With a job as an in-demand editorial stylist, Wang really knows her stuff and has access to the newest and coolest labels in fashion. On top of that, she has an incredible eye for brands that are focused on supporting artisans and using environmentally friendly fashion practices like upcycling and utilizing surplus materials. Ahead, see the five best brands from the perspective of a stylist that deserve your attention, and get an inside look at why they’re topping Rachael Wang’s short list.
"I admire Story Mfg. for its holistic approach to mindful design, from supporting niche artisan practices and providing well-paid work to a commitment to cruelty-free, regenerative, and nontoxic practices to reimagining waste in all aspects of production. Its quirky pieces are meant to be cherished for a lifetime." — Wang
"Priya Ahluwalia is a designer I have been watching closely for the last three years since she exploded onto the scene with her book Sweet Lassi. Priya documented a trip to Panipat, the global garment recycling capital of the world, a city 90 kilometers north of Delhi, and presented it in such a way that it literally shook the fashion industry. Priya’s Nigerian and Indian heritage, not to mention this consciousness-inducing trip, has informed her singular lens as well as the ethos for the brand that she launched in 2018. Today, environmental and socially positive practices are at the core of Ahluwalia, which acknowledges that it has a key role to play as a producer in an imperfect industry. Ahluwalia garments are made at female-owned factories using surplus and post-consumer fabrics as well as recycled and organic textiles." — Wang