Stylish by Nature
Dressing sustainably is about making style choices that benefit both you and the environment in the long run! We’ve partnered with Samir Randera-Rees, Programme Manager for the Water Source Areas Programme at the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) and avid photographer, to show you a few surefire ways that ensure sustainability for both your wardrobe and the environment.
1. Buy the best quality:
It can be tempting to skimp on style, but spending a little more now will benefit both you and the environment in the long run! A single good quality shirt will easily outlast 4 cheaper quality shirts, and you will look and feel better wearing it. As a rule of thumb, aim for items made from high quality fabrics from reputable manufacturers. Our brushed cotton twill shirts are made from a high quality fabric that is woven in Japan.
2. There’s value in versatility:
Get the most wear out of your favourite items with some simple style edits. We’ve taken a page out of our winter style guide by dressing Samir in layers. On chilly days, you can wear a shirt on its own underneath a winter coat, or by itself (sans coat) layered on top of your favorite t-shirt when it gets warm outside. Versatile wardrobe staples can be worn year round !
3. Stick to what works:
Finally found the perfect item? Create some variety by buying it in in different colours. Here, Samir wears our brushed twill winter shirt in brown and also in blue (it is also available in Green)
Introducing #ODRINMAN: Samir Randera-Rees
Samir Randera-Rees (31) spends most of his time in nature as Programme Manager for the Water Source Areas Programme at WWF. He’s made a viable career out of his passion for making a difference in a distressed world. His work’s focus on driving positive environmental impact has influenced his effortless yet thoughtful style.
ON BOLD AND SUSTAINABLE STYLE CHOICES
All the items I’ve worn from Odrin fit perfectly and the fabrics are of really beautiful quality. The aesthetic has eye-catching elements that appeal to my personal style. I really love my Odrin coat – it’s the perfect fit and looks great. I plan to keep this one for a long time!
ON ODRIN FAVOURITES
All the items I’ve worn from Odrin fit perfectly and the fabrics are of really beautiful quality. The aesthetic has eye-catching elements that appeal to my personal style. I really love my Odrin coat – it’s the perfect fit and looks great. I plan to keep this one for a long time.
ON LIVING HIS PURPOSE
I always thought of the environment as more of a hobby, but as I started to study this topic more in university, I realized this was more than just a hobby; it’s a calling and a passion. And if people like myself who are passionate about this topic don’t act on it to make a difference, the world will continue to be in a terrible state without people fighting to protect it. I love the feeling that I’m doing something truly worthwhile.
ON THE POWER OF ‘YES’
The most important lesson I’ve learned is to be more inclined to say yes than no. Stay open to new opportunities and ideas, and don’t let your fears and your comfort zone hold you back. It’s when you leave your comfort zone that you have the best experiences.
Samir’s Fast Facts
I never leave home without…
I most admire…
Conservationists like David Attenborough and Jane Goodall, who are both a big part of why I love nature today. I also love Usain Bolt – he’s one of the most amazing athletes of our time!
My favourite holiday destination is…
A place called Nature’s Valley where I’d vacation as a kid – it’s a beautiful and tranquil village with long beaches. Internationally, it’s Brazil. I lived there for a while and it has such a joy for life – there is music, colour and vibrancy everywhere; the people are open and welcoming, plus it’s beautiful!
My favourite restaurant is…
A local pizza place I’ve been going to since I was young, called Franco’s. It’s a taste of my childhood and happiness!
My favourite food is…
Pizza – I’m a huge fan!
Coffee or Tea?
Wine or Whisky?
Still or Sparkling Water?
Beach or City?
Cats or Dogs?
On a Friday night at 9 PM I’m most likely…
Out with friends, getting ready to paint the town red!