They’re taking their own fabrics and giving them new life.
With so much talk these days about what makes a brand truly sustainable, and as more labels are expected to be transparent about their production practices, some designers are taking greater steps to minimize the amount of waste they produce by offering their fans cute extras like hair accessories, sleepwear, scarves and bags made out of salvaged fabric from previous and current collections. As we increasingly become part of a ‘waste not, want not‘ world, it’s nice to know these creatives are maximizing the potential of their materials and keeping them out of a landfill.
Read on if you love the planet and wardrobe updates.
Bag, $155, Ganni
Scandi style has become somewhat synonymous with sustainability and this Danish brand, helmed by creative director Ditte Reffstrup, is very mindful of how it uses its materials, including adding a lovely floral to this sleek cross-body.
Remixed + Restitched Sleep Set, $94, Tanya Taylor
Crafted with fabrics from the New York-based designer’s archives, this charming set includes a hair tie and eye mask; perfect for adding a little zjush to your downtime. No wonder the ever-clever Taylor is this year’s International Canadian Designer Award Honoree at the upcoming CAFAs.
Headband, $43 each, Lisou
Founded by Tanzania native Rene Macdonald, this London-based brand has added sweet scarves and headbands fashioned from leftover fabrics to its lively seasonal mix. Styles come with ruffles (shown) or knotted designs, and are done in solids and prints.
This jaunty, versatile piece from bi-coastal brand Ace & Jig comes in 13 (!) whimsical fabrics. Founders Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson also utilize their textiles—which are made in collaboration with artisan weavers in India—in home decor wares like blankets and bunting.
Portland-based, British Columbia-born print and fashion designer Sarah Donofrio creates an array of accessories in addition to a RTW collection, which are made from leftover fabrics including scarves and scrunchies that come in silk twill (shown) and leather.