Fast fashion is a frustrating force to contend with that’s why we created a (sustainable) holiday shopping guide based on some of our favorite current as well as alumni BF+DA designers. With the current fashion model churning out a seemingly endless supply of cheaply-made products, the clothing revolution can feel like a daunting battle.
But we’re here to help.
All of our BF+DA businesses are operating under the uniform conviction that artful fashion and being kind to the planet are not mutually exclusive passions. And with the current harsh climate in environmental and ethics based policy currently afoot, why wouldn’t you choose to shop more responsible?
Founded in 2011 by David J. Krause and Nina Zilka, Alder New York is a Brooklyn-based line of inclusive skincare & haircare products that will leave you feeling your best. Uncomplicated, effective products, that work for you no matter who you are. Made from dermatologist approved ingredients & herbalist beloved plant extracts.
American Deadstock is deadstock-obsessed! They hand select the best in unworn vintage from the 80s, 90s & Y2K. Capsule collections and limited edition styles in perfect condition. OMG, Is that American Deadstock? Duh!
Blair Lauren Brown’s sustainably handcrafted American and artisan jewelry 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.
Catrinka is an ethical fashion accessory brand that makes artisanal luxury handbags. The company uses every aspect of its business to empower and invest in women and girls. Products are made ethically by women with proceeds going to provide mentoring in life skills for adolescent girls on the margin. Catrinka: girl-powered, woman-made.
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.
Designhype uses design to connect, educate and empower women travelers so they may explore and experience the world in the state of bliss. The company creates high-quality products in a sustainable manner by using stainless steel, an inherently sustainable material. Their Metro Cuffs are 100% recyclable and tarnish-resistant. All packaging is designed minimally to reduce waste.
Erin Considine is a natural dyer, jeweler and fiber artist working in Brooklyn, New York. Her namesake accessories line, founded in 2009, is inherently multidisciplinary, bridging the worlds of fiber, natural dye and metalsmithing. Supported by a small team of skilled fiber artists and metalsmiths, our goal is to create clean, traceable, high craft jewelry, anchored in sustainability and simple sculptural forms.
Fair Harbor is a beachwear company that was founded in 2015 by siblings Jake and Caroline Danehy. Fair Harbor is a small beach town on Fire Island where they grew up surfing. There are no cars on the island and during the summer all one needs is a swimsuit and a surfboard and they are set. Because of Jake and Caroline’s love for the ocean and beaches around the world, they make all of their swimwear out of recycled plastic bottles. Each short is directly made out of 11 recycled plastic bottles to ensure that fewer bottles end up in our oceans and on our beaches.
Glasshouse Shirtmakers designs are built within the ideology that less is more. The simplicity of their American made mens shirts utilizes a minimal amount of materials that are of the utmost quality. Every detail is looked at closely and examined to be the most logical and fully functional. They match this focus with premium quality domestic construction. Having small-batch manufacturing allows them to take the kind of care each aspect of the shirt making process deserves. And with lower amounts of shirts being made, each step is paid close attention to, typically by a few or only one person. We believe this is how the best shirt is made.
Grammar’s first collection offers five beautifully tailored silhouettes made from 100% sustainable organic cotton poplin ethically produced in India. Grammar’s direct to consumer business model reduces costs, so the luxury-level quality of the pieces is attainable.
Ergonomically engineered to be slimming and comfortable at the same time, Grammar shirts are a true foundational
wardrobe staple and Simons’ goal is to create a minimalist work uniform consisting of structural, stylish separates made with sustainable materials.
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.
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.
The Laura Delman Collection of contemporary fashion is positioned to take a woman from smart daytime looks to cocktail evening. The Made in America commitment along with the company’s collaborative culture and lean towards organic and sustainable fabrics and practices is a big piece of the business and design strategy. Laura’s history for the support of women and children’s issues has also become a pillar of the organization. Laura feels the customer she is courting has strong ethical beleiefs and are looking for a company with the same values they embrace.
Founded in 2010, LuRu Home brings a contemporary edge to traditional Chinese design. LuRu Home works with several of the remaining families still practicing Nankeen indigo dyeing by hand, aiming to preserve this cherished craft by supporting those who make it. In addition to traditional Nankeen indigo fabrics, LuRu Home offers screen-printed fabric by the yard, as well as an array of vintage Chinese textile pieces to retail customers and to trade. Durability, quality and a playful eye lead to updated historical Chinese motifs for use in homes around the globe.
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.
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.
Spratters & Jayne have been providing luxurious, handcrafted knit and crochet home and 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.
Suzanne Rae is a Brooklyn-based women’s ready-to-wear line inspired by and made for the progressive and modern woman. Both feminine and feminist in philosophy, the pieces are minimalist in aesthetic and relevant in functionality. With social awareness and sustainability as a part of the foundation, the company always applies a careful consciousness while creating clothing for the gentlewoman.
Teknikio creates gender-neutral toolsets for ages 8+ that teach you how to embed electronics into paper, fabric, and any other material. Each set walks you through concepts of design and engineering, while demonstrating how to use these skills to activate objects. Teknikio’s custom parts and carefully curated components are accessible and reusable so that you can make and remake. By combining craft, design, and engineering, Teknikio inspires you to invent, engineer and reimagine your world.
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.
Wool&Prince makes better, longer-lasting apparel by using super soft wool that naturally resists odors and wrinkles while being 6x more durable than cotton.