LaBante London is a labour of love, born out of a combined love of animals, fashion and the wider planet. My adolescent experiences definitely stuck with me and shaped the brand’s philosophy of Fashion With Respect. LaBante London started out really small in 2009 but grew from strength to strength as we received so much positive feedback and love from vegans, vegetarians, animal lovers and sustainable minded fashionistas all over the world. As we continued to expand, we have had the pleasure of meeting fashion buyers who understood that change was coming and that the future was about ethics and sustainability both of which are of utmost importance in these trying times. As such we currently use only two kinds of Vegan leather in our Vegan Handbags and purses, both of which are in sync with the larger environment.
The luxuriously modern Indian love story. ‘Inheritance India’, an age-old Indian silk house founded in 1930 evolved into the brand, Silkwaves, in 2001. It is a contemporary and progressive design house that uses the heritage practice of hand block printing, dyeing, and manufacturing, each piece beautifully hand printed by skilled artisans of India. At this design studio we emphasise on minute detailing which makes every product a piece of art and a prized possession of the wearer. Silkwaves archives of numerous block variations have evolved over the past eight decades. Designs from different eras, styles, and themes have been curated. These include Mughal, traditional Indian, British, floral, geometric, intricate copper, bold and contemporary designs. The skilful transition of motifs on the textile make each piece a joy for the creator and a priced possession of the wearer. At Silkwaves we design for the true connoisseur of art and artisanal products. The amalgamation of traditional designs with contemporary styles, we offer Modern Indian luxury at its best.
Clarét Rondel is a Los-Angeles based accessory company specializing in handbags and small leather goods. Multiculturalism is at the heart of Clarét Rondel. Honoring tradition and innovation, each collection is inspired by a mixture of American heritage and European energy, creating a brand aesthetic with an unconventional character. The brand expands on individuality by offering iconic designs and sharing the interesting story behind it.
A young fashion designer, Julia Kaja Hrovat creates a brand bearing her name. This new women’s collection has a pronounced definition of identity. Her designs are motivated and derived from the history, culture and heritage of her surroundings and origins. Each one of her collections has been focused on the query of identity. A Visual transfer of symbols originating from the cultural heritage as well as the architecture creating garments with which she desires to emphasise the identity of the Slovene nation along with its history and as such creates timeless designs messaging it’s values. Her designs are for women of all ages. Julia Kaja creates for the confident woman, she is a dreamer, she is strong, smart, seductive, real and loves life.
Swiss brand RAMONAERB was founded in Berlin 2017. The time in the rude city really shaped her work. Most of the people there on the street are unfriendly, disrespectfully and straight. This behaviour and how people treated each other had a big impact on finding her inspiration and designing her collections. Also the huge flow of refugees from Syria had a big impact to found her brand with social commitment. In every season she donates 10 Euros per sold piece to a charity organisation. the inspiration is always related to political and social injustices.
Jelena Aleksic graduated in 2011 from the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Textile and Technology, with a master's degree in Engineering Textiles and Fashion Design. Whilst studying she won the Best Young Designer award at Zagreb Fashion Week with her capsule womenswear collection. Furthermore, her graduation menswear collection won her the award for Best Young Designer at the Fashion Incubator Portanova competition in Croatia.
Since graduating, Jelena has been designing both menswear and womenswear under her own label, JA by Jelena Aleksic, with the desire to create innovative and futuristic yet wearable clothes. JA in Croatian means 'me' or 'I'. The brand aesthetic is focussed upon constructed and deconstructed design, working and playing with the asymmetry of the fragments that make up the clothes. Undelining the designs are simple shapes with minimal cuts, materials and colours.
Shopyte is a fashion brand crafting elegant, classic clothing for women, who value quality, femininity, and sustainability. When designing each collection, the designer sees the unpredictable and dimensional city muse, moving through her day with grace and ease, at work, at play, with herself, with her family... She is comfortable within and has worked hard to be here.
Jann Bungcaras is an genderless sustainable brand catered to those who embrace their idiosyncrasy. We use elements of storytelling combined with social, political and personal issues to relate with our audiences and wearers.
Our audiences are people who are not afraid to take a stand, to speak up, to feel and to show their true selves and intentions even in the most subtle way as possible.
In every Jann Bungcaras collection there is a story and an issue tackled which will create an intimate conversation between the designer and the wearer.
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GUNAS is an independent high fashion label with a cause launched in 2009 by designer and animal lover, Sugandh G. Agrawal. This brand aims to showcase fashion without causing any harm to other living things. We scream love for animals and we promote veganism.
With a mission and vision as such, the brands’ main material is a perfect alternative for plastic called Mulbtex. It is a cotton base coasted with mulberry leaf pulp which has its own silky shine making it water proof and weather proof and as strong as silk.
This initially began as an all MADE IN NYC label, has now gone global to source and manufacture bags and shoes using artisan and small-scale ethical manufacturers from countries such as India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong. With styles ranging from totes, satchels, cross-body bags, wallets and backpacks GUNAS has a bag to suit your every mood and lifestyle needs.
Over the past decade, this brand won several titles by some prestigious names in the fashion and activism world. 2018 GUNAS wins MACY's Best Retail Handbag Award by an Independent Designer, a global contest open to women of minority origin just to name one.
