From Veja to Gabriela Hearst, Meghan Markle has championed a host of sustainable brands since becoming a full-fledged member of the royal family. Here, Vogue rounds up seven of the eco-conscious labels she’s sported thus far.
If there’s one message the Duchess of Sussex is sending out with her wardrobe, it’s the importance of sustainable fashion. The royal has regularly supported eco-conscious brands since marrying Prince Harry last year, including: Stella McCartney, who has long been known for her ethical approach to fashion; Gabriela Hearst, whose eponymous label combines luxury with a low environmental impact; and lesser-known designers such as Outland Denim, Rothy’s and Kimai. Here, Vogue takes a look at the sustainable brands the actress and activist has worn since becoming a fully-fledged member of the royal family.
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The Duchess is one of Gabriela Hearst’s most famous fans, first sporting the emerald Demi satin tote during a visit to Sussex last October. She opted for the Nina bag (not for the first time) during a visit to Birkenhead this January, which happily coincided with the week that Hearst launched an exclusive collection with Matches Fashion, and LVMH announced a minority investment in the brand. Founded in 2015, Hearst’s whole ethos is about producing “luxury with a conscience”—with leather only cut to supply demand, a priority of using sustainable materials and reducing waste and plastic in the brand’s design processes.
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French trainer brand Veja has achieved cult status since launching in 2004, with its mission to offer consumers full transparency when it comes to its supply chain. The Duchess of Sussex wore the brand’s Esplar trainers, named after a Brazilian NGO that supports cotton farmers, while watching a sailing event during the Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018.
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The so-called “Meghan-effect” came into full force after the Duchess wore Outland Denim’s high-rise Harriet jeans not just once, but five times, during her first overseas tour last year. The Australian brand—which uses ethically sourced materials and employs women in Cambodia who are at risk of falling into poverty—revealed it was able to hire 46 more seamstresses after sales grew by 640 per cent following the royal endorsement.
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Lab-grown diamonds are changing the face of the jewellery industry, offering a more sustainable alternative to traditionally-mined stones. And the Duchess is an early adopter, wearing British brand Kimai’s now sold-out Felicity earrings – featuring synthetic diamonds set in ethically-sourced gold – while visiting the Smart Works charity in London in 2019.
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Keen to support local designers during her first royal tour, the Duchess of Sussex wore a white tuxedo dress by sustainable New Zealand-based brand Maggie Marilyn at a reception in Wellington. Founded by young designer Maggie Hewitt in 2016, the brand makes a point of manufacturing all its clothes in factories in New Zealand, paying workers a living wage, and using environmentally-friendly fabrics.
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Rarely seen without her towering stilettos, the Duchess made an eco-friendly statement by wearing a pair of flats by Rothy’s, established in 2016, while visiting a Melbourne beach in 2018. The upper layer of the Point flat is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, while the insoles are made from foam that’s been re-fashioned from old shoes.
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The Duchess of Sussex showcased the gold-plated Wide Ripple Bracelet by up-and-coming British brand Bar Jewellery—which uses recycled metal for its pieces—while visiting Birkenhead in 2019. Founded by designer Sophie Mckay (who previously worked for luxury brands including Tom Ford and Versace), Bar’s ethos focuses on ethical and sustainable practices and the collection is handcrafted in London.