I love fashion but lately I’ve found shopping ethically in our fast fashion-obsessed culture really, really tricky. Not only do high street stores make it difficult for consumers to have the complete picture of their supply chains, the relentless daily ‘drops’ of new items makes you wonder just how much of their stuff ends up in landfill.
Over the last few years, I’ve been trying to clothes shop more carefully, spend on quality pieces I will treasure for ever, re-wear what I already own, and just generally cut down on buying into trends that date too quickly.
In Ireland, I’m delighted to see a number of emerging eco-fashion labels, owned and run by Irish entrepreneurs who use locally sourced fabrics or source their collections from factories with transparent practices.
Here are five of my top Irish ethical fashion brands.
01| Squirrel Versus Magpie
Founded by Irish fashion-lovers Gillie and Sarah Casey, Squirrel Versus Magpie sources beautiful, covetable pieces (such as the stunning silk dress, pictured) that are made in eco-friendly factories or sourced from sustainable suppliers. Find their collections here.
02| Theo + George
Slow-fashion advocates Theo + George create timeless capsule collections that will never date. I adore their casual Breton top and soft, organic cotton jeans. If you want effortless style with a conscience, then this brand is for you! Find their collections here.
With a focus on Irish linen and merino wool, Bebhinn’s made-to-order pieces are classics that will stand the test of time. Find their collections here.
04| Due South
If you’re looking for a little piece of Dublin’s skyline, then you’ll want to get your hands on Due South’s hand-printed organic and recycled cotton T-shirts. They also sell the coolest sunglasses made from recycled skateboard wood. I mean, what’s not to love?! Find their collections here.
05| Fresh Cuts
Finally, if you’re looking for a little athleisure chic, then Irish-owned Fresh Cuts will definitely have what you’re looking for. Stocking a huge selection of tees, hoodies and jeans, the company specialises in pieces made from organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester. Fresh Cuts also stock clothing from other ethical brands including my favourite Mud Jeans, Armed Angels, and Monkee Jeans, to name but a few. Find their collections here.