You can spot GUNAS bags in movies and TV shows such as A Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Isn’t It Romantic, Let’s Make A Deal, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Christmas At The Square and many more!
Cleo de Laet is a Belgium-born Slow Fashion designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her eponymous brand seeks to elevate fashion clothing to an experience by giving the consumers the option to buy sewing kits and sew high-end fashion garments themselves. The designer is deeply influenced by art and architecture. Her motive is to make people treat clothes as valuable items to be handed down through generations. She was first inspired by sewing magazines and aspires to bring high-end fashion to DIY (do-it-yourself) fashion.
Little Wonder is a brand well known for its statement necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all made of materials such as linen, cotton, leather, hand-cut, galvanized and 24K gold plated brass, sterling silver, semiprecious stones and other seemingly incompatible additions. This eclectic mixture of different materials and patterns characterizes Little Wonder jewellery. Every piece of jewellery is handmade with love and great precision. The main philosophy behind the brand are powerful impression and quality. LW jewellery is made for confident women who are not afraid to flirt with different styles but often opt for basic combinations with striking details. Collections are produced completely in the designer's studio in Croatia. Every piece is handmade by the designer herself with extreme care. Every collection is the reflection of the designer's current inspiration, such as nature, architecture, Mediterranean, constellations, and ethnic prints.
L’Atelier de broderie haute couture Emuska est né en 2017, avec cette volonté de créer des pièces uniques et particulières, travaillées avec amour et émotion. Avec un travail de passion qu’est la broderie haute couture, Emmanuelle Perriard, travaille la lumière et les matières en ayant toujours en tête l’innovation, la perfection et la simplicité tout à la fois. Univers fluide et aléatoire, comme la vie elle-même, créations et réalisations inspirées par les volumes, les courbes, les connexions, la nature et le mouvement.
The Emuska’s studio of Haute couture embroidery was born in 2017, with this desire to create unique and particular pieces, worked with love and emotion. With her passion for haute couture embroidery, Emmanuelle Perriard works on light and materials, always with innovation, perfection and simplicity in mind. Fluid and random universe, like life itself, creations and realizations inspired by volumes, curves, connections, nature and movement.
Too Damn Expensive encapsulates an intelligent sense of design with timeless and luxurious pieces. Collections are subtle yet strong with sharp tailoring and fit. We focus on making cool and interesting quality garments that can be transformed and used in different ways, by either detaching parts or changing the garment itself. Most of our garments have that feature, so you will have several garments in one. We always have a neutral colour palette - black, white, grey, or nude as they are classic and can be used in combination with everything. They have an edge to them but are not trend driven, so they cannot be out the next season. We design with a classic element and together with craftsmanship, the pieces are made to last and be wardrobe staples.
Melissa is a Detroit based designer and artist. Her work is a reflection of a reconstructed history and is deeply rooted in collage work. Her clothing line is a sort of exploration, like her paintings. She would look at her paintings, step back and think what if she just found it this way. That way she knows if it is finished and had come to be what it was meant to be. With her clothing she is doing the same exploration. She finds second hand clothes and develops them into her own aesthetic. It has the same feel as her artistry, so looking for different textures and colours.
Staša Randall is a Croatia-born London-based fashion designer and creative director of her eponymous label, Staša. Her work is greatly inspired by modern architecture, Asian fashion and the Scandinavian culture. ‘Keep it simple’ is the philosophy behind the clothes with a strong focus on minimalism, comfort, and functionality. The collections are designed in London and made in Croatia.
Louis is an American born designer based in Europe. With over 17 years experience designing for European luxury brands, Louis launched his namesake collection of quality unisex sneakers made in Portugal using sustainable materials with a factory pursuing the HIGG index by The Sustainable Apparel Coalition. His simple flattering styles reference a multi-culti tribe with attention to crafted detail. A well heeled traveller and urban nomad, Louis has called New York, London, Amsterdam and Paris home.
Inspired by Lex & Lynne founder, Alexis Corry's world travels, the brand's collection captures the relaxed look of resort life while investing in global communities. Each style is designed by the founder and handmade with love in Mexico. As a slow-fashion advocate and believer in only the best quality, each garment is made by hand to order. The line is a perfect embodiment of laid back American elegance with the highest quality materials.
Asha Scaria founded Swara in an effort to provide employment opportunities to the artisans in the tribal village of Dungarpur, Rajasthan. Today the brand combines Dungarpur workmanship with the Indigo dyes of the Akola village to design comfortable chic silhouettes in Indian prints. Their vision is to employ 100 women in 3 years and explore 6 different crafts.
Cristina Rojo is a Mexico-based fashion designer and Creative Director of her label, House of Red. Originally from Guadalajara in Mexico, Cristina has lived in many cities around the world, including New York, Munich, London, and Madrid. Experiencing so many different cultures and people has significantly influenced her aesthetic. She believes a positive mindset can go a long way and draws inspiration from nature and her friends.
Shivani Patel is an India based accessory designer and creative director of lifestyle brand, Arture Design. Arture is a PETA certified vegan brand that is also eco-friendly. Launched from crowdfunding in 2015, the brand has since acquired a large number of repeat customers. Much like the designer herself, the brand’s aesthetic is very minimal and functional. The colours are gender neutral so there’s something for everybody. Shivani says, “We don’t need a few people doing zero waste perfectly, we need a lot of people doing it imperfectly.”