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Some time back, someone asked me if there were any good ethical and/or sustainable sites for men.
There are a ton of sites selling bow ties, button downs, blazers, jeans, leather shoes and belts, scarves, canvas backpacks, watches, boxers, and basically anything else you a guy would need to look like catnip to the ladies. Some sell only items made in the U.S. Some are vegan. Some use organic cotton, or recycled materials. All place special emphasis on good tailoring, with materials and construction made to last.
Ladies, hold yourself back from trying to completely making over your man once you see this stuff.
This UK company is an international leader in sustainable and ethical fashion.
This NYC-based company is rapidly expanding in popularity, due to its simple, seasonless designs, and radical transparency on pricing and factories.
These stylish slim-fit, flat-front chinos with stretch are made from recycled water bottles using revolutionary Repreve® fabric. Choose from a family of several smart solid and heathered options.
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.
It used to be that Modavanti only carried (a whole lot of) ethical and sustainable women’s fashion. But they launched at the end of 2014 with a whole passel of organic, vegan, and/or ethically made duds for dudes.
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 Seattle-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 “baselayers,” 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.
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