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This NYC-based label excels at refined yet effortlessly cool styles, and this crisp (GOTS-certified) cotton dress is a prime example: Its understated, elevated silhouette—plunging neckline, drapey balloon sleeves, oversize fit—is met with sharp contrast stitching throughout. Try it with the matching sash (to give it a waist) or without (to accent the chic cocoon-like shape).
Founded by creative partners Maria McManus and Stella Ishii, Maria McManus was established with the goal of participating in the reform of the fashion industry. The label prides itself on producing chic his-for-her wardrobe essentials of superior quality, with less (much less) of the waste. The pieces use recycled nylon and cashmere, with labels, hang tags, packaging, and security seals made from recycled materials. The line features a lot of natural fibers, like cotton (all GOTS-certified) and OEKO-TEX merino wool, and there are even a number of cool vintage gems sprinkled in with the collections. But McManus and Ishii will be the first to tell you they’ve still got work to do, because they’re always trying to do more in the name of sustainability.