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:
From its workroom and shop on Winn Lane, Practice Studio 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.

Find out more about the Valley’s independent fashion designers
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 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 Valley Laneway Artisan and Design markets on the first Saturday of every month.

Get to know these vintage and second-hand fashion market stalls


– Updated April 2021