ETHICAL FASHION BRANDS: THE ULTIMATE LIST
TAUKO is a sustainable nordic fashion house based in Helsinki, Finland, which is committed to creating timeless and ethical clothing for women who care about the environment. TAUKO believes in showing how recycled textiles can be turned into materials of beautiful, high-quality womenswear collections where there are no compromises in design or the ethical and ecological aspects of the production.
Ecoalf is a brand that uses the highest quality recycled fabrics to create a new generation of sustainable products. It was the first fashion brand in Spain to become B Corp, and has been renowned for its compromise to the people and the planet. B Corps inspire all businesses to compete not only to be the best in the world but to be the best for the world.
Birdsong's aim is to connect women, from maker to wearer. The London-based ethcial fashion brand finds the best makers from women's groups and brings them to you, with no sweatshops and no photoshop.
Antiform is a forward-thinking fashion company that is pushing the boundaries of sustainable and ethical design by using reclaimed materials and mixing fashion forward shapes with heritage craft. All of the materials and workmanship involved in the production of Antiform clothing is sourced within the UK, and local to their studio if possible.
People Tree are committed to being an example of transparency and ethics in every aspect of our business. This leading ethical brand, run by eco fashion activist Safia Minney, aims to supply customers with good quality products, with friendly and efficient service, empowering customers to participate in Fair Trade.
Bav Tailor’s eponymous womenswear brand is one built for the next ethically aware generation. Bev has united a team of modernistic creative from her multiple homelands with one common interest: to reconstruct the age-old techniques of tailoring with innovative cuts, eco-sustainable materials, and technology. The result is a collective fusion of sharp tailoring, geometrical forms and finest certified natural fabrics that represent the true hallmarks of Made in Italy and Sustainability.
Everlane spends months finding the best factories around the world and visit them often, building strong personal relationships with the owners. This hands-on approach is the most effective way to ensure a factory’s integrity. All products are made at ethical factories, from the finest materials, and sold without traditional retail markups.
From the fabrics they use, to how they design, make and deliver garments, Thought considers every impact of the business with the greater aim of minimising their environmental footprint. They’re also proud supporters of slow fashion, so only design clothing intended to last.
Reformation puts sustainability at the core of everything; their factory uses the most efficient, eco-friendly and pro-social technologies and practices, they invest in green building infrastructure to minimize waste, water, and energy footprints and also invest in the people who make this revolution possible.
Fast fashion is a systemic issue, so Zady has built a company that proves there is a better way, by making clothes that fit well, feel great, and pieces that inspire.
‘Process matters. Quality matters. Honesty matters.’
Elizabeth Suzann is a label born out of dislike for excess and desire for quality. Practicality, elegance, comfort and attention to detail are at the forefront of their philosophy. The brand cuts and sews all garments locally in a small Nashville design studio using only the highest quality, natural cloth. Quality cloth is significantly more durable, feels better against your skin, and gets softer with each wear.
Kowtow creates chic and stylish organic, fair trade clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment. The factory in Kolkata, India where Kowtow garments are made, sponsors projects such as Girls Education, Cow Shed, and Cow Donation programs in the farmers’ villages.
Fascinated by the conscious and subconscious states of mind, the anatomy of the human body and historical artistic groups, Rachel Mcmillan creates signature bespoke prints on contemporary urban silhouettes. Rachel believes in comfortable, contemporary and ethically sourced clothes that are accessible to everyone.
Seven Sisters is born from a love of art, learning, and sharing beautiful things. They are committed to supporting small, woman-owned businesses like our own, and predominantly carry lines by female designers and makers. Their goal is to bring customers timeless, high-quality items that are ethically and sustainably produced.
All YSTR clothes are ethically made by specialized artisans at DTLA headquarters using cut-to-order manufacturing technology. The brand honours the process of slow fashion in every aspect of our business takes the time to produce each style in quality from concept to finish.
Stella Jean produce internally and with a few small African producers, wax design motif textiles and to persevere and believe, despite the high cost of coherence, in the congruent and ethical research of the genuine local products that generate real profits to local communities.
Christopher Ræburn is one of the most exciting designer fashion businesses emerging from the current British fashion scene. Christopher’s pioneering work has brought sustainable design to a mainstream fashion audience embodying luxury with integrity.
Cloh is an exciting new clothing label, championing an alternative to modern throwaway society. We follow ethical production standards so the majority of the textiles we work with are 100% re-purposed and, naturally limited edition.
