What better way to freshen your Spring/Summer wardrobe than with a fun print! Whether you like bold and graphic or romantic and subtle, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite eco-friendly brands that feature an array of beautiful prints!
Based in London | Made in UK and Slovenia | Right Angle Trousers – £195
We kick off the list with our new range of printed organic cotton jerseywear! In our efforts to reduce waste, these pieces are made out of offcuts from previous production which feature some of our signature prints such as ‘The Art of Figure Cropping’ and ‘Right Angle’ prints. These styles look great mixed or matched with other ELLISS prints or worn with minimalist silhouettes like our Power Tops for a more classic look.
Based in USA | Made in USA | Mini Tee (Tarot Print)- $98
If you’re looking for the perfect Instagrammable outfit, Miaou is the brand for you! Known for their unique prints on recycled mesh corsets and fitted jerseywear using recycled nylon, the US-based brand takes inspiration from 90s references for a sexy and bold aesthetic. This baby tee is made from sheer recycled mesh and looks equally great paired with the matching printed skirt as it does dressed down with vintage jeans! Miaou specialise in sexy tailoring and figure hugging pieces, challenging the casual glamour of 90s supermodels. Sustainable practices are very important to Miaou and they aim to uphold ethical, social and environmental responsibilities throughout their supply chain.
3. ARTHUR APPAREL
Based in Australia | Made in Indonesia | Slim Fit Tee in Lollipop – £46
Australian based label Arthur Apparel create unique prints that combine streetwear with 60s vibes, like this vintage looking tie dye organic cotton T shirt! The brand are upfront about their sustainable and ethical practices and admit they aren’t perfect yet but are committed to strengthening their environmental responsibly across their supply chain. They don’t mass produce their garments so are proud to call themselves a slow fashion brand and choose natural, organic fabrics wherever they can that use less water and energy for a lower impact on the earth. The pieces are handmade in two small factories in Indonesia and the staff are paid fairly, as well as being entitled to sick leave, personal leave and all national and religious holidays.
4. RAVE REVIEW
Based in Sweden | Made in Sweden | Ozzy Check Blue/Green Flower Print – €350
This contemporary brand creates beautiful one-off pieces from deadstock fabrics and vintage bedsheets. By using innovative new methods, Rave Review transforms vintage home textiles into cool and unique garments. This upcycled brand source and produce everything in Europe, close to their design studio in Sweden which also helps reduce their carbon footprint. Their pieces feature spiral panels of deadstock and vintage fabrics stitched together which creates a bold and fun contrast of prints and patterns.
5. STINE GOYA
Based in Denmark | Made in Italy and Portugal | Marc Pants (Zebra Black) – £160
If you’re looking for more statement pieces with a contemporary feel, look no further than Stine Goya! The Danish based brand specialise in playful silhouettes with bold and fresh prints. Each collection is built on a foundation of flattering cuts, quality fabrics and hand-drawn prints created in their in-house design team. How and where their product is made is very important to Stine Goya. They are committed to challenging both design and production to seek out and integrate new processes into each collection, to mitigate the impact on the environment season on season. As a family-run business, Stine Goya knows the importance of taking care of people – how they work with and treat their partners, both their stakeholders and employees matters a great deal to them.
6. COLLINA STRADA
Based in US | Made in US | Flower Tank (Pink/Yellow) – £128
This cropped tank top by Collina Strada is a must-have for summer with its fun hand dyed print and flower centre! Made from deadstock tencel modal, this piece combines self expression and climate awareness. Collina Strada injects youth and humour into their brand through their fun prints, silhouettes and colour palettes. Based and manufactured in New York to oversee production and also reduce their carbon footprint, the brand’s aesthetic transcends trends. Founder Hillary Taymour aims to stay true to her craft while also becoming fully sustainable and a completely transparent brand in the near future.
7. MAISON CLÉO
Based in France | Made in France | Lily Leopard Silk Top- €155
For a sexy, glamorous yet easy look, Maison Cléo’s pieces are ideal for a summer outing! Made from deadstock fabrics from Haute Couture, this mother-daughter run brand creates feminine and unique pieces from beautiful leftover fabrics that would have otherwise been thrown into landfill. Every piece is handmade-to-order in their house in the north of France, which means nothing is ever over-produced and also that every piece is tailor-made to the customer, ensuring the perfect fit and details!
8. THINKING MU
Based in Spain | Made in Europe | Zawaba Blue Marsha Skirt – €79.90
This classic yet bold printed denim mini skirt by Thinking Mu will soon become your summer staple! Made from 100% organic cotton, this fabric uses 70% less water and reduces the carbon footprint by 22% compared to conventional cotton. Sustainable practices are integral to Thinking Mu, having introduced their zero waste initiative ‘Trash’, making upcycled clothes out of regenerated fibres, recovered from post-consumer garments.
Based in Italy | Made in Italy | Fitzgerald One Piece in Nirvana – £121.43
For eco friendly swimwear with fun and fresh prints, Bower is the perfect fit! This one-piece features a crossed and low scoop back with a bold graphic print that takes inspiration from the Nirvana desert. This swimsuit is produced from Italian sustainable techno-fabric made from ECONYL® yarn – a 100% regenerated nylon yarn derived from pre and post industrial waste such as discarded fishing nets, carpet fluff and tulle.
Based in NZ | Made in India | Origami Top in Hazy Floral – NZ$209
This statement ‘Oragami Top’ from Kowtow is bold and contemporary if you’re on the hunt for more of a statement piece. Featuring their ‘hazy floral’ print with puffed sleeves and origami fold detailing, this top is perfect for Spring and Summer! Made from 100% organic cotton and produced in a transparent supply chain which works with fair trade certified farmers and manufacturers from seed to garment, this top is as sustainable as it gets!
11. MARINE SERRE
Based in France | Made in Portugal | Moon Top in Tan/Brown- €230
Marine Serre have become known for their signature ‘Moon’ print on soft recycled jersey with laser cut finishing for a seamless, contemporary look. The ‘second skin’ figure hugging shape makes it perfect for layering or as a stand-alone piece. Marine Serre produce their modern repeat prints in a variety of colourways so there’s something for everyone! To minimise the use of plastics, these carryover pieces come packaged in a matching moon jersey case which can be infinitely reused.
Based in Copenhagen | Made in India | Pleated Oversized Georgette Mini Dress- £165
Ganni are introducing more and more responsibly made pieces in their collections and we can see their commitment to sustainability as a brand is growing considerably. This short boxy dress is made from 100% recycled polyester and the lightweight, oversized feel and shape is ideal for summer! Using recycled polyester reduces dependence on petroleum as a raw material and can divert plastic from ending in landfills.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a fully printed look or paired with classic pieces, find your favourite sustainable print brands with ELLISS’s top picks. We’d love to know what your favourite sustainable and ethical print brands are! Drop us a line at [email protected] so we can add to our list…