Now more than ever, sustainability has become one of the most important and influential factors across all industries. From emission reductions across the world to jellyfish inhabiting the canals of Venice, we've really been able to wake up and slow down. Not only is fast fashion unsustainable, but so are the fabrics and materials that come with it.
Here at TLSE, we understand how important environmental sustainability is, and think that it's a topic that can't be discussed enough! With that being said, we've curated a list of our favourite Australian brands to support during these challenging times - all of which use natural and sustainable materials that will last in more ways than one.
Founded by Byron Bay locals, St. Agni is the definition of form follows function. Carefully designed with a vision centred around functionality and practicality, these quality pieces are a delicate balance between line and form. Hand crafted by artisans, their cult-status woven footwear signifies teamwork as the foundation of the business. Taking up to 10 hours to make a single pair, each item embodies this commitment to true craftsmanship.
As part of their commitment to sustainable designs and production, Elka Collective’s Autumn collection Shift was created using natural dyeing - a less aggressive process that uses sustainable, ethical and recycled yarn. Season-less in design, this plastic-free production process has a shorter supply chain that focuses on craftsmanship to create clothing that lasts.
Sarah J Curtis
Built on traditional hat-weaving techniques, Sarah J Curtis is a namesake label that creates unique designs produced entirely by hand. Featuring the Torquilla straw - a sustainably sourced straw from the Carludovica Palm Tree - each hat can take anywhere between 1-5 days to complete depending on the fineness of the straw thread and the hat dimensions, with the most premium styles taking up to 8 months to weave! Stay protected from the sun in the most stylish way possible and feel good while doing it!
WORDS | Brittany Ross
IMAGERY | Elka Collective