Ganni launches sustainable leisurewear collection
Snuggling up in folds of fabric will boost your seratonin levels. Here, we present the labels for luxuriating in during downtime
Soft, natural fabrics are fit for cosying up in. Here, we present the brands for bringing you a touch of tactile joy
Stay-in season is upon us, and it’s a snuggly style fit that Ganni has launched its first range of leisurewear - a downtime-centric offering of sweats, tracksuits and tees which are crafted from certified recycled materials. The collection has an eighties élan, with retro athletic ‘Ganni’ typography and silhouettes that revel in oversized slouch. Ganni Software is crafted using EcoLife, a material made using recycled cotton, saved from end-of-line scraps from manufacturing, PET plastic bottles and 50% post-consumer recycled polyester. The collection is another element of the Danish label’s long term commitment to sustainable design, which includes 44 goals over the next three years. Recent initiatives include a rental denim collection created in collaboration with Levi’s, a take back scheme, and a dedication to using environmentally friendly fabrics.
We’re drawn to the comfort-focused principles behind leisurewear label Ernest Leoty. Its current creative director Marion Rabate discovered the brand’s late 19th century founder was famous for the comfort he bought to corset design. Now, the label, best known for its sleek balletic silhouettes, has added loungewear to its repertoire. A/W 2020 sees the introduction of ribbed V-neck jumpers and rollnecks in cosy merino wool and cashmere, which can be thrown over its leggings, bodysuits and bras post workout. Which one will you wrap up in?
Want to snuggle up and feel satisfied on the inside too? We suggest investing in Toast’s latest cashmere two piece – which in a sustainable spin – is made from 100% fine micron recycled cashmere, spun in Prato, Italy. We have a particular penchant for the luxuriously slouchy silhouette of this jumper, available in oatmeal or navy. ‘With generous sleeves and a boat neck line, the sweater is a stylised version of a mariner’s sweater, a classic reference for us at Toast,’ says Laura Shippey, Head of Design. ‘The whole ensemble is perfect to slouch elegantly about the home, but also bundled with a thick sock and clog for outdoors.’
As a fashion editor, Charlotte Lewis spent her time travelling on long-haul flights, which sparked her idea to start Ven – a cashmere brand for the modern traveller. Beautiful and timeless, her luxurious travel essentials and leisurewear, made with Mongolian yarns and hand finished between Shanghai and Nepal, are produced in small quantities to minimise waste. Boasting a pared-back aesthetic, the simple yet perfectly fitted pieces – including a resortwear line of summer staples – cater for fuss-free globetrotters with a curated capsule wardrobe. ‘Ven is designed to make life a little easier for the discerning traveller,’ says Lewis. ‘Considered, functional, hardworking pieces that don’t sacrifice comfort for style.’ More recently, the brand launched new classic styles including a wool and cashmere blanket, the ideal travel companion for your next winter destination.
The spirit of travel has long embodied heritage label Le Kasha – its cashmere pieces are crafted using the finest fiber sourced from the Alashan and Arbus regions of Inner Mongolia. Today, the label – steered by Mali Marciano – specialises in neutral loungewear, the lightest cashmere separates and fluid silk dresses. Although the prospect of upcoming adventure has dwindled, we suggest you snuggle up and dream of ensuing escapades in the label’s stripe cashmere sweater. Its sea foam stripes will have you dreaming of the seaside.
The new, cool Scandi brand to silently burst on the fashion scene is Copenhagen-based home textile studio Tekla. Towels, bathrobes, bed linens and blankets in bold hues are thoughtfully designed with the environment in mind, while being affordable and relevant for the contemporary home. ‘It took almost a year and a half to find the quality and the producer that we were happy working with,’ says Tekla’s founder and former Acne Studios creative Charlie Hedin. ‘Finding the pieces suitable for the modern world also means something long-lasting that serves a sustainable purpose.’ Woven from organic terry cotton, the hygge-driven products are inspired by contemporary culture to create soft and smooth fabrics providing tranquillity and comfort in the heart of your home.
Olivia Von Halle
The London based brand is a cult favourite when it comes to cosying up. Olivia Von Halle launched her eponymous label in 2011 – inspired by the lounging pyjamas worn by Coco Chanel in the Twenties – which boasts a breadth of lounging options, from silk robes to sleeping masks. Halle’s silk-cashmere tracksuits are also a firm downtime favourite, and we recommend snuggling up in this style in the subtlest of caramels. The hooded sweatshirt’s gold toned hardware will have you feeling glamorous even when your only hangouts are in the home.
Pour Les Femmes
Founded by actress and activist Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler, Pour Les Femmes is a socially conscious sleepwear brand offering cosy pyjamas and sensual slip dresses. Working with charitable programmes, the label supports women in Congo’s conflicted regions by giving them safe working conditions and the opportunity to learn a precious craft. The fair-trade pieces then feature hand embroidered detailing, vintage lace and soft cottons with a romantic and bohemian feel adapted to suit the modern woman. ‘At Pour Les Femmes, we practice slow fashion meaning we hand cut our garments and pay three times the normal wage,’ explain the two friends. ‘We don’t mass-produce and try to use all of the extra fabric for lingerie bags and sleep mask.’ Another reason to get in bed with an ethical brand this season. §