Wow, more gorgeous brands and amazing online boutiques pop up every day! Here are some of my favorite new(ish) sources of fresh, modern, eco-friendly clothing.
Whenever possible, Minan Wong items are made using eco-friendly elements like organic cotton, Tencel, recycled wool and recycled PET. All pieces are made in the US, with fair wages paid out to workers.
An old favorite of a brand, but with a new trick: this perfect jumpsuit! MATTER is a socially conscious business focusing on affordable luxury, thoughtful design and provenance to create travel wear with stories to tell. They seek to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire consumers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities.
Holland Street employs a minimal-waste approach for all aspects of the business. They handmake their products in London from 100% crepe de chine silk. I can't wait for my next beach trip so I have an excuse to buy one!
(h/t Sustainably Chic
Founder Hang was inspired to start All the Wild Roses after visiting her native Vietnam and meeting her extended family. Each item is handmade in Vietnam by the women trained in garment-making skills. With each sale, they pay-it-forward by funding micro-loans to women in underprivileged countries to pursue her dreams of earning a living, through their giving partner Opportunity Australia Org.
Well Made Clothes is an Australian marketplace by the makers of ALAS
(you know, that beautiful sleepwear company?) that unites the world’s best ethical fashion labels under one roof – when you buy something on Well Made Clothes, you’re actually buying it directly from the label. WMC provides you with information about the fashion industry, and information about the ethical fashion labels they sell. For an ethical fashion label to be stocked on the site it must meet the requirements for one of these values: local, handcrafted, transparent, gender equality, fair, vegan, minimal waste, and sustainable.
Made in California of fabrics like silk, modal, cotton, Are You Am I's simple, versatile pieces are modern and sexy. I've already bought six items. Don't judge.
Symbology employs women artisans from India and the West Bank, aiming not only to produce beautiful clothing but also to preserve traditional art forms in each garment — from Indian block printing to Palestinian weaving and Native American embroidery. They pay the artisans a living wage, allowing them to provide for their families.
OZMA is a line of women’s essentials made responsibly in California using natural textiles and beautiful craftsmanship.
This label is made in New York City from handwoven cottons and silks, with hand-dying and hand painting techniques to create unique, effortless items for every situation and all seasons.
SLOWRE is like next-level ethical shopping. This online shop sells and consigns women's clothing, shoes and accessories by designers that produce in the US, provide supply chain transparency, use vegan materials, source eco-friendly fabrics, and/or engage in other responsible business practices.
Barcelona-based Cortana produces all of their collections locally in small ateliers in the area of Barcelona, Spain using natural fibers like silk, cotton, and wool. When possible, they use certified organic cotton. With a belief in quality, all of their designs are meant be timeless pieces. You can also try on their pieces in person at Stone Fox Bride and ABC Carpet & Home in New York.
A simple and chic brand that makes shirts and dresses made from natural fibers like cotton and linen, all ethically manufactured in Turkey.
St. Roche is a new, sustainable and trans-seasonal womenswear lifestyle brand founded in 2014. They use GOTS-certified organically grown cotton. For tie-dyes, they work with a local solar-powered dye house who uses low impact dyes. Packaging is made from recycled paper.