In light of the news that Burberry have been burning their stock, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the ethics of luxury fashion brands. It would make sense that because the clothes are so expensive, that therefore all of them must be conscious of their ethics in terms of labor and the environment. Unfortunately for the large part, this isn’t the case. It takes minimal research to discover that some of the biggest fashion houses (Chanel, Burberry), have appalling records of low wages for their workers. Here is a list of some designers that I reckon are alright (please don’t take this as gospel, do your own research and let me know if I’ve made any glaring errors, or any recommendations). The Good On You app is great x
- APC Atelier
Founder Jean Touitou openly encourages fashion labels to make their clothes in their own country. He is open about production, much of the APC collection are made in the US and France. The clothes are focused on minimal staples, some of the designs are just goooorgeous.
- Acne Studios
This Scandi, high fashion brand has been part of the Fair Wear Foundation since 2008 – monitoring and improving labour conditions in their factories. I love the look of their knitwear and jackets.
- Alexander McQueen
As part of the Kering Group, the brand has to comply to certain codes of ethics. British and edgy.
- Alexander Wang
Manufactured clothes within the US, fair wages.
Environmentally friendly woven cotton bags.
Feminine tailoring, involvement with the group Kering.
- Antonio Berardi
Feminine, classic colours, and tailored. Has a history of designing red carpet dresses using recycled material.
- Apiece Apart
American, made in America. Clothes that are modern and chic, and aim to be chic forever
Big Parisian house. Balenciaga have a fully fledged section in their website which outlines the transparency in their supply chain. I’m impressed by the extent of detail which goes into their report, committing to a zero-tolerance policy in forced labour.
Minimal aesthetic, organic cotton and sustainability at their core.
- Bella Freud
Bella seems like a conscious woman with an interest in world issues. Her designs are infamously chic and are CULT. It would seems her fragrances don’t sell to China either, so looks good all round!
- Bottega Veneta
Part of Kering, and extensive section on transparency of supply chains on their website. Italian, timeless.
Now this one ticks so many boxes. Set up to provide jobs and opportunities for incarcerated women, using biodegradable and ethical sourced materials. Puts Chanel to shame.
- ELV Denim
Reworked denim is a bold look, and I love the ethos that the brand was born out of sustainability and minimal waste.
- Emilio Pucci
Italian, bright bold colours and geometric colours. Comprehensive anti-slavery statement on website.
Detailed and bold designs, history of sustainable materials collections. Green Carpet Challenge approved.
- Gabriela Hearst
Non-excessive collection, classic feminine. Approach of non-wasteful, no-plastic pieces. The brand has a history of environmental awareness.
Cult dresses. Comprehensive UN Global Impact statement to read, with extensive section on human rights.
Luxury handbags and great looking coats. Modern Slavery Act on website.
- Matt and Nat
Vegan leathers, stylish bags.
Sustainable luxury. Open source supply chains,
- Mara Hoffman
Summer, swimwear, floaty dresses. Environmentally friendly textile standards, own code of conduct with regards to labour.
Cool LA, final production in USA