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7 Local Sustainable Fashion Brands to Help You Make the Shift

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7 Local Sustainable Fashion Brands to Help You Make the Shift
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With the effects of the climate crisis becoming known to more people all over the world (especially since September's Global Climate Strike), it's undeniable that sustainability is one of, if not the primary factor to look for in brands. In fact, so crucial is the attention to sustainability that a number of brands signed the G7 Fashion Pact last August as a promise to improve their business practices for the good of the environment and its employees.

While the whole world now reboots for more sustainable entrepreneurship, there are a number of future-forward brands closer to home that you can support yourself. It's a great way to understand what sustainable fashion is and the difference it makes to people's lives. Check out some of the metro's sustainable fashion brands that are admirable not only for their stylish designs but most especially for their ethical production: 

1. Maison Métisse

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"Honest, ethical, and handmade" describes Maison Metisse in a nutshell. Métisse is French for 'woman of mixed ancestry,' very much like Adrienne Charuel, the brand's founder. Inspired by her many experiences and travels, as well as her cultural heritage, Adrienne translates this into her eclectic designs, which are handmade by their partner communities such as the Itneg tribe. Given her background in various weaving and dying methods, the brand creates a bevy of clothes dyed with Japanese Indigo and adorned with traditional embroidery by the Itnegs. 

Visit the official website here.

2. Candid Clothing Co.

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Samantha Dizon grew up with her seamstress grandmother in Tanay, Rizal, which exposed her to clothes made with leftover fabric as well as the hardships of garment workers to provide for their families. This prompted her to create her own clothing brand that makes use of retaso or leftover fabric. Candid Clothing Co. produces simple, fuss-free clothes that appeal to women of all ages. You can find comfy T-shirts, skirts, tank tops, and dresses that can easily go on rotation within in your workweek wardrobe. There are even innovative designs such as the 10-way scarf! 

Visit the official website here.

3. Tela.mnl

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Helmed by 19-year-old Alyssa Lagon, Tela.mnl uses leftover fabric from BAYO to craft wearable, effortlessly stylish clothing, made by its partner communities including one based in Cebu. For its inaugural collection, the brand revealed three capsule collections titled Refresh, Revive, and Renew, which all highlight specific sustainable aspects such as the use of natural fabrics and upcycling old ones. Its neutral-colored jumpsuits, cozy pants, and apron tops are reasonably priced, making Tela.mnl an easy gateway to sustainable fashion.  

4. ANTHILL Fabric Gallery

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ANTHILL Fabric Gallery is one of the most popular sustainable brands in the fashion industry and with good reason. The brand is grounded on a comprehensive circular production system that includes the weavers, designers, producers, and the wearers. Part of their core values is weaving manufacturing waste into new fabric. Since its launch in 2010, the brand has expanded its partner communities and brands to preserve weaving traditions. Aside from clothes and accessories, the brand also offers lifestyle products for the home, office, and travel. 

Visit the official website here.

5. Re Clothing

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Re Clothing is proof that sustainable fashion concepts don't have to be complicated. Bianca Gregorio, the brand's mastermind, simply embroiders thrifted clothing to breathe new life into them. These designs are often about women empowerment, which adds an inspirational touch. You can also have some pieces customized with your own embroidery design. The finished products from Re Clothing are perfect for those who love anything vintage and retro. 

Visit the official website here.

6. Herman and Co. 

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Founded by Bea Schück-Lim Constantino, who is a Chavacano-Tausug of German descent, Herman & Co. highlights the magical weaving of the tribes from Southern Mindanao. The various colorful fabrics are integrated into everyday clothing, making it easy for anyone to showcase their pride in the tradition of Filipino weaving. The brand offers everything from shorts, tie-up blouses, sweatshirts, to batik coords. 

Visit the official website here.

7. Lara Samar PH

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Lara Samar PH was a result of collective effort propelled by Governor Sharee Ann Tan who had encouraged the people of Basey, Samar to use weaving as a means to rebuild their communities. The contemporary banig pieces eventually caught the attention of Samar's tourism arm, Spark Samar, which later on brought together the four biggest banig houses in the region and came up with Lara Samar PH. Now, the brand continues to enamor the people of Manila with its vibrant designs featuring cultural motfis and chic monorchromatic tote bags. 

Visit the official website here.

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