Winter warriors seeking last-minute gifts, look no further. Sustainably savvy shoppers can peruse Wrangler’s prime holiday picks, which feature stylish throwback looks and cozy sherpas. Consider the brand’s winter denim pieces, such as its ’80s Zip Front Sherpa Lined Denim Jacket that pairs well with chunky sweaters and layered looks, or the Oversize Sherpa Patch Denim Jacket, which includes sherpa on the inside and out.
While Wrangler admittedly “uses a lot of cotton,” it does so responsibly through soil-health practices that include no-till farming, crop rotation and cover cropping to strengthen cotton’s resilience to unfavorable weather conditions and improve yield, reduce water and energy inputs, fight erosion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wrangler is also partnered with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), and increases its volume of sustainable cotton purchased each year.
Or for wearable “elevated” essentials, vintage bohemian frocks and retro-style denim, check out L.A.-based Dame, a sustainable fashion brand with a French closet twist. Cofounders Alexx Jae Monkarsh and Molly Fishkin Levin created Dame to help shoppers build a wardrobe of minimalist staples such as its utilitarian gray or black Dame Sweatsuit and hand-picked vintage pieces that together round out a core collection with some variety, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Dame uses a majority of deadstock fabrics it repurposes, and incorporates sustainable labels and packaging that can be reused.
Dame told WWD, “Sustainability is more than recycling in our kitchens. It’s an overall consciousness about how we live our lives. With fashion, we want to be on trend while being responsible, which is not easy. Dame is not only created with upcycled fabrics, but we also locally manufacture the whole collection in Los Angeles. Dame is a closet wardrobe collection, which means each piece can be mixed and matched together with the other pieces in the collection. This way, our customers are not only purchasing consciously made clothing, but they need less and have more outfits to choose from.”
And for some holiday sparkle, head to Volta Atelier, a sustainable accessories brand that creates small production handbags made of 100 percent upcycled leather. Its lightweight eye-catching handbags are perfect for evening parties, particularly its Soho Bag, offered in bright colors, metallics and distressed styles, inclusive of a shimmering rainbow silver leather that resembles a disco ball.
Volta, which means “to give back” in Portuguese, selects brilliantly patterned and textured discarded leather scraps from accessories factories in Brazil, where its artisans hand-stitch one-of-a-kind bags and beaded straps. The brand partners with local NGOs, employing female refugees from Haiti living in South Brazil, victims of domestic violence, or former inmates as artisans, and focuses on building sustainability — and community — from the ground up.
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