Los Angeles, to me, is the Mecca of ethical fashion. Some of my favourite brands are from here, so can you believe that on my first visit to LA in January, I didn’t end up buying anything? Unless you count a pair of Swedish Stockings from the Reformation store in Culver City. Yes, out of all the gorgeous things in Reformation, I bought plain black stockings.
It did feel good in a different way to look through all these beautiful collections and emerge empty-handed because I didn’t need anything. But should you want a sustainable wardrobe refresh while in LA, here are a few shops I visited and recommend, with a handy Google map below.
1930 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
310 450 7860
I can live in Christy Dawn‘s ultra-feminine, vintage-inspired dresses all summer. Made in downtown LA from deadstock fabric left over from larger fashion houses, their limited runs usually sell out fast. The same styles of dresses do eventually return in different fabrics, and my current favourite style is the Lennon Dress.
1337 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice Beach, CA 90291
310 482 3316
Alternative Apparel offers soft tees, dresses, and loungewear for women and men. Made ethically in the US or abroad, 80% of their garments uses sustainable material and processes. I own one of their hoodiesÂ that have lasted throughout the years. Check out their Alternative Eco collection.
The Piece CollectiveÂ
1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
424 238 8382
The Piece Collective is aÂ lifestyle boutique on Abbot Kinney offering an array of boho chic apparel, homeware and handmade goods. Not all the clothes are verifiably ethical, so check labels and ask questions. From the brands they carry that I’m familiar with, Indegogo Africa and Re/doneÂ are good.
They have another location atÂ 2934 Beverly Glen Circle,Â Los Angeles, CA.
8000 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
855 756 0560
Even if you’re new to ethical fashion, chances are you’ve heard of Reformation. Mostly produced in LA, their sexy styles are made from recycled and eco friendly fabrics.Â Reformation Vintage, the brand’s curated selection of hip vintage clothes and accessories, is a few blocks down at 8253 Melrose Avenue.
They also have another location in LA atÂ 8810 Washington Blvd #102, in the super hip outdoor PLATFORM mall in Culver City.
I hear they were giving tours of their downtown factory on the first Friday of the month. If you’re interested, inquire about them here.
The Edit by Freda Salvador + Janessa Leone
8840 Washington Blvd #106
Culver City, CA 90232
The Edit, also in the PLATFORM mall, is a boutique of beautiful shoes and hats. The shoes are by Fred Salvador, designed in California and handcrafted in Spain. The minimalist hats are by Janessa Leone, made in USA from sustainable materials.
Here are some shops that were recommended to me. I didn’t have time to visit. Perhaps on the next trip. Thanks to Faye Lessler for some of these recs.
Ali GoldenÂ â€” 1296 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA â€” Casual womenswear design in Oakland, and ethically made in California and abroad.
Amour Vert â€” 1327 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA â€” French-influenced sustainable fashion made in the USA.
Bird Brookyn â€” 8870 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA â€” Trendy retail shop that stocks ethical labels such as Ace & Jig, Rachel Comey and Jesse Kamm.
Cuyana â€” 1140 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA â€” timeless accessories and clothes, made to last. They have limited info on their workers and factories, but the items made in USA and Italy should be okay.
Gingerly Witty â€”Â 1710 W Sunset Blvd,Â Los Angeles, CA â€” Consciously sourced lifestyle store offering one-of-a kind clothes, beauty products, homeware, and more.
Marine Layer â€”Â 1144 Abbot Kinney Blvd,Â Venice Beach, CA â€”Super soft tees made in LA or SF.
Update Sep 2019:
DÃ´en â€”Â 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA â€” One of my favourite slow fashion brands just opened their first shop!
Everlane â€”Â 1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd,Â Los Angeles, CA â€” I buy so many basics/wardrobe staples from them.
Photography by Annie Zhu
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