Meghan Markle’s top 8 brands
Royal chic is going sustainable with Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle is not the first famous person, by any means, to intentionally wear ethical fashion in the public eye. However, it is a matter of fact that her fashion sense is under intense scrutiny. And she’s made the most of that global attention with her ethical wardrobe choices as the Green Princess-to-be. Whether it’s for a state visit or a private Sunday with her Prince, Meghan hasn’t put a foot wrong. As one of the most influential person in the world, philanthropist and environmentalist she plays an important role in setting an example to people. Every item she wears is immediately a sell out as everybody wants to look like Meghan. She has clearly done some seriously in-depth fashion research to pay tribute to the sustainable fashion industry. So what eco brands has Meghan been wearing so far and how can we all get a bit of her sustainable sparkle?
1 – Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney‘s vegan fashion is on every celebrity top list since a while. The British designer is a pioneer in the realm of sustainability in the fashion industry, sourcing as many sustainable materials as possible (organic cotton, fibers from forests etc), focussing on social sustainability and collaborations with NGOs, as well as promoting a cruelty-free ethos. Meghan has been wearing Stella McCartney pieces several times. She braved the cold in Cardiff, in style in a black wrap-coat complete with ribbon ties. Also, for the opening of the Invictus Games, the Duchess recycled her Stella McCartney navy cape dress she originally wore for the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebrations earlier this year.
2 – Veja
While watching the sailing with Prince Harry during the Invictus Games, Meghan showed off a pair of Veja V-10 leather trainers. The French label is already loved by fellow eco-conscious shoppers such as Emma Watson and Marion Cotillard. Since 2005, Veja has been making environmentally-friendly vegan trainers, made with raw materials sourced from organic family and ecological agriculture (organic cotton, biodegradable rubber, recycled plastic, jute, hemp and vegetable-tanned leather), without chemicals or polluting processes. It’s also certified fair-trade and each cotton farmer holds an organic farming certificate.
3 – Theory
When Meghan took off her Stella McCartney coat in Cardiff and unveiled her off-the-shoulder ethical wool peplum jacket by New York label Theory, it sold out immediately. Loved by many others, the environmentally-conscious brand has long been popular with celebrities. The brand’s wool is all ethically-sourced and aims to ‘make the most sustainable, non-polluting wool clothing in the world.’
4 – Maggie Marylin
Maggie Marilyn is one of the final additions to Meghan’s fashion setlist, with the Duchess stepping out in a sleeveless white tuxedo-dress by the designer during her visit to New Zealand. The local label produces garments that are 100 percent cotton and is ethically made in New Zealand.
5 – Rothys
During her visit at South Melbourne Beach, Meghan changed her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps into Rothys pointy-toe flats. While she didn’t look too comfortable and was sinking into the sand, what’s to be noticed is that Rothys flats are made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles. They aim to use recycled and renewable materials in our shoes and streamlined packaging. Besides the recycled water bottle, the foam components found in Rothy’s insoles are made from other recycled shoes; they only use non-toxic vegan adhesives on our shoes and the soles don’t contain any black carbon found in most shoe soles. Also the vegan and biodegradable shoe boxes are made from 85% post-consumer recycled materials. Both the cards and the box are 100% recyclable, and the box is resealable so no tape is needed during the returns process.
6 – Martin Grant
The Paris-based Australian designer Martin Grant has been a clear favourite, with Meghan choosing a sundress, a trenchcoat and an A-line dress for a number of events. This exposure has had a direct impact: Grant says sales for all three of the outfits Meghan sported increased dramatically, while the company generally has had “an enormous amount of press and buying requests from all over the world”
7 – Natalie Marie
Creating each piece by hand in her Sydney studio, Natalie Marie maintains complete creative control through each and every step, from conception of a design to completion of a piece. All of pieces are produced with a focus on sustainability and ethical practice. Producing all of the pieces in house gives them complete control over the entire process, from sourcing and production to setting, finishing and packaging. They use a combination of recycled and new materials, depending on the requirements and supply. They recycle all of the studio scrap and excess for reuse, and purchase a large portion of their materials, specifically sterling silver via their local supplier who deals solely with recycled material. All diamonds they source are GIA certified, and are sourced only on the guarantee that they have been sourced and cut in line with UN regulated guidelines regarding ethical and sustainable practice.
8 – Reformation
Meghan opted for a breezy dress from the cool girl brand Reformation for an outing on Fraser Island. The eco-friendly label is known for its Instagrammable looks and an ethos that focuses on sustainability. Markle rocked a Pineapple frock, which, oddly, has no fruit on it. The brand is widely known to put sustainability at the heart of everything it produces. The brand invests in green building in infrastructure to minimise their waste, water, and energy footprints. The company also promotes its own sustainability project – RefScale – to track its environmental footprint and pounds of waste it generates and shares information about the impact each garment has on the environment on every product page.
Text: Margaux Lombard, November 19th 2018