Fashion is the second most harmful industry to the environment but a new wave of designers in Paris are taking France’s fashion heritage and turning it on its head. From artisan makers who are helping to develop skills in less well off countries to fashion brands developing sharing solutions and opening our wardrobes to the world.
From swimwear to bags, African prints to organic cotton, these are some of the most exciting French ethical fashion brands out there. Discover them all at La Mensuelle, a one day fashion pop up we're co-hosting with ethical fashion platform, ETHIPOP at Maison Sage on Bvd St Martin, Paris.al
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Fatou and Maïmouna, sisters from Senegal, wanted to contribute to the development of their country by creating The Wax Project. With the help of tailors in Thies, they’re increasing the city’s artisan skills by partnering with workshops to hand-make their bold African print skirts and tops. These ethnic inspired pieces mix modern cuts and prove you can do philanthropy with panache.
The sharing economy has arrived in style thanks to Hylla, a service which looks to slow down the damage fast fashion does, by offering a monthly subscription service of new clothes. It will send you four pieces for a month and then you send them back - no more shopper's guilt over wearing something once. It's economical, the clothes are cleaned and reused and you've got an endlessly changing wardrobe.
Dance Fiber create all natural, all responsibly sourced dance and yoga style activewear for people who care about even how their casual clothes are made. Some pieces are made from recycled materials but each piece is designed to last and be as comfortable as possible - no matter what moves you’re making.
Making the clothes that already exist work harder, La Refinery is both a handpicked online vintage and second hand store and a facility where you can donate clothes. It also works with Le Carillon, who work with brands and shops to give homeless people the ability to order new clothes for free, giving a little bit of style and dignity back through fashion.
Les Récupérables is an environmentally responsible ready-to-wear line, that takes part in the upcycling process to create unique fashion pieces. These ethical pieces are manufactured using linen or fabric scraps, chosen and collected by partner Ressourceries, and sewn together in a French workshop. Its latest EKLORE collection sets the tone for summer with its 150 unique pieces displaying nine bold couture designs.
Inaden is the kind of slow fashion we love. Beautiful leather bags are made in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It uses the gorgeous raw materials of Africa to create fairly paid jobs and stunning bags that will last for years. Each piece is made by hand, from well looked after cows and the brand now employs 20 artisans in the city.
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