It's no surprise that here at Eco Warrior Princess, we reserve a special place for Australian brands, whether Australian owned, Australian-made or both.
Buying something local is truly a special feeling. It gives us a sense of connection and closeness to our clothing when we know we have done something to aid our local community. By purchasing ethical clothing, we can attach ourselves to the history behind the brand, also ensuring we receive high quality products whilst still protecting the hard workers whom have produced it.
So let’s combine local and ethical together and think of all the benefits we can give ourselves and hardworking clothing designers. Whether you’ve been into sustainable fashion for a long time, or you’re a new comer to the trend, here’s your guide to shopping Australian ethical fashion online.
Ethical Fashion Brands Australian Owned & Made.
Vege Threads is a lifestyle label that focuses on sustainability, ethics and social awareness. The brand offers organic, multi-seasonal basics embracing 100% Australian production. Vege Threads is aimed towards those who are looking for more from the clothing, their mission being to unite a community of creative souls interested in sustainability and good design and style. All clothing is made from naturally farmed, certified organic cotton which unlike conventional cotton, does not include dangerous chemicals nor is harmful to the environment. This means exposure to chemicals is limited to people, air, water and soil.
Founded in 2007 by ethical designer Kellie Donovan and photographer Sean Watson, Pure Pod is one of Australia's largest and longest-running ethical fashion brands. Considered widely as a pioneer in the Australian sustainable fashion industry, Pure Pod is a favourite with conscious consumers, not only for its use of contemporary design and bold prints, but its commitment to to ethical manufacturing in Australia. Pure Pod is an ethical womenswear brand that seamlessly fuses sustainable design with style. One look at their current collection is enough to make you understand why this brand is frequently included in "top" ethical fashion lists. To shop Pure Pod, visit the website here.
Jude offers original, contemporary style clothing in unique textures, colours and shapes. Some pieces are even unisex, easily worn by both men and women.
Designer Jude Ng has a background in fine arts, fuelling his different perspective on fashion. Favouring quality natural fibres, vintage materials and traditional techniques used in a modern ways, to create the interesting and eye catching pieces. Pieces feature hand dyeing, painting, beading and embroidery.
The entire design process takes place in Melbourne: envisioning, sketching ideas, patternmaking, fitting and construction. Jude clothing strongly supports the local garment industry - all clothing is ethically made by talented Melbourne based makers. Mens and women's collections can be purchased through The Dress Collective or straight from Jude Clothing.
Named after Sydney-based Australian ethical fashion designer, Eva Cassis, this brand is a favourite of Eco Warrior Princess founding editor Jennifer Nini. Introduced to the Eva Cassis label back in 2013 whilst organising a photo shoot, she fell in love with the brand's minimalistic and classic designs and its commitment to ethical fashion manufacturing in Australia. Since then, Jennifer has been a huge fan and has gotten to know the humble designer over the years, so much so, that she regards Eva Cassis as a friend.
The Ark Clothing Co.
The Ark is passionate about educating women about the benefits of clever design and believes clothing should always include integrity. The brand is Australian made and is ethically accredited with the Australian . The Ark helps simple women feel stylish and confident with their clothing. The Ark Clothing Co. is proudly Melbourne based, with four stores in Victoria and one in South Australia, as well as having an e-commerce store that ships worldwide. The Ark is for those of us who enjoy simple but intelligent design.
Mirador is a brand with an eye for simple design, producing beautiful pieces with high quality fabrics to last you a lifetime. Cut, made and sewn in Melbourne, Mirador clothing offers ethical and timeless pieces. Every clothing piece uses traditional cuts and the label even offers made-to-order on some of their products to limit waste. Find Mirador clothing at any of their stockists and on the Mirador website.
Rant has been designing comfy and long-lasting clothing since 2003, also being 100% designed and made in Australia. Each piece of clothing represents an individual spirit as well as supporting a small community in their local textile industry. When each piece of clothing is made, extreme care is taken to minimise impact and ensure longevity. All cutting and sewing takes place within 30km of the Rant studio, which reduces transport and provides the highest quality to all pieces. Build a conscious wardrobe of beautiful, natural fibres with Rant. Pieces are easy to find as the brand has stockists in every Australian state and are also available from Sustainable Fashion.
Good Day Girl
Good Day Girl’s mission is to ensure fairness to all in the textiles industry. The label has a made-to-order system, which means no wastage. Good Day Girl always keeps sustainability in mind when running their business and producing clothing, always staying true to local production with no waste or overproduction. Good Day Girl has a mission to create clothing in the most sustainable and ethical way possible.
Cameron & James
It wouldn't be a comprehensive Australian ethical fashion list without mentioning Cameron & James, an Australian urban streetwear brand that our founding editor Jennifer Nini fell in love with at the Undress Runways sustainable fashion show in Melbourne back in 2014. The brand is ethically produced in Melbourne and is also accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia. Its lead designer Cameron, sources eco-friendly fabrics that he then turns into sustainable stylish menswear. Cameron & James is knowns for its minimalist and monochromatic design, focussing on cut, quality and style. The brand has recently introduced a women's range. To shop this ethical Australian ethical brand, visit the Cameron & James website here.
Australian Ethical Fashion Brands Manufactured Overseas.
The Great Beyond was created to fill the gap between fashion bloggers and eco clothing. The brand is designed in Queensland, Australia and made in China, aspiring to create environmental awareness with their beautiful clothing. The brand offers bamboo clothing in classic styles for confident and stylish women, suitable for your everyday lifestyle. The use of bamboo in it's clothing range ensures the piece is comfortable, soft as well as durable. Pieces are available from The Great Beyond online store.
Bhalo is Australian based, although produces one of a kind clothing pieces using natural hand woven fabrics from Bangladesh. The label aims to assist the rural producers and artisans in Bangladesh, as well as connect the buyer with the garment and the story behind it. Bhalo is passionate about empowering customers to learn about the background to the clothes they purchase, as this encourages more thought when making ethical decisions. Get your hands on some Bhalo clothing, able to be purchased from the Bhalo website or from any of their stockists.
So make sure to get behind these Australian brands and support their mission to better the world. Inspire yourself to make a difference in the fashion community by purchasing ethical clothing that you know will not just help improve the lives of workers, but strengthens the Australian fashion industry and encourages profits to go back to our local economy too.
Any other Australian brands that deserve to be on this list? Feel free to leave details below!