I first stumbled across Melbourne-based brand Kalaurie while in an #ethicalfashion rabbit hole on Instagram some months back, and I was immediately hooked by the brand's moody romanticism. The pieces look like something straight out of a modern rendition of "Wuthering Heights" without feeling like they'd be unwearable in my very urban New York City life. It's the perfect way to leave a little room for daydreaming in my wardrobe, without feeling silly about how that dream-made-real looks in the context of all the grit and concrete that forms the backdrop of life in the city.
The icing on the cake comes from the fact that the brand is basically the definition of "slow fashion" — all pieces are ethically made to order in Melbourne, which hugely cuts down on the waste of excess stock and questions about how laborers are being treated. Seems like a good enough reason to invest in one of the brand's classic-with-a-twist white shirts, like this one with voluminous sleeves and wrist ties. Here's hoping it'll look at good on me as it would've on Emily Brontë's Cathy.
The Climb shirt, $379, available at Kalaurie
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