Finding womenswear that looks good and feels comfortable isn’t hard in Australia and New Zealand. But discovering a designer that ticks those boxes and practices sustainability is something special.
One brand showcasing both soft, easy to wear silhouettes and environmental consciousness is NZ-born Marle, which just launched its latest collection, There She Knows.
“Creating consciously and with longevity front of mind is a large part of the design process,” says co-founder and creative director Juliet Souter. “We’ve built a brand on beautiful, timeless and seasonless pieces, and I hope they’re worn this summer and for many seasons to come.”
Souter’s minimalist aesthetic allows the fabrics to sing. Think floaty linen tanks, slouchy cotton knits and relaxed boxy tees. For Souter, it’s all about feminine details, achieving an elegant, understated style through “gathering, contrast stitching, voluminous silhouettes and curved peplums”.
“Femininity is an element I’m always drawn to, both personally and for Marle.”
The label uses fabrics such as silk, linen, cotton and hemp – unlike synthetics, those natural fibres break down over time, minimising landfill. It’s also used recycled cotton and wool in the past, and has an ongoing commitment to sustainable, ethical practices such as recyclable packaging and fair work conditions, and maintaining first-hand relationships with suppliers to help ensure integrity.
In short, Marle aims to produce effortless pieces with a good story behind them.
“Each collection is built on a foundation of refined ease, [and] There She Knows is an extension of this philosophy,” says Souter. Made with a mix of classic, tactile fabrics, including checks, gingham and “heavily textured silk”, these are designed to be “sophisticated yet liveable pieces for women”.
If you’re not sure where to start with the new range, Souter recommends the “Layla tee and June tank – these two pieces exemplify refined ease and can be layered easily, but [they] evoke that sense of elegance with the soft irregular rib”.
Her summer go-to? “I’ll be layering my Margaux dress over the top of the Layla tee while the weather is still cool – this dress epitomises femininity.”