ECO-CONSCIOUS CONCEPT STORES
Condé Nast Traveller India|August - September - October 2021
The best ethical and artisanal retailers from Beirut to Buenos Aires.
Emma Love

CRAFTED SOCIETY, AMSTERDAM

Cashmere scarves woven by family-run Lanificio Arca; hats from fourth-generation milliner Sorbatti; heritage shoe factory Mirage Calzature’s low-top sneakers. While many high-end fashion houses keep their manufacturing partners a closely guarded secret, Crafted Society’s ‘Luxury for Good’ approach to its Italian-produced accessories has a shout-it-from-the-rooftops level of transparency. Husband and wife duo Lise Bonnet and Martin Johnston not only co-brand each piece with the maker’s name, they also list every label online and donate one per cent of annual turnover to non-profit organisations that educate disadvantaged children. craftedsociety.com

BOTTLETOP, LONDON

This flagship is a world first: a no-waste boutique built with 3D printers and recycled plastic. It started with a foundation supporting grass-roots health projects in 2002, launched by Cameron Saul, along with a bestselling bag made from upcycled bottle tops sourced in Kenya and lined with fashion label Mulberry’s leather off-cuts (Saul’s father, Roger is the luxury house’s founder). A decade later, the accessories company followed, co-founded with Oliver Wayman. Produced in Brazil, the collection uses zero-deforestation-guaranteed leather and handcrafted chainmail stitched out of metal ring pulls. bottletop.org

CENTRE COMMERCIAL, PARIS

Sneaker label Veja is known for its transparent production process, agreeing to the price of organic materials in advance and performing on-the-ground supplier-workplace checks. So it was no surprise that when founders FrançoisGhislain Morillion and Sébastien Kopp opened their first Centre Commercial boutique (there are now three) in Paris in 2010, the focus was on brands that shared the same ethos. Today, this includes New Zealand’s Kowtow (Fairtrade wrap cardigans and jumpsuits); Seattle-based Girlfriend Collective (recycled polyester sports tops, leggings made from plastic bottles); and French artist G Kero (parrot-print silk bomber jackets and kimonos). All shops also use Enercoop green electricity. centrecommercial.cc

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