Australian womenswear brand RANT produces modern clothing with an independent spirit. Guided by sustainable design principles, each garment is designed and made in its entirety, in Australia. Produced from natural fibers, the majority of textiles used are produced in Australian mills. Supporting a small community in their local textile & clothing industry, RANT maintain high standards as well as some of the highest wages in the world, with RANT sewers paid above the norm for the Australian clothing industry, with flexible working hours, holiday pay, and a safe and happy work environment.
The sustainable design process at RANT means consideration for the entirety of the garment lifecycle, with care taken to minimize impact, and maximize longevity. All cutting and sewing is carried out within 30 kilometers of the RANT studio, keeping the carbon footprint low, and allowing complete oversight of the entire process. The studio itself is run by solar, generating 90% of their total power use, with the balance coming from a green supplier. Rainwater is used for prewashing RANT garments, significantly reducing water usage at the studio. Consideration is also given to consumer care, with all garments hand washable in cold water and able to be air-dried. All plastic bags are reused, fabric offcuts are upcycled and utilized in accessories or as mattress filling and school craft class donations. Finally, the collection is shipped in Kraft bags, not plastic.
Husband and wife team and founders, Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky and Jason Hodoniczky are based in Brisbane, and share a passion for sustainable living. The seasonal collection is made predominately from Australian merino wool and bamboo jersey. Featuring bold, beautiful prints and rich colorations, the collection includes a full range of dresses and cross-coordinating separates. Designs are layered and easy wear with draped and fluid silhouettes. The collection has an updated boho chic with an urban twist.
The goal of the brand is to support local manufacturing in a competitive global market, while producing an affordable and beautiful product that will stand the test of time. They aim to assists in returning value to the craft of sewing, after devaluing though outsourcing and workers not paid a fair or living wage. The collection is available across Australia as well as online through their website, and a percentage of sales is donated to environmental charities, including Rainforest Rescue, Wildlife Queensland and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.