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Sustainable Fashion Guides
Curious about sustainable fashion in Singapore? From clothing to jewellery, we’ve curated the best in local brands that combine ethics and aesthetics. And remember: becoming a more conscious consumer is all about making more meaningful choices. Progress, not perfection!
We know how difficult it is to quit fast fashion. Despite learning about the impact of the industry and having a go at thrifting, swapping or renting, it can still be a struggle to resist cheap deals in high street stores.
What we’ve learnt on our journey—and from so many inspiring entrepreneurs—is that we all have the power to create a more sustainable fashion industry. It all starts by rethinking our shopping habits and making better consumer choices; in the now infamous words of designer Vivienne Westwood, we can buy less, choose well and make it last.
But if you’re looking to build a more conscious closet, where do you turn? Look no further than our ultimate guide to sustainable fashion in Singapore. From workwear to loungewear, jewellery to activewear, we’ve done the legwork for you to curate the best in ethical brands locally that create eco-friendly clothing and accessories.
NOST is an artisan-made loungewear brand that features hand block printed motifs inspired by architecture. Each piece is made using GOTS certified organic cotton, ensuring both softness and durability. Their vibrant prints are designed with azo-free or natural plant-based dyes. The brand creates timeless designs that you can wear comfortably time and time again.
2. Lily and Lou
Lily and Lou specialises in timeless, elegant silhouettes that are customisable. Their made-to-order model not only reduces waste, but also allows for personalisation, from fabrics to details. The brand digitizes many aspects of their workflow, such as creating the patterns for their designs using software and producing samples on a 3D rendering software. Thus, this helps the brand to save both time and material.
- Ulla Blouse in Navy, $159
- Selena Jumpsuit, $229
- Alicia Dress in Leafy, $229
3. Wray Crafted
A newer sustainable fashion brand in Singapore, Wray Crafted’s designs celebrate the rich culture, heritage and artisan craft of India, such as block printing and Bandhani. The brand works hand in hand with local communities, particularly skilled artisans and family businesses. They believe in a small batch production model, in order to minimise waste and work on any feedback from their customers.
- Kora Top in White, $98
Scéona strives to create jewellery pieces that are beautiful inside and out. Their pieces are simple and dainty, made from recycled gold and cultured diamonds. They derive their 18kt solid gold from electronic waste and their lab-grown diamonds come without the negative ethical and sustainable impacts of mined diamonds. Additionally, every purchase goes towards providing drinking water and education to children of financially disadvantaged communities in Jaipur.
- Kasaï Ring, $988
- Jumna Stud Earrings, $588
- Anadyr Ring, $388
Sui is a conscious sustainable fashion label based in Singapore and India. They aim to connect threads of nature with fashion by crafting with a green heart. To them, that means respect for both nature and the people who craft the clothing. As a brand that celebrates nature, their light and breezy designs feature many nature-inspired prints and elements. They also often collaborate with ethical NGOs and establishments, joining hands with underprivileged and small but mighty communities to create their designs.
Ashepa seeks to bring ‘Afroluxe’ to the world. The founder, who now lives in Singapore, was born and raised in Kenya. Thus, she was inspired to design pieces that showcase the unique artisanal craft skills from Africa. She works directly with a small team of artisans who handcraft each piece, and collaborate with makers such as women from the Maasai tribe. Their jewellery bring a splice of the vast array of tribal culture, distinctive soulful crafts and wealth of artistry within Africa.
- Triple Ring Earrings, $98
- Shanthi Necklace, $150
- Oroo Tote Bag in Natural, $382
7. Paradigm Shift
Paradigm Shift was born out of a desire to cause just that—a paradigm shift—in fashion. The brand is intentional with creating well thought out pieces instead of jumping onto trends. By using only natural fabric, they seek to reduce the use and disposal of synthetics. This also results in long-lasting wardrobe essentials that are timeless, of quality, and comfortable to be in. Their values are rooted in quality, inclusivity, respect, and dignity. What’s more, they come at an affordable price point!
- Dignity Top in Dusk, $55
Eden+Elie specialises in intricate handmade beaded jewellery. The brand uses hand weaving techniques to create functional, wearable pieces with a modern contemporary twist. They train and partner with artisans who make the jewelry. Every piece is handmade in Singapore, and no two pieces are exactly alike.
