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Ethical Clothing Australia Week Guide 2021

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Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2021 is our chance to come together celebrate our industry, businesses, and of course, the talented and hardworking garment workers who make your textiles, clothes, and footwear! Check out our guide below to see what’s happening. If you can’t attend any events, follow along on social and join in the conversation. We can’t wait to share the week with you!

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A.BCH

To celebrate A.BCH are hosting a virtual circular factory tour on their Instagram and are also sharing a ‘Meet The Team; content series throughout the week. Make sure you tune into their social channels here to watch!

Date: Launching during ECA Week.

Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender is celebrating ECA Week by sharing social and EDM content highlighting their commitment to local and ethical production. Make sure you are following along on social here.

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Bruck Textiles

The Next Generation of Wildland Protective Clothing

As the CFA consider the next generation of wildland protective clothing for around 55,000 volunteers, the technicians in the BRUCK dye-lab are busy matching the traditional CFA yellow on the new lightweight, high-strength, high-breathability fabric for field trials. Bruck will be sharing some more insights into this exciting new technology on their social channels here.

Date: During ECA Week.

Citizen Wolf

Citizen Wolf will be posting local and ethically themed content across their social media channels during ECA Week. You can follow along and learn more here.

Date: During ECA Week

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Dream With Me

Dream With Me will be sharing ‘Meet The Makers’ stories and content across their social channels during the Week. Make sure you are following along on their social channels here to watch!

Date: During ECA Week.

Humphrey Law Socks

Humphrey Law Socks are running a factory video tour including ‘5 Quick Questions With Staff’ on their social media channels here.

Date: During ECA Week.

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Interknit & Branberry

Before I Was A Jumper – Online Event

To celebrate, Interknit & Branberry are hosting a virtual behind the scenes making of an ethically sourced Australian school jumper. You can RSVP to the event digitally here.

Date: Monday 30th August

Justice Denim

Justice Denim are celebrating ECA Week through offering a double donation with every purchase made to their charity Project Futures & Destiny Rescue. You can support and shop here.

Date: During ECA Week.

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Luna and Sun X Chamani

In the first ECA-accredited business collaboration CHAMANI and Luna & Sun will be holding a pop-up store in celebration of ECA week. All customers will get a gift or discount with each purchase and the founders of both labels, Chamani and Teshani will be there for styling advice and to tell the tale of each forever piece. You can follow along here.

You can also follow Luna & Sun here.

Merino Country

Merino Country have created a blog featuring ethical and sustainable fashion influencers about how to be more mindful with your fashion choices and how to look for ethical fashion brands.

You can read it here.

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Nya

Nya are offering ECA subscribers a free gift with purchase on all orders over $150 for ECA Week

Use code ECAxNYA at checkout. Shop and support here.

Date: During ECA Week.

Discount valid from 29th August to 4th September.

Pankina Clothing

Pankina Clothing are offering ECA subscribers an exclusive 30% off sitewide for ECA Week using the code ECA2021. Shop and support here.

Date: During ECA Week.

Discount valid from 27th August to the 12th September.

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REMUSE Designs

REMUSE x Microcosm

REMUSE are hosting an interactive and immersive runway at iconic venue Trader Bar in Darwin, Larrakia Country, showcasing a collection created in collaboration with Darwin based fine artist Ilma Ali. Ilma Ali’s signature collection prints are transformed into natural fibre based organic textiles by local and ECA accredited textile printer Next State Printing. The textiles are reimagined into the shapes of Remuse’s Spring Equinox 2021 Collection. This will be the first time that they have integrated digital prints into their work. Find out more here.

Date: Saturday August 28th

Tatyana Design

Tatyana Design will be sharing ethically and locally made content across their social channels over ECA Week. Tune in here.

Date: During ECA Week.

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 The below businesses manufacture the majority of their product in Australia.

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Assembled Threads

Assembled Threads are creating a short video about why they chose to become an ECA accredited business. You can find the video on their website here and social media here.

Date: Launching during ECA Week.

Black Sheep Activewear

Black Sheep Activewear (BKSP) will be sharing content across their social media platforms each day during ECA Week. They are also offering ECA subscribers 10% off sitewide during the week using the code ECAWEEK at checkout. Follow BSKP on Instagram here and visit their website here.

Date: Each day during ECA Week.

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Carla Zampatti

Carla Zampatti will be celebrating ECA Week by sharing content across their social and email channels highlighting their Australian manufacturing and ethical work practices. You can follow along here.

