Just because it’s “high fashion” doesn’t mean it needs to snub Mother Nature. In fact, there are a lot of top designers and brands who are working diligently to ensure that they are conscious of the materials they use in creating their clothing and footwear, as well as the practices involved in manufacturing them. These labels are not only high-end, but they are eco-friendly, too. —Jennifer Cox
DIOR recently unveiled a new beachwear capsule by teaming up with Parley For The Oceans, an environmental organization and collaborative network addressing major ocean threats with a strategy called Parley Air: Avoid, Intercept, Redesign. Their debut collaboration introduces a selection of environmentally conscious pieces that embody the house’s desire to move towards a more eco-innovative, sustainable future for fashion.
The Charlie Sneaker from Louis Vuitton ($1080) is the first eco-designed shoe that is made with 90% sustainable materials: the upper is crafted from a mix of recycled and bio-based materials, while the outsole is made of bioplastic from renewable sources. The design of this unisex model is highlighted by touches of color, as on the oversized LV Initials signature on the side. The tongue features the LV upcycling logo too.
Adidas is working hard to manufacture products that are made with recycled products, can be remade, or are made with materials from nature. The ADIZERO X ALLBIRDS 2.94 KG CO2E running shoes ($160), for example, were made with processes that strive to keep their CO2e footprint to a minimum. Plus, the bio-based midsole and textile upper combine for a lightweight build and effortless strides and, to further reduce their reliance on virgin materials, this product is made with at least 25% recycled materials and coloured in a more sustainable way.
The Ribcage Straight Ankle Women’s Jeans from Levis ($108) is the brand’s highest high-rise yet, and they are made sustainably with TENCEL™ fabric for reduced environmental impact. Tencel Lyocell is created using an environmentally responsible production process and is made from sustainably harvested wood, meaning it helps preserve ancient forests, rainforest, and ancient woodland.