Woman wearing the designer label Elk in Melbourne © ELK

Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria © ELK

Sustainable Australian designer labels (and where to find them)

Portrait of Joanne Gambale © Joanne Gambale

Joanne Gambale is a Sydney-based fashion and design writer. When she’s not reporting on slow fashion for Vogue Australia magazine and interior design for Vogue Living, she offers a vintage styling and personal shopping service. She’s seen eco-fashion come a long way since the humble hemp harem pant. Today, it covers everything from using organic fabrics to minimising packaging and ensuring the ethical treatment of workers. Australia is home to many new and established sustainable brands, and there are plenty of stores across the country, so it’s easy to do the right thing for your wardrobe and the planet.

Two models wearing the designer label Elk in Melbourne © ELK

Elk clothing, Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria © ELK

Top tip

Explore Collins Street near Elk’s Little Collins Street store – it’s known as the “Paris end” of Melbourne for its sidewalk cafés and high-end boutiques.

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Woman arranging clothes for display at the Spell & The Gypsy Collective in Byron Bay © Destination NSW

Spell & The Gypsy Collective, Byron Bay, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Shop view of The Social Outfit in Newtown © Luisa Brimble

The Social Outfit, Newtown, New South Wales © Luisa Brimble

Woman at home in loungewear by Vege Threads in Melbourne © Tané Meiring

Vege Threads, Melbourne, Victoria © Tané Meiring

Shop view of KitX store in Paddington © KitX

KitX, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales © KitX

Sustainable T-shirts on display at Citizen Wolf in Sydney © Jason de Plater

Citizen Wolf, Sydney, New South Wales © Jason de Plater

Woman walking over rock pools wearing clothing by Good Studios in Adelaide © Bing Rowland

Good Studios collection, Adelaide, South Australia © Bing Rowland

Owner Kathryn Cizeika wearing Empire Rose in Fremantle © Jillian McHugh

Kathryn Cizeika, Empire Rose, Fremantle, Western Australia © Jillian McHugh

Did you know?

South Beach Boardies, also in Fremantle, sells board shorts made from plastic bottles removed from west coast beaches.

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Model standing in a paddock wearing The Travelling Kimono in Noosa © Bec Blooms Photography

The Travelling Kimono designer label, Noosa, Queensland © Bec Blooms Photography

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Shop view of Seventh Pocket in Yackandandah © Georgie James

Seventh Pocket, Yackandandah, Victoria © Georgie James