Fast fashion is a frustrating force to contend with that’s why we created our “One Stop Shopping: 16 Sustainable Fashion Sites We Love.” With clothing giants like H&M churning out a seemingly endless supply of cheaply-made products (and upping their profits by 25% last year), the clothing revolution can feel like a daunting battle.
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The cup of sustainable fashion for men and women runneth over, and we’ve rounded up some current favorites for you. These sites have been specifically handpicked from an increasingly bountiful tree of sustainability and style. Selections were made on criteria of innovation, diversity, and beauty, but equally for a commitment to resisting the systematic trends of fast-fashion. All are operating under the uniform conviction that artful fashion and being kind to the planet are not mutually exclusive passions.
Now go (conscious) shopping!
Spratters & Jayne have been providing luxurious, handcrafted knit and crochet outerwear accessories for women and men since 2009. Spratters & Jayne pairs contemporary silhouettes with traditional crafting techniques. The collection is entirely ethically sourced and includes dramatic deconstructed statement pieces and sophisticated everyday wear. Each piece is individually made by artisans earning a fair wage.
Fanmail offers modern and sustainable men’s tanks, tees, and sweatshirts cut and sewn in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Fanmail lists the details of its cotton-sourcing, dyeing, and manufacture process on its website – calling attention to the growing trend in restaurants notifying consumers where exactly their food comes from, and challenging us to maintain a similar awareness with clothing. Listed for men, most of the clothing on the site is actually unisex!
Blair Lauren Brown is sustainably handcrafted American and artisan jewelry. The line is a labor of love and a soul craft. Each and every piece is designed and produced by Blair Lauren Brown. Born into a 115-year family legacy of handcrafted fine jewelry beginning with the gold rush in Alaska, Blair is working in the same tradition as her family before her. Collections are handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York with ethically sourced and recycled precious materials. Hand finishing every piece, designing with raw uncut diamonds and pure 24k gold nuggets allows a unique story to be told with every piece.
American Deadstock resurrects the best in unworn vintage apparel and accessories from the 80s, 90s + 00s and seeks to reinform what it means to be fashion forward in the modern age without contributing to the colossal mountain of waste involved in the production of new fast-fashion. Extending the life of these clothes has proved that a garment can have a miraculous transformation with a subtle shift in perception.
Crystalyn Kae Accessories has designed handbags and accessories produced from ethically sourced and reclaimed materials since 2001. Beloved by fashion mavens and independent spirits alike, the Crystalyn Kae handbag is a symbol of socially-conscious style.
Study NY is an ethical contemporary womenswear label based in Brooklyn, NY creating seasonless clothing locally and ethically without subscribing to the traditional fashion calendar. Our goal is to create the ideal wardrobe.
Kordal is a women’s knitwear collection that fuses innovative forms and textures with functionality. We believe in creating garments that will inspire creativity and wearability. In an effort to support local manufacturing, we design and produce our knitwear with local artisans in America and Peru.
Zady‘s website is a crash-course in sustainable fashion. Their clothing is simple and beautiful. “It’s a systemic issue,” they say, referring to low-quality fast fashion. “We’re not afraid of that. We’re building a company that proves there is a better way.”
Kowtow is all about effortless minimalism, rich colors, and a signature dramatic silhouette for both women and men. But what sets Kowtow apart is its commitment to ethically sourced cotton and workers’ rights. Visit their website to watch a gorgeously-filmed short documentary about their entire cotton chain titled “From Seed to Garment.”
Mr. Larkin is a womens brand and international web store curated by owner Casey Larkin Blond. Based in both the US (Houston, TX) and EU (Copenhagen, Denmark), Mr. Larkin offers a range of women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and other objects, including kids’ pieces, that fit into the artfully modern aesthetic that Blond so embraces. A mother and designer herself, Mr. Larkin is the true embodiment of its owner and the lifestyle she shares with her family and friends.
Raleigh Denim was recently accepted into the CFDA. Victor lytvinenko and Sarah Yarborough started Raleigh Denim workshop in 2007 in their hometown of Raleigh. the husband-wife team learned the history and techniques of traditional American jeansmaking through a series of informal apprenticeships with former factory workers, patternmakers, and mechanics throughout the state. Raleigh denim workshop’s jeans, collection, and accessories, are all produced in the United states with a focus on design, process, material, and craft.
Through its jewelry and accessories, MUJUS connects its designer Paola Delgado’s traditional Peruvian roots with New York urban life by mixing indigenous materials to create contemporary pieces of jewelry. The designs are made primarily from sustainable, non-traditional materials which create a combination of vivid hues, gold tones, and geometric shapes. All pieces are handmade by skilled artisans in Peru and Ecuador and bring a unique elegance and pop of color to any outfit.
Indigenous’ vision to style the world in organic, fair trade fashion was founded over a decade ago. On a trip to South America back in 1993 Scott Leonard – co-founder of Indigenous along with Matt Reynolds – encountered the priceless beauty of clothes produced by local artisans. The richness of the culture and the amazing knitting techniques prompted him to bring back more than a souvenir to his Northern California home. He returned with a vision to pioneer a new business model that would invite each of us to wear apparel that demonstrates our commitment to the people and environment. Together, Scotty and Matt have helped form a scalable artisan network through the Indigenous clothing line that reflects a commitment to sustainability, social entrepreneurship and responsible actions by consumers and business alike.
California Cloth Foundry is about trust and creating the most sustainable cloth possible. If you don’t beleive us, just go here and read the entire page of how amazing they are including traceable textiles and botanical dyes.
Kirrin Finch is a conscientious clothing company, founded by Brooklyn-based couple Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat, that will meet the growing demand for gender-defying fashion by creating menswear-inspired apparel designed to fit a range of women’s bodies.
NOORISM is an upcycle brand focused on taking apart old jeans and using the pieces to create new items of clothing and accessories. NOORISM clothing and accessories are all unique and slightly different since each old pair of jeans has it’s own individual story to tell.
Vincetta’s refined style focuses on creating timeless essentials, designed and created for the self-assured, modern woman. The essence of the Vincetta collection combines aesthetic detail in its fluid design and wear-ability. Every stitch has a purpose and every thread weaves a story.We pride ourselves in silhouettes that flatter a variety of body types and sizes. Vincetta empowers women with clothing that instills beauty and confidence from the inside out.
Prairie Underground has had a cult following for nearly a decade and continue to gain more traction with their sustainable materials, local production in Seattle and now an upcycling initiative with their own clothing. If you’ve never slipped into a pair of their denim Street Girdles or hoodies, you’re missing out.
PACT co-founder Jeff Denby created PACT after spending years working in the international manufacturing business with its questionable working conditions and environmental policies. Denby originally debuted Pact with underwear but is now making men’s and women’s basics, socks and of course still lots of comfy undies too.