Clothing The Gaps

Clothing The Gaps are running an exclusive giveaway during the Week. Make sure you keep an eye on their social channels to enter! They are also hosting a morning tea and staff fashion runway for some of their garment workers. Workers will be able to see how the garments they have made are picked, packed, promoted and styled! Follow along here.

Date: During ECA Week

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Cue

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Cue’s Australian ethical manufacturing? In celebration of Ethical Clothing Australia Week, Cue are hosting a Q&A session on their Instagram Stories where they will be answering your questions live! Jump onto @cueclothingco on Friday 27 August to ask the team all about their manufacturing and ECA accreditation!

Answers will be shared on their Instagram stories during ECA Week.

Date: Q&A Live Friday 27th August and published during ECA Week.

Keeper Denim

Keeper Denim will be sharing insights into their local manufacturing operations in Melbourne and what it means to be an ECA accredited business across their social media and email newsletters. Make sure you are following along here.

Date: During ECA Week.

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Veronika Maine

Veronika Maine will be sharing content focused on their garments which are made locally and ethically in Australia across their social media and email newsletter. Make sure you are following along here.

Date: During ECA Week.

The below businesses only manufacture specific product lines in Australia. Make sure you check product descriptions online and swing tags for more information.

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Workwear Group

Workwear Group are running a variety of activities to celebrate ECA Week that includes interviews with their workers, guest speakers and shining a spot light on brands made in Australia including Hard Yakka and King Gee. You can follow along on their social media here.

Date: 3rd September

Fella Hamilton

Fella Hamilton will be featuring products made in Australia all week on their social media and email newsletter channels. Follow along here.

Date: During ECA Week.

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Melbourne’s Ethical Fashion – Made In Melbourne Shopping Guide 2021

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Melbourne's Ethical Fashion – Made In Melbourne Shopping Guide 2021

If you’ve made the conscious decision to support local ethical clothing brands, it makes sense that you’d need to understand what ethical fashion is and most importantly where to find ethical fashion brands near you.

So, we’ve put together this list of Ethical Clothing Australia, (ECA) accredited brands whose products are 100% made in Australia to use as your guide to ethical shopping in Melbourne – for some home-grown retail therapy you can feel good about.

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What makes a clothing brand ethical?

When it comes to answering the question ‘what is ethical fashion?’ you may see a few different definitions floating around the internet. Some tie sustainable materials, waste reduction, vegan materials, and environmentally friendly fabrics into their definition of ‘ethical’.

While these are all important issues, ECA’s mission is to “protect the rights of both local factory-based workers and outworkers”, meaning that ECA’s definition of ‘ethical fashion’ only relates to the fair treatment of workers, (i.e. local textile, clothing and footwear workers are paid appropriately, receiving all their legal entitlements and safe conditions).

Now that you know what we mean by “ethical fashion”, you might like to choose to shop from local ethical clothing labels. But how do you know which clothing brands are ethical in Melbourne’s plethora of talented fashion businesses? ECA’s accreditation program takes the guess work away and that’s why we’ve compiled this list of 10 Melbourne-based brands to kickstart your hunt for ethical fashion options.

As you browse this 2021 ultimate guide to Melbourne ethical clothing, you can rest assured that all these fashion labels are going about their manufacturing and supply chain processes the right ethical way, having all been accredited by ECA.

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Melbourne-based ethical activewear

Vege Threads

Vege Threads is a low impact womenswear and menswear label that uses hemp, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, and natural plant dyed textiles. Vege Threads is a progressive label with a strong ethos—striving to improve its company’s sustainability through transparency and a greater economic, environmental and social success.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.vegethreads.com/

Ottie

Based in Melbourne, Ottie specialises in making 100% Australian merino wool hiking t-shirts. Designed by hikers, for hikers, their short and long-sleeved relaxed-fit tees are odour resistant, moisture wicking, biodegradable and very very comfy. Their tees are available for men (S–XXL) and women (sizes XS–XL).

