Innovator Italian “future leather” boot, Brave GentleMan ($304).
With trends embracing more eco-friendly fabrics and production processes in general, many in the fashion industry, both in Miami and beyond, are taking a greener approach to their businesses. Dawn Oliver of locally based yogawear company Yogiiza(1819 West Ave., Bay 2, Miami Beach, 305-397-8930) is committed to sourcing cottons, fabrics, and sewing in America, where they can personally verify standards and keep a lower carbon footprint. She sees Yogiiza as more of a lifestyle than just a clothing line. “We set ourselves as an example and resource [of] a healthy yoga lifestyle,” she says. Adds Stacy Josloff, designer of swimwear line Inca (Pure Therapy, W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., 305-938-3148), “One of the biggest reasons anyone lives in Miami is the ability to live outdoors year-round. Miami’s hot summers and mild winters make wearing eco-friendly fashion so much more realistic than colder environments. We’re lucky textiles like organic cotton, silk, and linen work here any time of year.”
Along similar lines is another development that has been gaining traction with designers and customers alike, she notes. “Now, even if someone is not vegan, they may be buying brands that are because the quality and style are on par with any premier designer,” Josloff says.
At the forefront, Stella McCartney(Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-2218), a longtime champion of using sustainable materials and practices in her apparel and accessories, debuts a newly expanded 100 percent organic cotton denim line this year, as well as her newest eco faux nappa bag, the Beckett.
Joshua Katcher’s Brave GentleMan, meanwhile, uses animal-free Italian “future leathers,” which are durable, supple, and biodegradable. Cottons are organic and domestically milled and dyed, and the brand strives to use sustainable materials and production methods. Says Katcher, who presented his first live presentation for Spring 2014 at fashion week in New York, “Veganism has really reached an exciting place. The most innovative and visionary developments in food and textiles are happening in the realm of veganism. Many vegan businesses are setting standards that are now superior to the mainstream counterparts.”