This post contains some affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase, EcoCult receives a small percentage of the sale price. Some brands may have paid a small fee to be featured. We only recommend brands that we truly believe in. Support our editorial work by supporting them!
If you like your sustainable fashion with a laid-back, 1970s, or sexy vibe, then Los Angeles is the place for you.
There are plenty of sustainable and ethical fashion brands being manufactured right downtown, but when it comes to actually walking into a store and trying things on before purchasing them? Well, then it becomes a bit harder.
But, there are a few brands that have stores in L.A. that you can check out, and one boutique featuring some of the best emerging sustainable designers in L.A.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend trying to hit them all up in one day, though. With LA’s notorious traffic, these neighborhoods can be frustrating to travel between. So pick a ‘hood and go shopping, then relax with an organic, vegan meal in the sunshine afterwards. That’s a good LA day.
Founded by LA stylist Dechel Mckillian in 2015 as a fashion blog, this is now an online shop and brick-and-mortar destination specializing in slow fashion fit for an LA cool girl. It’s a one-stop shop for emerging designers that are made in America, like Where Mountains Meet, HFS Collective, Triarchy and more. It’s conveniently located inside Row DTLA, a hip outdoor mall for independent fashion, so you can make an afternoon of your visit. Go by on the weekend and have lunch at Smorgasburg, a beloved food fair imported from NYC.
Also located in Row DTLA, this sustainable menswear brand features organic cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts and recycled PET swimwear in beautiful colors and fun prints that are made in China and Japan in ethical factories. You’ll be pleased to know that the prices are lower than other popular sustainable menswear brands. The swing tags are FSC-certified, too.
All of Christy Dawns floral prairie dresses and jumpsuits in a rainbow of earthy colors –– from dusty pink to burnt orange and sky blue –– are made in LA from deadstock fabric. You can also find some dope fisherman sweaters. You’ll walk out feeling ready to frolick through a desert blooming with wildflowers.
It looks like a cute little beach house from the outside, but this store is deceptively large –– and stocked with all the sustainable basics you could need: sweats, button downs with a modern drape, denim, and accessories. There are men, women, unisex, and children styles, plus jewelry and leather accessories by the ethical brand Able.
This unisex brand is as eco-friendly as it gets. The completely natural materials are dyed with beneficial plant dyes like chaga mushroom, moss, and indigo, The new store is beautiful, and will only get more beautiful when they finish renovating it!
All of Whimsy + Row’s clothing is made in small batches in LA with deadstock and low-impact fabric, such as Tencel, organic cotton, and certified rainforest-free rayon, and the prints are done with an eco-friendly process. Find fleece jackets, sexy tops, jeans, loose-fit trousers, and pretty dresses. If you can’t stop by and soak up the good vibes in person, you can order online.
Parker Clay is a socially-focused lifestyle brand that handcrafts luxury leather goods in Ethiopia, where they employ over 100 artisans. As a Certified B Corporation, they are dedicated to providing dignity and empowerment for their employees, as well as producing the highest quality products for their customers. Their bags and accessories are made from full-grain leather that’s produced in a metal-free tanning environment that is part of the international Green Tannin Initiative (which means it’s produced using less water, energy, no chrome or metals, and no sulfide). They’re actively working towards transitioning to “fully green leathers” while continuing to source locally.
Costa Mesa & Long Beach
Although they don’t carry 100% sustainable fashion, Prism Boutique has a large, beautifully curated selection of female-founded, LA-made, and sustainable brands such as MATE, LACAUSA, Back Beat Co, Whimsy & Row. In addition to fashion, you can shop from the work of local artists, small, clean apothecary brands, and a curation of vintage home goods and accessories too. The Prism Boutique team plans to continue to prioritize sourcing from brands that use recycled content and earth-friendly processes.
Santa Monica & Newport Beach
This French-meets-Southern style brand is based in San Francisco, but has two locations in L.A. Pictured is the Santa Monica location, which has plenty to choose from. But the one in Newport apparently has even more to tempt you. Find classic striped tees in organic cotton and Modal, patterned silk blouses, jumpsuits, sweaters, and shoes and accessories from sustainable friend brands.
Epitomizing the L.A. lifestyle of throw-on-and go, Haley Solar’s retail store is located in the trendy L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock, and is blurring the line between couture and ready to wear with her vertically integrated storefront. You’ll not only be able to come swipe a one of a kind piece straight off the rack, but Haley’s design studio is fully operational from within the space. You can have custom fittings, alterations and design consultations on site. Better yet, every day new pieces go from her cutting table to the rack to your closet just like THAT.
Each fabrication in the collection is sourced locally, up-cycling and bringing new life to the fabrics. Every piece is hand cut and sewn in their studio, going from cutting table, to machine, to the clothing rack all under one roof. Their signature indio silk print is an artisan dying technique, replicating the gorgeous LA sky scape. Using 90% reclaimed fabrics, Haley chooses a mixture of traditional and natural dyes, often using vegetables and tea to create a vintage feel and a depth not found in mass produced fabrications. “The Indio Collection” is fully washable, 100% silk, bringing this luxurious fabric into the everyday world.