In the age of fast fashion, it’s easy to forget that what we wear was made by another person. Buying from a brand that invests in the people behind its designs makes for a better experience for everyone: a piece in your wardrobe with a story for you, and the support of a way of life for the people that made it.
These brands to trust have travelled the world to find and nurture the artisans who craft their products.
Maiyet may call downtown New York home, but the fashion brand has made its name by collaborating with artisans from around the world. Its latest jewellery capsule range, the Good Karma Collection, is composed of six simple designs forged from locally sourced rare spinel stones and hand-forged Burmese gold. Maiyet has developed the collection in collaboration with Turquoise Mountain to celebrate and preserve Myanmar traditional craft while supporting local artisans and their families.
Womenswear label Oshadi works with handwoven and natural dyed organic cottons, silks and linens which help keep India’s rich textile heritage alive. Oshadi’s clean designs – from modern tailoring to structural linen dresses – feature centuries-old weaving and natural dyeing techniques that are becoming harder and harder to find as the country industrialises.
“Artifacts of craftsmanship, especially those made by traditional methods, inspire me. I find them real and timeless. They have stories that speak to you. They show you the bond between the people and the nature…” so muses London-based designer Umran Aysan. She works with traditional techniques like crocheting and lace to produce her beachy, breezy clothing collection, which is inspired by the Aegean region.
Robe de Voyage
Robe de Voyage’s design process is as international as it hopes your travels in its beautiful robes will be. Each unique piece is sketched out in London, tailored in Paris by a retired cutter from Dior, and then individually screen printed and assembled in Delhi. The results are beautiful cotton robes and travel wear, perfect for rolling up into your luggage for wherever your adventures may take you.
The vivid, richly-detailed traditional Palestinian embroidery found on Sep Jordan’s linen, cashmere and cotton homeware and accessories has been made by women who have nurtured these skills in their families for generations. Crucially, Sep Jordan provides professional, personal and economic stability by employing women refugees living in Jordan to produce its products.
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