Inside SWORDS-SMITH x Kowtow’s Sustainable Marketplace
The latest step in the forward march of planet-friendly fashion is a month-long pop up from the sustainably-minded New Zealand womenswear brand Kowtow and he independent designer-championing Brooklyn boutique SWORDS-SMITH. Kowtow is committed to using fair trade-certified organic cotton, dyes that are Global Organic Textile Standard approved, fair working conditions, ethically-sourced trims and sustainable packaging for a holistic realization of ethical manufacturing in the modern day, an effort the SWORDS-SMITH team has long admired.
Within the pop-up, which sent ten percent of proceeds to Earthjustice during the launch party, you’ll find Kowtow’s new Pace Forward collection; playful and rebellious pieces confronting sophistication with spontaneity in an unexpected palette of sorbet and pastel hues contrasted by rich olive, marigold and evergreen. Scroll on for a little insight from shop co-owner, Briana Swords, and a selection of our favorite pieces from the collection.
HOW DID THIS COLLABORATION WITH KOWTOW BEGIN? We've carried the brand for around three years now and have been looking for a great way to collaborate on something special. The brand offers a big collection, which enabled us to curate a large selection for the sustainable marketplace pop-up. We feel it's an important time to discuss sustainable and ethical practices in fashion. Climate change policy in the US is taking a big hit under the current administration. We believe that climate change is real and want to promote and support designers and brands like Kowtow, who are using sustainable production practices.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE 'PACE FORWARD' COLLECTION? We love Kowtow's minimal aesthetic and architectural silhouettes, especially the clean, modern design of the Pace Forward collection, whose silhouettes balance sophistication with everyday wearability in a color palette that feels very fresh and exciting for fall.