Two things that came to mind when I discovered this line: Thoughtful wearable pieces for everyday living and comfortable American classics with a clean and subtle aesthetic.
ALIYA WANEK is a womenswear label from Southern California. Aliya Wanek is a speech therapist by day and a designer by night. She is the heart and soul behind this line. Aliya is focused on quality, form, function, and craft. She is about designing pieces that have longevity along with exploring the connection between identity and personal style. All garments are handmade by Aliya and her team in the Bay area.
Mission statement says it all: “The brand’s mission is to uphold ethical and sustainable practices as much as possible from working only with natural fibers to paying a living wage to small batch production to using zero waste packaging” Please check out ALIYA WANEK (all images from ALIYA WANEK)
No doubt the fashion industry must change its practices. But there is hope if more companies follow the footsteps of House Of Dagmar or at least take a page out of their book. In 2005, three sisters launched Dagmar, a Swedish contemporary label for women. Their standard is clear: high quality fabrics, high quality design, and high quality production. HOD takes sustainability seriously.
The sisters began measuring their carbon footprint in 2017. “We learned many things, for example that around only seven per cent of our fibres were sustainable when we started measuring. We also learned that using fibres that can be recycled or incinerated with energy recovery results in CO2 savings.” They don’t walk the talk. They are doing!
Back in 2017, 25% of Dagmar’s collections was sustainable and was a GOOD CHOICE. At the beginning of 2019, 50% of their collections were sustainable. For 2020 they hope to be at 90%! Dagmar introduced The GOOD CHOICE- label. A tag that promises the clothes it hangs on are made from ethically produced and environmentally friendly materials.
Where are they going with the goal?: Dagmar’s goal of becoming a climate neutral fashion brand by 2025, offering only 100% sustainable collections.
I love transparency! I love choices to buy good! I’m a fan of Dagmar!
Just for the fun it. Don’t over look the smallest detail that comes between your feet and your shoe. Socks are pretty much a necessity. They play to the subtle or bold side of your personality. To be seen or not, it doesn’t really matter. Personally, I love a sock paired with a sneaker, sandal, or a heel. Having your pant or skirt show them off is fun, sporty, and perhaps flirty.
Comme Si uses materials that are ethically and sustainably sourced. The colors range from soft palettes to ones of pop. You can choose from silk, cotton, cashmere, or wool. Nobody really seeks to buy expensive socks. It may feel like a ridiculous place to spend it. But this label is style and fashion with a thoughtful design process. A style that is delivered in a very understated European way. Maybe make an exception and save them for the fun event!
Explore the site for more beautiful choices, Comme Si
Get ready for Nike’s Space Hippie futuristic sneaker. A vegan sneaker from top to sole made completely from recycled scraps off their factory floors. The sneakers are made from plastic water bottles, yarn scraps, and t-shirts. Nike’s mission towards a more sustainable practice comes from focusing on innovation, design, and the concept of how would you repair your sneaker in space.
Bravo to Nike for delivering their lowest carbon footprint scores of any shoe they have created thus far. You will have a choice of four silhouettes. So something for everybody! I am eyeing the 04. hyper minimal silhouette. You can sign up at Nike to be notified when your new spring sneaker will drop!
“We started with full-grain leather produced at a gold- certified tannery, then cut the virgin plastic we were using by 54% (and counting).”
More from Everlane! The court sneaker is your everyday hero. Wear them for any occasion. Pair the Court with any outfit. Versatility awards them closet space. They are a clean, minimal, and subtle style choice. Choose from seven neutral colors. Way to go Everlane ! BTW, I am a fan of the no logo.
Everlane continues with their reputation to deliver a constant thoughtfully designed label. Every piece they launch simply proves it. Sustainability is a driver. Always exploring the process to do better. Transparency is what they do well. They are leaders in the fashion revolution. All these reasons are why I love this label and continue to highlight them.
At times I am guilty of ordering and returning like a revolving door. Boxes come in and boxes go out. I sit comfortably on my iPhone or iPad to scour sites that make ordering, returning, and free shipping not just compelling but effortless. Especially with a growing child that has zero interest in shopping. Online shopping is painless for he and I. It allows me to order multiple sizes since every brand runs differently. The inconsistency of sizing is a real challenge. Delivery to the front door 24 hours later with free returns makes it appealing. So how do you break this habit?
Something has to change. When you start reading about the harmful effects caused by the fashion industry you just can not ignore the facts. After reading an article forwarded to me, I am rethinking my shopping habits. BBC has revealed what happens to a large percentage of those online returns. For the most part, they end up in landfills. But it is not just the returns. It is the whole process of the garment industry. Time to make some changes.
My online ordering is going to take on more discipline. Practicing being selective with my purchases. Choosing to support more transparent companies. It is difficult when it comes to shopping for children. But thanks to a friend who shared with me Gap Inc.’s commitment to environmental goals through their Gap For Good has me revisiting Gap as a resource for the whole family. Plus they always have a promo!
Stella McCartney is a leader in the fashion world. She speaks openly about the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment. Stella operates a transparent company that designs with intention and produces clothing in a responsible manner. Her designs are a combination of: feminine + masculine, utilitarian, and timeless. Stella hopes her pieces will be lifers in your closet. She is not about fast fashion. She is about awareness with action. Stella leads by example and believes the industry must do better. She was one of the first designers to drop leather and fur some 15 years ago.
Her recent Paris runway shows her commitment with upcycling, faux leather, organic materials, faux fur, Eco-canvas, and sustainable viscose (btw this is nothing new for Stella). She partnered with the iconic British brand, Hunter boots for this collection. A sustainable boot crafted from natural rubber and feature Yulex sock inserts (a plant-based alternative to neoprene). Stella McCartney is one to support! All images from Stella McCartney
It is all about disruption! If you haven’t heard of allbirds then get to know the “World’s Most Comfortable Shoe”. A San Francisco based company founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger are shaking up the sneaker industry with affordable sneakers and wool lounge shoes. Wool, tree, sugar, castor bean oil, recycled bottles, and recycled cardboard magically come together to deliver simple, no logo, no fuss functional footwear. Allbirds is a transparent company from start to finish. They have a wonderful program with the charity organization, Soles4Souls. Lightly worn returned allbirds are given a second life to those in need. This delights me (stay tuned for an upcoming post about returns!)
I gifted my family for Christmas the allbirds’ wool loungers. I am happy to report there were no returns only a few size exchanges. The hype around this company is real and genuine. Get ready Boston for allbirds opening on Newbury Street. (images from allbirds)
Make room for another tote bag! The Aiko Tote is a beautifully crafted bag made from German merino wool felt. The Aiko Tote comes in four stunning color blocks that will compliment all personal styles. A bag that is up for any adventure or errand. The Aiko sets itself apart with its soft vegetable dyed leather trim and handle, an interior zip pocket, as well as an open interior pocket. So need to worry where you will stash your keys, loose credit cards, and other essentials. It is all in the details! Just take a look at their attention to the interior label. This Los Angeles based company is led by Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz. They have combined their Japanese and German influences with a Southern Cali lifestyle to create distinct pieces driven by high quality materials. All pieces are designed, produced, and shipped from their home base of Los Angeles.
The beauty of using German merino wool felt: biodegradable, water-resistant, renewable, and sustainable