If you’re looking to invest in luxury pieces that will have a low impact on the environment, last longer in your closet, are made from high quality natural materials, and be pieces you are proud of for years (and maybe decades) to come, look no further. I’ve listed the most sustainable luxury brands for you here.
A bigger price tag doesn’t necessarily mean the boot, belt, bag, or coat is made from better materials than its replica at a fast fashion store. It also doesn’t mean that it will last you for seasons to come. Recently, when searching for a coat in which to invest, I came across page after page of coats made with synthetic fabrics, all in the $500+ range. These were designer coats with both outer materials and linings all woven from different plastic fibers. At the designer price tag, it’s not enough to demand a quality design, the materials and longevity of the item need to meet luxury standards as well.
I researched the sustainable luxury designers listed here to determine each brand’s:
- use of natural fibers and materials
- attention to dyeing processes
- conservation of natural resources (water, energy, etc.)
- leather use and processing
- messaging around the importance of sustainability in fashion
The Most Sustainable Luxury Designers
One of the luxury designer groups pushing itself to the forefront of sustainable fashion developments is the Kering Group. Not only is the Kering Group outlining and meeting its own sustainability goals, but the group has developed a system for other fashion companies to follow as well. The EP&L (Environmental Profit & Loss) is a tool that companies can use to examine the effects of their product along the entirety of the product’s lifespan. Kering has made the EP&L analysis available to any brand or consumer who wants to learn more.
The Kering Group – Sustainable Luxury Designers
Stella McCartney – A Sustainabile Luxury Forerunner
The Stella McCartney brand is committed to exploring, celebrating, and facilitating the symbiotic relationship of humans, animals, and nature. Careful to craft environmentally sound and long lasting pieces, the Stella McCartney brands lives by the ideal, “luxury does not mean landfill – it means forever.”
Burberry – A Big Brand with Big Initiative
Burberry is committing to a sustainability plan that has them operating a carbon neutral business by 2022. The Burberry sustainability plan also holds accountable all partners along their supply chain.
Mara Hoffman – Celebrate Responsibly
Since 2015, the Mara Hoffman brand has been operating with two main principles: to celebrate women through color and design and to adhere to social and environmental responsibilities. You can see for yourself that they’re doing just that.
Maggie Marilyn Hewitt founded her brand with sustainability and fair trade practices in the forefront of her mission, not as an afterthought. Check out Maggie Marilyn for bold and flirty styles in luxurious silks, organic cotton, and merino wool.
For the perfect jean, head straight to RE/DONE. Bringing life back to classic, quality denim, with the intention to stay in your closet for a lifetime, this brand just may be the definition of sustainable fashion. RE/DONE will also outfit the rest of your closet with tees, dresses, bodysuits, and knits in cotton, wool, and cashmere. Men’s and Women’s.