Sustainability can sometimes seem like a luxury few can afford but this set of brands give luxury a whole new meaning. From affordable to extravagant, whatever your preferred price point, these labels have an offering for all. Hand-crafted, made-to-order and customisable, why shop fast when you can shop slow? With these labels, you can be assured that quality takes precedence over quantity proving that sustainability is not sans style.
Couper et Coudre
Sustainability sits at the heart of Couper et Coudre, the Bristol-based brand founded in 2017 by Central Saint Martins textile design graduate Fleurie Thomas. Even its name is a nod to its roots, taking the French verbs which mean to cut and to sew.
When asked what spurred the designer to create Couper et Coudre sustainably, Thomas reveals her interest in the sector surpassed her love for textiles and so it was only natural to pair the two together. “I think it is important because we have to be more conscious of what we are buying in a world that is constantly mass-producing products which are only used once or twice before being discarded,” says Thomas.
Using only vegetable tanned recycled and reclaimed leather in her collections, each item is then hand-crafted in the label’s studio. “Being more selective and choosing sustainable items that are built to last is one of the ways we can begin to slow down the exploitation of our planet,” Thomas continues.
Plus, this mantra trickles down to the packaging too. Couper et Coudre uses solely recycled card, so you can be assured it is 100 percent plastic free. In the market for some leather goods? You’re in luck as Couper et Coudre specialise in luxury leather craftmanship. With products priced from a mere £15 to a modest £195, this label makes luxurious sustainable style affordable.
Our pick is the alluring Tejido tote. The patch-work woven leather adds a modern twist to the staple tote bag and will elevate any outfit. Thomas however holds a particular fondness for the Francesca tote bag as it holds personal significance. “I designed and made the first one for my best friend who needed a bag she could use daily for work; it is now named after her.”
What’s next on the horizon for this sustainable bag brand? Thomas is looking to incorporate more organic fabrics into the mix. “At the moment I’m working on some new designs that incorporate wood and linen threads in the pieces, I haven’t used these materials before but I’m very excited about it.” The young designer also has hopes to expand and create Couper et Coudre clothing. “In the future I hope to be working with more reclaimed and organic fabrics to create some simple, practical clothing and accessories,” Thomas continues.
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Worn by the likes influencer Lucy Williams, stylist Maria Bernad and French it girl, Sabina Socol, the street style set have solidified this brand as a sartorial staple. Putting sustainability on the fash-map, Wicker Wings are a success story that should be celebrated for all the right reasons.
A bona fide family business, Wicker Wings specialise in artisan hand-crafted wicker bags that have serious arm appeal. Inspired by their grandmother who wove baskets in China before moving to England, brother and sister duo James and Belinda Yu set up the ethical accessory label in 2014 in Liverpool.
Using only naturally grown rattan and vegetable tanned leather, Wicker Wings bags are made to grow with you, moulded by the stories you make with it. Have a summer romance with the Black Quan and this bucket bag will have you wanting to commit full time. Or, grab the Tall Tixing bag in the seasonably suitable mustard colour and pair with a floaty, broderie analgise dress. Prefer to go hands-free? The Black Tao belt bag is your match then.
Born from an unrequited love for gold jewellery, fashion brand marketing student Holly Thorpe founded Etta Collective in summer of 2018 after realising what the accessory market was missing; a conscious collective of contemporary and vintage jewels that suitably pairs style and sustainability.
“There were not enough UK based companies selling the jewellery I wanted to buy, they were always either in Canada or Australia. So, I knew there was a gap in the market in the UK for something like Etta,” says Thorpe of the inspiration behind the brand. Made for the modern woman, each item is carefully crafted by hand in the label’s eco-friendly studio.
Better yet? Etta is anti-fast fashion so its jewellery is truly made to last. “Sustainability is something I am very passionate about in my personal life and I knew I wanted my business to represent this,” says Thorpe.
“It isn’t hard to make a brand plastic-free, mindful and support the local economy instead of shipping everything in from overseas. More brands should do it.” We agree, Thorpe. So, instead of shopping fast fashion for your summer jewellery update, consider Etta Collective and put your money where it matters.
A fan of pearl-encrusted jewels? Etta has you covered. Treasures of the deep are a theme at this label and you’ll find shells aplenty – for an attainable amount, too. Take your pick from the elegant Caprice necklace in gold, the unique corine shell Cipera pendant, or the pearlescent August hoops if you take preference to adorning your ears rather than your neck. Tie the look up with the pearl clip that is quite literally everywhere right now and style the Blanca slide with a sleek low ponytail.
In just one year, Etta Collective has gained an impressive set of influencers as fans, such as the fashion stylist and writer Monikh Dale and Swedish fashion blogger Hanna Schonberg. But what’s next for the brand? “I plan to organically grow Etta Collective just as it has been these last eight months,” reveals Thorpe. “We are already stocked in London, Manchester and Edinburgh and I would really love my jewellery to be stocked in Sweden as Etta is surprisingly popular there.” Etta Collective is the sustainable brand to watch.
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A fan of elegant, exquisite jewellery that will amplify the simplest sartorial style? Look no further than Otiumberg. Sisters Christie and Rosanna Wollenberg founded the label in 2014 after a fruitless search for wearable, affordable jewellery.
Timeless not trendy is the Otiumberg mantra but its collections certainly exude effortless style. From huggie hoops to personalised studs, at Otiumberg you can even tailor a necklace to your liking with the brand’s necklace builder. Pick from your preferred chain and charms and your customised treasure will be made to order. What a dream, Otiumberg is big on personal touches.
Plus, the brand ensures that all of its gemstones and diamonds are ethically sourced and conflict free, so you can indulge with a clear conscience. What we love most is that Otiumberg’s sustainable solutions are embedded throughout the brand and, Otiumberg is always looking for ways to improve. Bravo.
In terms of shopping sustainably, Otiumberg have that down to a fine art. Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve, wear your initials on your lobes with the gold alphabet studs, sold in separates so you can mix and match.
Or, if hoops are more your taste, adorn your ears with the pearl huggie and stack them up to make a serious statement.
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