SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL FASHION BRANDS: TOP 10
One of the biggest topics we are hearing about in the fashion world isn’t what the next seasonal color will be but the concept of #sustainablefashion and #ethicalclothing. Big box retailers like Nordstroms is starting to follow in the footsteps of smaller eco brands that have been paving the way by highlighting sustainable brands on their website.
Sustainability is not a trend but should be a fundamental part of every fashion business. It is only gaining traction and more people will be demanding it from their brands. It takes a lot of research and dedication but so many great brands are making a difference already.
If you are a new brand starting out it is extremely important that you build this concept into your business model. If you are an already established brand there are a lot of small steps you can take to make a big difference. At THE EDIT ADVISORY we can help you build this into your business model and help you find sustainable and ethical manufacturers and eco fabrics.
Here is a list of my top 10 favorite sustainable and ethical brands right now. It was hard list to edit down since there are so many great brands and I'm learning about new ones everyday. It's an exciting time for this initiative and I want to spread the word. Do you have a favorite sustainable brand? Please list them in the comments section below.
List in alphabetical order:
ABLE is a lifestyle brand that is challenging the culture of the fashion industry by creating transformative opportunities for women. They are dedicated to making the workplace better for all women by leading with wages and benefits, equality, and safety in fashion. They are one of the only companies that publish their wages publically.
ACE & JIG values consist of No Waste, Slow Fashion, Lifecycle Extension, Ecology, Giving Back and Community. They create timeless and effortless clothing that can be worn in many ways, for many years.
ALANA ATHLETICA is the world's first social impact activewear brand and makes premium quality activewear with a mission to impact the lives of courageous women in Sri Lanka who have survived abuse. Their focus to global progress includes to EDUCATE, EMPLOY AND EMPOWER. With every purchase, you support women in Sri Lanka across one (or more) of these three socioeconomic causes. #MOVEWITHIMAPCT
CIENNE vision exists at the intersection of creativity, culture, and connection. Their mission is to build a modern fashion brand, within which aesthetics and ethics co-exist based on empowering people, producing responsibly and elevating & preserving craftsmanship. Each new collection made in NYC, builds upon a foundation of refined shapes, considered details, and artisanal materials designed to maintain relevance over time.
ESBY promotes slow fashion to drive its ethical and sustainable practices. The brand, in Austin, Texas focuses on simplistic designs made from the highest quality all natural fabrics that are sourced globally and produced in the US. They use low impact dyes on their garments from a LA dye house that is powered by solar energy.
EVERLANE believes we can all make a difference. They offer clothing and accessories for both women and men and value exceptional quality, work only with ethical factories and believe in radical transparency. They source the finest materials and factories to produce timeless pieces that are meant to last.
Based in Copenhagen, GANNI is taking a leap to being more sustainable and ethical in their practices and are striving to do better everyday. Part of their efforts is sustainability in their product and production. Look for things like biodegradable rainwear, recycled swimwear, a collaboration with the first-ever sustainable hosiery brand (Swedish Stockings), and a push to use more recycled polyester and recycled polyamide.
MIRANDA BENNETT STUDIOS
MIRANDA BENNETT STUDIOS is a collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel made in the US. They naturally dye their textiles and cut, process and ship their apparel from their Austin, Texas studio. They manufacture their apparel exclusively with Open Arms, an Austin based sustainable apparel manufacturer empowering refugees through fair-wage employment.
NINETY PERCENT is a sustainable contemporary womenswear label including well-cut organic cotton sweats, detail-driven jersey staples and beautifully crafted knits from organic merino. They share 90% of their distributed profits between charitable causes and those who make their collection happen. Customers are invited to vote for 4 different causes using the unique code found on the garment's care label. Join the #DressBetter movement.
ORGANIC BASICS is a consciously made underwear, essentials and activewear brand. They reduce their impact by only working with trusted, certified factory partners that have the same sustainable vision and that will follow it through by continuously reducing their environmental footprint. They handpick every single fabric and only use natural, renewable, recycled, biodegradable and or low-impact textiles.