Kowtow’s self-imposed constraints lead the New Zealand label to research further while working exclusively with sustainable resources, carefully introducing new fabrics and techniques such as recycled Italian made hemp buttons, woven textiles and water-based hand screen-printed fabrics into the collection. Kowtow designs within those limits with an obsession for perfection without compromise, stubbornly affirming an aesthetic that has become the label’s signature and relentlessly pushing the boundaries season after season.
One thing that makes Kowtow unique as a brand for ethical fashion is the construction and pattern work of the garments. The pieces in the main line collection take pattern elements from more niched and up-scale collection and translate them to fit the Kowtow mood. One classic piece in the collection is the two-layered dress, which is usually made from a light cotton plain weave fabric or cotton voile or cotton jersey or a mixture of both. Also the proportions and the silhoutte of the two-layered dress change a bit: for SS15 the two-layered dress (known as the Evolution dress) has much shorter sleeves and hem than it’s predecessor from SS14 collection. SS15 collection Evolution dress is made of firm cotton voile, which is 100% organic cotton. The dress can be machine washed in cold water. Made in India as 100% fair trade product.