Fashion collaborations are wildly popular in this day and age as they often feature the best of both worlds. Designers have the opportunity to partner with like-minded brands and individuals to present new, exciting perspectives of their current work to their consumers. Consumers, on the other hand, also welcome more reasons to support and engage with their favourite brands.
Beyond consuming fashion that reflects their personal style, an increasing number of consumers are looking to support mindful brands that offer products that are kinder to the environment too. From Charles & Keith and Copenhagen-based designer Cecilie Bahnsen’s conscious capsule footwear collection to Casetify’s range of compostable and biodegradable phone cases designed in partnership with the Earth Day Network, here's a round-up of our favourite stylish and sustainable fashion collaborations at the moment.
Charles & Keith x Cecilie Bahnsen
Back-to-school dressing has never looked this chic. Singapore-based footwear and accessories brand Charles & Keith has teamed up with luxury womenswear designer Cecilie Bahnsen to launch a conscious capsule footwear collection that is inspired by the latter’s fascination with school uniforms. The collection, which comprises just four styles — three Mary Janes and a mule — are reflective of Cecilie Bahnsen’s Scandinavian roots and her uniquely feminine approach to design.
Each of the pieces features unique patchwork that is made from Cecilie’s designs alongside hand-quilted embroidery that uses recycled satin. The pieces are priced between SGD379/~USD266 for a pair of Camelia Quilted Satin Mule and SGD529/~USD371 for a pair of Anemone patch-work Mary Janes.
The R Collective x Jesse Lee, supported by Levi’s
Meet the folks who are doubling down on giving classic denim pieces a second life. Social impact fashion brand The R Collective creates luxury upcycled garments using waste materials, and in their latest venture, they have roped in designer Jesse Lee, supported by global denim brand Levi’s, to launch a limited edition ‘Denim Reimagined’ collection.
As its name suggests, the collection comprises 10 denim styles which are all made from upcycled Levi’s aged inventory and irregular and leftover samples in a creative design effort to prolong denim’s lifespan. The pieces were also unstitched and then resewed by an eco model denim manufacturer which has implemented many sustainability initiatives for a decade.
Standout items from the collection include the Dore Dress, which is thoughtfully made from a pair of reconstructed denim dungarees and Levi’s 504 Jeans. The pieces are priced between USD128 for a pair of Barmouth shorts and USD320 for an oversized Fal Jacket.
Casetify Conscious x Earth Day Network
Who knew that we could protect our devices while protecting the planet? Global tech accessories brand Casetify partnered with the Earth Day Network in designing the world’s first customisable, 100 per cent compostable and biodegradable phone cases, and it features three limited-edition designs which are available in a variety of fun colours such as Oatmeal (beige), French Raspberry (red) and Lavender (purple). The phone cases are priced at USD45 each and are currently available for iPhones only.
The brand also supports Earth Day Network’s goal of planting 7.8 billion trees this year by donating a tree for every compostable and biodegradable case sold to benefit local communities, increase habit for species and combat climate change.
Summersalt x Tanya Taylor
Nothing screams summer quite like a fun swimsuit collab, and this partnership takes the cake for being inclusive and sustainable as well. Womenswear brand Tanya Taylor worked with female-founded swimwear and travel wear brand Summersalt to launch ‘The Brushstroke Collection’, a limited-edition, six-piece swimwear collection which features the former’s signature, hand-painted prints across Summersalt’s best-selling silhouettes.
Summersalt’s colourful and stylish swimsuits are made using premium recycled materials, such as recycled fishing nets in the yarn to create a sustainable fabric that offers five times the stretch of an average swimsuit. Pieces are priced between SGD94.18/~USD66.04 for a High Leg, High Rise Swimsuit Bottom and SGD196.20/~USD137.57 for a Beach to Brunch Wrap Skirt.
Altuzarra x Etsy
In the mood for quirky decor pieces to spruce up your living space? Paris-born womenswear designer Joseph Altuzarra’s collaboration collection with online creative marketplace Etsy might just be what you are looking for. The designer teamed up with eight Etsy artisans and small business owners to produce an exclusive range of stylish home and living items, some of which were made by repurposing excess materials from previous Altuzarra collections.
Key items in the collection include the chic set of four cognac glazed candlesticks that double as mini art sculptural pieces for your dining table. Many of the pieces are already sold out, and the items which are still available on the site are priced between SGD88.89/~USD62.33 for an adorable dog bed and SGD1,925.93/~USD1,350.42 for a contemporary hand woven basket.