One week ago me, my boyfriend and 3,5 year old son left The Netherlands for a looong trip in our 'brand new' upcycled 90s military ambulance. We're heading towards Portugal via the North of Spain. Up for some surfing, cruising and exploring what it is like to live a more simple life - while working as a digital nomad from our tiny cozy house on wheels. It's kind of an experiment. 🙈✌️🤩
Key to the perfect vanlife wardrobe are clothes that don't require lots of special attention and care (no space for a washing machine in our 11m2 tiny house on wheels). I joke about making us black latex onesies. Most practical for camper life - just wipe them clean. My boyfriend is quite serious about buying us aprons. 😬
Reconsidering practical I took inspiration from the 'Gorpcore' trend, remember that trend where you look like you're off for a hiking trip, but actually are only going out for a latte at the café around the corner. Obviously, I like it a bit less ordinary. So mixed it with my recent love for midi skirts paired with chunky boots and autumn coloured pastels.
Here you'll see what ended up in my bag. Find in the style edit below a curation of some of the perfect cold and rainy weather prettiness from ethical and sustainable brands I came across during my vanlife shopping hunt.
Brands in this style edit
Italian designed, created and based brand working with natural fibers and natural and chemical free dyes. With the head quarters based in the factory (in Ravenna, Italy) they maintain the highest quality control.
The happy-go-lucky brand makes simple, playful things for everyday living. Their sustainability efforts focus on the elimination and minimization of waste in their operations and production processes and to increase durability. The brand works with organic cotton and recycled Nylon. Brand is based and ships from the USA. They have several resellers across Europe.
A European outdoor and streetwear label that’s been driving change for ten years. The brand undertakes serious research and education to push sustainable practices in the fashion industry.
Sneakers that feature recycled rubber soles, organic cotton and weave uppers and recycled eco-lite footbeds. The UK brand continuously strives to use fewer processes to make their products, monitor their supply chain to promote a fair trade and donate dead stock and faulty shoes to homeless and refugees in need. Recycled and recyclable packaging
Vegan clothing brand using natural, recycled, organic materials. Made and based in the USA.
Modular coats made with recycled, dead-stock fabrics or are certified sustainable originating from Italy and Japan. All padding for the Quilts is recycled. The Italian brand offsets the carbon footprint off their deliveries.
Womenswear brand safeguarding Peruvian local textile techniques. based in Lima, Peru
First sustainable fashion brand in Poland. Using organic, natural fibers and innovative fabrics like ECONYL. The brand takes a true effort in minimizing their impact, using embossed logo’s on their packaging instead of printed ones. They even have an eco friendly version of their website (sustainability and company info section without photo’s, with standardized settings) which uses less energy and data. They also support a number of local charities.
This Dutch NGO provides immediate shelter to the homeless, while using upcycled material and providing jobs. It once started with a jacket with an additional piece to become a sleeping bag. Designed after the father of the designer's friend passed away while sleeping on the street. Sheltersuits are now distributed among warm and cold regions and recently resulted in a collab with luxury fashion brand Chloe.
Over 100 years old, the Swedish brand Tretorn specialises in wet-weather essentials and commit to eco-friendly materials like natural rubber and practices.