7 sustainable design brands that are led by strong women

Words by Gugundeep Kaur

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Aqvarossa are bringing more sustainable practices to high fashion

You asked, we listened. To celebrate the arrival of our incredible Womenswear brands, we're shining a light on seven female-led labels we're proud to support. Our brands are a curated selection of the finest European designers that produce their collections with ethical practices in mind. From sustainable clothing to family-friendly quality furniture, these design visionaries are bringing true innovation into your life by prioritising community, style and consciousness.

Our Womenswear brands are carefully handpicked by us, just for you. Quality craftsmanship, timeless styles, premium materials — these are wardrobe pieces you'll cherish for years to come. But they won't be on our site for long. Make sure to discover these brands before they're gone.

arkitaip

Lea Wieser, founder of arkitaip

Lea Wieser built the brand arkitaip from the ground up with the help of her fashion-loving mother Michi. Cultivated on the principles of effortless elegance that doesn't harm the planet, their easy-to-throw-on pieces are crafted in Europe from certified linen, with the aim of creating pieces you pass down through generations.

The power of a genuine mother-daughter connection shows in arkitaip's designs. They choose the softest fabrics for strong women, making their pieces authentic and sustainably stylish.

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Aqvarossa

Christine Losser, founder of Aqvarossa

Aqvarossa's Christine Losser founded the luxury brand in Zurich with the aim to bring more sustainable practices to high fashion. Staying true to the brand's Swiss roots, Aqvarossa is all about enduring quality and timeless styles you'll be able to cherish and love for a lifetime if not more. From the mountains of Peru to small family businesses in Europe, Christine and her team work hard to carefully select the materials and people behind each piece.

The Knotty Ones

The Laumės Mix & Match Loungewear Set by The Knotty Ones

Who doesn't love an inspiring tale of friendship? Believing that it's nice to be cool but cooler to be nice, best friends Sandra, Danute and Akvile founded the knitwear brand The Knotty Ones. Like many of us, they spend much of their early twenties swept up in fashion trends, but after learning more about the darker side of fast fashion they regrouped to do something about it. Now you can find them spread across New York and Lithuania changing the game one knit at a time.

Riley Studio

Riley Uggla, the founder of Riley Studio

Riley Uggla founded her namesake brand to bring timelessness to fashion with pieces that will survive whatever trends each season has to throw at them. Did you know Riley Studio work hard to craft their clothing using recycled materials to tackle the issue of landfill and excessive waste? For Riley Studio, dressing should be effortless and sustainable regardless of gender, which is why all their clothing is created equal — for him, her and them.

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Kulile

Marion Descottes, founder of Kulile
The Off White Kilt Storage in Natural Oak

Kulile's story begins in 2016 when founder Marion Descottes moved to Mozambique and began furnishing bespoke rooms for children realising the importance of unique colours and multi-functionality in homeware. This brings us to today — now established in a workshop in Portugal, Kulile is behind the quality pieces you'll want in each room of your house.

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EMKO

The Naive Low Chair in Cognac by EMKO

You'll recognise their distinctive and well-made pieces if not the bright colours of EMKO furniture. The first step towards design excellence for EMKO began in 2009 when founder Erika Markovska-Mikulskienė began to bring back the quality craftsmanship of traditional Lithuanian design.

EMKO designs have a signature charm. We love their stylish and functional writing desks in a beautiful ash wood, the perfect surface for remote working, or their quirky Naive Semi Bar Stool, ideal for entertaining guests.

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Etisha Collective

Etisha Pipada, founder of Etisha Collective
Ecru towel by Etisha Collective

When our lives turned upside down during lockdown, Etisha Pipada put her free time to use by honing her designs and building her textile brand Etisha Collective. Her luxury towels have a great story to tell as they support preserving the lost art of ancient Turkish weaving techniques.

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