happy Leaf

Dress by Temperate, Stockings by Swedish Stockings, Purse by Wachila, Necklace by One Happy Leaf

For the Ladies...

Different fabrics, findings and crafts don't all come with the same price tag. In addition to my affordable list {which will be updated this Friday!}, I thought I'd share more the luxurious side of sustainable fashion. When I think of 'Contemporary Fashion' I think of brands seen in Anthropologie or Nordstrom {of course, we all wish those brands were ethical}. Their price points are typically in the $100-$400 range with a few pieces a little less {yeah, no, I'm not getting in thousand dollar price points because I don't make lists only 1% of you can find helpful}. This type of fashion typically has the look of 'hot-off-the-runway' and is a bit more modern than other categories. Totally worth the extra bucks, these brands are using some of the most unique materials and paving a path amongst the other luxury & contemporary brands, today. Even if you can't fill your closet with these items, we can still 'treat yo' self' every once in a while, right?!

1. Temperate

Temperate's easy look is everything you want in a sustainable brand. Clothing which is breathable, livable and good looking is hard to come by. Their pieces can easily fit into any wardrobe, and they are all made with a lot of love in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you are like me & love to support local, American-made clothing, Temperate is the perfect option. Even their fabrics are made from organic grown cotton! Also, they give back - 1% is donated to building our local fiber landscape with Fibershed.

Shop their tops, dresses, bottoms and more - here -

2. Victoria Road

Inspired by the vibrant cultures of Pakistan and India, co-founders Megan Brosterman and Shannon Grewer sought out to create a socially responsible fashion brand which supported sustainable economic development. Victoria Road is bridging cultures across the world through sophisticated designs for women and little girls. They work directly with designers in emerging markets, and have even opened up their own workshop in Lahore, Pakistan. At the workshop, Victoria Road is able to offer a safe and happy haven for their designers, artisans and seamstresses.


3. All the Wild Roses

A brand about living your own adventure and following your heart, All the Wild Roses take on slow fashion is romantic, inspiring and incredibly beautiful. Created by Hang Osment-Le, this Australian based clothing line was inspired by her overseas visit to Vietnam at the age of 19. Hang saw first hand the inequalities within the developing country, and wanted nothing more than to help create change for her extended family and their community members. Despite the daily challenges they faced, their energy was full of life and very contagious.


Husband-Wife Duo, Rebecca & Vedran, started the playful UK brand, RIYKA, in 2011. They wanted sustainability and fun to intertwine, and I mean, why not?! The more amusing, the more people we can get on board, am I right? Inspired by classic sportswear with a few added signatures splashes of color, each season will be able to stand the test of time. With their zerowaste model, you can look good & feel good knowing nothing is thrown out in their manufacturing process, and all fabrics used are ethically sourced.

5. Ankura

Embracing a culture of sustainability, Ankura works directly with small artisan communities in Peru producing high quality garments out of natural fibers. Their designs are extremely flattering, feminine and perfect for the modern day woman. The garments are made from baby alpaca and pima cotton, which are sourced directly from Peru. Ankura stresses the importance of paying a fair wage, creating jobs to improve the quality of life and supporting a more ethical fashion industry. 

6. Have Love, Must Travel

A capsule collection featuring sophisticated boho pieces, Have Love, Must Travel is hand blocking magic. Made in an ethical factory in India, their line is produced with hand carved block prints with a printing method passed down generation after generation in the East. Beautiful is an understatement - these designs are so well executed they bring fabric printing to a whole new level. The Spring/Summer 2016 line includes three gorgeous tops and a romper. The off-the-shoulder trend is alive and well in the collection - a favorite! 


7. KUI

Created in Australia by two sisters, Susan & Amy, KUI's understated silhouettes and natural fibers are the conscious consumer's dream. Made with low impact dyes, the colors are vibrant and on point. Using organic cotton, hemp and blends, the fabrics are soft, breathable and of the highest quality. My Marais Dress is a staple I can wear again and again, no matter the season or year.