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.
Crafted from quilted organic cotton poplin, the Kowtow Quilt Vest is a diagonal quilted vest with a stylish all-over blue and white stripe pattern. Constructed with curved lines at its edges, this vest features two welt pockets at the front and front button closure with nickel-free buttons. Stripes along the welt pocket entry in directional contrast with the vertical lines of the rest of the garment provide a vibrant detail.
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. Finished with OEKO-TEX certified nickel-free snap fastenings.
Made from 100% organic cotton.
Model is 175cm and wears size XS.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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