The Conscious Collective
A curation of ethically made, environmentally sound clothing, brought to you by some of the world’s most fashionable eco-freaks, hand-selected by November Meets May.
This collective aims to inform, inspire, and aid your slow fashion journey; whether you’re still shopping the high-street or a sustainability pro. From product reviews, to exclusive interviews, and first-look insights, The Conscious Collective brings you closer to the people and enterprises saving the world one-wardrobe-at-a-time.
Series #1. Pangean Clothing Co. Location: California, USA. Founded: 2015 by visual creators Yasha and Roxana. Speciality: Sustainable street wear. Vision: To "save the planet through resource-management".
I found this jacket somewhere in the depths of a street-style Pinterest board. Despite its very overt eco-message, I held my breath as I followed the link back to Pangean’s homepage. There’s no way this is going to sustainably made, I thought to myself. Even if, by some miracle, it was manufactured responsibly, I never considered the possibility that it could be vegan, too. In the midst of my mid-term meltdown, the good Lord sent me a miracle in the form of pinatex. Sweatshop-free, 100% vegan, and made-to-order right in the U.S of A, this is easily the coolest, greenest, most unique jacket I have ever owned.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the marvel that is Pinatex, the core component of this jacket is pineapples. That’s right, the skin of 16 pineapples made this soft, breathable, resistant jacket. No animals harmed (which means no walking around in the skin of another being like a caveperson), Pangean pride themselves on being 100% cruelty-free. On top of that, pinatex is a recycled material, meaning no extra land, water, or fertiliser went into its production. For more on why pinatex is the most sustainable vegan leather option, check out Emily’s (from Conservation Folks) post here: http://www.stylewise-blog.com/2017/10/is-faux-leather-really-better-eco-leather-substitutes.html.
Aside from this biker-inspired jacket, Pangean offers a full range conscious clothing. From chakra tees, to androgynous sweat-sets, and their (ever-relevant) “police the police” line, Pangean once again proves that fashion can (and must) have a socio-political agenda. With a dedication to owning a “100% solar-powered facility” in the coming years, Pangean truly is a “Save the Planet” type of enterprise.