Jackets, boots, beanies, and backpacks…
Without a doubt, these are some of my favourite things. From time to time I discover travel brands and designs which are really *too good* to keep all to myself. Here is my yearly brand review post, naming some of my favourite items both bought and received.
Top Travel Brands for Fashion
Exploring Finland in my Theo & George products
Now and then I have the chance to work with brands and @theoandgeorge is one I’d like to highlight for today. I cannot recommend something to you unless I’m very sure of its quality, style or usefulness. If it ticks all 3 boxes, even better.
This is one of the travel brands which believes in minimalism and sustainable fashion – NOT fast fashion. They are so serious about this that they only stock around 20 products in their online store. Each product can be worn with the other and they mostly sell greys, blacks, and whites.
I asked the brand if I could offer you guys a discount code: if you want to purchase something from their beautiful and small collection, use Kaptain10 at the checkout. Buy sustainable, support local and ethical – mix and match your basics and wear your pieces again and again!
Below I am wearing their basic grey v-neck tee, their cashmere sports pants and the Heather wool wrap coat. A lovely Instagram follower of mine, who cares very much for animals rights, asked me if the cashmere was ethical too, to which @theoandgeorge replied:
“The cashmere pants come from Dongguan, China they are 100% Mongolian Cashmere. Our cashmere partners offer 100% traceability and control over the production process by having built a network of in-house and BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) approved factories for each step of the cashmere chain of production. They buy their cashmere fibres directly from the herdsman from Tibet and Inner Mongolia, who have made sure to look after the health of their goats as well the careful combing of the hair to protect their skin.”
I’ve paired my Theo & George outfit with some beautiful leather Chelsea boots from Chatham Footwear UK.
Below I am wearing the Theo & George basic v-neck tee.
I don’t know how long they will have this promotion but you can currently buy two and get one free on their online store. I currently have the medium in pink, navy, white and black in my shopping cart because this is one of the first t-shirts I’ve ever found which does not lose its shape after washing. It just falls into place and I don’t sweat in it either. The fabric feels very soft.
Below I am wearing the quilted black bomber jacket from Theo & George, the basic grey v-neck tee, and their cool skinny black jeans. These jeans go everywhere with me and I especially like the frayed ends.
Hiking in the Dolomites with my Sandqvist backpack
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m obsessed with Scandinavian travel brands for fashion. There are so many great ethical companies out there and I’d like to highlight Sandqvist as it has a cool story but also works ethically. Here’s a photo of me hiking through the Italian Dolomites with my Nico backpack.
Sächsische Schweiz National Park with my ‘Nico’ backpack from Sandqvist
The founder goes by the name of Anton Sandqvist – back in 2004 he was getting pretty sick and tired of carrying his laptop in an ugly bag, and he couldn’t find anything which was cool and under 600 euros. As he is one of the few guys who has actually studied sewing, he decided to make his own. Enter: compliments. People fell in love, and @sandqvistbags was born!
It even gets the @earthwanderess seal of approval. She’s a fellow Swede but also an environment lover and we’re both really excited that this brand makes sustainable products using organic cotton sourced directly from farmers, recycled fibres from post-consumer waste in all their synthetic materials AND they even have Sandqvist repair shops to extend the life of their products. Here I am pictured wearing the “Nico” backpack which is fully waterproof, like most things I own.
Let’s also look at this Finish beanie by Vai-Ko
I love the black beanie I’m wearing in the above pictures so Vai-Ko gets a special shoutout from me today for being another sustainable fashion player among travel brands. A direct quote from their website: www.vai-ko.com/
We believe it’s our duty, to create sustainable alternatives so that you can live a more simple, creative and meaningful life… without having to worry about the social and environmental impacts of the clothes you wear.
Our mission is to create ecological alternatives from urban to wilderness and to do good through business in social and environmental sectors.
Winter fashion hack: buy a Scottish blanket and wear as a scarf
This is by far one of the best winter fashion decisions I’ve ever made! I bought this Scottish blanket from Tartan Blanket Co and I wear it as a cosy scarf during those cold days. You can choose your own ‘clan’ by selecting different patterns and colours.
Wearing my blue business pants from Andotherstories in Croatia
We all know that H&M produces fast fashion and while I cannot really advertise their company ethics, I will say that their sister company Andotherstories does make some lovely clothes full of colour and patterns.
Sailing Croatia in my Weekday collared print shirt
I love bold patterns and I have a special affinity for wearing collared shirts with a knot at the belly and cuffing up the sleeves. Pair that with a bright sarong and you’ve got that summer look down!
Bought this printed shirt from Weekday Official
Wearing Aussie brand ‘AJE’ in France
Okay, this is officially the most expensive t-shirt I’ve ever bought. (Below) Make that three. I’m feeling sheepish just trying to justify the cost of this shirt which I bought in grey, white and black & white stripes. That aside, they are so easy to wear and I’ve had them for years – they really do go with anything. AJE is an Australian brand which I fell in love with some time ago. Check out their site: www.a-j-e.com.au/
Helly Hansen raincoats in sunny Ireland
I’ve long been a fan of Helly Hansen and have received many outdoor hiking packs from them in the past to test and try out. The above jacket is called the ‘Kirkwall’ and it’s one of their signature fisherman’s coats. I own it in yellow, light blue and (pictured) dark green. As you can see, I also take it on holidays where I will expect sun mixed with wind. It’s the perfect European spring/autumn jacket.
Below is a photo of me wearing the HH ‘Boyne’ parka in navy/purple. If you also look at the above pictures of me hiking, you’ll see I’m wearing tanned Helly Hansen hiking boots, too. I take them on every hiking trip and don’t ask me how, but they still look as good as new. I haven’t once got a blister from them, either.
That’s a wrap!
Thanks for reading this clothing and accessories summary and as always, if you have any specific questions about the items I’ve shown today, just get in touch. Personally, I only collaborate with brands which I truly believe tell a moral and ethical story. Aside from that, as a consumer, of course, I do buy the odd piece of fast fashion myself. This post contains a mixture of products which I received to try out and products which I paid for. I would like you to know that I never recommend something which I don’t truly believe is a good find, whether that is a collaboration or not.