Every week, we deliver DROP EVERYTHING – a first-class round-up of the most urgent, sustainable, progressive and forward-thinking releases that need to go straight into your wardrobe.
We’re officially more than halfway through 2021, which is either something to celebrate as we move into greener grass territory or a scary stat to give you a splitting mindache. However you choose to take it, it is – as Love Islanders say – what it is: so grab some nice new clobber, enjoy some newfound freedoms and try to pretend that we’re not all running around like decapitated cockerels.
As per usual, we’ve stuffed our wardrobes with the latest sustainable drops, from botany-inspired tees to vegan leather all-in-ones. It’s cautiously holiday-ready, but we’re saving our bacon by not going the full hog; with international travel still pretty limited and NHS notifications pinging more than a fresher at Fabric, we may well be bunkering down at home in our summer gear.
We’re all searching for something right now, and we’re not just talking about Googling Chuggs’ bucket hat business. For Brum-based streetwear brand Bene Culture, it’s a connection to nature they’ve been looking for, inspiring their new ‘Searching’ collection. Designed by Jack Mitchel and shot by acclaimed photographer Joshua Sneade on JRR Tolkien’s stomping ground Moseley Bog, it sees earthy, natural tones applied to tees and hoodies, finished with gardening-guide inspired sketches and a moving motif: ‘Searching Outside for Peace Inside’.
The entire capsule is created within a stone’s skim from the brand’s HQ using local suppliers, then cocooned in 100% recycled packaging and hitting your doorstep via DPD’s electric fleet of couriers. It’s nostalgic, pretty and a surefire hit for the budding botanists among us, ready to be thrown on for wanders, wombles and rambles.
Drop everything and get…the Searching T-Shirt in Peach, featuring a beaut vintage illustration on the back.
Minimalist, deliciously chic and a little obsessed with the seventies, Nanushka is our go-to brand for elevated, easy-to-wear essentials. Their Pre-Fall collection is out now, inspired by surrealism and teleportation and fuelled by head designer Sandra Sandor’s experiences of quarantining in rural Hungary during lockdown. Trippy flower patterns and leopard prints combine with glossy textures and rich, Autumnal browns across extensive womenswear and menswear ranges.
As with all they do, sustainability is at the collection’s beating heart. Crafting every garment in their in-house atelier and often using organic cottons, plant-based leathers and recycled polyesters, they’re savvy when it comes to responsible production, without sacrificing the design that makes their pieces truly stand out.
Drop everything and get…the Snake-embossed vegan leather pants and be a walking serpentine gallery.
Yes, yeap, yessir. You read that right: we’re actually featuring a Prada cutlery set. Why? Because a) why the hell not and b) single-use cutlery sucks. The Italian fashion house has teamed up with Black+Blum on a new fork, knife and spoon combo encased in a cute little holder, letting you camp in style wherever the dickens you may find yourself. A quick look at Prada’s site reveals that they also seemingly do a sandwich holder, water bottle, backpack and cashmere throw, meaning you should definitely go all out and treat yourself to an entire hamper of Prada picnic gear. You’re worth it.
Drop everything and get…the whole Set, because you can’t buy ‘em individually and you’re going to need yourself a fork, knife and spoon for your Super Noodles on toast.
Famously relaunched in 2017 (with one of the best fashion parties ever seen), cult Italian label Fiorucci has rapidly refound its place at the apex of ready-to-wear. Their latest capsule, titled ‘Cosmic Waters’, is a paean to the ocean, inspired by the need to escape we all felt during the pandemic. The prints are gloriously, almost garish (in a good way) – think Lichtenstein-style mermaid graphics, shocking ‘Memphis Print’ camo and more seahorses and starfish than you can shake a sea cucumber at.
Proving their love for the ocean, the brand has used SeaCell fibre for the first time, sustainably made from wood and seaweed, meaning you can languish on the pristine shores of somewhere golden forever without feeling you’ve self-littered on the beach.
Drop everything and get…the Wave Print Long Sleeve Top and stare in the mirror and hypnotise yourself for a few hot seconds.