From ready-to-wear and accessories, to unique jewellery creations, it has never been a better time to champion sustainability in the region.

NEMOZENA

 

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An Italian brand born in the UAE. Not only is sustainability at its core, the luxury fashion house champions female empowerment too. But the cherry on top is the versatility of pieces on offer, still keeping sustainability front and centre. While you wouldn’t normally assume versatility and sustainability would go hand-in-hand, this UAE-based brand is making waves with their reversible garment concept.

Èlbé

 

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Sustainable and inspired by the Mediterranean, Èlbé sounds like an accessories brand made for sunny Dubai. Established by Tunisian designer Nour Ben Cheikh and Clémentine L in 2018, the brand offers a series of holiday-ready accessories, and we are particularly taken by Èlbé, meaning “my heart” in some Arabic dialects.

Okhtein

 

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For Egyptian brand Okhtein, bags have always been designed to be the centre of attention. The bold approach has scored the brand fans from around the world, including Beyoncé and Queen Rania. Founded by sisters, Aya and Mounaz Abdelraouf, have joined forces with local NGOs to create their designs, in return helping women facing hardships.

The Giving Movement

 

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Minimalist, modern with an off-white edge, The Giving Movement is a Dubai-based athleisure label that puts sustainability and ethical practices at the core of the brand. The pieces are made right here in the UAE from their own certified sustainable fabrics. Its approach extends to packaging which is made from plant starch and is also reusable. The UAE factory is also certified and pays living wages, provides fair working hours and safe conditions, allows unionisation and uses no forced or child labour.

Darin Hachem

 

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Co-founded by Lebanese designer Darin Hachem alongside Fernanda Gallardo from Mexico, the brand focuses on sourcing fabrics from around the world that are natural or recyclable to create clothes that are contemporary and extremely wearable.

FYNE

 

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One of the latest jewellery brands to cross our magpie radar is FYNE. A small, female-led label which focuses on creating ethical pieces using consciously sourced diamonds with 18-carat gold. Founder Aya Ahmad decided to use lab-grown diamonds across her rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces and focus on creating beautiful pieces at a contemporary price point.

Vanina

 

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The Vanina products are all handcrafted in Lebanon, in ateliers and affiliated workshops. The brand collaborates with local NGOs for sourcing and manufacturing and follows a closed-loop system of production, guaranteeing full product traceability and ethical processes. Through this, it aims to promote local community development through the valorisation of craftsmanship and environmental awareness.

Rawan Maki

 

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Who better to come up with sustainable fashion brand than an environmental-engineer? With knowledge at her fingertips, Bahraini designer Rawan Maki put her theory to clothes that celebrate conscious every day style. Her namesake brand uses reusable, low-impact materials and fabrics as well as producing pieces in limited quantities. In addition, Rawan Maki uses fabrics that are either GOTS certified, farmed organically, made with low impact dyes, and consume low amounts of energy during their production process.

Abadia

 

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Abadia is an ethical luxury brand, owned and operated by women. Its mission is to preserve craftsmanship and generate sustainable income for the artisans so they are more likely to pass their skills on to the next generation. It works closely with artisan groups, developing and incorporating handmade crafts into ethically made, timeless designs.  It also considers the impact at every stage of our design process by respecting the people and the resources that go into each of the pieces, from fabric choice to in-house manufacturing.

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