Celebrated in more than 175 countries every year April 22nd has been designated International Mother Earth Day by the United Nations. To salute our beautiful planet we have selected some of our favorite fashion labels that range from very well known like Stella McCartney to local and maybe a little less publicized one like Carrie Parry. All of these designers work to create collections that limit production waste, use green, organic dyes and don’t use animal products in their materials.
The name and concept of Earth Day was allegedly pioneered by John McConnell in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. McConnell felt it necessary to propose a holiday in which we celebrate the Earth's life and beauty as well as remind us about the need for preserving and renewing the threatened ecological balances upon which all life on Earth depends.
A graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London, Carrie Parry was awarded with the Ethical Fashion Forum’s 2011 Innovation Award, for her feminine, timeless pieces designed with a commitment to responsible sources and practices. Carrie’s label is one of the many lines including Stella McCartney, Feral Childe, Alabama Chanin, Titania Inglis and Organic by John Patrick that have taken the Eco conscious fashion realm by storm.
The story behind sustainable label Feral Childe is also fascinating. This New York based line was created by bi‐coastal design duo Moriah Carlson (Brooklyn, NY) and Alice Wu (Oakland, CA), who both come from a fine arts background. Each season, Each piece in the collection is designed with sustainability in mind, from the choice of fabric, printing and dyeing treatments, to details such as buttons and trim. 100% of our styles fulfill at least two or more of these fantastic standards: use of sustainable fibers, manufacturing locally in New York City, conscientious application of printing and dyeing, producing to order, to prevent excess inventory, responsible disposal of production waste and use of vintage deadstock buttons or those made from shell or tagua nut.
She might be the offspring of Paul McCartney who was in that little known band “The Beatles” but Stella McCartney has herself to thank for the incredible success of her namesake label. After graduating from Central St Martins in 1995. After working as the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris she launched her own ready-to-wear collection in 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs which include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and organic skincare.
Beautiful clothing made with sustainable materials by environmentally conscious designers that range from high-end to very affordable? We are definitely in.
Organic by John Patrick