Shop Ethical Fashion

Shopping for stylish, ethical fashion can be difficult. I’ve created this list of my favorite designers and brands to make it easier for you. I reviewed each of the brands for their commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and transparency – and ensured they didn’t sacrifice style in the process.

I also added websites and resources where you can learn more about ethical fashion and building a conscious wardrobe. Many of these brands are online only. So if you prefer to shop in-store, I encourage you to find a designer you love and check their stockist list for retailers close to you. Usually, brick-and-mortar stores carry more than one ethical or sustainable designer.

This list is continually evolving. If you are a standout ethical brand or designer, contact me to be considered.

Want to see if a brand you wear now is using ethical or sustainable practices?  Use these three sites to investigate. They do research, compile data, and assign rankings to brands to make it easier for you.

  • Project Just:  A curated list of labels with transparent information about all their pros and cons.
  • The Higg Index: A holistic overview of the sustainability performance of a product or company.
  • Good On You: Ethical ranking you can take with you while you shop. Voila, no pre-research required!

If you’re a designer, you can find a Cradle to Cradle™ certified list of sustainable textiles on Fashion Positive’s Materials Collection.

Brands marked with an asterisk are affiliates, meaning if you click on those links and end up buying something I will get a small portion of the sale (typically 8-10%). I vet affiliate brands with the same rigor as any brand on this list, checking that they adhere to at least one ethical principle (i.e. sustainable, artisan, human rights, fair trade) and show signs of development in other areas.

Refined Brands

  • Ode to Sunday*: Easy collection of basics in breezy linen from the oldest flax mill in Lithuania. $$
  • Datura: A collection natural fabrics with urban design. Pieces for work or play. $$
  • Kowtow: Edgy basics with boyish charm. $$
  • Study NY: Upgrade streetwear in subdued colors. $$
  • Victoria Road: Classic and trendy shapes made unique via heritage prints and hand detailing. Totally work appropriate. Affiliate brand. Use code PEAHENXVR for 20% off sitewide. $$
  • Marie Hell: Clean basics for uniform building. $$
  • Ali Golden: Indie line + small batch retailer with modern designs and selective partnerships. $$
  • Emerson Fry: A mix of raw and tailored classics in updated shapes. $$
  • Eenvoud: Clean cuts silk blouses and dresses. $$
  • Elizabeth Suzann: Timeless essentials in oh so sexy silk and crepe. $$$
  • Miranda Bennett: Drapey, plant dyed designs rendered in natural cotton, linen and silk. $$$
  • FONNESBECH: Modern fashion with a long-lasting perspective. For professional with Danish sensibilities. $$$
  • Chan + Krys: Black and white capsule collection styles. $$
  • Kordal Knitwear: Knit with a hip spin and quirky colors. $$$
  • Coat Check Chicago: Tightly edited collection of coats for every need and climate. $$
  • Svilu: Etherial prints and fabrics executed with structure. $$
  • Vanishing Elephant:  Simple silhouettes for every day. Occasional prints. $$
  • Amour Vert: Relaxed essentials in drapey shapes and subtle prints with a consideration for sustainability. $$
  • BYEM: Slow fashion sustainable basics with Scandinavian simplicity; like Ikea for your closet. Launching soon!
  • Vincetta:  Chic wardrobe essentials that pay attention to structure and draping. $$
  • The Summer House: Delicate essentials [think breezy dresses and separates] in organic and undyed fabrics. $-$$
  • VauteCouture: Playful design, quirky dresses, vegan principles. $$

