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5 Sustainable Designers To Look Out For

Sustainable fashion isn't just for hippies- Jennifer Barton gives us the low-down on designers making a difference

5 Sustainable Designers To Look Out For

The beauty of sustainable fashion designers is knowing that they're an all encompassing, forward thinking bunch of people. Their designs reflect their creative ability to look beyond the now and see what’s coming, both in regards to fashion forecasts and keep the planet in check. Jennifer Barton of The Social Change Room gives us her hit prediction on the top 5 labels to watch.

cylk http://www.cylk.com.au/

cylk is a soft and sexy collection of seamless intimates, contemporary basics, loungewear and ready-to-wear fashion pieces using luxury blends including super fine bamboo, silk, cashmere, linen and modal. They use natural, sustainable or renewable fibres wherever possible. Their latest line oozes femininity, both in their shapes and soft textures, they have tactile, 'touch me' outfits down to a 't'!

Sosume http://sosumeclothing.com/

SOSUME is another Australian brand with a major social-conscience. They offer womens ready-to-wear collections that are made of the highest quality organic and natural fabrics. The brand goes beyond expectations to source materials that present the lowest environmental impact on our society.

Sosume's 2012 range is full of simple, yet stylish designs that can mix and match with any existing wardrobe (I have my eye on their super cute, black tailored jacket with tails).

Nobody http://nobody.com.au/

Jeans are a serious staple for any girl's wardrobe. This is all the more reason to buy denim that's high quality, made to last and in cuts that fit like a glove!

Nobody denim is all that and more. The jeans are handmade in Australia (Fitzroy, Victoria, to be exact), the brand is also accredited with the Ethical Clothing Australia standards, which means their supply chain and manufacturing is completely transparent. The wash and finish of Nobody jeans is unique and sexy, and their cuts are flattering to a large range of figures. It's really great to see great fashion, creativity and integrity blended into amazing, locally made clothing. They're also now incredibly convenient to buy, as they've just launched their online store this month!

Baumbach https://marketplace.asos.com/boutique/baumbach

I was incredibly excited to discover this unique label, as it's made for the independent, individual girl - like me! Brisbane based, Baumbach creates jersey wear collections, each married with quirky hand drawn graphics that are designed and hand printed with love. Their comfy printed tees would go so well with a pair of Nobody jeans!!

Atlas http://www.thegrandsocial.com.au/alas

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Kelly Elkin, creator of ALAS. Kelly has established a sleepwear label that is bursting with cuteness, cuddle-worthy fabrics and dreamy prints. The carefully selected organic fabrics are soft to the touch and always breathable. ALAS recently won the 'Pure Spirit Award' - a category of the UK based Ethical Fashion Forum's Innovation Awards.

Now, don't forget about the lads! if you want to direct your guy friends to some ethical coolness, send them to Strange Days (http://www.strangedays.com.au/) and Scared Til Death (http://scaredtildeath.com/) for some super trendy t-shirts made in small runs and ethically manufactured in Oz.