I met my now-husband right when I was about to launch this blog. He’s a hottie (love that Venezuelan accent) but his closet needed a little bit of tweaking. Luckily, he let me overhaul his closet, and was even receptive to sustainable brands.
It’s paid off. Ask him! He’ll tell you he now gets thirsty looks from women on the subway on the way to work.
Luckily I’ve been able to direct him to an ever-expanding array of sustainable and ethical men’s fashion brands. Here’s an updated list – as of 2016 – of the hottest eco-friendly men’s fashion brands and stores available. Meow!
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This UK company is an international leader in sustainable and ethical fashion.
Klow is an online boutique that carries brands that are committed to transparency, ethical production, and a care for the earth. They carry men’s apparel, accessories, and shoes, and you can shop by the causes you care most about: ecological, ethical, social, vegan, organic, recycled, or upcycled.
Olderbrother has a truly unique process of creating gender-neutral clothes that are hand-dyed in the USA out of only natural and biodegradable dyes like hibiscus, madder root, coffee, and turmeric. All of their clothing is handsewn in sunny Los Angeles out of eco-friendly materials.
Kit Culture is a Los Angeles-based men’s brand that prioritizes versatility and sustainability in all of its designs and only works with local factories based in Los Angeles. They seek out the best deadstock fabrics that are left over from mills and other brands and give them a second life in the form of innovative designs for everyday living, and also utilize more sustainable fabrics such as Tencel®. They release products one at a time to gauge interest and avoid excessive inventory, so stay in touch with them to hear about the latest releases.
Kotn creates beautiful basics from authentic Egyptian cotton that’s finer, softer, and more breathable than any other cotton. Unfortunately, since 2001, there has been a 95% decline in demand from big corporations that opted to go with cheaper options. As a result, millions of farmers, weavers, and craftspeople are struggling to make ends meet. By working directly with cotton farming families in Egypt, Kotn is seeking to rebuild the industry from the inside. They make their own fabrics from raw cotton bought direct from farmers at guaranteed prices. A Certified B Corp brand, they built a school in Egypt to combat child labor, and are now working on building a second one.
Taylor Stich uses materials like upcycled and recycled (but durable!) yarns, organic cotton, natural hemp, responsibly-sourced leather, and synthetic down made from recycled plastic bottles. They use production methods that work to lower their carbon footprint, reduce water usage, and limit chemical exposure. Plus, you can get discounts by pre-ordering up and coming designs.
WAMA Underwear is made from sustainable, GOTS Certified hemp and organic cotton. There are a lot of great things about hemp: it’s naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, odor-fighting, and super soft and breathable. And trust me: these undies are super comfortable! The WAMA team works transparently with certified factories in China and oversee production there in order to ensure ethical manufacturing is taking place.
The Founders of ASKET proudly refuse to call themselves fashion insiders. In fact, their outside perspective allows them to see fashion with fresh eyes and focus on the essentials. Their pieces are timeless, classic, and perfect for any man looking to build a capsule wardrobe. Possibly the best part, however, is their sizing. They have 15 different sizes so that your clothing actually fits your body. They are committed to transparency in their supply chain and you can view their factories and production processes on their website. And now, they are taking that transparency all the way by providing details about where each ingredient of the piece comes from — right on the tag!
This NYC-based company is rapidly expanding in popularity, due to its simple, seasonless designs, and radical transparency on pricing and factories.
Brothers We Stand makes clothing and accessories that are ethically made, designed to please, and created to last. They are committed to transparency and require that the designers and brands featured in their collections provide a full breakdown of their supply chains, which you can then view in each product’s “footprint” tab. They recognize that true sustainability and ethical production is a process and are committed to genuine commitment and innovation in these areas. They carry dress clothes, casual, everyday wear, outerwear, swimwear, accessories, and unisex apparel.
This sustainable outdoor apparel and accessories brand removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways for each item sold.
Get him ready for the gym, golf, or just a nice walk through the neighborhood with high-performance clothing made from bamboo rayon.
Levi’s has been pouring money into innovating on denim, including cotton recycling, and its Water>Less technology and Waste>Less collection, with 20% post-consumer waste.
This casual company uses less water in the manufacture of its products, plus eco-friendly and organic fabrics, non-toxic and low-impact dyes, and recycled materials.
You might have seen an ad for Shinola plastered on the side of a brick wall in Williamsburg. And this Detroit company has big plans to revive industry while making a name for itself in high-end accessories. Watches, footballs, bikes and even leather toothpick holders are available for the discerning–but not ostentatious–consumer.
Nudie takes great pride in sourcing only organic cotton for its jeans, which it will repair in any one of its stores for free, including the new NYC location. With reclaimed leather patches and non-toxic rivets, these jeans are meant to last for years and years. The same attention to detail goes into their accessories, jackets, and tees.
AG Jeans manufactures in vertically integrated facilities, so that they have complete control over ensuring ethical production of their products. Much of their clothing is manufactured using low-water technologies, eco-friendly fabrics such as Tencel and Modal, and low-waste patterning.
G-Star has been pioneering the recycling of plastic waste from the ocean into clothing in its special Raw for the Oceans collection.
For organic socks, hoodies, underwear, and tees, head to PACT, which sources Fair Trade materials for its ethically made basics.
Find vegan and sustainable clothing and accessories for, well, a gentleman at this online store. There are trousers, vegan boots, shoes, belts, and wallets, suits, cologne and even condoms for the ethical guy.
If you’re tired of boring button downs, then head to this Williamsburg retailer (in person or online) for twists on menswear by up-and-coming designers. Find colorful socks, irreverent accessories, interesting trousers and shirts, and other items that tell the world you’re “working on a project,” not working in an office.
This Portland-based company excels in outerwear with its practical and eco-friendly puffy coats, jackets and raincoats. But don’t skip over the shirts, pants and “base layers,” while you’re looking around.
This is what socially conscious surfer dudes wear when they grow up and get sophisticated. Founded by a surf champion and menswear designer, Outerknown is partnered with the Fair Labor Association and certified by Bluesign, which ensures toxins are excluded from the manufacturing process. Even their packaging is non-toxic and water soluble.
Oh yeah, you need this right now. This company makes foul and cold-weather coats, tennis shoes, backpacks and backs from upcycled materials like PET bottles and fishing nets.
Apolis quite literally means citizen of the world. Stock up on accessories from this inclusive brand, which manufactures in American and other verifiably ethical facilities. You’ll find every accessory you could ever think of in leather: key chains, luggage tags, camera straps, flip flips, baseball caps, journals, and card holders. Plus, button downs and tees, ties, pocket squares, scarves, pens, tie clips, and books the Apolis peeps have deigned as in line with their vision of a better (and better-looking) world.