With outerwear as a core product, the brand focusses on tactile artisan practices with heavy textiles and industrial practices, Collaboration, artistic integrity, and experimentation are key pillars of Robert Newman’s ‘New Bedford’.
SEIN CLLN brings high quality, carefully obtained fabrics from hand selected, seasonal sources together with truly innovative and game changing production techniques. Dedicated to men’s contemporary fashion, the collections incorporate clean lines. Crisp silhouettes, and pared back designs that represent the modern, minimal lifestyle.
Nudie Jeans produce denim products made from 100% organic cotton, in socially responsible manufacturing facilities, and offer total supply chain transparency. If the jeans wear out, the brand offers a free repair service, and if no longer wanted, they’re recycled into exciting new products, or sold on as second-hand.
Arthur & Henry
Arthur and Henry produce beautiful men’s shirts made from organic and Fairtrade fabrics,, valuing the people who’ve had a hand in making them, from farmer to factory worker, weaver to dyer. All the brand’s packaging is made from recycled materials, and 1% of their turnover every year goes to charity
Brothers We Stand
The brand believes in celebrating the positive aspects of production without greenwashing, and so each item on the site has a footprint tab detailing its social and environmental impact. They list the use of pioneering ethical practices as well as the aspects of manufacture that could be further improved, providing a transparent window onto the supply chain of the products you buy.
Greenfibres has been making and selling organic textiles since 1996. They take a thoughtful approach to all aspects of the product manufacturing and trading experience, helping to grow the organic textile market for 15 years and are confident that green solutions will build a brighter, more just, future.
Patagonia is an outdoor clothing brand whose mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
Born over a decade ago from the needs of hardy British surfers, Finisterre designs functional and sustainable product for those that share a love of the sea.
The brand is committed to making informed decisions about their impact on the environment and is constantly trying to push boundaries to make the best possible product.
Komodo has been a pioneer brand, promoting the use and development of Organic Cotton, Hemp, Bamboo, Tencel and other natural fibres since the early 90s. Equally important was the welfare of the suppliers and people who work in the small factory units that make Komodo's clothes, and they still visit the factories for at least 2 months+ each year to ensure that any problems are solved together.
Oh Hello Vintage is the latest lifestyle store joining Dundee's burgeoning downtown. The Brainchild of Award Winning Scottish Blogger Honey Pop Kisses, the store is an amalgamation of all the independent brands and eras she loves.
Beyond Retro began in 2002 as a single warehouse-turned-retail store in East London, stocked with an eclectic range of vintage sourced from around the globe. Their vast vintage collection is sourced globally, handpicking the best vintage and second-hand pieces for our customer.
‘A great wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it does need to be Hunted down.’
Hunted Vintage ‘does the hunting for you, curating on-trend, one-off vintage clothing without the painful price tag.
Over the past three decades, Rokit has recycled over a million tonnes of discarded clothing and accessories to become the highly regarded regular haunt for style savvy Londoners with a worldwide online audience.
Vintage and second-hand designer goods, with over 4,000 international brands, discover luxury labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, Céline, Isabel Marant, Sandro, Maje, Acne Studios and more, from rare vintage finds to classic and contemporary pre-loved must-haves.
ASOS Marketplace is home to the hottest new brands and vintage boutiques from around the world. Here you’ll find the best independent designs alongside quality sourced vintage from hundreds of sellers.
Blue Rinse is the No1 vintage shop in the UK providing all your vintage clothing needs, with branded, re-made, and vintage classics. Their Remade in England range lovingly reworks one off vintage pieces. Vintage clothing is given a new style, turning shirts into dresses, pinafores and bags.
Glasgow based SÒLAS create sleepwear combining contemporary shapes and custom prints using high-quality, drawing inspiration from the natural environment of Scotland and nostalgic childhood memories, the brand has a focus on minimal design, comfort and modern luxury.
Each year, two billion pairs of tights are produced, worn a few times and then discarded, plus nylon yarn, which is currently used to produce most modern pantyhose, is created from an environmentally harmful petroleum-based manufacturing process that is not only bad for the planet but also produces pantyhose that don’t last. These harmful practices in the fashion industry are all too common. we believe the world needs more innovative and environmentally conscious products to lead the way, and so Swedish Stockings was launched. A forerunner in sustainably produced nylon tights and socks, Swedish Stockings produce beautiful pantyhose from recycled yarn. our factories engage in sustainable practices including the use of environmentally friendly dyes, post-dyeing water treatment and the use of solar power for much of the energy needed in the manufacturing process.
