This holiday gift giving season, let’s make sure we’re getting (and giving) gifts that are actually meaningful and long-lasting. Here’s Launderette’s holiday wish list full of ethical and sustainable fashion treats:
Not that the winter is really the time to be thinking about swimwear but we’re planning a hot holiday get-away in January, and the only bikini we’re wearing is an Olga Olsson. Made in Brazil by women paid a fair living wage, buying this item also helps support and empower small producers. Feel good, look cute – yes please!
Major lust over these! SUNO is a New York based womenswear label founded in 2008 by Max Osterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty. Using vintage Kenyan textiles that have been collected for years, SUNO has evolved its business to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and its home base of New York. SUNO has long been a Launderette favorite and just keeps getting better and better.
We love love love these handcrafted envelopes from a discarded book about outer space published in 1966. For a fun, quirky way of sending all of our Christmas thank you notes?
Everybody needs something warm & cozy for the winter months, unless you live near the equator (then we’re jealous!). This scarf-meets-hood is perfection – and anyone, regardless of personal style, could find a cool way to wear this. The North Circular, brainchild of model Lily Cole, is made exclusively from rescued Wensleydale sheep, with the expert hand knitting skills of ‘grannies, girls. …and a few strong men’ in the UK.
A rock n’ roll chick’s dream-come-true, right here. Handmade in NYC using recycled materials, Mociun continues to “explore and integrate the ever-emerging technologies and critical conceptions of sustainability.” Dear Santa, I want…
Each bag is handmade, the old-fashioned way in an East London workshop using buttery-soft, chrome-free leather from a family-run German tannery and traditionally-milled, British waxed cotton. We love this burnt-orange/gunmetal-grey colour combo – it even has white/blue striped cotton lining. We hope our mom’s and dad’s are reading this….. (hint hint)
The Kiss in Rio candle is hand-poured using paraffin-free organic soy and beeswax, housed in Italian hand blown crystal tumbler but made entirely in London. It’s aromas are delightful tangle of blackcurrant, clove, licorice, pepper and smoky wood. The result is rich, dark, seductive and moody. Just how we like them….
Sosume’s t-shirts are made from Modal, which they source from a high-end Japanese mill and manufacture in Melbourne where the brand is based. Modal is a naturally derived, man-made cellulose based fibre, created from wood pulp of the beech tree. It’s biodegradable, uses 1/10 the water of cotton and is resistant to pilling. We would wear these t-shirts everyday if we could – this black/rust double-sided number is brilliant!
The Sunflower Dress inspired by Vincent Van Gogh is a Limited edition of five, wearable artwork. The collection was exhibited at London Fashion week and was represented by 20 Hoxton Square Gallery. Each dress is hand crafted with over 3 weeks of sequin and embroidery work. Best holiday party dress ever!
In Bloom is the new lingerie label designed by Emily Huc, using 100% organic cotton and Tencel, which is another naturally derived, man-made and biodegradable material. All of her suppliers are based in Europe and all manufacturing happens in France. It’s delicate, feminine and soft. Sexy yet comfortable – exactly what good undies should be.
Next week…. Launderette’s gift-giving list because everyone deserves a present made with love and care for the environment and people!