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Slow Summer: Sustainable Brands To Know


Discover Irish and international brands working to reduce their environmental impact …

If sustainable fashion once conjured up thoughts of hemp and hippie-style clothing, you can think again as a host of new brands are showing us that sustainable fashion doesn’t scrimp on style. While you might already be familiar with brands like Stella McCartney, Everlane and Reformation (above) who have made waves in the world of sustainable fashion over the past number of years, lesser-known labels are grabbing our attention this season. The eco-chic labels to know include Mara Hoffman, Kowtow and Simon Miller, while on our own shores you’ll find independent labels crafting clothing out of recycled, organic and natural materials. This summer we’re taking a slower and more measured approach to shopping; we’re buying less and wearing more by investing in timeless pieces we know we’ll love for longer than just one season. We’re seeking out hand-crafted and made-to-measure pieces, as well as supporting artisans, local makers and traditional crafts. Feel good fashion in all senses.


Bébhinn McGrath’s eponymous label creates made-to-order pieces handcrafted using Irish linen from Emblem Weavers in Co Wexford in simple shapes made to last. Her first shop just opened in Waterford and stocks other like-minded Irish brands. www.bebhinn.ie.


Using Khadi (meaning “hand-spun”) a fabric created through traditional handcrafted methods, Irish company Four Threads creates shirts, trousers and dresses at a small garment workshop in the north-western region of Gujarat in India. www.four-threads.com.

Kathryn Davey’s linen accessories and textiles for the home are naturally dyed using plant extracts at her studio in Dublin. Indigo linen scarf, €128, www.kathryndavey.com.

Alienina is an Italian brand founded by Eliana Venier, who uses recycled materials such as cotton rope and the wicks of oil lamps to make beautiful woven bags. Off-white woven cotton bucket bag, Alienina, €184; www.net-a-porter.com.

This mohair sweater is hand-knitted by local women in Tuscany, Italy. The production is run by a family and each sweater takes three days to knit. Multi-colour striped mohair Julliard sweater, Ganni, €389, at Arnotts.

Committed to sustainability, French footwear brand Veja make cool trainers from raw materials sourced directly from organic farms in Brazil, Peru and the Amazon. White and yellow Esplar leather trainer, Veja, €169, at Seagreen, Monkstown, Co Dublin; Ranelagh, Dublin 6. www.seagreen.ie.


Tan vegan leather backpack, Matt & Nat, €189, at Atrium, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2. www.atriumdublin.com.

Beige drawstring cuff trousers, Stella McCartney, €585, at Brown Thomas.


Pink organic chambray midi skirt, €199; www.kowtowclothing.com.

Blue Jodi cropped jeans, AG Jeans, €320, at Brown Thomas.


Blue organic linen and cotton blazer, Filippa K, €435, Olori Boutique, 131 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork.

Síomha Connolly

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