While the rest of the fashion world keeps their eye on Paris, London and New York, Berlin has always been the focal point of innovation and sustainability. This month welcomed back platforms such as Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and Greenshowroom to showcase the latest collections from ethical labels across the globe.
Newcomer Chandra Prakash Jha founded his label Cocccon in 2012 after studying fashion technology in New Delhi. Chandra breeds his own cocccons ethically, hoping to change the face of the silkworm industry. His designs are handmade by village women in India. Working with organic silk, Coccon offers high quality mens and womenswear with equally high ethical standards.
Unfasten your seat belts! Based in Italy, unisex accessories label 959‘s recycled seat belt collection is the brain child of none other than the aptly named Paul Ferrari, creating a range of modern utilitarian designs from bags, to plant pots to ottomans. 959 is named after 1959 – the year volvo introduced the first ever seatbelt. Va va voom indeed!
Showing at the Berlin Showroom, Polish born Aleks Kurkowski takes inspiration from ‘architecture, mathematics and the love for black“. His contemporary minimal aesthetic consists of geometric shapes and structural lines, produced using sustainable materials such as natural leather, wool and silk.
Showing at Greenshowroom, Berlin-based Studio Ecocentric excels at vintage elegance and this season was no different. Pussy blow blouses, feminine silhouettes and berets were predominant in the show, reimagining timeless 1920s sophistication.
Founded in 2008, Mud Jeans are no ordinary jeans company. As the founders of ‘Lease A Jeans’, they operate on a loan style basis, meaning that the customer can essentially lease a pair of jeans so that the company retains ownership and most importantly, the organic certified materials. The Netherlands based brand also sell fair trade bamboo sunglasses and recycled accessories with a distinctly urban feel.
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