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Beautiful clothes with a social conscience

A growing group of brands are merging fashion and philanthropy together. Here are some of our favourites

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Keeping it real

London-based Birdsong want you to expect more from your wardrobe, which is why they run a strict no photoshop, no sweatshop rule. All of their clothes are made by women’s groups with rare skills, from migrant seamstresses to knitting grannies. Birdsong match their alt-chic designs with real expertise, creating ethically-produced pieces with a mind to the future; like this satin midi slip dress. £68, Birdsong

green slip dress birdsong

Do be koi

Combining a love for classic American style and a Japanese eye for design detail, Kings of Indigo (or K.O.I) do denim, with a conscience. Each of their garments – including these marble vintage dip flares – is underpinned by quality and sustainable innovation, with environmentally considerate production techniques being used wherever possible. Why the name K.O.I? Because in Japan the Koi stands for luck, love and perseverance. Very fitting. £136.22 Kings of Indigo

Kings of Indigo

Architectural attire

Want to get ahead of party season? Or stock up for a winter sun holiday? Or maybe just buy something that will fit right into your wardrobe? Meet P.i.C, an online treasure trove of deconstructed tailoring and oversized silhouettes, all produced from locally sourced, sustainable materials that are never mass-produced. Their debut capsule collection – including this Hackney jumpsuit – features eight pieces that can be worn fifty ways. Right on. £145, P.i.C

Extra time

Beaumont Organic is a British company that has truly run with the concept of slow fashion. The eco-friendly brainchild of designer Hannah Beaumont, all of the label’s infinitely wearable womenswear pieces are crafted from leather off-cuts and organic cotton, and each is made to last. This khaki dress is ideal for tights-weather now, bare legs and sandals next summer. Our verdict? It’s seasonless shopping at its best. £135, Beaumont Organic

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Time after time

When Nieves Ruiz Ramos (known as Snow) started out as a high-street designer, brands were producing four collections a year. A decade later, it’s an almost weekly occurrence. With clothing quality plummeting Ramos founded BIBICO, an ecologically-minded brand with a slow approach to manufacturing and a focus on working conditions. Timeless staples include such goodies as this cosy oversized grey cardigan. £95, BIBICO

BIBICO cardigan

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