As the air heats up and summer approaches, it’s time to start planning your summer wardrobe: who do you want to be this season? If you’re anything like us, you’ll want sustainable accessories that are current and on-trend, but also that will remain in your closet long enough to become treasured favourites.
There’s no easier way to update an outfit than playing with accessories. By changing up your extras, you can easily take an outfit from morning coffee to cocktails at dusk, all while standing out from the crowd. And conscious, sustainable accessories are looking better than ever before.
Keeping that in mind, our selection is filled with the good stuff – shoes, bags, sunglasses and other ethical accessories – made with consciousness and made to last. Check out the seven sustainable accessories that will be all over our closets this summer.
1. Cut Out Oxford at Insecta Shoes.
For those who love prints, this cutout oxford from Brazilian brand Insecta is a perfect match. The shoes are all handmade in Brazil with vintage or used clothes and recycled rubber sole. It is almost impossible to resist.
2. Backpack at Shop Harveys
When we first laid our eyes on this colourful, ethical bag brand, we were enthralled with their ability to transform car belts into beautiful bags. It is such an unique job and we know how hard it is to upcycle car belts into something on-trend and desirable. This spring/summer season, Harveys interprets pale colours in easy-to-wear designs such as this backpack.
3. Banks Sunglasses at Warby Parker.
We have to be honest here: it can be anything but easy to find beautiful, affordable and consciously made sunglasses. But it is not impossible thanks to some brands like Warby Parker. Premium quality material – sourced in Japan and Italy – to make it last without sacrificing the style factor. On top of that, every time you buy a piece, you help organisations such as Vision Spring to help low-income men and women have access to work and skills and to provide affordable sunglasses for those who need them.
4. Taua Sneaker at Veja
This French brand produces all its shoes in Brazil with eco-friendly materials such as recycled cotton and polyester, virgin organic cotton and rubber from the Amazonian forest. The Taua White is a classic beat for the sneaker lovers and you only need to keep it clean to be sure this baby will last in your closet.
5. Santos Pouch by Catrinka at Modavanti
Catrinka was Megan Reilly Cayten’s initiative to change the world through fashion. Founded in 2012, the brand helps provide work and income for women in Guatemala, and with each bag sold, Catrinka invests in offering crucial life skills to adolescent girls on the margins of society, so as to arm them with the tools to take charge of their own future. This pouch is made with recycled plastic bags and recycled fabric.
6. Diamond Necklace at Flavia Amadeu
Flavia Amadeu is a Brazilian designer living in London that produces statement pieces with rubber from the Amazonian forest. Her creations are manufactured in small villages, helping to improve the life of many workers in the region. Flavia has collaborated with WWF and actress and activist Lily Cole to create unique and timeless accessories – this is one diamond that truly is a girl’s best friend.
7. Calligraphy Clutch by Sarah’s Bag at Shop Latitude
To round off our conscious-fashion tour around the world, we went to Lebanon to find this embroidered beauty. Sarah’s bags are made by prisoners and other women at risk as a way to help empower them in their communities. Another unique piece with a story to tell to add to your personal collection.
And there you have it: seven sustainable accessories to take you into the summer and beyond. Play with them, mix and match them, wear them morning and evening, and be proud to wear fashion that looks good and does good.
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