Gypsied breathes new life into batik and handwoven textiles in their designs. They work with communities in South East Asia, such as textile artisans, cooperatives, and expert craftsmen, to support the region’s collective heritage. The batik they use are hand-drawn, naturally dyed and hand-stamped. Additionally, they also only source biodegradable and naturally-dyed materials so that the product can go back to the soil.
- Batik Button Back Blouse in Maharaja, $139.90
- Batik Open Jacket in Taman Sari, $149.90
- Foldover Clutch in Bethari, $99.90
Esse was born out of a desire to redefine the way we approach fashion. They create elevated classics and timeless designs with environmental and social responsibility in mind. This results in thoughtfully made investment pieces. They launch small capsules instead of big seasonal collections to prevent wastage and excess inventory. They also give back to the community, through working with a number of charities and environmental conservation initiatives.
- Linen Multi-Way Skirt, $116
One of Singapore’s more established sustainable fashion brands, Baliza is inspired by exotic destinations and celebrates heritage craft. They partner with a charity in Ladli, where they produce at a vocational training site that rehabilitates disadvantaged adults and children living on the streets. Expect distinctive, summer-ready pieces. The brand is committed to using organic cotton. Their artisans in Jaipur, India use techniques such as block and screen printing to bring their bright patterns to life.
- Flower Skirt in Halia, $139
12. Maisha Concept
Maisha Concept is a sustainable fashion brand based in Singapore for the woman who loves prints, travel and culture. Meaning “giving life” in Swahili, Maisha’s contemporary designs aim to resurrect the culture, heritage and skill of local artisans and textile manufacturers across the globe. Their rich, vibrant designs are thus handcrafted by local artisans using traditional craftsmanship and techniques.
- Taara Shirtdress in Blue, $140 USD
- Zeena Trousers in Grey, $130 USD
- Ravi Haveli 2-in-1 Kaftan, $140 USD
Outfyt is a sustainable activewear brand. Their pieces are designed with a focus on clean, simple lines, minimalism, and functionality. Their designs are produced in small batches and created from ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon. That is, recovered nylon waste. Not only do their products remove waste from the ocean, 1% of all proceeds also go to the charity Healthy Seas, which works towards just that—healthy seas.
- Sage Leggings in Wine, $110
14. Bare Label
Bare Label designs investment pieces that are highly versatile and resilient. Designed and made in Singapore, their clothes transcend trends and styles, made to be mainstays in your wardrobe for years. They only produce with controlled runs optimised to meet demand and not more. The brand considers Singapore’s climate while designing, so every piece is made to feel and look cool in the hot, humid weather.
- Byron Top in Sage, $89
- Amazon Top in White, $99
15. Dear Samfu
Dear Samfu aims to bring Grandma’s values of thoughtfulness and sustainability back into style. The brand reimagines traditional silhouettes and designs for the contemporary woman’s wardrobe. Every piece is made to last through both seasons and wears. They work with remnant fabric to reduce textile waste, and manufacture in a family run factory in Bangkok. Their clothes are designed for maximum comfort for the tropical heat, ease of movement, and modesty as well.
OliveAnkara combines traditional African prints and modern silhouettes. All their designs are made ethically by six women here in Singapore. The brand sources traditional fabric from Nigeria with the help of the designer’s family members. As a slow fashion brand, they prioritise quality and design over quantity and trends. They also adopt a zero waste mindset, and any leftover fabric goes into making kidswear and accessories.
- Vega Ankara Cheongsam, $320
17. Weekend Sundries
Weekend Sundries produces elevated timeless designs. Their pieces are simple but bright and cheery and cater to a conscious way of living. They use low impact materials with natural, eco-friendly fabrics. The brand also produces in-house limited edition textile prints that are often inspired by local and familiar narratives.
- Flared Skirt in Olive, $139
18. Our Barehands
Our Barehands is committed to building strong and sustainable communities over time. Thus, the social enterprise partners with small-producing artisans and communities worldwide to produce unique lifestyle pieces. On top of adopting a made-to-order business model, they also use recycled, upcycled, plant-based and/or biodegradable materials.
19. Hide the Label
Hide the Label creates effortless silhouettes that fit well, last long, and can be worn by every woman, every season for every occasion. Their designs incorporate vivid prints for a wardrobe that has longevity and wearability. Their printing process is also water-free. That means that it not only minimises the use of water, but also wastewater!
