The best sustainable fashion long reads

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There are plenty of sources for sustainable fashion education and inspiration. From influencers sharing TikToks exposing the fast fashion system to bloggers sharing their recommended sustainable brands, surface-level sustainable fashion content is freely and plentifully available. But, what about longer, more in-depth reads? It turns out those exist as well. From research style magazine articles to long-form stories about cotton farming, here are the best long reads for anyone looking for a deeper dive into sustainable fashion.

Vestoj

With an editorial advisory board full of the biggest names in fashion journalism and a handful of professors from the best fashion schools, it is no surprise that this magazine produced with London College of Fashion’s support is responsible for some great long-form pieces. Vestoj publishes non-fiction, fiction, opinion, and interviews in its annual print magazine and website. The magazine’s motto is “the platform for critical thinking on fashion,” and it truly lives up to that. Don’t expect to find fluff articles about the latest “It bag” or paid sponsorships from luxury retailers. Vestoj doesn’t care about getting clicks or trending; the magazine was created to make readers view fashion more differently, and it does just that.

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  • Former fashion director for British Vogue, Lucinda Chambers, reflects on her time in the fashion industry and shares her perspective on fashion media after she was fired.

Atmos

This niche magazine focuses less on fashion and more on sustainability, but it is still well worth the read for those interested in untold stories that will challenge their worldview. The magazine is published in print twice a year, with key articles from each edition released on the website in phases. It also contains the writings from some of the most prominent names in sustainable fashion right now. Atmos is growing in size and popularity, so expect it to hear more about it.

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  • Published in partnership with Highsnobiety, this article takes a closer look at the farmers’ protests in India and highlights how one man and his brand are making a change in light of what has happened.

Another Tomorrow

Another Tomorrow is more than just a platform for super in-depth articles examining material production — it is also a clothing brand. The small company specializes in sustainable workwear and collaborates with some amazing journalists on unique stories. Check it out for more behind-the-scenes information on material production and sourcing of the most common materials in fashion.

Recommended Read: The Controversy Over Cotton

  • The notion that cotton is a water-intensive crop is challenged in this piece that focuses on farmers in West Texas who are divided between the future of organic cotton and the effort to get away from toxic conventional cotton production.

Best Independent Writers:

Great long reads don’t just appear in independent magazines. These writers are publishing thought-provoking stories on their own websites and newsletters in addition to mainstream platforms.


Whitney Bauck

  • She is the senior sustainability reporter for Fashionista, and she writes the newsletter Unwrinkling Roundup. Find her work here.

Alec Leach

  • He created the platform Future Dust and writes for a variety of publications. Follow him on Instagram here.

Elizabeth L Cline

  • She is a freelance writer with work published in Atmos and Another Tomorrow (she wrote The Controversy Over Cotton). Find her full list of writings here.


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