Want to support sustainable fashion and ethical clothing production in Melbourne, but don't know where to start?
One of our favorite Melbourne clothing brands in Australia is Wilga.
This brand, founded in 2004, is all designed by Tamarind Croft and entirely hand-cut and sewn in the Kallista studio, focusing on minimizing waste. Their knitwear is made ethically by a small family mill in Ludhiana, India. They use post-consumer fabric bolts from remnant warehouses and op shops for their foraged range and use eco-friendly fabrics like Tencel, linen, and organic cotton.
Wilga designs beautiful, shapely, elegant, and versatile clothing inspired by vintage looks. Additionally, they are In line with Slow Fashion so that garments sold online are made-to-order, avoiding overproduction and waste. We love ethical considerations and decisions like that and wish more brands adopted slow fashion practices.
The next brand we love to support is Nya!
The founders were disheartened by the devastating environmental impact caused by the fashion industry. They wanted to create beautifully printed clothing that was socially conscious and environmentally friendly. Nya is their way of making a difference. Also, Nya is inspired by the natural elements of Melbourne, “where the rugged bushland meets the wild waves of the Victorian Surf Coast.” Nya is fun and functional, with a lot of heart. Check out some of the pieces we feature.