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 and 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.
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.