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From day one, Kow­tow has set the stan­dard for eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able fab­ric pro­duc­tion, and for SS18, the so­cially con­scious la­bel in­tro­duces five new cer­ti­fied­fair­trade or­ganic-cot­ton fab­rics to its range. De­signed and de­vel­oped from scratch over a 12-month pe­riod to achieve the de­sired weights, weaves, feel and colours, the new of­fer­ing in­cludes cor­duroy, ecru denim, colour-blocked knitwear, fine knits and seer­sucker. Shop the first pieces in store and at kow­tow­cloth­

Across the ditch, Rolla’s has been busy work­ing on a tex­tile in­no­va­tion of its own. Sure to be a sum­mer­fes­ti­val favourite, the surf-and-street brand’s uni­sex hy­per-colour T-shirts are treated with a spe­cial dye that changes colour with heat. This throw­back style is avail­able now at Rolla’s stock­ists and on­line. rol­

Also ex­per­i­ment­ing with in­no­va­tive fab­rics and an un­con­ven­tional sales model is Okewa, the Welling­ton­based brand that’s been build­ing a steady fan base since re­leas­ing its first col­lec­tion of high-spec rain­coats in 2014. Avail­able for pre-or­der on Kick­starter and at

oke­warain­, the brand’s lat­est line is made from 100% re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles and ar­rives in Novem­ber.

Kow­towjacket, $329, and skirt, $169.

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