For Kowtow, ethical clothing does not simply mean more ethical supply chains, manufacturing, and labour conditions. Rather, such a commitment influences every aspect of the clothes that they make, including their designs. Against false notions of freedom, Kowtow embrace the restrictions of adhering to more ethical modes of design and production. The resulting garments are far from impeded, evincing anything from subtle elegance to structured grandiosity.
In their latest collection, the New Zealand label harness the power of block colours with floral patterns complementing the season’s lively palette. The label’s renowned knits take pride of place in this collection, adding texture and depth. Elsewhere, frills, stripes, and quilting add focal details to understated outerwear pieces and shirts that subtly adjust established shapes.
Cut from crisp organic cotton poplin, the Kowtow Jules shirt is an a-line shape shirt with a roomy silhouette. Though the large round collar with ruffle may appear to be the focal point of the piece, subtle details such as the narrow button cuff at the end of full gathered sleeves—combined with the shirt’s a-line shape—create multiple points at which the label’s artisanship is in full view.
This piece is individually knitted to eliminate yarn waste and dyed with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved inks and dyes. It has been made in a transparent supply chain, with fair trade certified farmers and manufacturers from seed to garment.
Made from 100% organic cotton.
Model is 175cm and wears size XS.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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