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: ottie.com.au/

Wilderness Wear

Wilderness Wear Australia was established in 1989 and is still 100% Australian owned. They produce apparel and socks of exceptional material quality and functional design that are all 100% Australian Made.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.wildernesswear.com.au

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Shop ethical denim made in Melbourne

A.BCH

A.BCH is a circular fashion label that exists to transform the way people buy, wear and discard clothing. Rejecting many of fashion’s norms, A.BCH focusses on eliminating material and energy waste through the entire lifecycle of a garment whilst creating beautiful, design-led products for people around the world to love and enjoy.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.abch.world/

Denimsmith

A family business founded in 2015, Denimsmith has a passion for ethical and local production of high-quality denim clothing. They craft their premium jeans from the finest Japanese denim where each pair is handmade by their skilled local makers in their Fitzroy based factory. Ladies jeans sizes range from 24–34 and men’s jeans sizes range from 28–38.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: denimsmith.com.au

Nobody Denim

Nobody began in a small family-built denim laundry in the backstreets of Fitzroy in Melbourne, Australia. The label was founded in 1999 on the belief that making jeans could be imbued with integrity and creativity. They began by designing their own unique tools and techniques in the hand customisation of denim. Nobody’s design process now creates the best fit possible by looking at the different shrinkages, reactions, life and shape retention of denim. Each jean has been individually hand-customised to achieve natural and proportioned placement.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: Majority (All of Nobody Denim is made in Australia).

Shop: www.nobodydenim.com/

The Social Studio

The Social Studio is a manufacturing studio, fashion label and retail space that celebrates the style and skills of diverse cultures in Australia. They champion diversity, community, education, sustainability, design and ethical business practices. Working with both established and upcoming brands they offer a manufacturing service of high-quality garments and homewares, whilst guiding you through every step of the production process.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.thesocialstudio.org/

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Melbourne based ethical sleepwear

Dream With Me

Designed and made in Melbourne, Dream With Me is committed to a conscious journey, endeavouring to create pieces which can stand the test of time, allowing customers to buy well in order to buy less. Dream With Me’s luxury sleepwear range includes draping kimono robes, chic silky pyjama sets and comfy bamboo basics. They carry women’s sizes S–L.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.dreamwithme.com.au/

Remuse Designs

R E M U S E Designs is a Melbourne based clothing label where futurism meets nature. Fusing artisan techniques, dye technology, and natural fibers, R E M U S E investigates the ways the future of a fashion is simply fashion that takes inspiration from the earth. The philosophy behind the label is to create small, ethically produced, trans-seasonal collections, released quarterly at the time of each Equinox and each Solstice. Each collection gives R E M U S E an opportunity to reconsider its impact and material choices.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.remusedesigns.com/

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Buy ethical socks in Melbourne

Humphrey Law Socks

Founded in Melbourne in 1947, Humphrey Law Socks have been manufacturing socks made from the highest quality natural yarns (mostly cotton, alpaca and wool) for over 70 years. Their mission has always been to provide high quality and value for money. Humphrey Law makes socks for men, women and children for travel, work and play.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: humphreylaw.com.au/ or https://sockrevolution.com/

Soxy Beast

Soxy Beast is the subscription experiment of two design lovers who wanted to meet interesting artists, support charities they care about and invest in Australian textiles – all while creating bold, unique socks just for you.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.soxybeast.com.au

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Shop ethical underwear from Melbourne

Farm To Hanger

Farm To Hanger is a slow fashion brand that locally produces handcrafted clothing. Embracing traceability and transparent processes, Farm to Hanger is committed to knowing exactly where its products come from and the impact these products are having both socially and environmentally. This attention to detail even extends to the reusing, repurposing and recycling of their waste materials. Farm to Hanger focuses on designing, producing and supplying garments for quality and longevity – making it the perfect way to be environmentally conscious! Farm to Hanger also gives back to the environment by planting a tree for every item the brand makes and is passionate about supporting local industry by being 100% Australian Made.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.farmtohanger.com/

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Melbourne based ethical womenswear

Allora

Launched in Melbourne in 2016, Allora specialises in beautifully designed and tailored wool and cashmere capes and coats for women. All of their garments are ethically produced and designed in Melbourne because supporting the local manufacturing industry and ethical treatment of garment workers is Allora’s top priority. Their collection is available in women’s sizes 6–16.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: alloracollection.com.au/

Francie

After years in the fashion & textile industry in Australia and Japan, francie was born from a desire for luxurious knitwear that is also low impact. beautiful design that happens to be transparent, sustainable, and ethical. Their knits are made from premium yarns on one of the last knitting machines in Melbourne.They focus on natural fibers that breathe with you and designs that move with you between occasions, seasons, and years.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.francie.com.au/

