Brand Spotlights

Brand Spotlight: Frank & Oak

Brand Spotlight: Frank & Oak

Hey everyone!

Sharing a brand spotlight on a Canadian fashion label called Frank & Oak today :)

WHAT MAKES FRANK & OAK SO SPECIAL?

Frank & Oak is a respectable conscious fashion brand, not only because they produce stylish, quality clothing pieces, but also because they do this while striving to use sustainable fabrics and practices throughout their supply chain.

Since its launch in 2012, the brand has made huge strides in reducing their carbon footprint. For one, Frank & Oak has partnered with a sustainable denim production facility in Dubai, called Hydro-Less Laundry, to create eco-friendly, water-saving denim. They use nano-bubble and Ozone-wash technologies to reduce water waste. Utilizing these methods, Frank & Oak is able to reduce energy consumption by 79%, chemical use by 50%, and water usage by 95%. How awesome is that?! Given that it normally takes thousands of gallons of water to produce a standard pair of jeans, these percentages are certainly applaud-worthy. Secondly, Frank & Oak utilizes organic and sustainable fibers to produce its clothing, including low eco-impact cotton, compostable and biodegradable Lenzing Tencel fibers, and recycled polyester. I geeked over learning about Lenzing Tencel fiber, which includes sourcing wood from sustainable eucalyptus plantations, through a zero-waste process that uses 20 times less water than regular cotton!

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Brand Spotlight: Grana

Brand Spotlight: Grana

Bringing you a brand spotlight on Grana today, a sustainable fashion label that I admire for their high quality basics and business transparency!

WHAT MAKES GRANA SO SPECIAL?

Grana has a lean and sustainable online business model. They source straight from the fabric mills and have streamlined their processes to reduce the number of times the garments exchange hands in their supply chain. They’re able to keep prices low this way, with only a 2x markup on price!

Grana places small quantity orders to avoid wasting labor and fabric. They also have a Code of Conduct that is expected to be followed if you partner with them. This is because they uphold values such as providing ethical treatment of its workers in a safe working environment and paying fair wages to them. The Code talks about fair labor conditions and labor rights, as well as minimum supply chain expectations revolving around social conduct and impact. Grana is committed to improving their social impact, acknowledging that it will take time, resources, and effort. I absolutely LOVE when a company is transparent but humble enough to admit that they still have a long way to go!

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Brand Spotlight: Flynn Skye

Brand Spotlight: Flynn Skye

I love discovering new sustainable fashion labels with super stylish clothing and accessories. One that I recently discovered is Flynn Skye - a consciously chic brand based in Venice, CA. Today's brand spotlight post is all about this socially responsible fashion brand!

WHAT MAKES FLYNN SKYE SO SPECIAL?

Flynn Skye is made by women for women. The brand's clothing pieces are USA-made - designed at their HQ in Venice, CA and produced in downtown LA. Their mission is to leave a positive influence in the fashion community, and emphasizes both the people who buy their clothing as well as the people who make them. All pieces are made in small batches, and the brand values transparency and sustainability. Not only will you look good and Flynn Skye pieces - you'll feel good in them too!

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Brand Spotlight: DL1961 Premium Denim

Brand Spotlight: DL1961 Premium Denim

I've already mentioned how much I love DL1961, the premium denim brand, in my last lookbook edit here. But I still have so much more to say about them. So I'm dedicating this Brand Spotlight post to be all about DL1961 and their innovative production process :)

WHAT MAKES DL1961 SO SPECIAL?

DL1961 is a NYC-based premium denim brand founded by women. They call themselves the most sustainable denim brand on Earth, and they have good reason to make the claim while being as transparent as possible on their production process. You might be wondering, how are they able to make that claim?

First off, DL1961 has optimized their supply chain to lessen their environmental impact, by consuming less energy, dye materials, and water during the production process. They use US-grown cotton and Lycra materials as well as natural plant-derived indigo dyes. DL1961 has their own power generation plant as well as a facility that's partially solar powered. Using a monitoring software, DL1961 also tracks all of their water and dye consumption for all of the pieces they make, keeping the company super aware and accountable of their eco-impact.

If you're not already impressed by the above facts - get this. A traditional pair of jeans is made using about 1.5K gallons of water. DL1961 uses <10 and treat and recycle 98% of it! Let's get even more specific here. An average pair of DL1961's jeans takes about 8 gallons of water, <1 KWH of energy, and 3.5 hours to make. Using their on-site water recycling plant, they've saved 5.2 million gallons of water in 2017 alone!!

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