We're so excited to welcome Sam Leigh as a contributor to The Dispatch! Sam is the blogger behind the sustainable fashion blog www.ecomono.com.au. We love her style and we know you will too!
Sam specialises in creating capsule wardrobe inspiration for the ladies, but what about the guys? We asked Sam to step out of her comfort zone and compile a list of her 5 Essentials to Create an Ethical Men's Capsule Wardrobe.
Rule number one of creating a minimal capsule wardrobe - it has to be natural and fit in with your lifestyle - do not overwhelm yourself. Just like a female capsule wardrobe, you need the essentials and here are some of my favourite ethical male brands to get you started.
#1 Quality Jeans - Nudie Jeans
The Naked Truth About Denim: Nudie Jeans. Each pair of Nudie Jeans are made from 100% organic cotton denim, with socially responsible and transparent production at the forefront of the brand. Nudie Jeans strives for sustainable consumption by offering a free repair service, re-selling second-hand products and recycling worn out products. Nudie Jeans produce high quality products in a fair way. Visit www.nudiejeans.com to find out more.
Image: Nudie Jeans
#2 Stylish Tees - Bamboo Body
The creators of Bamboo Body, sisters Amanda and Elouise, were inspired when they first felt bamboo fabric. Bamboo fabric is softer and more breathable than cotton, has natural moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties. The bamboo plant grows quickly, without chemicals, sucks up a lot of carbon dioxide and releases more oxygen than trees, and it does not deplete precious water resources. With the philosophy of LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD, DO GOOD, Bamboo Body was born in 2005. Visit wwww.bamboobody.com.au to find out more.
Image: Bamboo Body
#3 Simple Sweaters - Fairtees
When you choose Fairtees you can feel good knowing that the clothes you are buying are fashionable, high quality and ethical. Fairies aim to operate as a sustainable business that is conscious of the environment, and takes responsibility for minimising their impact. Visit www.fairtees.com.au to find out more.
#4 Wearable Jackets - Pinch & Punch
Pinch & Punch is based in Auckland, NZ. Keeping it local, everything is made in New Zealand. Pinch & Punch are mindful of keeping socially and environmentally friendly practices, releasing collections that are limited edition, with less than 20 of each design produced. Each exclusive piece is available on the online shop. Once it's gone, it's gone. Visit www.pinchandpunch.co.nz to find out more.
Image: Pinch & Punch
#5 On Trend Accessories - Krochet Kids
The Krochet Kids brand was born when three high school friends taught themselves how to crochet and began to create their own beanies. After travelling the world and volunteering along the way, the threesome came to the same conclusion: they wanted to empower the people of Uganda and Peru to rise above poverty instead of simply donating.
The non-profit apparel company has challenged the relationship between business and charity to honour everyone who is part of the system. They have created a program to provide women with jobs producing a range of products, as well as providing mentorship and dedication that helps women the Krochet Kids work with gain the skills they need to work towards their own independent career. Visit www.krochetkids.org to find out more.
Images: Krochet Kids
Special SHOUT OUTS!
There are many other really cool ethical men's brands that provide on trend pieces to help you shop sustainable without jeopardising your style:
If you want to start your own capsule wardrobe, first you need to declutter - use it or lose it. Next, pick out your must-haves, basics and additions. What are you waiting for...start now!
Thank you for reading,
Sam - ecomono
This article originally appeared in The Dispatch, our free e-magazine featuring the latest in ethical style, design and travel.