NANUSHKA

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What: The Bu­dapest-based la­bel started by de­signer San­dra San­dor in 2005 (yes, 13 years ago).

Fash­ion fac­tor: For all its age, it’s only in the past year that the brand has ven­tured be­yond its home­town (it held its first show at New York Fash­ion Week this Fe­bru­ary). The re­sult has been a new­found fan base that in­cludes stock­ist Net-a-porter, as well as celebri­ties rang­ing from Caro­line de Mai­gret to Char­l­ize Theron. The lat­ter group re­flects the brand’s wom­anly-chic-but-no­tovertly-trendy aes­thetic – cue this sea­son’s obi-style, bleach denim wrap dress with a criss-cross back, or polka-dot chif­fon blouse with a waist tie. The fact that its sig­na­ture ve­gan leather bags look an aw­ful lot like they’re made of the real thing only adds to the brand’s in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity and vis­i­bil­ity.

Eco fac­tor: Nanushka’s ve­gan leather goods are made sans tan­ning, a process of­ten re­ported as a se­ri­ous source of pol­lu­tion (for one, some man­u­fac­tur­ers are known to dump their haz­ardous byprod­uct into wa­ter­ways). San­dor is also aim­ing to fully con­vert to us­ing sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als by 2020.

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