Responsible Brands to Shop for Spring Styles
Although I've been advocating towards shopping more second hand and falling in love with the items you already own - there are times when we do shop new. And transitions into new seasons are typically that time of year. Whether it's supporting a favorite brand or trying out a new style, there are hundreds of ethical and sustainable brands to shop over fast fashion. So I challenge (and equip) you to shop at least one brand this Spring that is listed in the brand list to help you shop a bit more consciously.
Here's a quick list of a few of my current favorites.
AMOUR VERT - Amour Vert is a brand that offers many different styles and patterns for their tops. Their focus is on sustainable materials and they currently have a collection of 'Impossibly Soft Tees' that are perfect to dress up or down.
MARINE LAYER - Another brand creating extremely soft tees, Marine Layer is one of my current favorites for basic tops for every day wear and layering for all seasons! They've created their own sustainable, recycled fabric as well as curating many tops that with a purchase, a portion is donated to organizations like The National Park System.
ELEGANTEES - Elegantees has made it their mission to sell women's quality basics that are ethically produced in Nepal with a goal to eliminate human trafficking. Perfect spot for everyday tees and supporting an important mission!
ELIZABETH SUZANN - Kicking off as a local maker in Nashville, Elizabeth Suzann has grown into an ethical clothing powerhouse (in a good way). Constantly producing flattering and neutral styles for every women, this brand is a spot to check out for timeless, investment tops in your wardrobe!
DOEN - My current favorite dress brand, Doen creates gorgeous colored + printed dresses. Created from dead-stock fabrics (leftover materials from larger designers that can not be used in a mass-produced collection), each dress is unique and will bring a timeless, fun addition to your wardrobe. A dress from Doen is definitely on my wish list this year!
REFORMATION - Reformation is a leading brand in the industry in practicing sustainability and transparency. The dresses they produce offer a different sort of style than most brands - they come in a variety of styles for all occasions that are fun, feminine and high quality! Releasing reports throughout the year on their practices, you know you are purchasing from a brand that is conscious of the environment.
PANTS + DENIM
OUTLAND DENIM - This brand offers an array of denim styles for every women. And they "...know each of our seamstresses by name, they earn a living wage and are given support to build a bright future for themselves".
Other brands for ethically made and high quality denim are Reformation and Everlane.
MATTER PRINTS - A fun alternative to your normal pant, Matter Prints creates soft and comfortable, printed pants for the every day wear that can be dressed up or down. Working with artisans and creating a sustainable production process, Matter Prints works tirelessly to continue bettering their ethical supply chain.
GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE - A perfect brand for leggings, Girlfriend Collective responsibly makes their clothing with recycled material and ethical standards.
MACHETE - Just launching last year, Machete is one of my personal favorite jewelry brands for everyday statement earrings. Made from eco-friendly material, each piece is affordable, lightweight and versatile for your wardrobe!
NOONDAY COLLECTION - This brand is partnering with artisans around the world to bring you high quality, affordable but authentic jewelry from materials found in the artisan's countries. Each piece is a beautiful addition to your wardrobe as well as telling a story of the maker.
BAGS + HATS
YELLOW 108 - As a leading hat-maker in the ethical fashion industry, Yellow 108 focuses only on creating "sustainable hats and accessories made from salvaged and recycled materials." The hats are ageless and come in a selection of colors to choose from!
NISOLO - A go-to spot for a long-lasting leather bags, Nisolo creates some of my favorite silhouettes for life-time use. You'll find their ethically made + fair priced bags in neutral colors of brown and black.
MATT AND NAT - If you're looking for a bag that avoids the use of leather, then Matt and Nat is your go-to for high quality and timeless styles. They are "committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in our designs", use recycled materials for their prouction and are focused on sustainability in all of their brand practices.
PROUD MARY - Working with artisans in countries like Mexico and Morocco, Proud Mary offers beautiful shoes with pops of color for your Spring wardrobe. The current collection is hand woven shoes in slides, loafer and espadrille styles and are a perfect addition for a warm weather wardrobe.
You can listen to a podcast on Proud Mary's brand here.
NISOLO - High quality leather shoes are Nisolo's specialty. Made from ethical factories in countries like Peru and Ecuador, Nisolo is a favorite for their simple and timeless silhouettes for both men and women. I highly recommend any shoes from here!
ABLE - Based in Nashville, ABLE is a leading brand in transparency + high quality, ethically made goods. They recently started creating shoes in addition to their other products and offer fun, stylish heels, flats and sandals that are responsibly made.
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GARMENTORY - This brand will bring you shoes that are more of an investment from responsible, small designer brands like LOQ, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, No. 6 and several others. If you're in search of a high quality, unique investment wardrobe piece, this is for you!
VEJA - An all time favorite every-day sneakers, Veja's radical transparency in creating their shoes has inspired my wardrobe in learning more about where product's materials come from, who makes them and how are they produced. The sneakers are timeless and durable for every day wear. Although a French brand, you can buy in the U.S. through brands like Madewell, Amour Vert, and Amazon.
LAND OF WOMEN - Based in NYC, this conscious brand is creating comfortable and long-lasting pieces. Each item is "cut and stitched locally in New York by a family-owned manufacturer, keeping it all close to home." You'll find many styles from bralettes, underwear and even swimwear.
MARY YOUNG - This Canadian based brand is ethically producing lingerie for women that is timeless, comfortable and "embraces the natural woman's body". The attention to detail and color schemes provide great options for every day wear.
FORTNIGHT - I recently came across this Canadian based company and love their vision that "...each piece is free from unnecessary embellishment, fusing careful design with technical consideration in a diverse range of sizes". Each Fortnight item is handmade with high quality material for comfort and long-lasting durability.
WEAR PACT - A go-to for minimal basics, Wear Pact is a go-to for organic cotton undergarments and tanks. They are conscious about their production, using sustainable materials and fairly pricing their product for you.
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Want more responsible brands to check out and shop? Head over to The Brand Page where you'll find several hundred companies to shop.