The luxury retailer has launched its latest Vanguard collection with four labels we’re adding to basket, ASAP
Luxury retail powerhouse, Net-a-Porter, has proven its commitment to supporting the next generation of design talent with The Vanguard – a capsule collection launched year, intended to shine a light on independent labels. Now, it’s proving its commitment to sustainability.
This week, the company announced its second Vanguard line-up which features brands that are taking important steps to reduce their carbon footprint and give back to local communities.
Better yet, the labels were all discovered on Instagram. See, there are perks to falling down an Insta-hole…
Here is a list of the brands you need to know now:
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1) Le 17 Septembre
This Korea-based brand was founded in 2016 by former blogger, Eunhye Shin, who knows a thing or two about style.
Since then, the self-taught designer has become one of the hottest names on the Korean fashion scene, with a brand that’s become known for its clean-cut, minimal styles, not dissimilar from The Row (but at a much more affordable price).
Each style is produced in small quantities, and carefully crafted to ensure minimal waste.
2) BITE Studios
BITE stands for By Independent Thinkers for Environmental Progress. So, it’ll come as no surprise that sustainability is the label’s top priority. The Stockholm and London-based brand was founded by a team of four, united by its shared interest in the environment.
Their slinky, silk styles and contemporary tailoring are made using natural fibres, and all materials are 100% ecologically certified with the Global Organic Textile Standard Certification. BITE also ensures all staff earn a living wage.
3) The Sant
Launched in Barcelona in 2018, The Sant’s bags are Insta-catnip with instantly recognisable geometric styles (as well as scrunchie handles).
Each piece is handmade in the brand’s Barcelona studio by local artisans, bringing unique expertise to create its individual shapes.
The Mini Kinchaku will no doubt be all over your Insta-feed during London Fashion Week.
4) Naturae Sacra
You can spot Naturae Sacra’s handbags miles away, thanks to their distinctive, curved handles. The bags are designed in Milan and hand-finished using traditional vegetable-tanning techniques.
Inspired by modern sculpture, the bags are a work of art, too, and will make any lucky person able to nab a design have an Insta-feed worthy of an exhibition.