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We Spotlight Four Cool Sustainable Fashion Labels

Brands like Gucci and Michael Kors have gone fur-free, while Tom Ford has become more animal-conscious. Emma Watson’s made eco-friendly OOTD outfits a thing, and who can ignore climate change? (Well, we all know who.) Sustainable fashion has never been cooler – or more crucial. We spotlight four labels taking the movement to the next level.

 

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Jacob Olmedo

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Jacob Olmedo

What: Parsons School of Design graduate Jacob Olmedo’s eponymous line – his graduation collection last year got him singled out as one to watch by Vogue Italia and design bigwig Dezeen.

Why know it: Olmedo takes going green to the next level – his designs are literally miniature, mobile gardens with wheatgrass sprouting out from oversized, sculptural coats and tops. The foundation of each piece is organic cotton that’s been treated with beeswax and biodegradable wood pulp felt – effectively fabric that supports hydroponics – with the plants alone taking up to 15 days to grow. He calls them “environmental armour”; expect the industry to dub it, ahem, horticouture.

Where to get it: Plans for more commercial (read: wearable) versions of his conceptual, labour-intensive designs will only be ready next year. Meanwhile, you can reach out to him directly via e-mail at jacobolmedo@gmail.com.

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