Here is a list of my top ten favorite brands in ethical and sustainable fashion. There are plenty more brands that are doing amazing things in this industry, but for now please enjoy my (ever changing) list of favorites!
The mission: “Wear Change. Ignite Hope.”
This mission is accomplished when you purchase beautiful jewelry from this company who employs inner city youth in Phoenix to help them go to college.
The SHINE Project was founded by Ashley Lemieux right after she started her scholarship fund to help inner-city high school students receive college scholarships. She realized that students didn’t just need college paid for, they needed jobs that would teach them tangible skills and help them achieve their dreams.
The jewelry: Beautiful and inspiring! This jewelry is incredible for gift giving. I received my first bracelet as a gift, and absolutely love it.
Threads 4 Thought | $$
Men and Women's clothing.
The mission: “By purchasing a Threads 4 Thought product, you are voting for products that help to improve our planet & move the fashion industry towards a healthier future for us all.” Threads 4 Thought is sustainable, fair trade, and proudly displays photos of each factory they work with overseas.
The clothing: With casual looks you’ll love, Threads 4 Thought is one of my favorite fair trade brands! Great for workout clothes as well as casual, laid-back styles.
FASHIONABLE | $$
Women's leather bags & jewelry.
The mission: “1. We design & make beautiful quality products. 2. Your purchase creates jobs for women around the world. 3. Wear, share, and feel great about your decision.”
The products: FASHIONABLE creates beautiful leather bags of all sizes. Their jewelry is perfect for staple pieces, and are elegantly simple. The products are high-quality and well worth the price.
*Get $10 off your first purchase when you sign up for their e-mail list!
The Giving Keys | $$
Men and Women's jewelry.
The mission: Their goal is to “inspire the world to pay it forward”. They do this by selling necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are both fashionable and meaningful.
The jewelry: You can choose a word of encouragement to be engraved into your key such as love, brave, believe, dream, fearless, faith, hope, strength, etc..” The idea is to wear the necklace, then pass it on to someone who you feel needs it more than you do. I received my “Brave” necklace as a gift from my Mom at Christmas, and it was one of the most meaningful gifts I received!
Elegantees | $$
The mission: Elegantees designers are in the heart of the fashion industry: New York City. Their clothing however, is made by artisan seamstresses in Nepal. Their goal is to keep women out of the rampant sex slave trade in Nepal by providing them with jobs and fair living wages so that they can support their families.
The clothing: Elegant and flirty tees, tunics, and dresses.
*Free shipping and returns to the US!
prAna | $$
Men and Women's clothing. Based in Carlsbad, California.
The mission: “We seek out materials from sustainable sources. Our people are treated fairly. The processes we use improve our industry”.
The clothing: The company is a favorite for yogis around the world, but they offer stylish pieces across the board for both active and leisure wear. They also sell jewelry, dresses and swimsuits! Their jeans have great reviews as well.
*Sign up for their e-mail list and receive 10% off your first purchase!
Everlane | $
Men and Women's clothing & shoes..
The mission: “Radical Transparency.”
“Know your factories. Know your costs. Always ask why.”
Everlane displays a chart for each clothing item that breaks down exactly how much an item costs to make. I love this feauture so that I know exactly how much Everlane is profiting and how much the seamstress who made the item was paid.
The clothing: Elegant & classy! Great for staple pieces or the working professional, Everlane is popular in the UK for a reason and are very affordable.
*My favorite part about Everlane is their “Choose what you pay” section. Rather than putting an item on sale, you get to choose what you pay, and can clearly see what each price point provides the company with. Check out the section for yourself to see what I mean!
Patagonia | $$$
Men and Women's clothing.
The mission: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis”.
Patagonia dedicates at least 1% of their sales to environmental groups across the globe, and attempts to reduce their carbon footprint wherever possible. They carry many fair-trade certified lines, including their swim line!
The clothing: Mostly active wear, great for the outdoor adventurer. These pieces will last a lifetime. Patagonia also carries jeans, dresses, and casual wear.
Noonday | $$
Women's jewelry & accessories.
The mission: Noonday is committed to social responsibility while selling artisan-made jewelry from across the globe. They are partnered with 28 artisan businesses in 12 different countries. They also offer employment opportunities to women in the U.S. who can become a Noonday ambassador and host Trunk Shows.
The jewelry: Unique and fun with a bit of tribal flare, Noonday’s pieces are sure to make a statement.
*Noonday allows families to host a trunk show who are trying to raise money to adopt! They will donate 10% of sales at adoption trunk shows to help families bring their children home.
People Tree | $$$
Men and Women's clothes.
The mission: “People Tree aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout our supply chain. People Tree purchases Fair Trade products from marginalised producer groups in the developing world. We guarantee the majority of all our purchasing is Fair Trade and is committed to the World Fair Trade Organization Fair Trade standards”. http://www.peopletree.co.uk/about-us/mission
The clothing: Great for both basics and trendy pieces, People Tree is the most popular ethical and sustainable fashion e-tailer there is! They have both women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, yoga wear, and nightwear!
*Emma Watson is a longtime fan of People Tree, and even launched a collaboration line with them back in 2011. I mean come on... who doesn't love Emma Watson?
I hope you've enjoyed browsing through my current favorites in the ethical fashion world! Have an ethical and sustainable fashion brand you love? Please share in the comments below!