Hip Brands

  • Reformation: Cool girl clothes that don’t kill the environment. $$
  • Accompany: Lux bohemian, incredible maxi dresses and jumpers. $
  • Christy Dawn: Etherial dresses made from deadstock fabric. Limited runs. $$-$$$
  • Raven + Lily: Artisan craftsmanship, wearable style. Austin texas homegrown brand. $$
  • Esby Apparel: Casual basics in with an easy style. Made in the USA. $$
  • Bon George: Pretty dresses and separates for days outdoors. $$
  • TANTUVI: Stunning dresses and one-pieces in bold colors. $$
  • Studio 189: African prints wearable silhouettes. $$$
  • Gamine Workwear: Real workwear with a western vibe. $$
  • Dolores Haze: Quirky British-punk styles. $
  • VauteCouture: All vegan fashion empire with downtown edge. Ethics: sustainability, animal rights. $$
  • Madia & Matilda: Girly charm, reasonable prices. $
  • Ace & Jig: Mixed patterns and bold textiles. $$$
  • Kitty Ferreira London: Ultra sophisticated styles for the ‘boardroom activist’. $$$
  • Tabii Just: Dressy styles in bold colors. Rare dedication to zero waste design. $$
  • Doen: Hippie luxe pieces ready for the west coast. $$
  • IZZY LANE: Cruelty-free animal fibers. Lux wool, supple silk, made to measure suits. $$
  • La Lesso: Wearable prints. Great swimwear. Go here for you next tropical getaway. African production. $$
  • Laura Siegel: Relaxed pieces that ooze casual luxury. Understated ethnic prints. $$
  • Wray: Painterly prints that emphasize the elemental in easy-to-wear shapes. $$
  • Zuri Collection: Graphic Tanzanian prints in classic cuts. Go here for a standout skirt. Ethics: Artisan. $$
  • Yours Again: Upcycled denim with a hip edge. Go here for that 90s choker you want so bad. Ethics: sustainability, quality. $-$$$. [European shipping only]
  • ZIRAN: Earthy florals, on trend shapes. Made exclusively from peace silk. $$$

Minimalist Dream Brands

  • Encircled*: Versatile pieces designed to help you pack less and live more. Sustainable and soft materials. $-$$
  • Cuyana: Luxury basics, hyper-refined aesthetic. $$
  • PLY-KNITS: A little library of elegant knitwear, in plys from ½ ― 12. $$-$$
  • Flippa K: Swedish powerhouse known for dreamy draping and sustainable materials. W/M. $$

Basics + Capsule Brands

  • IMBY*: Thoughtfully-designed capsule collection with nothing over $200. $$
  • The Fabric Social*: Hip styles in basic and vibrant colors with a mission to lift women out of poverty in Asia. $$
  • Amour Vert: Relaxed essentials in drapey shapes and subtle prints with a consideration for sustainability. $$
  • Zady: Clothes for every need. A mission to create a new fashion standard. Added bonus: it’s an excellent blog too. $$
  • People Tree: The originator of fair trade clothing, a huge selection of organic cotton. $$
  • Seamly.co: Body hugging basics with a focus on US manufacturing. They pioneered the Versalette one-piece! $
  • Elegantees*: Tight collection of dresses, tunics and tops that help fight sex trafficking in Nepal. $
  • Uniforme: A collection that takes its quality white shirt seriously. $$
  • Finisterre: Outdoorsy classic brand with an innovative approach to transparency. Awesome knitwear. W/M. $$
  • LA Relaxed: An alternative to American Apparel if you’re not down with whitewashing and sexualization. $
  • Style Saint: An ethical brand that packs a strong sex appeal punch. $-$$
  • Organic by John Patrick: A sustainable brand of airy classics that doesn’t ask either/or. It answers both/and with beauty and ethics. Green and global. $$
  • By Signe: Handmade sustainable Danish staples. ‘Oekotex’ is the lowest sustainability standard, with most fabrics GOTS certified organic. $$
  • Honest-Rosie: Blue-hued collection of 6 essentials that mix to make 30 outfits. Ethics: fair trade, sustainable, quality. $
  • Loomstate: Honest, fair trade basics. If they supply Chiptle’s tees, they’re onto something. $-$$
  • No Nasties: Organic, fair trade basics[plus, breezy dresses] from a progressive Indian label. W/M. $$
  • Beaumont Organic: British sensibilities, ethical pulse, year-round staples. $$

Shoes + Handbag Brands + Etc.

