Fashion / Feature

Sustainable workwear for the decade ahead

As we emerge into a new decade with more pressure on our planet than ever before, we are encouraged to put our money where our mouth is and spend more sustainably. Part of this means minimising the amount we buy, coupled with a preference for brands pledging sustainability. With uniform dressing for the office and vintage shopping are calling our names, we’ve narrowed the search down (so you don’t have to) to our favourite sustainable brands for perfect workwear.

Australian made and owned label Bassike applies a holistic approach to sustainability by considering design, production and community when creating garments. With intention, integrity and longevity in mind, the Bassike philosophy includes design choices that use natural, sustainable and ethically sourced materials that make sense season after season, as well as implementing brand-wide holistic environmental choices for a commitment to a better planet.

Since its inception, Maggie Marilyn has made commitments to making a difference. By pledging to stay true to founding values that include fair and respectful working conditions and eco and ethical production, Marilyn is part of the leading new guard that not only champions these policies, but is determined to see them as the new norm.

Since its inception, Maggie Marilyn has made commitments to making a difference. By pledging to stay true to founding values that include fair and respectful working conditions and eco and ethical production, Marilyn is part of the leading new guard that not only champions these policies, but is determined to see them as the new norm.

Described to us as “the chicest vintage in Australia” by a devoted customer, Olivia Lila Lahood’s carefully curated and sophisticated pre-loved and designer pieces overflow her online atelier through tonal, paired back styling. “The idea of sustainable fashion is one I personally know as a core part of my Lebanese culture,” she explained to RUSSH last year. Each piece is selected with personal affection, offering shoppers a curated selection of second hand luxuries.

The French-born sneaker company places its bar higher than simply providing high quality, minimal sneakers. The brand’s commitment to the earth encompasses the entire production operation by using fair trade and organic materials, supporting workers fairly and respectfully, and having a certified B-Corp status, which ensures the brand is held accountable for the wages, the suppliers, the team, the environment, the workplace or the governance that Veja provides.

The French-born sneaker company places its bar higher than simply providing high quality, minimal sneakers. The brand’s commitment to the earth encompasses the entire production operation by using fair trade and organic materials, supporting workers fairly and respectfully, and having a certified B-Corp status, which ensures the brand is held accountable for the wages, the suppliers, the team, the environment, the workplace or the governance that Veja provides.

Committed to producing clothing in an environmentally harmonious way, Worn’s sustainability practices include considerations towards the environment, materials, community, packaging, living wage and reducing our carbon footprint. Their promise to balance the brand’s impact through initiatives like Trees4Trees (where one tree is planted for every piece of furniture sold), working with green logistic companies and supporting communities in developing countries by providing work and education to their workers makes Worn’s conscious approach to consumption, and curated edit of well-cut tonal pieces for the everyday, ticked boxes on all fronts.

From top: @bassike; @maggiemarilyn; @olivialilalahood; @veja; @worn.store.