We can’t get enough of our virtual travel guides! This week is extra special since we are covering two countries in one article: Austria and Switzerland 💚 We were so excited for these two since there are so many amazing brands in these rather small European countries. Of course, we know both countries have so much to offer but since they are neighbours we decided to combine them for our travel guide!
All these sustainable brands from Austria and Switzerland made our team dream of long summer days and vacation or just a day spent at the lake. Most brands we are covering in this article also manufacture locally to keep the craftsmanship alive in the future. As for the price range we kept it in €€ but for the Swiss brands the prices are usually in CHF on the website. That’s all you need to know before exploring some of our favourite sustainable brands from Austria and Switzerland!
Blogger Dariadaria founded the brand dariadéh in 2017 in Austria. Dariadéh is a highly inclusive and diverse brand with honesty and transparency at its core. The team regularly visits the factories and tries to answer as many questions as possible on Instagram. By doing so the brand is very transparent about the journey of an ethical brand and even shares the parts that aren’t perfect yet. Dariadéh produces locally in Portugal and sources materials from inside and outside of the EU. With every order made they donate 0,50€ to SEEBRÜCKE, which is awesome!
Price Range: 13-149€
The Vienna based brand currently produces in Bulgaria and Turkey. All pieces are made from natural fabrics or fabrics produced in a closed loop process – which is the sustainable way to produce semi-synthetic fabrics. The brand also gives a full account about the buttons (plastic-free), threads (plastic-free), zippers (plastic-free), labels (rPet) and more! The packaging used for your parcel is 100% recycled paper and you even get the option to opt for used packaging instead at the checkout – how awesome is that?! They are transparent about not being perfect and compromising on prints and dyes as there is no way yet to make these fully sustainable. But like WE BANDITS would say they are working on it!
Price Range: 50-235€
Swiss backpack brand QWSTION is known for combining design and functionality with sustainability. QWSTION bags are designed and developed in Zurich. Manufacturing takes place in Europe and China, while the brand’s most important partner is in the city of Huizhou. The factory is audited by BSCI (Business and Social Compliance Initiative), an EU initiative with the goal to implement European standards in Non-EU countries. The brand develops and sources almost all materials directly. The brand has just released Bananatex®, a new shell fabric made from the fibers of banana plants. Close to 100% of the fibres used for the brand’s products are natural and renewable.
Price Range: 20-315€
ESSENTIALS FOR ZULA is a father-daughter duo creating underwear, swimwear, yoga wear and other basics. Raised in a family of garment manufacturers, the Austro-Thai born designer Delie’s memories of going to work with her father and seeing first hand the techniques and artistry of tailoring in Thailand. Today, the designer is based between Vienna and Bangkok, working side-by-side with her father, to carefully produce and bring their slow fashion project to life. The EFZ fabrics are locally sourced, woven, and dyed in Thailand. The brand is very selective with the fabrics it works with, consciously choosing sustainable alternatives that are uncompromising of quality at the same time. The cotton is certified with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The swimwear is produced using recycled polyester and azo free dyes.
Price Range: 39-79€
Anzüglich is an ethical fashion label based in Vienna. All clothes are made from certified organic fabrics in the brand’s own factory in Peru where the owner and designers work side by side with tailors coming from disadvantaged physical and/or socio-economic backgrounds. The brand provides them with fair wages, permanent contracts, social security and a safe working environment. The brand itself is also PETA approved, too. Although all organic cotton fabrics are GOTs certified, the brand itself is not GOTS certified. Why, I hear you ask? Since ANZÜGLICH has 2 companies (one for retail in Austria and one for manufacturing in Peru), they’d have to pay double. As a small brand that is an investment they couldn’t currently go through.
Price Range: 49-169€
Lingerie, swimwear and loungewear for everyone. AMOUR FOU* founder Astrid stocks sustainable brands such as Baserange, Rendl and Margaret & Hermione at her boutique in Vienna. Besides offering bra sizes AA to F she also offers a range of styles that will fit man, too. It’s most important to founder Astrid that every person coming into her shop or ordering online will find something they feel comfortable in because underwear should be empowering.
Price Range: 30-210€
The Swiss brand was founded in 2015 by Sanaz Wasser and Kai Wasser. SANIKAI manufactures their beautiful clothing locally in Switzerland at a family-owned company. The brand uses sustainable materials such as regenerated nylon, Lyra, recycled polyester, organic cotton as well as leftover denim. Transparency is at the core of the brand and we were thrilled to see that they use recycled polyester or organic cotton for threads and coconut shell, corozo and wood for buttons. The beautiful patterns are digitally printed onto recycled plastic in Europe. The dyes are vegan, and the printing process uses less water and energy than common printing techniques.
Price Range:134 -529€
Consches is “MADE IN AUSTRIA” designed in Vienna and produced in the small Austrian town Feldbach. The brand’s main goal is to produce as locally as possible (e.g. all dresses are produced in Austria) in small quantities, leading to reduced CO2 emissions and convincing with high quality materials. CONSCHES uses sustainable fabrics such as GOTS certified organic cotton as well as TENCEL, but also buys remnant fabrics “deadstock”, which would otherwise go to landfill. We love the age inclusivity of the brand’s lookbook as this is something a lot of brands forget about.
Price Range: 25-349€
The Vienna based brand was founded by the two designers Sophie and Jennifer in 2020. Everything is produced in Vienna reducing transportation to the bare minimum. We were thrilled to hear that all materials the brand sources are from Europe. A lot of the materials are deadstock and would otherwise go to waste. One of the main materials is TENCEL, which is produced by Austrian company Lenzing AG. All lingerie pieces are made by the two founders themselves, the knitwear pieces are made by a small manufacturer, who has years of expertise in the field.
Price Range: 39-169€
The brand was founded by Swiss designer Pauline Treis. She was inspired by a trip to Colombia where she got captivated by the talents of local craftsmen. That inspired her to work with rural and urban artisans and sewers in Colombia and Peru instead of producing locally in Switzerland. JUNGLE FOLKS mission is to create social change through business, not aid. By providing job opportunities to a community of artisans, the brand wants to help them improve their skills, increase their income and as a result, improve their lives as a whole. We love Pauline’s mindset and the fact that the brand invests in people and their lives. It can seem so insignificant on a global scale but change often starts small!
Price Range: 60-246€
Wondering what to wear every morning? Victoria, founder of PV Vienna, is here to help you solve that problem. Her timeless and classic pieces are the right fit for any occasion and can be styled up or down depending on the occasion. One of the main materials the brand uses is TENCEL, a sustainable alternative to viscose. We wrote a whole article about TENCEL and its benefits. Every piece in the collection is not only designed in Vienna but also made there. Producing regionally is important to founder Victoria since it ensures quality and reduces transportation distances.
Price Range: 66-228€
The Vienna-based brand specializes in kimono inspired jackets. Founder Norah puts emphasis on sustainable production as well as sustainable materials. That being said the brand uses GOTS certified organic cotton and produces in limited numbers within the EU. Further, size inclusivity is at the core of the brand all while working with only two sizes “drama” and “size” and still covering all kinds of bodies. What we love most about the jackets is the fun designs – all of them scream summer and having a good time. Who wouldn’t want that after the last year?
Price Range: 129-159€