Queensland's Ethical Fashion: The Trend That Will Never Go Out of Style
Over recent years the focus on ethical services and products has become a major trend across a range of industries. The food we eat, the cars we drive and the methods in which we deal with waste are all becoming increasingly sustainable and the Queensland fashion industry has caught on.
Local manufacturing, natural materials, limited waste and cruelty free practices are all being implemented by ethical fashion labels across the sunshine state. TCI has collated a list of 5 independent Queensland based fashion labels that have adopted the ethical movement without sacrificing style.
OAKIE THE LABEL
This environmentally friendly, cruelty free label is creating fashion for the socially conscious modern minimalist. Oakie the Label is independently based in South Queensland and is made with raw linens, cottons and hemps. The sustainable brand aims to create well-made classic pieces, encouraging minimalism and respect for the planets resources.
Designed by mother and daughter duo this brand is inspired by their time in Africa and the simplistic lifestyle they lived. The eco-friendly fashion label uses plant based fabrics to create humble, comfortable and elegant clothing. Based on the Gold Coast, the brand can frequently be found at The Village Markets in Burleigh Heads on the first and third Sunday of every month.
Designed by Alex Coleburn, this Brisbane based label is paving the way for ethically produced high fashion. Simple silhouettes and quirky feminine elegance defines the Gloria Dulcie style and the label’s modern vibe is fitting with it’s contemporary ethical approach to manufacturing.
Photography: Jess Collins
LILLA BY FIA
Lilla By Fia designer, Sofia Tomkins creates her designs with the labels environmental resoponsibility in mind. The Sunshine Coast based label is made using ethical materials and hand dyed using avocado seeds. Each season will be dyed with a different colour from the natural environment. Created from hemp and woven with organic cotton, the material grows quickly and requires limited pesticides to produce.
SAVARA THE LABEL
Savara The Label is designed to be ‘anti-fast fashion’ and aims to produce quality ethical pieces rather than catering to the consumer driven market. Based on the Sunshine Coast, the family run label hand-makes all designs ensuring the working conditions in which the clothing is manufactured is of the highest standard. The left over materials are also donated to an orphanage where the fabrics are recycled. Savara the Label creates fashion that represents an independent, elegant and free spirited women.