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Photo courtesy of Stella McCartney

Eileen’s Edit:
How to Curate
a
More Conscious
Closet in 2019

To say that that there is something of a dark side to the fashion industry is like saying that you were slightly overserved on New Year’s Eve. It’s the dirty little secret (with some scary statistics) of fashion: EcoWatch called the industry the second biggest polluter behind big oil, there have been shocking reports on industry-wide practices of burning (yes, burning) leftover goods to protect company value, and then of course, fast fashion.

Now the good news: More and more brands are holding themselves accountable. And a feel-good fashion movement has touched just about every corner of our closets. From small-batch tees to recycled jewelry and cruelty-free clothing, there’s a company out there doing its part. And what I love most, second to doing my part, is that you don’t have to sacrifice personal style to start shopping more mindfully.

  • ETHICALLY MADE EVENINGWEAR

    The brainchild of Rooney Mara (she of Side Effects and Carol fame, among many other films) and best friends Chrys Wong and Sara Schloat, female-founded Hiraeth is a small company with a big brand ethos riding on two words: animal-free. Each and every ethically made silk-, fur-, and wool-free piece of clothing Hiraeth makes is not just luxurious; it’s incredibly chic.

  • BlACK HIRAETH DRESS
    HIRAETH DRESS
    goop, $770
  • HIRAETH DRESS
    HIRAETH DRESS
    goop, $995
  • HIRAETH DRESS
    goop, $1,500

  • JEAN-IUS SOLVES

    Massive water waste. Toxic dyes. Unused product ending up in landfills. Denim is one of the worst offenders on the environment. Reformation’s answer? Buy up the dead stock materials, rethink production techniques, and pump out perfectly fitting, eco-friendly jeans in the process.

  • REFORMATION JEAN
    REFORMATION JEANS
    Reformation, $128
  • MADE WITH LOVE

    I was particularly excited when Stella McCartney’s “Made with Love” capsule collection landed on my desk, because yes, I’m getting married next year, and no, I have not found a dress. The conscious line of elegant gowns and modern two-piece suits is entirely designed using a special viscose sustainably sourced from trees in Sweden, and it’s definitely topping my list.

  • Photo courtesy of Stella McCartney

  • NEW-WAVE DESIGNERS

    Ethically made, fashion-forward pieces with an emphasis on eco-friendly production are the stock-in-trade of twenty-four-year-old designer Maggie Marilyn. Her under-the-radar Auckland-based brand is built on the idea that it’s better to invest in a few key pieces each season rather than constantly throwing down for something new.

  • Photo courtesy of Maggie Marilyn

  • MAGGIE MARILYN TOP
    MAGGIE MARILYN TOP
    Maggie Marilyn, $620
  • MAGGIE MARILYN TOP
    Maggie Marilyn, $620

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