  • Nisolo*: Quality leather shoes and handbags with craft roots and accessible pricing. $$
  • Purse & Clutch*: Staple leather handbags& small collection of home goods sourced directly from Guatemalan and Ethiopian artisans. $$
  • Gunas*: Structural vegan handbags with edge. $$
  • Sseko*: Modern shoes and handbags that support Ugandan women. $
  • Borgeois Boheme: Luxury vegan footwear from a progressive ex-podiatrist. Check out the pinatex (pineapple leather)! $$-$$$
  • OFKT: Classic footwear made by hand from leather offcuts in a small Yorkshire factory. $$$
  • Brother Vellies: Artisan shoes and handbags with subtleties of the avant-garde. $$$
  • Matt & Nat: Vegan handbags with broad appeal and a vast selection. $$
  • Bhava: Comfort first approach to thoughtful design. LA style vibe. $$
  • Sydney Brown: Sculptural luxury shoes with a nod to Japanese aesthetics. $$$.
  • Cri De Coeur: High street shoe design with a vegan heartbeat. Use of recycled plastics and eco-PU that’s low-VOC. $$-$$$
  • Freedom of Animals: Bags with an edge for the vegan at heart. $$
  • Veja Sneakers: Eco-friendly shoes with a throwback vibe. $$
  • COCLICO: Classically beautiful sandals in sustainable leather, cork, and wood. $$
  • MAMAHUHU: Artisan quality shoes, bags, & more, without the ethnic look. $$
  • Melissa: Pioneering plastic shoes with an artists edge. $$
  • Deux Mains: Footwear brand known for sandals, slides and a goal to rebuild business in Haiti. $
  • Wylida of Norden: Luxury silk twill and chiffon scarves in elegant, yet dramatic prints.
  • VEGGANI: Vegan handbags with funky fur accents (PU >PVC, a better option for the environment). $$
  • Rok Cork: Modern accessories that will make the tree hugger in you rejoice (Cork > hide). $$
  • Ministry of Tomorrow: Minimalist, all black everything bags. The place to go for upscale briefcases and backpacks. $$$
  • Stone & Cloth: All-in-one travel bags with an education mission. $$
  • Beyond Skin: Go here for sexy, vegan heels that give Steve Madden a run for its money. $$
  • CAUSEGEAR: Bags for active urbanites, designed for justice. They pioneered 5X JOBS with 90% of profits benefiting crafters. W/M. $$

Jewelry Brands

  • Rebecca Mir Grady: Contemporary designs by a metalsmith dedicated to reclaimed materials and ethically sourced stones. $$$
  • Monique Pean:  A fine jewelry line that fuses sculpture and artful structure with sustainability. $$$$
  • K/LLER: Minimal cuts with sharp edges and a wild side. $$
  • Make Wilde: Statement-making raw gems inlaid in gold, silver and natural fabric. $$
  • WWAKE: Fine jewelry that challenges traditional conventions with finesse. $$$
  • SOKO: Affordable artisan jewelry. Use code SOKOLOVESKASI for 25% off. $

Activewear Brands

  • Alboni Fit: Couture activewear and leisure apparel in sets or separates.
  • Prana: Outdoor/yoga. My favorite alternative to Lululemon.
  • Threads for Thought: Yoga staples that give Lululemon a run for its money.
  • Cozy Orange: Diverse selection of urban inspired athleisure.
  • Alternative Apparel: Workout and hang out basics.
  • Yoga Democracy: Quality pants in standout prints hip pants.
  • Tasc: Modern performance wear that uses Oeko Tex 100 certified bamboo.
  • LVR: Fundamentals for any yogi wardrobe.
  • Patagonia: Classic outdoor and hiking attire.
  • Nau: A modern counter to Patagonia’s rugged edge.
  • Pact: Fundamental cotton basics.
  • All birds: Super cool training shoes made of lightweight wool.
  • Ecoalf: Future-focused jackets, knitwear and accessories spun from recycled trash into luxury.
  • Sundari: Curated collections made for movement and spun from breathable, organic cotton, Tencel, silk, and bamboo. If you dance, this Bali-based indie line is for you.
  • Teeki: Trendy yoga in bold cuts and patterns fit for wanderlusting out west.

