The sustainable fashion brands to know for the travel season

The resort experience begins long before reaching a spring or summer destination. The excitement begins the moment you start packing for your next resort getaway. For the more fashionable, the test before the flight is not negotiable. Just like a dress rehearsal, they spend hours not only packing a suitcase, but also trying on each ensemble until each look is in a perfect image. Before writing this story, I saw a post on my social media feed that asked, “When you pack for a trip, do you ‘try on’ your clothes?” The answer to which was a resounding “absolutely”.

After months of limited travel, it is impossible to contain the enthusiasm for discovering new places and revisiting precious vacation spots. The idea that beautiful garments made for resort life will see the light of day again is also a cause for celebration. It also inspired a wardrobe update where new additions tell the story of an individual who rekindles a love of travel and style.

This season’s resort change highlights special collections, collaborations, and conscious brands that honor heritage, craftsmanship, the planet, and new life after the lockdown.

A collection inspired by ethnic ancestry

Bathrobes, swimwear and coordinated by RSB SWIMSUITS they are always the first in a luggate headed to heaven. The sustainable luxury swimwear brand never fails to ignite the wanderlust and turn some heads. Stunning silhouettes imbued with the brand’s signature prints transport the senses to some of Venezuela’s most magical places. Case in point: the Ancestral collection for Spring / Summer 2022. It is a product of the imagination, hard work and dedication of its designers to honor the indigenous communities of the region. The craftsmanship of the Yekwana and Yanomami ethnic groups is reinvented by the mother-daughter tandem design, Ruth Sanchez Bueno and Marlene Lazarde, through the infusion of bright colors.

Ruth explains: “The Wapas plant fiber baskets hand-woven by the Yekwana men inspired the prints. It shows the mythical narrative of the origins of humanity, a very important sacred statement for the indigenous group. For the Yekwana, the Wapas tell the story of creation ”. This affinity with origin, land and coexistence is also manifested in other models revered by the Yanonami ethical group. Made primarily in black and gold tones, the images of the jaguar, moon, sun and spirit evoke a solemn insight into the past and its stark contrast to modern life.

Statement pieces made entirely by hand

When packing for a spring or summer vacation, well-dressed people will always tell you to have at least one important piece. SAVINGS AND WIRES is a slow fashion artisan brand with roots in Mexico. And the label company knows how to make a strong resort statement. Celebrate handwork, employing centuries-old traditions to weave pieces that elevate any resort complex. Each step of the creation process is a tribute to the creativity and work of the underdeveloped communities in Mexico.

The fringe is the unifying element that binds each new creation of the brand together. From tops, dresses and pants, a deliberately raw and undone look conveys a style temperament that is too cool to be cared for. This distinctive design element instantly elevates a poolside daytime ensemble or even a number of cocktails. I love the fact that any garment can work as both a cover-up and a nightwear. They can also be worn on a sultry night on the town.

Essential pieces for a compact resort wardrobe

Since 2009, ONIA created versatile and clean garments that convey a sense of ease. In Hebrew, Onia translates directly to “sailboat”. It is indicative of the passions of the brand’s founders: “voyages of discovery, refined craftsmanship and superior design”. Simplicity is a core value that rings true in the choice of silhouettes, colors and prints. A recent collaboration with European fabric supplier LIBERTY OF LONDON has resulted in a vibrant resort collection full of flowers and colors.

In true form, the silhouettes remain slim and seamless. Each piece in the collection is a smart addition to any compact travel wardrobe. Versatile in nature, the pieces offer endless possibilities for mixing and matching. If nothing else, the brand’s offerings for the season best serve as centerpieces that can be cut down or built to suit any season, destination, or mood. The team manifesto states this as they write: “We are committed to making an easy and elegant life an achievable concept with essential elements that seamlessly transition from active days to restful weekends.”

All vegetable dyed

The depth and intensity of color that can only be achieved with vegetable dyes is especially beautiful for resort life. It gives a high degree of ease to any look. And because natural dyes leave unique footprints on fabrics, they inherently register as end-of-life bespoke items. I WAKE is the first luxury apparel brand dedicated exclusively to showing the use of vegetable dyes. Founded in 2021 by Jaclyn Hodes, the brand avoids anything synthetic or artificially produced. Instead, its creators choose to highlight “botanists who not only make materials brighter, but also offer healing to the wearer.”

The exclusive use of “vivid color”, as it is called in the AWAVEAWAKE atelier, is not only curative. It also aims to rid the wearer of the toxic substances of mass fashion production. In addition to leaving a positive impact on the wearer and the planet, the thought process behind each garment anchors itself to the organic, almost magical ways in which natural dyes are registered on fabrics. The team explains: “Botanically dyed materials alchemize fabrics in a more sensual way and take shape in many sensual shapes: different styles of bias cut slip and other flowing, swirling silhouettes and layered garments are consistent themes every season.”

Embark on the same boat towards peace

Evidence that fashion is not frivolous is reinforced by the fact that the industry is doing what it can to support worthy causes. Among these efforts is a powerful call to support fashion brands from conflict-affected Ukraine. But even before the war, Kiev-based womenswear brand BEVZA was on the radar of fashion experts especially when it comes to sophisticated, linear clothing.

The sustainable fashion brand, which has temporarily opened its website, is a shining example of Ukrainian grit, courage and resilience. This season, the BEVZA team has moved on with the release of its Spring / Summer 2022 collection. It is a presentation that surprisingly, and most impressively, exuded lightness, movement and serenity. Evening dresses echo a mastery of drapery techniques and a true understanding of the female form. Sailor-inspired tops, skirts and jackets leave a touching message that inspires compassion: we’re in the same boat.

Chic choices for conscious change

Fashion is always changing. In the context of conscious and sustainable lifestyles, change is best manifested through the choices of producers, suppliers and consumers. Inside the independent label laboratory ECRU in Peru, manufacturers believe that “you are what you wear”. The brand takes its commitment to sustainability by working with natural fibers produced by local communities. The pieces are made following slow fashion values. Everything is made to last and survive the trends.

The pieces of ECRU are easy. recognizable and accessible. I’d like to think of them as entry level items, ideal for those just learning to wean themselves from an addiction to fast fashion. Their knit dresses, robes, kimonos and coordinating suits for Spring / Summer are clever travel options that work beautifully with any style sensibility. Simple but of great visual impact, the ECRU selections risk becoming a staple of the wardrobe, not only during the travel season, but also all year round.

The secret is in the tape

The secret of a professional stylist’s success lies beneath the gorgeous garments worn by customers. No matter how stunning an outfit may be, unsightly straps and clunky petticoats can instantly ruin an important fashion moment. YOOBTAPPE it is a fashion found regardless of the season, but especially in the months in which backless dresses alternate with tight-fitting dresses. It stands out from other players in the category for the use of organic materials. I love how the brand’s bust ribbons come in a wide variety of colors to suit all complexions.

YOOBTAPE products have been carefully developed to also adapt to all personal shapes, sizes and styles. The unique manufacture is made up of 95% organic, latex-free and hypoallergenic cotton. Unlike other nipple tapes that pull the skin or irritate sensitive skin types, the brand’s signature adhesive adheres perfectly to the surface while ensuring easy removal. Since receiving my personal stash of YOOBTAPE products, I’ve been spared having to worry about finding reliable, well-fitting undergarments to wear underneath resort favorite pieces.

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