There’s more to minimalism than just block colours. It’s about the cut, the design, and the longevity of the item. These 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. Importantly, they ensure all their garments are made ethically and with the environment in mind.
The lovely Lois Hazel opts for neutral colours and luxe natural fabrics for their collections that are all ethically made in Melbourne. The self-titled label is influenced by the designer’s own style, natural fibres and living in comfort. She says she wanted to create pieces that could be worn every single day, and be with the customer from morning to evening. This mentality is clear in the Lois Hazel collections – an essence of simplicity while still being unique and extremely wearable.
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.
A womenswear label by designer and maker Emily Thiang, mei-li was born out of a desire to make practical, comfortable clothing.The Brisbane-based designer makes all the clothes herself from her home studio in Upper Mount Gravatt, where it takes her between 3-5 hours to make a garment. The mei-li pieces are a collection of floaty fabrics in neutral colours inclusive to all shapes and sizes – available in flexible sizes of small, medium and large, plus a custom option if you know your measurements and want a perfect fit.
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.
This brand is the O.G of ethical fashion in Australia. Its collections are manufactured 100% onshore using organic and eco-friendly materials and dyes in limited numbers. Vege Threads is accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and prides itself on working with local knitting mills and dye houses. The ‘threads’ are a lovely bunch of long lasting, practical yet beautifully designed basics.
I first came across Theo the Label at a Finders Keepers market in Brisbane. The 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, Theo the Label says sweatshops are a no-no and the team only works with makers they can meet, greet and share honest to goodness relationships with.
A.BCH is a beautiful label out of Melbourne that seeks to make its environmental impact as a minimal as its clothing. By minimal I mean pieces that can be worn over and over again, despite the changing styles and seasons. Staple clothing in white, grey, black and cream make up the mixture of colours in this brand’s collections. All of the clothing is ethically made in Melbourne from quality, natural fibres.
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.
This Brisbane-based label provides resort vibes year-round. Floaty linen basics set the scene for Queensland summer, which is exactly what Shyanne is going for. The pieces are all ethically made in Brisbane.
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.