What kind of clothes do you picture when you hear the words ethical fashion? For me, I often think neutral colors in classic or oversized silhouettes. Let’s be clear, I love neutrals (half of my closet is black) and I also appreciate classic and forgiving styles, however sometimes I just want something different — a unique print, an interesting silhouette, a colorful dress–a piece that reflects my personality. That’s where these ethical fashion brands come in.
These five brands are doing things a bit different, even in the ethical fashion world, and that’s extra exciting to me. It reminds me that ethical fashion has come a long way in recent years, becoming more inclusive and therefore giving consumers even more choices. If you’re looking for a unique piece to revitalize your wardrobe, start here.
Made with sustainable fabrics and practices, Kirren Finch makes beautiful menswear inspired clothes for women. 100% of their clothing is produced in New York which means they can keep a close eye on quality and ensure workers are being paid fairly and working in safe conditions. At Kirren Finch, giving back to the LGBTQ community and empowering women is central to the core of their company.
Founded by Kori Jock, La Vie en Orange makes fun (and custom made!) underwear from recycled t-shirts and unbleached elastic. Kori studied fashion design in college but couldn’t reconcile her love of the art with the consumerism wrapped up in it all. After working in the non-profit world, she decided to marry her two passions — enter La Vie en Orange.
Mayamiko is an ethical and sustainable woman’s wear and lifestyle brand, producing clothes, accessories and homeware, lovingly made in Malawi by a team of tailors, pattern cutters and seamstresses. their collections are cross-seasonal and are inspired by African artisanal traditions and prints, with ethical trading and sustainability at the core.
Samantha Pleet was founded in 2007 in Brooklyn NY after graduating from Pratt Institute. Samantha makes the patterns and designs each collections out of her solar powered townhouse in Brooklyn. The garments are produced at a women owned factory in NYC as well as fair trade factories in India and China. Their new line of shoes are produced at a small fair trade women owned factory in China and the leathers are sustainably sourced in Italy. Their pieces are meant to be treasured and handed down with love to friends and family in the years to come.
TAMGA Designs is a sustainable lifestyle movement, born out of the need for a positive example in fashion. They believe in a bright future for style, people and the planet, so we create clothing that respects all three. TAMGA is endlessly inspired by travel, textiles and most of all – color. They design every garment to be a free-flowing statement of art, creativity and the inner free spirit.
Did I miss your favorite brand? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always on the hunt for more ethical fashion companies!
Top Photo: Samantha Pleet