Shop Ethical

ethical fashion brand list
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When it comes to ethical shopping, I almost always recommend thrifting first and buying less overall. But for the times when you really do need something and you’re having a hard time finding it at your local charity shop, it’s helpful to have a list of ethical brands to refer to. That’s what I’ve compiled here: some of my favorite brands that prioritize sustainable sourcing and responsible manufacturing.

It’s worth noting that “ethical fashion” is a pretty vague term and means a lot of different things to different people. I don’t claim that the brands listed here are perfect, and the people behind them would usually be the first to admit all the ways in which there’s room for improvement. Still, these are some I feel good recommending. Feel free to bookmark this page or check back in later, as I’ll be updating it with more brands in the future. Happy voting with your dollar!

SHOES and BAGS

Brother Vellies
Africa-inspired designer sandals and boots (men’s, women’s and kids’)

Duluth Pack
Hardy backpacks and outdoor gear (men’s and women’s)

Huma Blanco
Handmade leather shoes and bags (women’s)

Inkkas
Colorful sneakers made with South American textiles, plus boots and other shoes (men’s and women’s)

Mamahuhu
Classic leather shoes (men’s and women’s)

Mou
Cozy fur and shearling-lined boots

Nisolo
Classic leather shoes (men’s and women’s)

Oliberte
Rugged leather shoes and boots (men’s, women’s and kids’)

Sseko Designs
Classic leather-based shoes, bags and accessories (women’s)

Sydney Brown
Vegan and sustainably sourced flats, heels, boots and sneakers (women’s and men’s)

The Root Collective
Leather and textile-based shoes and leather accessories (women’s)

Veja
Minimalist designer sneaks (men’s, women’s and kids’)

 

JEWELRY

Akola Project
Elegant jewelry (women’s)

John Hardy
Luxury jewelry with Balinese influences (men’s and women’s)

TARA
Buildable luxury jewelry (women’s)

31 Bits
Colorful beaded jewelry (women’s)

 

APPAREL

Aday
Modern clothing for an active lifestyle (women’s)

Alternative Apparel
Soft, casual and timeless basics in eco-friendly fabrics (men’s and women’s)

Aoui
Separates for the office and going out (women’s)

Apolis
Workwear-inspired apparel and outerwear (men’s)

Backbeat Rags
Simple, casual tomboy chic staples in rich colors (women’s)

Beloforte
Athleisure and activewear (women’s)

Edun
Designer ready-to-wear (men’s and women’s)

Everlane
Classic basics from sweatshirts to silk button-ups (men’s, women’s and kids’)

Everybody
Unisex basics featuring unique collaborations (men’s and women’s)

Good Apparel
Fashion forward, form-fitting separates (women’s)

Gustin
Jeans, casual button-ups and accessories (men’s)

Krochet Kids
Knitted accessories and apparel (men’s and women’s)

Mara Hoffman
Femme designer separates known for vibrant color (women’s)

Noble Denim
Denim, primarily jeans (men’s)

Nudie Jeans
Casual apparel, especially designer jeans (men’s, women’s and kids’)

Öhlin/D
Quirky designer separates (women’s)

Olivia Wendel
Painterly sillk and wool scarves (women’s)

Patagonia
Outdoor apparel and gear (men’s, women’s and kids’)

People Tree
Designer apparel, jewelry and accessories (men’s and women’s)

Raven & Lily
Modern boho-leaning minimalist ready-to-wear and accessories (women’s)

Reformation
Hip designer apparel (women’s)

Siizu
Cashmere and silk tops and dresses (women’s)

The Summer House
Loose-fitting blouses, dresses, pants, sleepwear and home goods (women’s)

Uniform
Wardrobe basics like t-shirts, bombers, dresses and jumpsuits (men’s and women’s)

Victor Athletics
Sporty basics like sweatpants and hoodies (men’s and women’s)

Winsome Goods
Tops, pants and jumpsuits in limited-edition runs (women’s)

1×1
Dresses, shirts and sweaters (women’s and men’s)

 

UNDERWEAR

Daydream Nation LA
Lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear (women’s)

Lonely Lingerie
Made-to-be-seen underthings (women’s)

Thinx
Period-proof underwear (women’s)

 

BOUTIQUES

Accompany
Boho-leaning apparel, shoes and accessories (women’s)

Ethica
Apparel, shoes, accessories and beauty (women’s)

Fashionkind
Luxury separates (women’s)

Galerie LA
Well-curated designer separates (women’s)

Remedy Road
Apparel and home goods with an emphasis on social enterprise (women’s and men’s)

 

*Note: I included gender designations because I think the customary categories are familiar enough that they can be an aid in finding what you’re looking for. Use them as a guide to help you find the perfect fit, not as a suggestion about who’s allowed to wear what.

Don’t see your favorite brand here? Let me know what I missed in the comments.