7 Stylish, Ethical Jackets for Winter

Filippa K Stella McCartney Closed Bleed Hessnatur Vaute Couture Nicole Bridger

By Valerie Hutterer | Women
Posted Nov 30, 2016

Men came first this time, but for you, Ladies, we have a big selection of our 7 favorite ethical winter jackets.

1. Filippa K’s Drake Coat Dove. Filippa K, founded in 1993, is a leading sustainable Scandinavian brand. Every single one of their garments is designed to be long lasting both in quality and style. They are built to be worn, adjusted, mended, loved and recycled. Filippa K believes that openness and transparency throughout the supply chain plays an important role in modern, sustainable manufacturing. The Drake Coat Dove is a luxurious double breasted coat in a wool mohair blend with a generous and distinct large collar. Warm heavy and sophisticated wool, with a generous fit and slightly A-line shape. Hidden buttoning and mid-calf length. Made in a small factory in Lithuania the supply team of Filippa K has visited.

2. Stella McCartney’s Ink Nilla Jacket. Stella McCartney was recently very outspoken about the fashion industry:

‘Fashion really is getting away with murder. There needs to be more systems in place, more vigorous testing, and as a customer you can do that, you can challenge the people who are making your fashion.’

Stella McCartney was the world’s first vegetarian luxury brand dedicated to helping change people’s perception of ecofashion, proving that sustainability can take the form of beautiful, modern clothing and accessories. The Ink Nilla Jacket is a lightweight and shower proof technical taffeta parka. Oversized style featuring a hood, dropped shoulders and pulled cored around the waist.

3.Closed’s Quilted Jacket Peak. Closed is a family-run business that started in Germany in 1978. Proud of its heritage, the core values that started Closed remain valid today: love your work and work only with people you like. The brand has been working with relatives and friends – from design to their manufacturers in Italy, since the beginning. We featured the brand just recently in a story on magnifeco.com about their unisex clothing collection inspired by the idea of equality, called EQL. The ultra-light quilted jacket comes with a subtle shine and hood. A little breast pocket with zip and 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material which will improve your visibility. The filling is made of moisture repellent, breathable and easy-care 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation, an alternative to natural down designed to mimic its warmth and performance and meets the requirements of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.

4. Bleed’s Polar Jacket. Bleed is a small family business from Germany with well designed, high quality, vegan products using sustainable resources and production methods. They are supporting their local region in Bavaria by creating jobs and working in co-operation with local companies and those with similar aims like maintaining the environment and not causing harm. Bleed won the PETA Germany Vegan Fashion Award in 2013 and the Bavaria Environmental Award (Umweltpreis 2012 des Bund Naturschutz in Bayern e.V). The Polar Jacket is organic, 100% recycled, vegan and fairly produced. This is a sustainable and stylish alternative to the conventional down jacket for all the vegans or anyone who was looking for something else. Made out of 100% recycled polyester and provided with the PrimaLoft isolation, the an excellent down alternative, the jacket even keeps you warm during rainy weather. And last but not least, no one has to suffer.

5. Hessnatur’s Wool Coat. Hessnatur is modern, sustainable and fair: when producing their fashion garments, they act in the interests of people, animals and the environment. Day after day, Hessnatur proves that a combination of ecological, economical and social factors works without sacrifice. Their aim is to use fewer resources than they grow and they want to collect, recycle and re-use residual materials. Their fabrics are processed with great attention to detail and under fair working conditions. Hessnatur supports many social projects. Their double-breasted green wool coat is made from wool that is Hessnatur certified and sustainably produced in Lithuania. The coat has a slightly A-Line shape and comes in a great color.

6. Vaute Couture’s Casto Parka. Vaute Couture was the world’s first vegan fashion brand. They use innovative, high-tech, sustainable textiles, cut and sewn in NYC’s garment district, working with the best high-tech mills around the world using organic and recycled fibers to create textiles that are innovative and brilliant. They were the first vegan label to show at New York Fashion Week. They have a new flagship store in Manhattan. Their mission: Disrupt the fashion industry and create something better that is cruelty free. The collection contains “shockingly warm coats, beautiful gowns, comfiest sweaters, and sweet swimsuits.” The Casto Parka is made of 100% recycled closed loop zero waste windproof snow resistant ripstop, insulated with 200 gram Primaloft and made of recycled fibers in NYC.

A must-read on the Vaute website is the beautiful story of her friend Elizabeth Castoria, this coat is dedicated to.

7. Nicole Bridger’s Discover Trench. Nicole Bridger is a  Canadian fashion designer based in Vancouver. She strives to make positive contributions to her community and environment through the products she creates and the people she connects with. She has the desire to create clothes that make all women feel beautiful and unique, not to follow trends. The Discover Trench is a contemporary, water-resistant Trench coat. They wanted to create something for rainy days but because conventional rain coats are made from polyester which is petroleum based fabric and not eco, not renewable and not biodegradable, they found a fabric that was made at a Blue Sign certified, which sets control standards for environmentally friendly and safe productions, factory in China. Great for those of you who don’t live in the coldest places.

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