The company was formally founded in 1983. Cosabella (Italian for “beautiful thing”) External economic issues made it appear as though Cosabella would have to sacrifice Italian-made products in order to remain cost effective, but the Campello’s embraced the challenges. Manufacturing was done solely in Italy both for the creation of garments as well as a unique color-dyeing ability that would become one Cosabella’s trademark features. To date, Cosabella has created beautiful lace garments in nearly 200 vibrant hues, alongside initiating several ongoing philanthropic projects, namely supporting Breast Cancer charities.
Pact is committed to organic cotton to minimize their impact on the environment and improve the conditions and quality of life for the people who make their clothing. PACT ORGANIC unites the collective vision of organic cotton farming, responsible manufacturing, sustainable and ethical certifications, and values-based shopping. The brand believes that organic cotton is the foundation for addressing labor and environmental challenges that surround clothing. All Pact underwear and clothing is manufactured in safe facilities and is always sweatshop-free and child-labor-free.
Organic Basics was started in 2015 in Copenhagen, by four Danish friends. The brand’s goal is to minimize the impact our fabrics have on the environment, the factory workers, and on the human body; so they put sustainability at the heart of everything they do, both environmentally and socio-economically.
Baserange is a line of sustainable underwear and loungewear. The collection favors a philosophy of creating clean, easy and accessible garments that exist somewhere between modern culture and the natural world. The focus is on working with high quality, organic fabrics in innovative ways that benefits both producer and consumer while minimizing environmental impact. Modern basics in easy soft silhouettes made to emphasize natural beauty and be forever wearable. Baserange is based in Denmark, founded in 2012.
Debuting in 2008, the Only Hearts Organic underwear line is currently one of the brand’s most popular. Attracting fashionistas and the environmentally conscious alike, Only Hearts Organic merges the founder’s commitment to sustainability with the flirty sophistication of the label’s aesthetic.The line is produced in accordance with the standards put forth by the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Stardard), IMO (Institute for Marketecology), and the ETAD (Ecological and Toxical Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers). These standards for organic textiles cover the production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, inspection, exportation, importation and distribution of all natural fibers
Anekdot craft sustainable underwear & swimwear. using upcycle smaterials from the luxury fashion industry and its many leftovers, turning them into limited edition designs that rediscover individuality. Led by Swedish fashion designer Sofie Andersson, each creation is designed & handmade in Berlin or Sweden. The brand has an endlessly covetable aesthetic that captures Scandinavian chic and minimalism, while reducing textile waste and fighting against mass production and monotonous style.
Mischke Lingerie was founded in 2014 by Edinburgh born designer, Hazel Lethaby. Hazel has a passion for making small and beautiful things and firmly believes that the Devil is in the detail. The delicate pieces are each handcrafted in small batches, and utilize artisanal techniques, eco-friendly dying and printing methods and vintage textiles.
ACCESSORIES / SHOES / JEWELLERY
Po-Zu, a Birtish footwear brand now directed by People Tree founder and ethical fashion activist Safia Minney, create ‘shoes with a good sole’. All their materials come from naturally renewable sources and are responsibly harvested. They contain no pesticides, bleaches or toxic dyes and are locally sourced wherever possible. Po-Zu also use only organic cotton in our shoes and all our leather is chromium-free.
Founded in 2004, The Veja project creates a supply chain that respects both humans and the environment. Veja’s values include Transparency, Organic Materials and Fair Trade Sourcing, creating trainers/sneakers that are sustainable but do not sacrifice style. The brand works directly with small Brazilian producers, who are organized into cooperatives of organic cotton and wild rubber from the Amazon.
GIDEON Shoes is a social enterprise operated by the Ted Noffs Foundation to fund its projects and provide more resources for the community. One of these projects is the Street University: an educational facility based in South West Sydney that empowers disadvantaged youth through early intervention education, mentoring, narrative therapy and public health tools. All shoes are made in Australia under fair working conditions.
For Etiko, the payment of fair prices and development premiums is fundamental to achieving labour rights in garment, footwear and sports ball production. Continuing to pursue low prices and concentrating value extraction at the brand end of supply chains won’t deliver labour rights and poverty reduction. Etiko is a pioneer of organic and fairtrade fashion All clothing and footwear are made with cotton which is certified both organic (GOTS) and fairtrade (FLO). The rubber used in footwear is a blend of FSC certified rubber as well as other recycled materials.
