Komodo’s Autumn / Winter 2012 collection has got us rather excited. Inspired by the cold Nordic landscape and warm log fires, it’s based upon classic tailoring, oversized silhouettes and traditional techniques.
The collection features cross-stitch embroidery, crochet skirts and cardigans, and oversized jacquard jumpers and coats, all in fittingly autumnal red, brown and charcoal grey. It is complemented by a range of handmade accessories including scarves, socks, shawls, mittens and hats.
And, of course, Komodo has some fairly impressive ethical credentials. The brand has been completely committed to ethical fashion from its establishment, in the summer of 1988. It was “the acid house summer of love”, says founder Joe Komodo, adding that the brand is named after “the dragon that once tried to eat me during earlier backpacking days”.
Unsurprisingly then, the Komodo AW12 collection is a guilt-free indulgence. Materials used in the making of items such as the Manchu Coat and Flo Dress include organic cotton, soya (or rather the waste that comes from soya bean cake after tofu and other foods are made) and tencel (an award winning eco fibre made from tree cellulose farmed on wasteland). There’s also a lot of wool; as Joe Komodo himself says – “You can’t beat real wool – it lasts longer and works better. Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations.”
It’s not just the materials used in Komodo’s collections that are as eco-friendly as possible, but also the way in which they are made. Nearly 25 years on, Komodo has centres in London, Bali and Kathmandu, and continues to make every effort to join forces with suppliers in improving working conditions and workers’ well-being.
Retail prices start at £32 for apparel and £20 for accessories. Visit www.komodo.co.uk