20. Su by Hand
Su by Hand focuses on premium silk, cotton, and Tencel. As a slow-fashion label, each piece is crafted with attention to quality and comfort in premium fabrication. From plant dyes to artisanal craft, all styles are available on a small-batch or make-to-order basis only. Nature and emotions inspire Su By Hand’s aesthetic, while their core values encompass honesty, inclusivity, aesthetics and sustainability.
- Marylene Wrap Top, $280
- Sammy Pants, $205
- Chloe Mini Swing Dress, $189
21. The Tangerine Road
The Tangerine Road draws inspiration from the ancient silk road. It is thus no surprise that travelling plays a big part in this Singaporean sustainable fashion brand’s collections. Their designs incorporate the vivid cultures and heritages of Asia with the Italian flair for tailoring and classic aesthetics. The brand uses only end of stock silk, and they do so by producing small-batch capsule collections.
- Bukit Brocade Shorts, $170
- Hanoi Cotton Dress, $290
22. SOURCE Collections
As a Singaporean sustainable fashion brand, SOURCE Collection’s mission is to create minimal, beautiful, premium quality products accessible to everyone. They specialise in everyday tops and undergarments for both men and women. The brand is transparent about the factories they work with, and aim to continue improving one step at a time in all aspects, which also includes sustainability.
Pyar is a jewellery line designed in Singapore and handmade by artisans in Bali. The brand works exclusively with recycled silver and brass, designing with longevity in mind. They take inspiration from treasured moments of stillness, rhythms of nature, and human connection. Pyar focuses on love as a core theme which also extends to their ethical production. The brand is sexy, feminine, and designed for the bohemian at heart.
- Love Shell Amulet, $85
24. SANS FAFF
As a sustainable fashion brand in Singapore, SANS FAFF stands for conscious consumption, simplicity in design as well as doing more with less. Specialising in simple basics to serve as the foundation for all wardrobes, they use bamboo fibre in their designs. The label also runs on a zero plastic policy and 1% of their profits goes towards environmental non-profit organisations.
- Britt Playsuit, $135
25. BabeCave Batik
BabeCave Batik is a modern batik clothing label that creates chic, wearable designs that ooze nostalgia and vintage undertones. The brand supports artisans and small businesses who source their traditional batik fabric. The collections are then designed and produced in-house in Singapore. This results in small batches of beautifully crafted tops in modern silhouettes showcasing traditional prints.
26. Whispers & Anarchy
Whispers & Anarchy is a Singapore ethical fashion brand that brings together Spanish heritage and South East Asian lifestyle. All their fabrics and trims are locally sourced and come from natural sources. The brand partners with a family-run workshop in Bali where they produce their full volume silhouettes and pretty ruffles. Expect to find flowy, easy to wear, comfortable and versatile styles that can be dressed up or down.
- Exposed Back Bell Sleeve Dress in Jet Black, $110
- Cold Shoulder Kaftan in Buttercream, $89
- Trapeze Midi Dress in Blood Red, $175
27. Artisan & Fox
Artisan & Fox is a curated marketplace for clothing, accessories, and home goods. The brand collaborates with artisans, non-profits, and social enterprises who use locally sourced and reclaimed materials, helping them expand their micro-enterprises. They do so by paying their artisans 50% of gross profits from each sale.
- Aleppene Jasmine Tee in White, $50 USD
- Circulo Handwoven Palm Bag in Petite, $90 USD
- Mwamba Statement Earrings, $45 USD
A certified B Corp, Indosole repurposes rubber tyres into shoes. They source their tyres from landfills, mechanic garages, and gutters from Indonesia. So far, they have saved 80,000 tyres from landfills! Since they’re made of tyres, their flip flops and slides similarly feature grip and durability.
- Flip Flops in Pollen, $49
- Slides in Coral, $59
aNERDstore is an art platform specialising in textile arts with a focus on Indonesian batik and tenun from both emerging and established artists. The brand seeks to preserve the heritage by promoting the reinvention and evolution of Batik in modern everyday lives to preserve its relevance. Their designs also provide a sustainable source of income for the artisans In Indonesia.
muta.wear is a zero-waste slow-fashion label. They focus on upcycling textile waste from post-consumer sources, designing accessories and clothes. The brand does this through experimental reconstruction and exploring old-school slow fashion artisanal techniques.