Due to the fact that ethical fashion is tougher and more expensive to produce, we’ve gotten used to a market of fairly simplistic offerings. There’s nothing wrong with this—we love minimalism—but it’s caused us to view ethical fashion through a narrow lens. Happily, the designers behind New York–based brand ÖHLIN/D are set to change that with their environmentally and socially conscious line of whimsical ready-to-wear.
Founded in 2013 by Anne Deane and Jacob Park, an ex-banker and a stylist, respectively, the inspiration struck Deane after a trip to Latin America introduced her to the positive practices of conscious manufacturing. Quickly convincing her friend Park to hop on board, the brand (given a Nordic family name) launched quietly, picking up more and more steam in the last year and catching the intention of major pubs like Vogue and WWD.
When asked by Harper’s Bazaar in 2015 why they chose to launch the brand, Deane explained: “Two reasons: First, I wanted to spark change and challenge current ethical norms … within the fashion industry—set a new standard…at an advanced contemporary price point. Second, I felt as though there was a gap in the marketplace for something visually different and bold, yet beautiful and happy. I miss the edge of past decades where women celebrated and basked in the liberty of being unique and special. I wanted to fill that void.”
Judging from their most recent lookbook for resort (select imagery below) they’ve already succeeded and their dream—dressing independent women like Björk and Lena Dunham—doesn’t seem all that far off.
Scroll down to check out the brand's resort offering and shop some of the coolest ÖHLIN/D pieces on sale now…
A totally new spin on the ruffle trend.
Styling tip: Layer sheer socks under your favorite block heels for a standout look.
Paging Alexa Chung...
Styling tip: Add form to a flowing top with a ribbon belt (or, for that matter, a thick ribbon).
Proof that a corset-inspired top doesn't have to be too revealing.
Say hello to the dress of your (our) dreams.
Just another off-the-shoulder top that we absolutely NEED.
This blush-colored dress is perfect for a summer wedding.
Because who said wearing jeans had to be boring?
This sheer dress offers endless possibilities.
We love the boyish, '70s-inspired fit of this top.
A totally fresh take on the miniskirt.
Stand out at the office in these wide-leg trousers.
This is the perfect summer sweater.
Wear these pants from now until New Year's.
Further proof that a turtleneck can look super cool.
What are some of your favorite ethical fashion brands? Let us know in the comments!