Since my 2016 resolution is to buy only ethical clothes, I made this list to make it easier to find what I need. This is not a complete list; it only includes the sites I see myself shopping at. Fortunately, I’m still spoilt for choice.
Many brands are also sustainable, meaning they take the environment into account in making their pieces, but not all, so check for yourselves to make sure. I’ve also marked where you can find¬†affordable pieces (with some pricing on par with Zara and Urban Outfitters) and the ones that are luxury brands. Most brands fall in the middle.
This list doesn’t include seasonal items like swimwear and winter jackets, or accessories like bags or jewelry. I will make separate posts in the future.
A = affordable
L = luxury
My Fave Shops
Amour Vert¬†– sustainable¬†with a zero-waste philosophy. Buy a tee and they’ll plant a tree.
ASOS¬†Green Room¬†–¬†(A)¬†an eco edit of dresses, accessories and beauty buys.
Christy Dawn¬†– vintage inspired dresses made in L.A. from deadstock fabric.
Everlane¬†– (A) transparent pricing, ethical factories.
LemLem – founded by supermodel Liya Kebede, made in Ethiopia.
Loup – classic clothes with a vintage touch, made in New York
Maiyet¬†– (L) promotes self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship in developing economies.
People Tree¬†– (A) a pioneer in fair trade fashion.
Reformation¬†– (A) made in LA from sustainable fabrics and vintage garments.
Tempest + Bentley¬†– (L) sustainable knitwear sourced, designed and made in the US.
Zady¬†– conscious label and retailer featuring a story behind each product.
Ethical Apparel Labels
Ace & Jig¬†– Brooklyn designers¬†working with Indian textile makers.
Aiayu¬†– Denmark label working with Bolivian artisans for sustainable knitwear.
American Giant – basics and active wear made in the USA.
Apom¬†– fun modern¬†label¬†designed and made in Australia.
Appalatch¬†–¬†personalized, customizable knitwear made in the USA.
Arkins¬†– made in Manhattan with sustainable standards.
Beaumont Organic¬†–¬†contemporary classics with¬†luxury organic, fairtrade and eco fabrics.
Behno – (L) High quality & tailored pieces¬†by artisans in India.
Bon George¬†– vintage inspired designs, ethically sourced and made in LA.
Bunosilo – Handmade clothing with personalized tags, made in India
Chinti and Parker¬†–¬†British luxury ready-to-wear of quirky knitwear and basics.
Citizen’s Mark¬†– working women essentials‚ÄĒblazers.
Cossac¬†– (A)¬†eco-friendly contemporary fashion.
Della¬†– (A)¬†funky¬†LA-based line working with a community in West Africa.
D√īen – US brand using local or ethical, women-owned factories overseas.
Eileen Fisher¬†– US made knitwear and basics. Plans to be 100% sustainable by 2020.
Elise Ballegeer¬†– structured and elegant shirts and dresses.
Faircloth & Supply¬†– inspired by Japanese folkwear,¬†supports girls education in Nepal.
IGWT¬†– contemporary apparel, accessories and more, made in NY.
Kowtow¬†– New Zealand label using¬†100% organic certified cotton.
Mata Traders¬†– feminine dresses made by artisans in India and Nepal.
Naadam Cashmere – Sustainable cashmere company.
Organic by John Patrick¬†– quality organic basics.
Osei Duro¬†– LA based, textiles and garments produced in Ghana.
Shaina Mote – LA based. Casual pieces with an edge.
Stella McCartney¬†– (L) – A vegetarian company committed to responsible sourcing.
StyleSaint¬†– (A) Luxe, sometimes sexy, essentials, made in LA.
Studio JUX – Amsterdam based with own ethical factory in Nepal.
Studio 189 – African/US company with artisan-made, African-inspired luxury fashion.
St. Roche¬†– laid back and edgy¬†sustainable and trans-seasonal womenswear.
Tara Starlet¬†– vintage inspired label, sourced and made in London.
Uniforme – Classic, luxurious white button ups, tees, and basics, made in NYC
Updownacross – NYC-made, direct-to-consumer private label. Luxury pieces with accessible price point.
4 All Humanity – (A) fair trade line of one-of-a-kind skirts, dresses and jackets.
Ethical Apparel Retailers
Accompany¬†–¬†scours the globe for beautiful, one-of-a-kind finds.
ASOS Africa¬†– fair trade using African craftsmanship.
