You’ve KonMari’d your closet and are now ready to invest in some new wardrobe pieces you love. However, you’re faced with a dilemma, the ethical fashionista’s Catch-22: you want to buy beautiful, sustainable clothes but you also don’t want to spend your whole paycheck on them. Often the choice seems to be between budget-conscious and trendy fast fashion or high-quality and expensive luxury brands.
Luckily there are more and more independent brands delivering well-made, stylish, sustainable clothes at an affordable price point. Even cooler? A lot of these brands have social and cultural missions that support women-run businesses, local artists and a transparent business model. You can feel good about where you beautiful clothes are coming from – and look good at the same time.
Some of our current favorite independent, sustainable brands are:
Photo Courtesy of Everlane.
Minimalist, cool girl clothes and “radical transparency” in manufacturing have made online boutique Everlane a leader in ethical fashion. In addition to classic staples like their Petra bags and perfect cotton tshirts, they keep the clothes fresh and current with capsule collections launching a few times a year.
Photo Courtesy of Cuyana.
With a tag line of “fewer, better things,” Cuyana aims to create special items for your wardrobe by focusing on enduring style, not passing fashion. The brand names mean “to love” in Quechua because they want you to love everything in your closet. That would be easy if our closets had their oversized Alpaca sweater and classic trench!
Photo Courtesy of A Boy Named Sue.
Fed up with the “dirty business of fashion,” friends Sam and Tania decided to create an e-commerce destination proved there were “cool clothes with a conscious.” The site features items from global independent designers, like this architectural skirt from UK designer Partimi and this embroidered silk top from Spanish designer Isabell de Hillerin.
Kalaki Riot is also dedicated to sustainable fashion. Our jewelry is all made with the ethos of look good, feel good, do good. To learn more about our process, visit our About page. To add some new pieces to your collection, check out our latest collection here.
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