By Alden Wicker
Imagine your stereotypical sustainable fashion. Now make it black and white. Transform it into leather, fur, and silk. Sharpen the angles and improve the fit. Make it rock and roll, minimalist, geometric, Scandinavian, slightly androgynous, luxurious.
This is Titania Inglis, a Brooklyn-based designer who’s been featured in Elle and The New York Times, and has dressed the musical artists Charli XCX and M83, among others. Each garment is sewn in a small, family-owned factory in New York from high-quality, low-impact fabrics including Japanese organic cotton, Italian vegetable-tanned leather, and dead stock wool from the local garment industry. She’s the recipient of the 2012 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in Sustainable Design and was a finalist in the 2013 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge.
I think the reason why she is so successful has to do with the fact that her design breaks all the “rules” of sustainable fashion (leather! fur! black!). In her willingness to take risks and hew to her own moral compass instead of one imposed upon her by the sustainable hoi palloi, she stands out. Each material is thoughtfully selected to last as long as possible both in physical endurance and timeless style, and constructed with a universally flattering fit so that it inevitably becomes a versatile favorite of your wardrobe.
Yes, investments pieces all.
Titania just moved into a new studio in Bushwick, so I have the honor of showing you pictures of the light-filled space, with her at work in it. I’m not allowed to show you next season’s designs, though! You’ll have to wait for that. So everything you see in these pictures is for sale – some of it made to order, and some of it in stock.
A fashionable friend stopped by needing a dress for dinner that night.
Inglis’s assistant measuring and cutting leather.
Inglis at work on the cloud cape, made from free-range Icelandic sheep.
About the Author
Alden is the founder and editor-in-chief of EcoCult, covering all things sustainable in NYC and beyond, including fashion, beauty, food, and events. She’s been published in Refinery29, EcoSalon, xoJane, Well+Good, Huffington Post Green, Narratively, LearnVest, Societé Perrier, and Greatist. She also runs a blog about electronic music with her boyfriend called Under the Sound, and is a co-founder of the Ethical Writers Coalition. Check her out on Twitter at @AldenWicker and Instagram @EcoCult