Belvele – online boutique featuring responsibly made indie designers.
Elborne – Cruelty-free, ethical & sustainable online shop.
Ethica¬†–¬†learn about ethical fashion and discover emerging designers.
Gather&See¬†– UK based. Carefully curated collections from the very best in sustainable fashion.
The Good Closet¬†– Canadian online shop and studio for beautiful things.
Imby¬†– 100% American made everyday essentials.
Kaight Shop¬†– Brooklyn shop¬†stocking¬†sustainable indie pieces.
Lisa Says Gah – Features¬†female designers who also use ethical production methods.
The Lost Lanes¬†– (A) UK’s largest ethical marketplace.
MadeFAIR¬†– sustainable, fair trade picks inspired by the¬†Cambodian ex-pat lifestyle.
Maison de Mode¬†–¬†(L)¬†like a Net-a-Porter for leading ethical brands.
Modavanti – conscious clothing, beauty and products for the home.
New Classics Studios – Canadian online shore stocking classic/contemporary eco designers.
New Left¬†– Australian online shop stocking contemporary pieces.
Styled by Africa¬†– curated items from African, rooted in African heritage.
Swords Smith¬†– Brooklyn store of¬†high-quality goods made by skilled artisans.
Yooxygen¬†– Yoox.com’s eco edit.
Vintage, Upcycled or Preloved
ASOS Marketplace¬†– (a) indie labels and vintage boutiques.
Beyond Retro¬†– (a) vintage shop with 10 retail stores across UK and Sweden.
TraidRemade¬†– trendy recycled fashion with profits going to charity.
Urban Renewal by Urban Outfitters¬†– (A) vintage, recycled, or remade pieces.
Vestaire Collective¬†– (L) ¬†luxury resale and pre-owned designer.
What Goes Around Comes Around – (L) Luxury/vintage/collective handbag reseller in NYC
AG Jeans¬†– mostly made in the US with the environment in mind.
Imogene + Willie¬†–¬†made in Nashville using one of the oldest denim mills in the world.
Kuyichi¬†– organic jeans, aiming for a completely closed loop collection.
Nudie Jeans¬†– unisex jeans with stores around the world.
3×1 – Upscale denim, made in NYC. Bespoke services offered.
Lingerie, Legwear & Loungewear
Alas¬†– (A)¬†Sydney-based, organic sleep and loungewear label.
Alternative Apparel¬†– (A) a brand¬†rooted in sustainable and Eco-friendly practices.
Ayten Gasson¬†– luxury silk lingerie made in Britain.
BaseRange¬†–¬†¬†a line of sustainable under and easy wear.
Between the Sheets¬†– lingerie and sleep wear made in the US with sustainable practices.
Braintree Clothing¬†– (A) Sustainable clothing‚ÄĒand socks.
Loom state¬†– (A) cool basics and loungewear made from organic cotton.
Miakoda¬†– eco-friendly and cruelty free basics and accessories.
Naja¬†– (A) fun lingerie line with a traceable supply chain and helps women.
Only Hearts¬†– lingerie made in NYC.
Pact¬†– organic loungewear, legwear, PJs, socks and other basics.
Uye Surana¬†– beautiful lingerie delicately made in NYC.
Yoga & Sportswear
Crespo Yoga – sustainable yoga wear handmade by designer Casey Crespo.
Dear Kate¬†– yoga pants and lingerie made in NYC.
Icebreaker¬†– clothes including activewear, hoodies and jackets.
Prana¬†– (A) stylish and sustainable clothing for every activity.
Brother Vellies¬†– (L)¬†boots, shoes and sandals handmade in South Africa, Kenya and Morocco.
Charlotte Stone – Works with a family-run factory in China to produce quality shoes.
Coclico – (L)¬†luxury shoes with materials ¬†sustainably sourced in Europe and made in Spain.
Ix Style¬†– colorful¬†Guatemalan sandals. Every sale helps provide clean drinking water.
Osborn – fair trade and made in small batches in Guatemala.
Poppy Barley – Canadian shoe brand ethically made in¬†Le√≥n, Mexico
Sawa Shoes – ¬†awesome sneakers made in Africa.
Sydney Brown¬†– (L) luxury footwear from ethical and sustainable production.
Veja – Sneaker brand made with eco/organic materials. Fair trade sourcing.
Yull – High heels and boots made in Britain.
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