Swimwear

  • BIKYNI: Good for basic, sporty styles.
  • Cocodune: Hyper sexy spin on classic styles.
  • Vitamin A: Artfully executed collabs with a cult following.
  • APRICOSS: Sport cut, classic one-pieces.
  • Giejo: Feminine, mix and match classics cut from sustainable or reclaimed textiles.

*see lingerie section for more

Curated Marketplaces

  • Bead & Reel*: A thoughtfully curated boutique of eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free styles.
  • Good Cloth*: Ethical e-commerce heaven. $$
  • Thread Harvest*: Aussie-based shop of ethical fashions and home goods for men and women. $$
  • Grove & Bay: A site devoted to affordable, sustainable brands for men and women. Nothing over $120. $-$$
  • MadeFair: An ethical shop that doesn’t smell like patchouli.
  • Lux & Eco: Necessities for conscious living, + a sweet wedding registry.
  • The Garmentory: The best collection of indie and emerging designers.
  • GALERIE.LA: Green as a bonus, not a focus. Go here if you’re into Dover Street Market. $$$
  • Founders & Followers: Fashion design and art in edgy harmony.
  • Modavanti: Cool girl brands with conscious badges of approval.
  • The Rising States: A funky shop that showcases the best ‘born and bred in the USA’ brands.
  • Ecohabitude: A marketplace to buy, sell, and discover socially conscious products.
  • Ethica: A smart curation of emerging ethical designers.
  • Indelust: A shopping destination for modern designs made with traditional handcraft from the Indian subcontinent.
  • Of A Kind: Platform for independent designers. Super original home goods and gifts too.
  • Yooxygen: The green side of powerhouse trend engine, Yoox.
  • Gather & See: A highly searchable collection of ethical brands with a neutral vibe.
  • New Classics: Basic colors in sharp cuts.
  • Kaight: This is the need/supply of ethical fashion.
  • Belinka: An edit with something for every style. Western, minimalist, boho – it’s all here. Good sales!
  • Aha Life: Marketplace for undiscovered designers.
  • Elborne: Uber hip collection fit for nights out or creative-type jobs
  • ASOS Eco Edit: The green side of searchable British retailer, ASOS.
  • Ethical Market : UK mainstay for gifts, home, health and beauty.
  • Ethical Collection London: Boutique of eclectic brands.
  • Rodales: Practical goods for a daily, healthy life. Apparel, home, garden, gifts.
  • Orange Harp: App
  • Ethical Box: Subscription

Lingerie + Sleepwear

  • Uye Surana: Indie lingerie with an ethereal style. They use mostly deadstock/reclaimed materials and manufacture in NY.
  • Azura Bay*: Boudoir style separates, plus swimwear. Mostly fair trade and handmade.
  • Base Range: Edgy styles that strike a balance between minimal, artful and natural.
  • Only Hearts: Basics from a maintain brand. Made in NY with local, deadstock + certified made in green textiles.
  • Naja*: Eco-conscious lingerie with a cheeky sense of humor, plus swimwear. Fair wages, fair trade, sustainable materials, digital printing.

Splurge Brands

  • Stella McCartney: Sleek silhouettes from the original pioneer of leather-free luxury.
  • Whit: Gallery girl getups.
  • Maiyet: A collection that spans from sexy to supple, with attention to handcrafted details.
  • Eileen Fisher: A green fashion mainstay turned sleek classicist. This brand will pleasantly surprise you.
  • Voz: Luxury artisan designs for the pattern un-shy.
  • Zero + Maria Cornejo: Uptown simplicity in sophisticated cuts and prints.
  • Rachel Comey: Artful textiles, modern silhouettes, shoes like sculptures.
  • Behno: Avante-garde light.
  • Brunello Cucinelli: If you like Italian luxury, you’ll never need Ferragamo again.
  • Daniel Silverstein: Zero waste. Edgy. Graphic. Made to order.
  • Reve En Vert: Marketplace for sustainable luxury.
  • TOME: Full silhouettes that capture the right mix of femininity and command.