No longer just a buzzword, ethical fashion – clothing and accessories created using responsible practices, eco-friendly or upcycled fabrics and sustainable by nature – is one of the fastest-growing fashion trends. For slow fashion that’s around for a long time, here’s the items to consider buying now:
For farm-to-face beauty,  Dunkle Authentic has a curated range of vegan and eco-friendly lipsticks, foundation and skincare. Handmade by founder Molly Dunkle in her California Lane studio, the eco-luxe products contain raw materials sourced from Queensland farmers. For full transparency, shoppers can watch the handmade process through the studio window.
From its workroom and shop on Winn Lane, Practice Studio also uses the design process to allow customers to reconnect with the value of thoughtfully made garments. The shop showcases seasonless collections by conscious creators with a focus on sustainable and ethical clothing.
 UnCommon Store, also on Winn Lane, champions emerging designers, eschewing fast fashion for considered drops from local talent. Forge Forward is another contemporary design space that shines the spotlight on creatives and sustainable style and also runs workshops with local artists.
More handmade goodies can be found at Alice Nightingale on California Lane. Alice is a local treasure who not only sells limited, handmade designs crafted from second-hand, vintage and locally produced fabrics, she also runs sewing workshops so we can all learn to fix or create clothing, too.
Recycled clothing is also great for the environment and vintage aficionados are well-catered for in The Valley with a huge array of op-shops and second-hand boutiques. We also love The Valley Laneway Markets for vintage sellers such as Minty Vintage, The Orange Poodle and Trashn Fashn. You’ll also find local sustainable makers such as Pink Pineapple, A Hop and a Skip and Earth Fibre at the monthly Saturday markets.


– October 2020