Fashion-forward slow fashion brands aren’t always easy to find.
I feel like I am constantly seeing them on Instagram when I am scrolling, but then when I actually need to buy something they are nowhere to be found.
That’s why I’ve made this easy access list— so when that moment comes that you need a dress for a wedding or you’re feeling like treating yourself you’re not left aimlessly searching.
These are my all-time favorite slow fashion brands. Now they’re not your average slow fashion brands— but more on that later. First, let’s make sure we’re all up to speed on slow fashion.
If you’re wondering, “what is slow fashion?” The basic meaning is that it’s the opposite of fast fashion— the mass-produced, low-quality garments that have taken over the market in the last twenty years.
In an attempt to be more organized about all the conscious fashion brands that I love, I’ve also made a curated guide of conscious fashion brands that you can access here.
These aren’t Your Average Conscious Brands…
Before we jump into the list, let’s get back to the fact that these brands aren’t your average conscious brands.
For so long sustainable fashion was linked to boring, beige styles that no fashionista would want to wear.
These are not those kinds of brands.
Rather these slow fashion brands create garments that will have people stopping you on the street to ask where you got your dress.
These brands bring an attitude and character to conscious style, so if you’re looking for mundane plain jane style, you’ve come to the wrong place.
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Contemporary fashion made slowly. Azur handmakes each piece in Marseille France.
Their signature pleats make me feel like the 2000’s bubble shirt got a facelift for the 2020s.
They offer made-to-order as well as small batches of ready-to-ship garments.
Discover them here: azur.world
Istanbul-based brand, OhSevenDays, creates dreamy slow fashion garments from deadstock materials.
Their clothes will make you want to be anywhere near the Mediterrane asap.
Plus, they’re one of the most affordable slow fashion brands I’ve come across for the quality that they deliver.
Discover them here: OhSevenDays.com
Taiyo is a zero-waste fashion brand out of Brooklyn, NYC. They drop one new look at a time using only deadstock and recycled materials in limited quantities.
They create minimal yet feminine garments that have an effortless elegance about them.
Discover them here: taiyo.co
Any brand that’s main goal is to make pieces you’ll keep in your closet until you give them to your daughter, is a brand I can get behind.
Their products are manufactured in California, in small batches made of deadstock fabric.
If you’re looking for that California cool, this is the brand.
Discover more here: thescoutstore.com
The R Collective
Based between the UK and Hong Kong the R Collective uses surplus materials from the luxury fashion industry to reduce fashion waste.
They make contemporary garments with chic yet timeless cuts that can help transform your wardrobe into a conscious closet.
Discover them here: thercollective.com
No list of slow fashion brands could be complete without mentioning birdsong. This UK slow fashion brand makes personalized made-to-order garments.
Birdsong releases one garment a month that can be preordered. You select your color and enter your measurements then they make it just for you.
Discover them here: birdsong.london
Worried that slow fashion is out of your budget?
I used to think that slow fashion wasn’t affordable for me. I wouldn’t dream of spending $200 on a dress— but then I’d skip on down to Zara and spend $50 on something that I’d only wear a couple of times.
I started to realize that buying one dress that you’ll wear 30+ times at $200 is actually cheaper than buying a dress for $50 that I’d only wear 5 times.
It’s called cost per wear— I use this trick every time I am about to buy something. I guess how many times I think I’ll wear it and divide that number by the cost. For me, that’s the true cost of the garment not the price tag.