Each pair of Mamahuhu is beautifully handcrafted by artisans with Colombian leather. The designs are inspired by unique elements from different cultures during the founders’ travels around the world.Mamahuhu helps unemployed artisans to become sustainable business owners, and job creators. A business model deeply rooted in helping communities socially thrive on their own merits, work pride and sense of accomplishment.
Inkkas is committed to fair trade and strive to develop transparent partnerships withproducers based on respect, fairness and equity. This provides the producers with a fair price, ensures a safe working environment and a commitment to environmentally sustained production. Through this approach they support disadvantaged communities in marginalised areas by providing a bridge to the global market and a means to maintain traditional artisan skills.
The Root Collective
The Root Collective is bucking the trends of mass production by focusing on handcrafted quality where the impact on the lives of our makers, and the role of your purchases in that, is the focus. People who work in manufacturing for fashion often come from impoverished communities and do not have many opportunities for work. The jobs are typically low paying and people work in poor conditions. The Root Collective’s passion is to change that. They believe that people should be treated fairly and with kindness, and believe that the right job can change lives and empower communities.
All Nisolo producers receive, at a minimum, far beyond fair trade wages, excellent healthcare, and a healthy working environment. The brand works closely with small, independent artisans to help grow their businesses and production capabilities in Mexico and Kenya, offering both finacial support and mentoring. With no middle men, Nisolo offers a fair price for both producers and consumers, and prioritises high quality.
Z Shoes is founded upon the principles of human dignity and environmental sustainability. Z Shoes are made from 100% organic, fair trade sustainably-harvested cotton from the Solo y San Miguel regions of Peru. Every Z Shoe starts with a comfortable sole made from 100% organic, fair trade, sustainably-harvested Amazonian Sharinga rubber, and all coloured shoes are produced using totally natural plant dyes.
Matt & Nat
From the start, Matt & Nat has been committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs. Each season, they continue to explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. Over the years, they’ve been experimenting with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork, and been committed to using linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Fjallraven is proud to be able to offer our customers timeless, durable and functional outdoor clothing and equipment, creating products that last longer and are better for the environment than trendy items that only last one season. They are constantly striving to improve processes, select suitable raw materials and decrease our consumption of water, energy and chemicals.
Wyatt and Jack
All of Wyatt and Jack’s recycled bags are made entirely from upcycled deck chair canvas and repurposed bouncy castle and discarded brach inflatable PVC, each one lovingly handcrafted in Britain.
With no physical stores and no complex supply chain, Nu Blvck is simply passionate about changing the world of fashion and doing so with the best artisan producers. Their approach brings the artisans closer to our customers, reduces waste in the supply chain and allows for more ethical, transparent trade. Each piece is truly limited edition and completely handmade to order.
Every Pura Vida Bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans in Costa Rica. The commitment to their craft is conveyed through the quality of their work. The artisan’s dedication to the “pura vida” way of life is demonstrated in the seemingly endless colour combinations and innovative styles. The brand has donated over million to charities including those dedicated to rescuing sea creatures and protecting the habitats and biodiversity of our oceans.
Paperchain Jewellery, a brand creating beautiful handmade paper-based jewellery in Uganda, exists to support charities that work with street children, improving their prospects in life. One of the projects that they support is Dwelling Places, a Ugandan founded and run organisation that rescues, rehabilitates, reconciles and resettles children from the streets.
Each unique piece in the Made collection is hand crafted by highly skilled, dedicated artisans. Traditional craftsmanship is infused into all products, echoing the love and skill of the hands that made it. Using techniques handed down through the generations, Made jewellery not only looks great but also tells a story of lives changed through safe, sustainable employment, training and education.
TOMS is a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs.
Studio Five is a fashion and textile brand based in Glasgow that prides itself on unique, stylish and sustainable fashion and interiors. They draw inspiration from the natural world and combine illustrations, photography, and collage to create a collection of unisex, organic cotton tees, one-off, hand made tees and hand rolled scarves.
Handmade in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco, Brother Vellies creates boots, shoes and sandals in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts. At the Brother Vellies workshops, a small group of men and women assemble a few dozen pairs of shoes a day by hand, using techniques refined over multiple generations. The workshop was established in 1963 and is an open space that welcomes artisans of all genders, sexual orientation, backgrounds and trib