As London fashion week draws to a close, the talk of the town is sustainable fashion. BBC Earth’s #SustainableMe initiative has turned the conversation towards sustainable fashion brands and what the fashion industry can do to lessen its environmental footprint.
We’ve blogged in the past about the hefty environmental cost of fast fashion and why we only make sustainable leather belts and accessories. Fast fashion has got a lot to answer for: huge quantities of water consumed and environments destroyed to produce cheap cotton clothing; hazardous chemicals pumped into rivers; and towering piles of landfill created by barely-worn clothing.
That’s why we’re excited to see sustainable fashion brands in the UK become more mainstream and accessible. We’ve pulled together some of the best sustainable fashion brands in the UK for 2019 so that you can enjoy fashion responsibly and without the hefty environmental price tag of fast fashion.
The best sustainable fashion brands UK 2019
No need to trawl the Internet for places to buy sustainable fashion in the UK - from high fashion and couture to affordable every-day clothes and accessories, we’ve pulled all our favourite sustainable brands together in one place for you to peruse at your leisure...
Best UK Sustainable Fashion Brands for High Fashion and Couture
If you’re saving for a treat, or budget’s not an issue for you, these are some of the hottest sustainable high-fashion brands in the UK right now.
Mother of Pearl
BBC Earth recently launched new fashion and lifestyle brand, Mother of Pearl, to “place sustainable fashion at the heart of London Fashion Week. If you’re looking for high fashion, luxury women’s garments, this is a brand to watch in 2019.
Stella McCartney has long been a leader when it comes to sustainable high fashion for men and women. She’s a firm favourite with top celebrities, and if you’ve got cash to splash and an ethical mindset, here’s the place to shop.
Kitty Ferreira’s award winning collection was recently featured at London Fashion Week. Ethical and sexy, this high-fashion women’s brand combines city chic with sustainable values.
Best UK Sustainable Fashion Brands for Affordable Clothing
When we say affordable, we don’t mean cheap. Shopping sustainably costs more. But these brands sit at the more affordable end of the spectrum and we think they’re worth investing in.
People Tree is one of the most recognisable and accessible slow fashion women's wear brands in the UK. Versatile, contemporary design made to the highest ethical standards.
Armed Angels focus on creating modern, contemporary style instead of chasing the latest trends. Their range of men’s and women’s clothing is sustainably made in fair working conditions.
With a great line of easy-to-wear men’s and women’s clothes and accessories, we love Thought for their use of natural, organic and recycled fabrics. Their mission is to create ‘love-forever classics’ that are sustainably made. Previously Braintree Clothing.
London fashion brand, Komodo focus on creating contemporary style with respect for people and planet. They’ve been creating stylish, ethical fashion for men and women since 1988.
Often referred to as ‘the Net-a-Porter of sustainable fashion’, London-based Rêve-en-Vert brings sustainable and honest luxury without sacrificing style for ethics. They sell men’s and women’s wear, as well as a great range of guilt-free lifestyle and beauty products.
In their own words, OrganicBasics think that the fashion industry ‘is a real dirty bastard’. So they focus on making better-made basics, designed to last. T-shirts, socks and underwear for men and women.
You may be familiar with British surf brand, Finisterre, with their brick and mortar stores starting to appear on UK high streets. Understated style born from a desire to provide functional and sustainable for men and women.
Based in North Cornwall, Nomads have embraced the slow fashion movement from day one. They focus on designing high quality garments from natural fibres for both men and women.
Denim has got a lot to answer for when it comes to polluting the planet. So Mud Jeans have found a smart way to use circular economy to create stylish new jeans from old jeans for both men and women.
Here Today Here Tomorrow
HTHT focus on combining beautiful materials, contemporary design and ethical production to create handmade knitwear for men and women.
Submariner makes practical clothes for the outdoors, entirely designed and produced in the British Isles. The brand currently focuses on quality, sustainable knitwear and wetsuits for men.
Best Sustainable Fashion Brands to buy Accessories in the UK
Some of our favourite UK accessories brands, including yours truly...
Well, of course we were always going to include ourselves in this list! For quality, handmade mens leather belts and accessories you know where to look…
Bird Sunglasses design ‘award-winning, sustainable eyewear with a social purpose’. Their sunglasses look good, and do good - every pair sold brings a solar light to families in Malawi, Zambia and Uganda through their ‘Share Your Sun’ initiative.
Created on the foundation of mindful, modern and cruelty-free design, Aubry Watches' mission is to create beautifully simple watches that can be worn and loved every day.
Sancho’s are an independent stockist of slow fashion in Devon, UK. They designed their own collection of women’s jewellery in conjunction with Just Trade and Hope Jewellery to provide fairly paid work for women in Peru. Bold, colourful design inspired by rock formations and natural phenomena make this a unique, yet ethically made collection.