Happy ANZAC day – 5 ethical brands from Australia

Carla Zampatti AW13 Bianca Spender- Purple Cosmic Cloud Silk Twill “Aurora” Dress Cue W13- Fashion of the Near Future GINGER & SMART- Between Somewhere and Nowhere AW13 Collette Dinnigan- French noir lace short sleeve dress

By Melissa | Women
Posted Apr 24, 2013

Australians are lucky. Not only are they surrounded by water and beauty all the time, they can also shop a lot easier knowing that Ethical Clothing Australia has got their back. If you see this trademark on a product, it means it has been accredited for being made in decent conditions and for fair wages. No more wondering – this stamp of approval proves supply chain transparency.

Here are 5 pre-approved brands from down under:

Designing since 1965, Carla Zampatti, the designer and label, is known for beauty, creativity and style. Carla has built quite the brand over time: being the first fashion designer to design a car- The Ford Laser; awarded, among many, The Australian Fashion Laureate (highest award honoured in the Australian Fashion Industry) in 2008; and the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) the following year “in recognition of her contribution of fashion, business and as being a role model to women”.

This success has been influential on Carla’s daughter, Bianca Spender, who began working at Carla Zampatti, after studying in Sydney then interning in Paris for 3 years, in 2004. 2 years later Bianca Spender for Carla Zampatti was launched and the rest is history. Bianca Spender’s designs are structured, modern and often draped from a single piece of cloth.

Cue is another longtime fixture in the Australian fashion market (it started in 1968) but continues to stay relevant as it won the Marie Claire Best Australian Fashion Brand for 2013. Cue is committed to creativity, what they call reactive fashion- meeting current trends and customer needs- and keeping jobs local. New items are available in-store and online every week.

GINGER & SMART was started in 2002 by the Smart sisters, Alexandra and Genevieve, to build a strong fashion lifestyle brand. This brand includes a fashion line, leather accessories, a spa collection and most recently a diffusion line titled Akin by GINGER & SMART.

In 1990, Collette Dinnigan launched her label of dryclean only lingerie, since then she has expanded beyond lingerie to include bridal, and womenswear with Collette Dinnigan and diffusion line collette. Known for her use of lace and elegant designs, she has even reached mass as she collaborated with Target for lingerie (2008) and tutus- for the Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary (2012).



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