Five über-stylish fashion e-boutiques with a sustainable and ethical focus

From recycled luggage to “detox denim” and fairtrade footwear

Billy Tannery kid leather Cecil’s case, £2,495
Billy Tannery kid leather Cecil’s case, £2,495

Billy Tannery

From an old farm building in the Midlands comes a line of leather goods with a difference. Billy Tannery’s stylish and super-soft backpacks and briefcases are made using otherwise wasted goat hides in what founders Jack Millington and Rory Harker refer to as a “microtannery” – the first of its kind in the UK. Each hide can be traced back to its farm of origin, with a guarantee of high welfare standards, and tanned using centuries-old local knowledge. The result is the delightfully soft kid leather that is stitched in Somerset into Billy Tannery’s signature roll-top backpack (£650) in black, chestnut or forest green, as well as a supple briefcase (£450) and tote bag (£395). But the jewel in Billy Tannery’s crown has to be Cecil’s Case (£2,495), a luxurious leather briefcase created in collaboration with fine-leather craftsman Charles Laurie. Named after Sir Cecil Beaton and produced in a natty navy kid leather with matching kid suede lining, it is a fine showcase for the skill of this burgeoning young brand. billytannery.co.uk. MARY LUSSIANA

Robe de Voyage silk crepe de Chine Firebird robe, £585, and cotton-voile Charcoal dress, £210
Robe de Voyage silk crepe de Chine Firebird robe, £585, and cotton-voile Charcoal dress, £210

 

Robe de Voyage

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Robe de Voyage’s scribble-print robes (from £245) come in a range of vibrant colours inspired by founder Jessica Linklater’s travels. Each of the lightweight 100 per cent khadi cotton garments (available as a long robe, short robe or a men’s version) comes in its own elegant pouch. The company, which has been awarded the Butterfly Mark in recognition of its commitment to sustainability, also offers kurtas (£245) and ethereal shawls (£170). “The collection is made in small batches, with the patterns cut in Paris by a retired cutter from Dior,” says Linklater. “They are crafted from handspun and handwoven khadi cotton in partnership with a collective of weavers in West Bengal, and then screenprinted and assembled in Delhi.” robedevoyage.com. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

 

Reclaim Mallorca’s chic bags are upcycled from used or remnant materials
Reclaim Mallorca’s chic bags are upcycled from used or remnant materials

Reclaim Mallorca

In recent years I have become more and more concerned about the origin of the clothes and accessories I buy, who makes them and where the materials have been sourced. Reclaim Mallorca sells beautiful bags that fulfil my criteria and are also completely unique. The bags are crafted along principles of “recover, repair, restore, reuse and recycle”, all are made in Mallorca from used or remnant materials – and they are chic and cleverly designed. With two collections each year, bestsellers include a clutch called Petra (€240), the reversible Orient shopper (€695) and Deia (€1,500), a unisex weekend bag that fits carry-on luggage requirements. Soller (€820), a rucksack inspired by one owned by Rennison’s grandfather that has straps to hook over the handlebars of a bicycle, and other bespoke designs can be made to order. reclaimsl.com.  BEATRICE AIDIN

From top: Pili Restrepo gold and larimar cabochon Noora ring, from $1,685, gold BG ring, $1,450, and Circe gold, blue chalcedony, pink opal and lemon chrysoprase earrings, $1,850
From top: Pili Restrepo gold and larimar cabochon Noora ring, from $1,685, gold BG ring, $1,450, and Circe gold, blue chalcedony, pink opal and lemon chrysoprase earrings, $1,850

Pili Restrepo

Colombia-born, New York and Miami-based jeweller Pili Restrepo launched her quirky yet sophisticated eponymous label in 2017, marrying a bold aesthetic with a focus on ethically sourced, fair-mined materials. Her lust-worthy BG ring ($1,450), crafted in 10ct mercury-free yellow gold, is emblematic of the rest of the line: free-flowing designs created by Pili and her team of artisans in New York from sustainable yet luxurious materials. The Beget collection also features hands as earrings (from $840 for a single earring), embellished with black diamond nails and topped with spessartine or tanzanite, while the Digitus ring ($1,060) mimics a finger, adorned with micro pavé black diamonds on the nail, and is both playful and decidedly chic – plus 10 per cent of proceeds from the Beget collection are donated to environmental charity Pure Earthpilirestrepo.com. CHERISH RUFUS

Antibad cotton Byron sweater, £130
Antibad cotton Byron sweater, £130

 

Antibad

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Former model Agatha Lintott’s e-store, Antibad, has brought together a collection of 24 womenswear labels – from Europe to Korea and, in particular, the US – that translate her ethical beliefs into products rich in contemporary style and colour. Take, for example, LA-based Rafa, which creates vegan shoes from recycled materials, such as the round-toed, chunky-heeled Mini Pump (£290) in black, pale blue and lime green; French brand Happy Haus works with Greenpeace-approved Detox-certified denim (cropped Pantalon jeans, £225); and the classic designs by Madrid-based knitwear label Diarte (bright-red cotton Byron sweater, £130; two-tone Lia top, £90) are both fair trade and fashionable. Antibad’s business model is based on full transparency – from ethical banking to carbon-neutral shipping – with the sustainable nature of each item assessed under the “Why it’s good” heading and filtered under nine categories that include organic, vegan and vintage. antibadstore.com. ELISSA ANNISS

 

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