Every year we post a round-up of our top ethical and vegan jackets that you can add into your wardrobe without an ounce of fast fashion guilt. It can be difficult to know what’s right and wrong and what to prioritize when it comes to concerns over ethics and sustainability, but if you can select a vegan option constructed of natural or recycled fibers, you’re onto a winner. Throw something organic into the mix and you’re killing it (as in, in a good way). Here are this season’s nominees. Complete your look with a pair of chic and sustainable ankle boots and there’s no way the chill’s gonna get you.
People Tree Naoko Handwoven Coat, £175.00, Ship Internationally
Kicking things off, we’ve got a gorgeous 100% GOTS certified organic cotton woven coat that is incredibly versatile and perfect for the autumn months. Ideal for pairing with jeans and a tee or a cute dress, it’s worth investing in a coat that can be dressed both up and down. Made of biodegradable cotton fibers and in a well-managed factory in Bangladesh, this offering from People Tree is a real classic to last you through the ages. I can just picture it now with tan ankle boots, and a shift dress…
Komodo SAIDA Tencel-Linen Jacket, £60.00 down from £100.00, Ship Internationally
Tencel is a great, durable, natural alternative to polyester. Constructed from wood pulp, it is biodegradable and works well blended with linen as Komodo have done with this little number. On sale with almost 50% off at the moment, you can opt for either navy or nude in a classic tailored jacket. Office-friendly, this is could also be thrown over a white tee on the weekend to get the most use out of it.
Kings of Indigo Eric, €149,95, Ship Internationally
Because everyone needs a denim jacket and if you can’t find your dream one while thrifting, it’s worth investing in one that’s made of organic denim. Kings of Indigo produce beautiful pieces and their aesthetic is painfully cool. They’re a reminder that Europeans always have it oh, so right. They have fair factories, use veggie dyes, recycle waste fabrics, and over 90% of their fabric consumption is natural fibers (in case you wonder why I keep harping on about the importance of natural fibers, take a look here). They power production with renewable energy and want to be a driving force of 21st century ethical fashion. Good for them, I say! The Eric jacket is perfect for layering this fall. Throw over a cute sweatshirt for retro vibes.
The Reformation Chore Jacket, $168.00, Free US Shipping
I adore Reformation clothing and this jacket is no exception. Constructed of 100% linen and in a warm khaki green shade, this would look gorgeous on any redheads wanting to stay snug over the next couple months. No need to get this dry cleaned; you can instead opt for some gentle handwashing. Just remember to lay flat to dry. Reformation is transparent in its practices and will happily tell you what resources were required to produce each garment. The brands also prides itself on the excellent working conditions of manufacturing staff and how local they keep things in their supply chain.
Conscious Clothing Hemp Southwest Blazer, $150.00, Ship Internationally
Made on US soil and only sold online or in a small selection of boutiques, Conscious Clothing is a dreamy brand that evokes southwestern bohemian vibes that make me want to run away to the desert. Started by creative husband and wife team Rose and Doug Phillips, they manufacture out of Rockford, Michigan, are transparent in their processes and use only organic materials. The Hemp Southwest Blazer is a must for me. It comes in a handful of neutral go-with-everything shades, is constructed of hemp and organic cotton fleece, and is one of those perfect layers to throw on without having to think much about it.
Indigenous Urban Zip Coat, $158.00, US Shipping Only
When only a smart coat will do, do organic cotton. Constructed by artisans in Peru who work on a fair trade scheme, this coat uses low-impact dyes and 100% natural organic cotton. The burgundy option is perfect for fall and a great way to add colour if your uniform is pretty much black, black and more black.
Hoodlamb Parka, €339,00, Ship Internationally
Perhaps my most lusted-after of the list, this Parka from cool Dutch brand, Hoodlamb, is exactly up my street. Constructed from hemp and cotton that happens to be water-resistant, this is an amazing coat to introduce if you’re keen on technical natural fibres. Available in a range of colours, there is also a bit of recycled goodness thrown in there too with a recycled PET faux-fur on some of the lining alongside even more hemp. The craftsmanship is beautiful and although certainly an investment piece, one that is likely to last you for many seasons if you take care of it. The real stand-out about Hoodlamb is that all fibres used are grown organically without the use of chemicals. And i mean, just look at that shade of purple *heart-eyed emoji*.
Armed Angels Kosima Bomber, €149,90, Ship Internationally
Soft as silk and contructed from sustainable tencel, I thought I’d finish this roud-up with the perfect black bomber. Throw over anything for added warmth this fall and know that you’re supporting ethical manufacturing practices and natural fibres in the process. I feel like this would look adorable with a baseball cap, white tee, skinny jeans and sneakers.
Which one do you like most? Which ethical slow fashion brands are you proudly supporting?
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