A classic coat can last you years on end and if looked after, be passed on for future wearers. So finding one that’s well made and passes the test of time on a style front is mandatory. Finding one that’s ethically made with quality fabrics? Even better. There’s no need to sugarcoat these Australian and New Zealand brands.
Arnsdorf has the classic coat range covered – from the oversized wool coat to the bright and funky tailored trench. In true Arnsdorf style, the coats are made from natural fibres such as linen, wool and cotton. Check out the cost break down on each item to see just how much cash goes into the quality fabrics for these fine garments. A cosy coat from Arnsdorf will set you back between $750-$990.
New Zealand-based brand Kowtow has brought back its range of ethical and sustainable wool coats for winter 2021. Impeccably tailored, the styles on offer are made from non-mulesed ZQ certified merino wool, fully lined with cupro and finished with tagua nut buttons. These coats are no doubt an investment for years ahead, and are priced accordingly around $820-$860.
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Melbourne-based ethical fashion brand Lois Hazel has added a range of outerwear for your winter wardrobe. The Roman Coat is the frontrunner this season, made from sturdy 70% wool, 30% nylon blend and available in organic colourways to complement your wardrobe. The Lois Hazel coats are all ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. They’re priced between $495 and $699.
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Melbourne’s Obus Clothing has kept its usual commitment to colour in its Winter 2021 coat range, but pared back the prints a little to let the cuts do the talking. There’s an oversized, double-breasted variety in a dark green or check that sits below the knee, or a shorter cut in a vibrant purple. There will be more to come in this range no doubt. All of the coats are ethically made in Melbourne and come in between $499-$599.
5. Viktoria and Woods
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Viktoria and Woods luxury coat collection is ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. The Winter 2021 range includes an olive green wool longline coat, classic black wool coat, creed leather trench and more warm winter additions. You’ll find something between $490-$850.
Cue has once again teamed up with Manteco to create a range of sustainable coats for its Winter 2021 collection. Manteco is an Italian fabric supplier, known for its commitment to traceability and eco values. The Cue coats in the Manteco range are made using sustainable virgin wool and recycled wool. Manteco says that the highest standard of animal welfare and social sustainability is assured in the production of its wool. A selection of Cue’s coats are ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. You can pick one up for between $485-$695.
7. Veronika Maine
Manteco fabrics also feature in the Veronika Maine coat collection this winter. Shop for stunning black belted trenches and wearable wool coats in neutral colours and natural fabrics. Some of Veronika Maine’s coats are made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. They come in around $459-$649.
Always-bold Australian luxury fashion designer Ginger and Smart complements its winter range with a small but classic line up of quality coats. The brand’s commitments to ethics and sustainability include paying a living wage to its garment makers and working with environmentally fabrics such as natural fibres, recycled synthetics and semi-synthetics sourced from FSC-approved forests and made in a closed-loop cycle. Read more about the brand’s sustainability mandate on the website.