This year, in honour of United Nations Day, we deemed it essential to talk about the fact that sustainability is about people and the planet. UNESCO defines sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Lorne is the unplanned accidents inspired by the twists and turns of life. Lorne’s pieces are mangled and misshapen, their beauty defined by their uniqueness. Warped and tangled brass, squeezed into an endless array of shapes. Sketches and doodles in metal, as spontaneous as they are unrepeatable - are given new life.
In the Indian Ocean, where an azure sky overlooks forested volcanic mountains and coral reefs, is an Indonesian island, Bali. It’s earned acclaim as a global travel destination that epitomises everything people have come to love about the tropics. But for l u • c i e e founder, Lucie Kucharova, Bali is so much more.
Who can resist a cheerful pop of colour in a striking graphic print? The Skinny laMinx brand and products ranging from scatter cushions to aprons are synonymous with feel-good vibes and ensure top levels of quality, environmental sustainability, and social upliftment.
Designing & producing sustainable fashion is not a tick-box exercise. It's a deep-seated philosophy that underpins everything from the chosen textiles, the carbon emissions of production processes, and employees' working conditions. It's a philosophy upon which Laya, founder Witney Tucker has built a brand.
Our “environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect” has never rang more true than now, says Author, Journalist, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur - Mohith Agadi. We need to cherish and protect the world we live in - not for now, but for our future generations - to enjoy.
NICA is a brand founded by sisters Nika & Carolina, who followed in their mother's footsteps, who owned two top fashion boutiques in Austria. Their vision goes beyond making beautiful accessories to giving back to a cause that resonates with their philosophy of giving a piece of fabric a second life.
Essential oils have been recognised for centuries for their many benefits to general health and wellbeing, Rut Essentials, founded in Beirut, produce an impressive collection of pure, undiluted essential oils designed to treat insomnia, headaches, enhance concentration and relaxation, and so much more.
Brands are becoming more eco-conscious and incorporating sustainable practices in their manufacturing processes with a keen focus on fabrics. Meet the brands that turn bottles into fitness apparel and create fabric out of books.
Albiva’s products are designed to activate the skin’s natural ability to repair itself and empower its customers to use and combine their products as they need them. Discover this unique skincare brand that makes skin beautiful and keeps you healthy, and improves your quality of life.
Cute-Saint was launched in 2019 with a specific goal in mind – to put real, African narratives in the spotlight through colour, texture, shape and line. It debuted at Fashion’s Finest Africa in Lagos and as they say, the rest is history.
Licious is a successful small batch luxury skin care brand offering high quality products which uses natural ingredients and essential oils blended to nourish and feed your skin. Redefine the art of bathing with the ultimate home spa experience.
Cape-Town based brand, Wass is the embodiment of one designer’s penchant for creative expression. Currently, that expression has materialised in a brand that sells both small-batch fashion and skincare that’s best characterised as ‘skin food’.
The processes and systems of fast fashion retailers are being called into question and there’s a radical shift towards the age-old axiom, “quality over quantity.” Re-enter the new age of made to order fashion.
Concept clothing brand, VIVIERS recently became part of the Plain Tiger stable. The captivating collection of garments, made by artisans in Johannesburg, captures the energy of the City of Gold in what can only be described as “fashionable art.”
As a global community we stand at a tipping point where we have a small but significant window of opportunity to turn things around for the planet and its people. We’re proud to say that Plain Tiger supports the movement towards a more sustainable earth by employing a three-part strategy to achieve carbon negativity.
In the range, you will find no shortage of colour, pattern, texture or form although beiges and blacks certainly have a place. This vivacious design character embodies the dynamism and energy of India.
Sanct is a visual comment on the difficult and evolving relationship between fashion and sustainability. It’s a discussion we should all be a part of. Sustainability is the golden thread that closes the life cycle loop of every Sanct design from pattern to packaging.
On 18 July every year, the world unites in solidarity to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day. We’d like to give the following brands a shout-out for their continuing dedication to producing conscious luxury, and specifically for their contribution to the business landscape in Nelson Mandela’s former home, South Africa.
One year ago, MMxMS (an initialism for Modest Mags x Modern Steph) was little more than a good idea shared between two fashion designers from two very different academic and social backgrounds. Today, it’s a brand that has come to epitomise luxurious, modest-wear, that appeals to women who prioritise comfort but who also want their clothing to exude a sense of feminine power.
Our shipping system is carbon negative, which means that getting your products to you does not cost the planet or its people in any way. Carbon negativity is earth positivity. We offer free shipping for orders over $150.
The stories behind the brands that we feature, matter to us and we know they matter to you. We tell these stories via #PlainTiger_Spotlight, providing deep insights into the inspiration behind the work that our independent fashion designers and artisans produce as well as their production methods and their commitment to our conscious criteria.
Made to order fashion is also slower to produce and is therefore more environmentally sustainable, causing less wastage and avoiding over-production. As a movement, made to order promotes a culture of quality where people come to appreciate and cherish their garments as heirlooms rather than just seasonable pieces that quickly go out of fashion.