We are a community of fashion creatives, designers and users that seek to defy a system that's leading us to extinction. We explore alternative practices that aim not just to eliminate the negative impact of clothing consumption but have a positive impact for people, animals and planet. We treat this as an emergency, acting as immediately and as uncompromisingly as possible.
We do this by working with brands in a way that incentivises the responsible creation of clothing. We believe rental is the answer. Importantly, the brands we work with retain ownership of what they rent and therefore are accountable. Instead of quantity sold, profit is generated from longevity, efficient utilisation and ability to modify, reuse and recycle.
We keep virgin resource use to a minimum by only accepting garments already produced or made predominantly from non-virgin materials. Additionally, we challenge brands to produce stock through upcycling and recycling.
We also collaborate with creatives on projects that further our mission.
Clothes from Higher Library are available through rental or subscription providing a wardrobe extension free from a consumer hangover. Based in East London, we offer a highly curated selection that we rotate, maintaining quality not quantity.
Higher Library includes items from our partnering brands as well as our archive of seminal brands.
We believe that needing to buy in order to wear, forces consumers as well as creatives to compromise experimentation and quality for commerce. When free from the commitment, burden and cost of ownership, people can wear and be what they want.
The wellbeing of the planet needs to be our priority.
Higher State is a space for us to engage our community in environmental activism.
We demand meaningful action on the climate and ecological catastrophe.
We believe that we must use our influence for good and mobilise our community around this cause.
Confronting consumerism, Higher Studio is driven by the desire to facilitate creativity without harming the planet.
“I envisage a future in which no one buys stuff. Companies retain their creations and provide them for rent as part of a service, remaining 100% accountable for what they offer. This is a path to a zero waste circular economy as companies would be forced to deal with the consequences.”
“We are in the 6th ever mass extinction. We have lost 50% of overall wildlife populations since 1970 and transformed 51% of earths landcover. The rate of extinction is now happening 100 times faster than in previous mass extinctions and we are nearing tipping points that could lead to runaway climate change. We have only a 1% chance of keeping warming within 1.5C beyond which there is immense catastrophe. The survival of you and me is dependant on biodiversity so the actions we take now are crucial. We don't need hope but the courage to face the truth, act and adapt for the future.”
SARA K ARNOLD