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 kowtowclothing.com.
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. rollas.com.au
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
okewarainwear.com, the brand’s latest line is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and arrives in November.
Kowtowjacket, $329, and skirt, $169.