Gaal

Founded in Melbourne by Brianna and Mathew Gaal, Gaal designs cool, fun, feminine pieces that celebrate colour and promote sustainability. All their garments are designed and made in Melbourne. They are passionate about sustainable eco-friendly materials, where their fabric, thread, button, interlining and even shoulder pads are made from low-impact, natural biodegradable materials. Their collection includes sizes 6–14.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: gaalcollection.com/

Interknit & Branberry

Interknit is an established knitting mill in regional Victoria, operating since 1939. With an emphasis on quality production and ethical processes, Interknit continues to service a wide variety of sectors including mining; corporate; schools and fashion retail.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.interknit.com.au

Keegan

Keegan is the contemporary clothing label of designer & artist Keegan Hunt, valuing innovation, quality craftsmanship & slow, considered fashion. Comfort, style & versatility are integral to each keegan design. The lifespan of each garment & the business’s social & environmental impact informs each decision made in the workroom. Therefore, garments are produced in-house from quality & predominantly bio-degradable materials & all offcuts are composted or up-cycled. Believing that clothing is a long-term investment, keegan designs with longevity in mind; from the way each piece is constructed, to its timeless, relaxed cut & trans-seasonal nature.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.keeganthelabel.com.au/

Love Linen

Ethical luxury linen born in beautiful Broome, Western Australia, where every day is resort life. Passionate about the beauty and intrinsic qualities which only linen possess, Love Linen creates clothing perfect for the Australian climate.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.lovelinen.com.au/

Magenta Threads

Magenta Threads is a slow-fashion Melbourne based label with a focus on natural fabrics, original prints and a love of colour. It is a fusion: many years of design and couture experience, classic lines, digital technology and inspiration drawn from nature and art. Garments are versatile, comfortable and made to order in your size, to ensure minimal environmental impact & maximum sustainability. Buy Australian made, buy less, buy quality that lasts.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.magentathreads.com/

Pankina Clothing

Pankina Clothing is a brand that is designed, developed and manufactured in Australia. Their aim is to produce ethically made sustainable women’s clothing that is both timeless and stylish. Pankina use natural breathable fabrics which are practical for the Australian climate.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.pankinaclothing.com.au

The Ark Clothing Co

Australian-made and ethically accredited, The Ark is more than just a fashion brand; they are an ethos, a culture and a community who believe design should always be imbued with integrity. Passionate about creating simple wardrobes with intelligent design, they help women create a considered and sustainable approach to personal style using fewer quality pieces that do more.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: https://theark.com.au/

Sista Of Jac

SISTA ÖF JAC is an Australian label established in 2015 by siblings Selda and Yeshim Ismail. The label focuses on creating sustainable and ethical womenswear made locally. The label is interested in using new and quality sustainable fabrications that are fused with innovative bespoke tailoring. Inspired by science, engineering, architecture and experimenting with prints, SISTA ÖF JAC offers bold and eccentric colours and styles

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.sistaofjac.com/

Zauber

Zauber Knitwear is Australia’s only knitwear using Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) certified yarn which has been spun by Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill, in Australia, using Australian fibres.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.gorwm.com.au/

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Buy ethical childrenswear and baby clothes from Melbourne brands

BOA Basics

BOA Basics takes pride in creating premium quality kids clothing with all pieces responsibly and ethically made in Australia, using Australian grown cotton. BOA Basics encourage clean dressing through timeless, unisex styles & colours that can be mixed and matched with ease and passed down or shared between siblings. Each piece designed with comfort and durability in mind, bringing you Aussie made goodness you can rely on!

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: www.boabasics.com.au/

Treekid

Treekid is a kids clothing label that thoughtfully designs their unique hard-wearing garments so they adjust as your child grows over time. All their garments are designed to be worn for at least 3 years and can be adjusted up to 4 sizes. They make colourful tees, shorts, dresses and overalls. A cool feature of their denim overalls is they are reversible and incorporate upcycled fabric for pockets, so no two items are the same! Treekid caters for little ones aged from one to six.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: treekid.com.au/

Smart Stuff

Born in Melbourne in 1996, Smart Stuff’s jam is bold and brightly coloured art smocks that kiddies just love to wear. Smock designs feature an extra thick front panel to protect against paint and glue, are machine washable and have no tricky buttons or ties. Art smocks are available for little and big kids, with sizes suitable for children aged 2–14.

ECA accredited: Yes

Amount made in Australia: 100%

Shop: smartstuff.com.au/

 

To discover and shop more ethical fashion brands near you take a look at our Ethical Shopping Map.

Please note: This guide was last updated on 30 June 2021.

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