I’ve been doing my ethical clothes shopping online so far, so it was nice to try things on inÂ brick-and-mortar stores when I visited New York last month. Turns out a lot of the ethical shops on my list were within walking distance of each other in SoHo. I bought pieces I normally wouldn’t have online after seeing and trying them on in person (they’ll be featured in future fashion posts). Here are 4 of my favourite ethical fashion stores to check out in Manhattan:
95 Crosby Street
212 334 0455
While Rachel Comey’s collection is carried in shops around the world, her ownÂ boutique opened in 2014. Find womenswear in modern silhouettes and artful prints, stylish bags and footwear,Â made in Manhattan or ethically abroad.
23 Howard Street
212 510 8455
The Reformation is killing it right now. Made in the USA or ethically abroad using eco-friendly fabrics, they are one of the few companiesÂ taking ethical fashion to the mainstream. Supermodels like Karlie Kloss love the brand, but their sexy, flowy silhouettes speak for themselves.
The SoHo location is their flagship store. They have another store in the Lower East Side and one in LA.
15 Mercer Street
212 391 6969
You’ll find 3×1 jeans in department stores and upscale boutiques around the world, but their SoHo shop allows you a peek into their 24 person factory and jean-making process. You can even request their bespoke services to get a pair made to your own specifications. Choose from 500 different denim fabrics sourced from the rarestÂ mills and selvedge looms from around the world.
16 Crosby Street
212 343 9999
Maiyet is a New York ethical luxury fashion brand that partners with artisans in India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Bolivia, and Thailand. They promote self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship in developing economies.
As for the products, don’t expect to come into their store and not drool over something. While Maiyet is stocked in department stores, boutiques and online stores, their Soho location is their only store so far.
Looking for more ethical fashion in NYC? Check out Ecocult’s Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Things To Do On Your NYC Visit.
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