5 New Brands That Have Caught My Attention This Summer

July 29, 2020 at 06:04AM

As a Fashion Editor, it is often a prerequisite of the job to keep informed of new brand launches and up-and-coming buzzy labels, though with such a saturated market, it can feel like an information overload. With an inbox full of press releases and new brands popping up on Instagram everyday, there’s is hardly enough time to keep up with it all, which is why when you discover a brand the cuts through the noise,  you know they’re destined for great things. 

This summer, I’ve had that experience with few times, finding new brands that have really managed to capture my attention. From newly launched swim labels with inclusivity at their core to sustainably-minded ready-to-wear brands that don’t compromise on style, there is so much talent and innovation to discover.

As a positive sign of the eco-conscious age we are living in, so many of the new brands I’ve stumbled across recently prioritise slow fashion, zero waste manufacturing or the use of recycled materials. Yes, there’s never been a better time to support small, but a sustainable ethos is just all the more reason to uplift brands doing positive work. 

Below are five new(ish) brands I think are worth bookmarking. Add these to your radar before everyone else does. 

Launched in mid-July, Olette has already gained a fashionable fanbase in just a few shorts weeks, worn by influencers including Babba C Rivera and Aysha Sow. The brand has sustainability as a part of its ethos, using organic materials and championing the idea of slow fashion. 

Launched in 2019, London-based label Tove is the brainchild of Camille Perry and Holly Wright, founders who have a combined 15 years of industry experience. The label produces contemporary designs in luxurious fabrics and already counts Monikh, and many more fashionable women as fans. 

Designed and made in London, Gyko Swimwear was created to broaden our swimwear options, allowing customers to mix-and-match different sizes of bikini tops and bottoms. The brand is also sustainably-minded, utilising Econyl fabric which is created from recycled fishing nets and other plastic waste. 

Last month, Tacita Brown founded Cro-Che after becoming increasingly frustrated by the amount of waste created by the fashion industry. The brand offers intricately crocheted pieces that are handmade by artisans across the globe. Not to mention, this method of garment construction is, by nature, zero-waste, as when crocheting, you only use the amount of material you actually need. 


8Swim launched just this month, but the brand represents the culmination of two years of work. The designers spent two years fitting different body shapes to ensure the collection would be optimal for women sized 6-20. Better yet, 8Swim’s range is created in the UK, using both locally sourced premium fabrics and recycled offcuts. 

Next up, the biggest S/S 20 fashion trends you need to know. 

Author Zoe Anastasiou | Whowhatwear
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