In a world of plastic, it can feel impossible to find clothing and accessories that aren’t made of polyester. Clothing doesn’t need to last forever and ever and ever. It just needs to last for you. While polyester can’t actually biodegrade, it just sheds microfibers over 20 to 200 years; it only takes 5 months for a natural material like cotton to biodegrade. Here at No Kill Mag, we know how hard it can be to keep up with what materials you should be buying and who you should be buying from. These designers are not only working with natural fibers but recycling natural materials. We know you’ll love the creativity and innovation put into their work.
Based in Walthamstow, East London, Lola Lely is a designer, artist, and maker who works with natural materials and dyes to create work in the form of a process and event where she often gets others involved. Her projects include indigo-dyed aprons, large-scale quilted art made of dyed and embroidered cotton fabric scraps, and even ceramics and furniture. We love how Lola is challenging material usage and society through her art. The fashion industry can take note of how to reuse materials and emphasize slow, well-made craftsmanship.
Founded in 2019, Cecily Ophelia is a slow fashion brand specializing in one-of-a-kind, handcrafted clothing and accessories. Cecily lives in Kampala, Uganda, and works in collaboration with Kanyogoga Mums group. Kanyogoga Mums is a group of single women and mothers who connect through craftsmanship and create beautiful pieces. Their collaborative pieces are a part of the CECILY X KAMUMS collection. They feature the craftsmanship of the women in the Kanyogoga Mums group. The colors, the beading, the style? Beyond amazing.
Joana Schneider is an Amsterdam-based artist challenging how we see waste and reuse natural materials. By recycling old ropes, Joana’s work focuses on creating installations and sculptural environments. Her art challenges gender roles and stereotypes and draws attention to organic natural materials that work together to place emphasis on creativity and slow, local art. Joana allows you to question ethical and environmental issues while utilizing materials and craftsmanship that work against them.
Marina and her sister Francesca Moscone started Marina Moscone in 2016. Marina studied at Parsons School of Design in NY and works with beautiful natural materials to create tailored garments that drape and balance masculine and feminine silhouettes. Marina Moscone was recently featured in Vogue this past June for her Resort 2022 collection. Her designs feature small and thoughtful details that challenge the idea of minimalism by adding little touches of maximalism in simple, well-made designs. Her sweaters and tops not only look absolutely comfy but would make great staple pieces in any wardrobe.
We are obsessed with Fiorella Pratto and her designs. They’re soft, beautiful color, and timeless. Fiorella started her brand in 2016, embracing her Peruvian roots while creating garments made from 100% natural fibers. Fiorella sticks to specific color palettes with each collection and focuses on using texture and shape in her clothing. Her Solstice Collection alone is so fun and retro-inspired. It pulls inspiration from art and fashion, a point of view we adore!
Deciding what to buy can be overwhelming, but paying attention to the fiber contents and the designers making it can help you not only feel good in your clothing but about them! At No Kill Mag, we love all these designers and artists and cant wait to see what they create in the future. We are also keeping an eye out for new designers challenging how we make clothing! Natural materials have a less negative impact on the planet than synthetics that are, literally, just plastic turned into clothing. Buying natural is an excellent alternative to clothing made of synthetics. It can be just as colorful and exciting, if not more so.