Melbourne-based slow fashion stylist and blogger Jenna Flood, aka the Ironic Minimalist, takes us on a tour of her home city’s best ethical fashion shopping gems.
|Jenna Flood, aka the Ironic Minimalist|
Over to Jenna, the Ironic Minimalist…
As we gradually see a shift towards a slower lifestyle and consumers buying less clothing, it’s worth noting some of the ethical shopping options hidden around Melbourne.
The places listed below are all on a mission to reduce their environmental impact and teach their customers about the benefits of buying mindfully.
A.BCH is a Melbourne brand leading the way in transparent and ethical manufacturing. Each minimally designed garment is unisex and designed with circularity in mind. All garments can either be sent back to A.BCH for recycling or composted in your own backyard, which is not something any fast fashion brand can do!
Although A.BCH only has an online store, they have frequent pop-up events around Melbourne. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.
They are also hitting the VAMFF runway from today, 6 March 2018 as part of the International Designer Showcase. Tickets available here.
|A.BCH women’s t-shirt dress in grey|
Etiko’s ambition is to “do as much good as possible” and they certainly are. As a Fairtrade and Carbon Neutral company, Etiko creates ethically made apparel and footwear for men and women.
ETIKO is based mainly online, but they frequently hold a stall at ethical clothing/vegan events. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.
|Image via Etiko|
Monk House Design is a great little shop that features small brands such as Kowtow, Jillian Boustred, Sister Studios, POMS and many more. Many of these brands are made in Melbourne or only have a small run of styles.
102 Lygon St, East Brunswick
4 Driver Lane, Melbourne
|The Dance Slip from NZ label Penny Sage, stocked by Monk House Designs|
Although not an Australian brand, Base Range currently has a Melbourne pop up located at No Order Market on Elizabeth St. Base Range creates sustainable underwear and loungewear in clean in minimal styles.
Level 1, 187 – 193 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
|The Base Range store in Melbourne|
Born in Melbourne and accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, Nobody is one brand I can get behind. Focusing on transparency and keeping it local, Nobody Denim is cut, sewn and laundered here in Melbourne. Their employees are paid fairly and treated like family.
396 – 398 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
|Nobody jeans, from their ‘Borrowed from the Boys‘ collection|
Considered production, functionality and long lasting are some of the words I would use to describe Melbourne label, Kuwaii.
37 – 39 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick
Shop 7 – 8 Cathedral Arcade. 37 Swanston St, Melbourne
|Radian jumpsuit with sleeve by Kuwaii|
Vege Threads likes to encourage a shift toward a slower lifestyle with their casual, everyday wear. Each garment is 100% manufactured in Australia from organic, eco-friendly materials and dyes, in limited numbers. Their commitment to transparency earns Vege Threads an Ethical Clothing Australia accreditation. Their garments are practical, yet well designed and oh-so-comfortable
(I am wearing The Everyday Jumpsuit as I write this!). With such a commitment towards ethical clothing, you can’t help but smile when wearing Vege Threads.
Mr Kitly – 381 Sydney Road, Brunswick
LuLu Design Store – 3221 Carlise St, Balaclava
Made in Common – 402a Hargreaves St, Bendigo
Limb the Label – 82 Johnston St, Fitzroy (another Melbourne Label that creates ethical garments)
|Organic high neck L/S tee by Vege Threads|
Top image via Monk House Design.