Get to know the philanthropic brands positioning style and social sustainability at the forefront of their philosophy…
Supermodel Liya Kebede founded Lemlem (pictured above) after meeting a group of traditional weavers in Ethiopia, who no longer had a market for their craft. The label is committed to elevating artisanship and to breaking the cycle of poverty across Africa – each and every piece is locally crafted.
This philanthropic label ranks its design aesthetic and social conscious in equal measure. New York-based brand Tome founded The White Project in 2014, a programme dedicated to fighting human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
3/ Jacques Marie Mage
Reworked sixties frames, coloured Japanese acetate, 10-carat gold hardware… Jacques Marie Mage is a fun-loving eyewear brand that delivers on details – and charitable donations. A percentage of every pair sold goes to The Yellowstone Park Foundation and Living With Wolves.
4/ Zeus + Dione
This Greece-based label is making waves with its resortwear and desire to revive the local craft of artisans in the country. Silk textiles are crafted in the north-eastern town of Soufli, dresses are knit by craftswomen in the Cyclades, while motifs are handwoven in Crete.
Founder Oskar Metsavaht is a pioneer in the concept of ‘new luxury’. The visionary behind the environmentally conscious Brazilian brand also founded Instituto-E, a non-profit organisation that fosters sustainable human development.
6/ Melissa Joy Manning
A driving force behind the employment of local production and fair wages, plus a co-founder of the CFDA Sustainability Committee – it’s safe to say Melissa Joy Manning sets the bar for sustainable jewellery. Mindful craftsmanship meets forward-thinking design.
6/ Cashmere In Love
A firm advocate of the buy-less-choose-well philosophy, Cashmere In Love sources all of its materials exclusively from inner Mongolia – an area revered for its limited supply of sustainable cashmere.