There’s more to minimalism than just block colours. It’s about the cut, the design, and the longevity of the item. These sustainable brands have nailed minimalism in design and quality, so you can fill your wardrobe with just a few pieces that will outlast many a season.

Theo the Label

 

 
 
 
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I first came across Theo the Label at a Finders Keepers market in Brisbane. Their floaty, linen attire and Fashion Revolution ‘I made your clothes’ tags drew me in. The brand boasts a quality range of staple goods for men and women. When it comes to production, they say sweatshops are a no-no and they only work with makers they can meet, greet and share honest to goodness relationships with.

Johansen

This Aussie-made label opts for beautiful fabrics over excessive prints with its range of womenswear. There’s lots of linen and silk, in dresses, pants and turtle necks, mostly in black, white, cream and the odd burnt orange. Shop for staples or stunning evening wear.

The Fabric Social

 

 
 
 
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Mostly opting for block colours (with the exception of a few checks), The Fabric Social makes a light and airy range of womenswear, ethically made in Northeast India and Myanmar. For fabrics, the brand uses silks and cottons created on traditional handlooms and woven with care by their expert artisans.

NATALIJA

 

 
 
 
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Nightwear and lifestyle label NATALIJA is thoughtfully designed and made in Australia for the effortlessly chic, modern woman. The brand is committed to maintaining high ethical, social and environmental standards through all business practices, with manufacturers accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia.  Each collection is designed with luxurious pure silks (swoon!) known for their longevity, comfort and lustre.

Keegan

 

 
 
 
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Melbourne-based designer Keegan is living proof that a brand can be bold and minimalist at the same time. The oversized designs coupled with unique features gives the brand a sense of edge, but it sticks with classic cuts and colours that can be worn across seasons. Keegan’s values are firmly on the slow side, opting for onshore and small-scale production. I’m a fan.

Kuwaii

 

 
 
 
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Each of the Kuwaii pieces feels like a little bit of luxury, and the solid colours and staple patterns mean you can wear them all year round, with layers in winter and accessories in summer. Kuwaii is committed to environmental sustainability and ethical production, and keeps everything above board by producing each piece by hand, onshore.

Dann and Co

Gold Coast-based Dann & Co makes just a few floaty pieces. The brand says it values the ethics and process of slow fashion and all of its garments are designed and made by hand.

Bilboa

Opting for lighter colours, Bilboa emphasises beautiful shapes with its small collection of ethically made womenswear. Subtle patterns add life to otherwise simple colours and cuts.  Every aspect of Bilboa, from designing, to cutting, to construction is lovingly done by hand, in Byron Bay, Australia.

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Brittanie is the founder of Britt's List, and an advocate for sustainable and Australian fashion. When she's not reviewing brands, Britt can be found hiking, blogging and practicing yoga, or more likely, eating cheese and drinking boutique gin.

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