About AMUR

AMUR is a clothing collection created in New York City that was born from the concept that great style does not have to come at the expense of our environment—and that design can strike a balance between beauty and good intentions. It’s an approach that’s woven into our very name: A Mindful Use of Resources.

Sustainably sourced materials fit effortlessly into a modern urban lifestyle, while the details—vivid prints, sharp tailoring, a dash of feminine flou—lend each piece an element of novelty and adventure. These are silhouettes for a contemporary woman confident enough to live conscientiously and carry a look from day to night with ease.

Creative director Sofia Shannon worked for several New York fashion labels before creating AMUR. “Nature,” she says, “is the ultimate luxury.” The interplay between creativity and the environment is essential to her worldview.

That approach lies at the heart of AMUR’s design process, which focuses on the fabric: All materials are sourced with an eye toward environmental good, whether organic and natural fabrics, reclaimed fibers that conserve material resources or trims made by artisan collectives in the developing world. While it’s an evolving process, one we’re continually striving to improve, each piece in the collection embodies a singular philosophy: that mindful living will always be in style.

Philoshophy

Our philosophy originates with a shift in our thinking—about the way we design, the materials we select, and their impact on the environment.

Design

Each collection is created, first and foremost, to bring something new, special, and lasting into the world—not just fashion as usual. In this era of disposable clothes, we focus on true statement pieces—tailored with strong lines, a feminine personality, and a sense of quality that endures, season after season.

Resources

Our commitment to sustainability goes down to the fiber itself. We work closely with suppliers to source and create one-of-a-kind fabrics that are as luxurious as they are conscientious. Each season, this starts with natural textiles—both for their airy, second-skin feel and their ecological advantages. Within this category, we incorporate certified organic cotton and silk, along with staple fibers like hemp and linen, which require very little water or fertilizer to grow. We also include forest-friendly cellulosic materials like cupro, a soft and silky fabric made from reclaimed cotton linter. The third pillar of our collection is regenerated textiles—waste material spun into fiber, used to form fine fabrics and trims.

 

 

Throughout the process, we look at various ecological aspects. Where does the raw material come from? Does a mill implement energy-saving practices? There are many ways to measure a garment’s environmental impact, but if it’s not in some way an improvement on the status quo, it’s not in the collection.

Community

Sustainability is a human issue, too, and AMUR is committed to supporting the work of artisans and empowering their communities. For the debut collection, we partnered with NEST, the nonprofit fair-trade organization, to develop hardware in collaboration with artisans in India and Vietnam; future collections will celebrate the work of makers’ collectives worldwide.

We believe that fashion is a powerful platform for positive global change—that the way we dress influences the way we live, now and in the future. Sustainability is a process, and we’re learning by doing. Knowing it goes beyond the choice of materials, we’re committed to doing our best, season after season.

Materials

Natural Fibers

We use natural fibers like silk, hemp, linen, cotton, etc. Natural fibers are a healthier choice because of its “breathability.” Thanks to natural ventilation, silk and cotton fabrics reduce skin irritation and hemp has natural anti-bacterial properties - who knew? We also always opt organic for cotton and whenever possible for everything else, all of which are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. It is a more responsible choice, both environmentally and socially. Opting organic avoids the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides, and genetically modified seeds; as well as significantly reduces water pollution that results from conventional production practices. Working with the natural cycle of nature rather than against it, promotes better and healthier working conditions for farmers. Natural fibers are a renewable resource and 100% biodegradable at the end of their lifecycle, making them a more sustainable choice - it’s a no brainer!SHOP NATURAL

Cellulosic Fibers

We use forest-friendly cellulosic materials like Cupro, a soft and silky yarn made in Japan from reclaimed cotton linter. Cotton linters are the short fibers that enfold cotton seeds – a part of the plant that is normally wasted during cotton production. These are gathered, cleaned, and transformed into pure cellulose that is ready to be spun and woven into new fabrics. Though we love our natural organic cotton material, we also believe in leaving no fiber behind! In addition, some of our Cupro materials are blended with Modal – a man-made fiber manufactured by the Austrian company, Lenzing. Modal is made with reconstituted cellulose from beech wood trees, through a production process that uses a non-toxic solvent that is washed from the fiber and purified for re-use. The unique beech wood tree is incredibly resistant to pests and environmental damages, requiring no artificial irrigation or planting on our end to multiply and continue self-growing. Talk about rejuvenation at its finest!SHOP CELLULOSIC

Regenerated Fibers

These fabrics are made by processes that convert waste into reusable material. We use regenerated PET fibers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as our dependency on petroleum. By using recycled polyester, we also help keep plastic waste out of landfills, which can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade! Not only that, but it also has a lower carbon footprint and uses much less water to produce than virgin polyester. The materials we use are made from post-consumer waste products that have been spun into fine fibers and then woven into fabrics, all of which are Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certified. We partnered with our mills to use these regenerated yarns to develop woven fabrics, lace, and trims that remain soft against the skin and comfortable to wear. We also strive not to add to the growing landfills and support garment recycling when clearing up closet space. So, as an added bonus, our regenerated PET materials can be re-recycled back into new products – creating a closed loop system! In our opinion, sustainability can’t get better than that. SHOP REGENERATED