Cossac: New eco-hot fashion AW14 review

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Introducing Cossac: A British Womenswear Brand

Founded and designed by Agata Natalia Kozak, Cossac offers conscious design with sustainability, producing ethical womenswear from t-shirts to statement pieces. I recently heard from Sydney and the Cossac team, who offered to send me a piece from the new “For Your Soul” collection for review. It’s a series of organic cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts printed with low-impact, ecofriendly water based inks. The tops are emblazoned with cheeky phrases to tease and inspire. Thank you, Sydney and the Cossac team, for collaborating with Sasstainable.

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Best sweatshirt ever.

My sweatshirt arrived in late October, just as the last of the sunny, crisp autumn weather started to give way to the awful damp, icy winds. Hello November. Never a better time to slip on a cosy piece of pure comfort. My new “It was only a X…” sweatshirt is top of my list for my winter hibernation plans. Designed with an easyfit cut, it’s entirely wearable well into Spring. For me, it is the ideal ‘weight’ – heavy enough to feel cosy without being so thick or oversized it swamps me. Perfect for a snowy Saturday morning or an evening of yoga, it will also be stylish paired with my favourite jeans, my warmest winter boots and a toque (pronounced ‘touc’, or a knit cap, for those outside of Canada, eh).

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Beyonce seems like the ideal Cossac woman.

Cossac declares their woman, “…is an ambitious and ethical individual aware of the world she lives in. She is successful and empowered and she knows what she wants.” Cue Bey’s Grown Woman and a fierce dance off. The second Cossac collection titled, “For The Eyes” offers modern statement pieces, combining organic and recycled fabrics in minimalist silhouettes, with unique details like cut out shoulder seams (full disclosure: this collection includes recycled fur, my vegan friends). Both collections are affordable, ranging from £25-£80. At this time, 80% of Cossac’s designs are fair trade, organic, sustainable, recycled or have a low environmental impact, with the aim to increase this to 100% in the future. Kozak says, “The reason for starting COSSAC is the desire to make something good, something I believe in and love doing that additionally will have a positive impact on fashion, society and environment. It’s not about making money. It’s about starting a positive change, a little fashion revolution.”

Click to browse the inaugaral lookbook below and shop the entire Cossac collection, here. Thanks again, Sydney and the Cossac team.

“…we want to start a change in the way people perceive fashion and want to promote more responsible and conscious consumer behaviours.” – Cossac Cossac-ecofriendly-womenswear-fashion-4

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About the Author

Angela is founder and editor of Sasstainable, an insider voice on sustainable lifestyle and ethical luxury. She serves on the board of directors for Toronto Zooshare Biogas Co-operative. In 2013, she completed her MSc in Environmental Management at the University of London, at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy. Her passion for the environment grew out of her family's rural property in Raglan, Ontario, now a designated Natural Heritage System area in the Ontario Greenbelt. In 2009, she was granted Ryerson University's Top 30 Under 30 Alumni award, because of her work as a motivational speaker, in partnership with Participant Media and Me to We. She inspired over 30,000 high school and university students across North America. She is a published writer, contributing articles to Geez Magazine, Eluxe Magazine and Feelgood Style, among others. She enjoys fashion, cooking, art and yoga. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with her daughter, Charlotte.
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