Earth Day takes place next week – April 22 – and it’s never been more crucial to be aware of growing environmental issues – whether it’s the young sperm whale that recently washed up dead with nearly 30kg worth of plastic rubbish in its stomach (just one of many to do so in recent years, mind you) or the presence of micro-plastics in both tap and bottled water around the world.
While environmental problems can seem daunting all at once – you can start with taking small steps such as supporting initiatives and labels that are making an effort to be environmentally responsible. Here, we round up several Singaporean fashion labels worth supporting:
Esse The Label
Started last August by designer Alicia Tsi, what sets her label apart from others is Esse The Label‘s contemporary aesthetic. Says Tsi, “Most local eco-friendly labels have a very bohemian aesthetic but our take is to create modern, clean and minimal pieces that are both wearable and versatile, so people can wear them on a daily basis and for all occasions.”
Going by her pictures, we’re inclined to agree. Tsi’s designs are free of prints, preferring instead to focus on experimenting with relaxed cuts and silhouettes to give her pieces a subtle edge – take for example the pale pink tank top, which can be worn two-ways. And with prices ranging from $59 to $129, it’s wallet-friendly as well, dispelling the notion that eco-friendly clothes have to be on the pricier side. “We squeeze our margins a little to keep prices accessible so most women will be able to shop sustainably without burning a hole in their pockets,” explains Tsi.
New this month: a more premium range made from silk – undoubtedly from sustainable sources.
Where to shop Esse The Label: They have no physical stockists at the moment, but what you can do however, is stop by their studio to view and try on the clothes. Alternatively, you can shop the brand here.