If you live in the western states right now, I’m sure you can agree that this heat wave we’ve been having has been quite unbearable! I have to admit that I haven’t worn a pair of jeans in weeks. It’s very hard for me to wear loose, light fabrics as bottoms because I feel like I’m wearing almost nothing—jeans give me a feeling of security. However, especially after the Global Eclipse Gathering two weeks ago, I’ve grown more comfortable wearing lighter fabrics in the heat. Even at work! Discovering all of the amazing apparel vendors at the event was great timing for me, as I found myself shopping and building wish lists with all of them more than I have the usual denim brands I love. I’m usually like this after any festival, but feeling a new sense of comfort and freedom in the heat (and year-round) with some of these designs has made them leave more of an impact in the direction I want this blog to go. I’ll always love denim, but independent and sustainable designers are such a huge passion of mine! Plus, it’s nice to break out of the usual jeans and a tee shirt rut.
I love anything street/tribal/goth/punk that bridges the gap between festival and everyday styles. Valo, Maha Devi Design, Siskatank and Nomads Hemp Wear are three of my favorites that fit into this category. Maha Devi, Nomads and Valo all use sustainable materials such as cotton, bamboo, soy and hemp, that feel amazing against the skin! Because of this, I’ve found myself shopping these brands more than usual for lightweight and breathable pieces to beat the heat. The Global Eclipse Gathering was an amazing place to discover new brands like these, and Psylo is one that stood way out to me. This UK brand has it all going on!
Psylo is a concept developed by a group of global travelers and creatives who, all just so happened (like me), to see a need for a new kind of style as they struggled to find apparel that fit their unique, adventurous tastes. The brand is made up of an international team with production rooted in Bali and flagship shops around the world. Each piece is individually handmade and hand printed for a one of a kind touch, and natural, organic fabrics are used whenever possible to reduce their footprint on the environment. Psylo values helping the style world break away from fast fashion, and prides themselves in sustainability and originality. The brand’s overall look combines Ethnic-inspired details from different cultures, with a rebellious touch. Psylo calls themselves the “pioneers of the ‘Ethno Punk’ style.” I’d say that’s a good way to describe them!
Everything below are pieces I am currently coveting, not just items that I think look cool—but these pieces are indeed seriously cool! Psylo will definitely be on my radar for a long, long time, and I cannot wait to sport my first piece from them.
“Every Psylo piece of clothing is more than stitched fabrics thrown together to meet the demand of trendsetters. It is the result of a deeply-thought-of process of alchemy – ancient art, sacred symbolism, contemporary art, cultural history, and the essence of humanity.”
“They say necessity is the mother of invention and Psylo’s clothing designs evolved out of a real need. Psylo’s founders, as other global travelers, tribal explorers, surfers, dancers and seekers of new experiences, realised that the clothes they wanted and needed for their personal expression and their adventurous lifestyles had not yet been made. So as they hiked in the Amazon jungle, climbed the Himalayas, traveled between cities worldwide and danced under the moon, they began to create the comfortable, stylish and fun clothes they needed for their personal expression and their individual lifestyles.”
“Over the years, the label matured and expanded into an international creative team with in-house production in Bali and flag shops around the world. Still, each Psylo garment is individually handmade and hand printed, using natural & organic fabrics wherever we can. All in order to maintain the original spirit of Psylo and reduce our impact on the environment.”
“Rebelling against fast fashion trends in the global village, Psylo upholds pride in its originality and sustainability. Ethical and environmentally friendly, each piece is a timeless work of art and self expression, created in the Psylo style. Infusing a strong essence of various Ethnic elements from different cultures, with a hint of bold, edgy, rebel and punk elements – making Psylo pioneers of the “Ethno Punk” style.”
“Psylo thrives on delivering a sense of free expression through our alternative designs and celebrate individualities within collective consciousness as a whole.”
Shop Psylo here and check them out for yourself!