Careste is an American sustainable luxury brand founded by Chief Executive Officer Celeste Markey and Creative Director Elizabeth Rickard Shah.
Careste embodies innovation in sustainable luxury fashion. It designs sophisticated, relaxed made-to-order silhouettes with zero-inventory. It offers on-demand couture, made to measure and made to order garments.
The women’s fashion brand wants to disrupt traditional retail with a unique direct-to-consumer model including an inclusive measuring experience and personal, customized fit.
Sustainability Rating: 1/10
Type: Dresses, tops
Style: Chic, classic
Sizes: 0-20 (US)
Fabrics: Cotton, silk, wool
100% Organic: No
100% Vegan: No
Ethical & Fair: No
Producing country: China
Certifications: No certification
"Our entire business model is sustainable, we are a small team, and that we started with sustainability as one of our core brand promises as well as our raison d’etre, it has been easier for us then perhaps for others. From the beginning, we mapped out not only a timeline to reach the coveted B Corp status, but also a timeline of attaining all of the elements of sustainability possible."
Careste creates each piece of clothing individually and on-demand to eliminate excess waste and avoid mass-production. It follows a sustainable business model and offers a new way of shopping for conscious, luxury fashion.
The brand uses only natural materials such as cotton. Other materials include silk and wool. No synthetics such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic, or semi-synthetic fabrics such as rayon, viscose, lyocell, and acetate are used in its collections.
The cotton used to create Careste clothes isn't farmed organically. Silk and wool are luxury materials but are also cruel and polluting. More ethical and sustainable alternatives already exist to protect people, animals, and the planet.
Careste chooses to give back with its Cornerstone collection. 15% of every Cornerstone piece goes to Frontline Foods, a grassroots organization that takes action during crises to provide nourishing food from local restaurants to frontline workers and impacted communities.
The luxury brand provides no information regarding how it chooses its network of suppliers or if any type of audit is conducted to ensure good working conditions and identify potential risk areas.
Careste is committed to eliminating waste and pollution while offering its customers high-quality luxury products at reasonable prices.
However, the label doesn't show any measurement of its greenhouse gas emissions, water, land, and energy use, pollution, and waste across its supply chain. It doesn't have any clear sustainability goal or timeline to improve in the future either.
Discover Careste sustainable collections at careste.com.
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