Because we’re slowly starting to hope for spring and declutter our wardrobes (us all, right? Riiiight?), my highlight-packed “green fashion week” review coulnd’t be more timely.
Eco-fair fashion is usually not the authority we turn to first in order to learn the season’s hottest trends. But if you have a certain style in place already, shopping eco-fair is a breeze. The fabrics, the technology, the colours and the designs – no need to fear the (conventional) competition here.
Now the point of my trade fair review is not to show you the pieces from a far-away season you can’t shop now anyway – it’s to highlight brands that you can turn to when looking for new garb.
Eco-Fair Brand Highlights at Berlin Fashion Week
As often is the case in Berlin, eco-fair brands are to be found across several trade shows, not just at the designated ones. In January, the usual suspects – the Frankfurt Trade Fair-run duo Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show that finally found a perfect home in the heart of things! – were joined by Innatex‘ own XOOM: a spin-off located at the Panorama grounds (Messe Berlin). Premium and Kühlhaus also featured a slew of ethical players – Armed Angels, Wunderwerk, Lanius, to name a few.
…If you were looking for statement fashion jewellery with a semi-industrial, semi-ethnic appeal, have a look at FREMDFORMAT (German for “foreign format”, such a clever name).
Leftovers from industrial steel and copper punching are given a new life as charms, necklaces, bracelets and earrings that look like art and range from dainty and whimsical to urban and avantgardistic.
I couldn’t resist shopping these two necklaces right after the show ended:
…If you’re more into chunky and colourful pieces – or would love to own something ethically made from recycled silver, Berlin’s UMIWI is right up your alley.
Ethical and eco-friendly mango wood bangles (like the dark blue one I was wearing here) come in two sizes and in a wild variety of colours and finishes from metallic to glossy to matte. Studs, necklaces and bracelets crafted from smaller mango wood beads will excite those who love their fashion jewellery to be particularly playful. Ethical silver collection is new with large yet delicate pendants and fun statement pieces.
…Those looking for chic and affordable fine jewellery should check out (and succumb to) Wild Fawn Jewellery.
This London-made brand works with recycled silver and Fairtrade gold (and if you want to learn more about ethical jewellery, please check out my collection of articles here or this 3-minute read for a shortcut).
If you dig the clean, modern, dainty designs in silver and rose gold, Wild Fawn it is.
Shop: Wild Fawn Jewellery
…Looking for modern and office-friendly pieces with a strong design appeal? North-Rhine Westfalia calling! With Wunderwerk (from Duesseldorf) and Lanius (from Cologne) shopping eco-fair fashion is a style affair.
While Wunderwerk offers more of an understated look for men and women in lots of black, blue, powdery colours and some signal red, Lanius – GOTS certified – is all joie de vivre with gorgeous patterns and prints and a whole rainbow of colours.
…Any silk lovers here? Cocccoon peace silk is your way out of the ethical dilemma:the silk moths’ cocoons are harvested in the wild after the butterflies hatch, and then made into fabulous ready-to-wear and accessories in India, creating a sustainable value chain for a remote community.
Not sure when the clothes will hit the shelves, but the scarves are availabe online.
Shop: Cocccoon Germany
…Eco-friendly leather and leather alternative in peaceful coexistence?
Spain-made Maravillas Bags are made from vegetable-tanned leather – or from Pinatex, a plant fibre-based leather alternative. Images below are from a new collection that hasn’t hit the shelves yet, and for what it’s worth I think this powder pink wallet/ purse and the boxy red Piñatex number are everything…
Shop: Maravillas Bags
…More eco-fair brands to check out include:
For delicate modern city/ shirt dresses and gorgeous office-worthy basics MILA VERT
For exquisitve intellectual fashion with couture appeal PHILOMENA ZANETTI
For eco-ethical denim in all forms and shapes FEUERVOGL
For colourful artisanal bags and accessories from all over the world ABURY
For ethically made, contemporary, urban bags and backpacks QWSTION
For shoes with holiday appeal that give back, for Him and for Her TOM’S
For Europe-made vegan AND sustainable (PVC-free) shoes, for Him and for Her NAE VEGAN SHOES
For fashionable basics, for Him and for Her ARMED ANGELS
For sustainable styles with a high-fashion twist, for Him and for Her LOVJOI GERMANY
For laid-back basics, for Him and for Her BLEED CLOTHING
For sporty fashion and shoes, for Him and for Her ECOALF
Gosh, you made it to the very end! Lemme hug ya! 💚
And because you did it, here’s a little almost-hidden giveaway just for you: answer these two questions for a chance to win a surprise gift box with eco-fair fashion/ accessory items from Ecoalf, and more. The giveaway is unaffiliated with any brand mentioned here and ends 8th March 12:00 CET.
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