While there is no perfect “ethical” retailer, I wanted to start keeping a list–for myself more than anyone–of some of the more thoughtful sources for shopping. These places reflect my personal tastes, but if you’re looking for a more varied lists, check out round-ups from Style Bee, Seasons + Salt, and Crossing Cues.
* = Budget-friendly options.
Amour Vert – Made in USA and eco-friendly, feminine clothing
Asos Eco Edit* – Trendy, usually affordable pieces denoted by lower environmental impact, like organic cotton or recycled materials
Black Crane – Fashion-forward and comfortable pieces, made in LA.
Brass – High-quality basics with responsibly factories and great transparency.
Bridge & Burn – Lots of made in USA (but not all, so be careful).
Calder Blake – Simple, cool-girl basics made in USA with natural fabrics. Think vintage-fit tees.
Corinne Collection – Mix-and-matchable capsule staples, made in LA.
Cuyana – Silk, crisp blouses, and cozy sweaters, made responsibly. Check out their accessories, too.
Deadwood – A great source for leather jackets, made from mostly recycled materials–size up!
DSTLD – Sweatshop-free and eco-friendly demin.
Eileen Fisher – Sophisticated basics, think luxury lounge and workwear. Many pieces produced with eco-friendly efforts.
Elizabeth Suzann – Relaxed, body-friendly, one-of-a-kind pieces. Made to order in Nashville.
Emerson Fry – A small and chic made-to-order collection. Made in NY. Think cigarette pants and sharp blazers.
Esby – Basics on the trendier side in gorgeous shades. Made in Austin.
Everlane* – The first place I look when I’m shopping for a particular item. Tees, sweaters, denim, shoes, and outerwear, all at an incredible price point for the quality. Transparent factories and eco-friendly efforts.
Goodwin – Pennyweight’s Elise Joseph owns this shop, which is gorgeously curated with artisan goods and clothing. A great source of inspiration, even if you aren’t buying.
Grana* – Similar to Everlane’s model of transparency and cutting out the middle-man, but with more color offerings. Great silk. Responsibly factories.
H&M Conscious* – Their Tencel pieces are actually really soft and lovely, although everything in this line deserves a little extra scrutiny for long-term quality.
Hackwith Design House – Pretty and unique, clean investment pieces, made in Minnesota.
Jamie + the Jones – The prettiest raw silk and nubby sweaters. Made in Nashville.
Levi’s WaterLess* – Levi’s remain my go-to source for jeans (I love their 99% cotton wedgie jeans), and they occasionally have great fits available with made in USA denim and in their water-saving line, WaterLess.
Loup – Darling trend pieces, like overalls and sparkly tops, made in USA.
Rachel Comey – Fashion girl favorite with the coolest everything. Made in USA.
Reformation – Cool trend pieces and bridesmaid-type dresses made from deadstock fabrics.
Reifhaus – Cool independent designer with iconic jumpsuits. Made in USA.
Steven Alan – Crisp classics, many made in USA.
Tradlands – A good source for beautiful investment button-downs–but don’t wait, because sizes sell out fast.
Vetta* – The cleverest capsule collections designed with versatility in mind. Made in USA, with many sustainably produced pieces.
VINTAGE + HANDMADE
SHOES + ACCESSORIES
Huckberry (many made in USA options)
Todd Snyder (some made in USA, Italy, and Canada styles)
American Apparel – Get ‘em while you still can! Women’s bikinis + one-pieces, made in USA. ($50 and under)
Andie – Try-before-you-buy classic one-pieces for women, by women. Made in LA. ($100)
Bather Trunk Co. – Men’s trunks in cool prints, made in Cananda. ($78)
Bikyni – Mix-and-matchable women’s swimwear in flattering cuts, mostly solids. Made in LA. ($50-100)
Everlane – Men’s classic swim short, responsibly made. ($32-45)
Grana – Women’s and Men’s solid swimwear, made responsibly. ($60 and under)
Faherty – Beach-y print swimwear for men and women, made in USA. ($90-170)
Finisterre – Men’s swim shorts, eco-friendly + made in Portugal ($100ish)
Kore Swim – Modern suits–think on-trend cutouts and color blocking–for women, made in CA. ($100-250)
Lonely – Lingerie-like women’s suits, made responsibly. ($80-170)
Mara Hoffman – Bright colors and prints for women. ($100-350)
Patagonia – Men’s, women’s, and kids’ swimwear in bright shades and patterns, eco-friendly + Fair Trade. ($40-130)
Summersalt – Try-before-you-buy one-pieces and separates for women, sustainably made. ($95 and under)
Tavik – Mix and match solid pieces for women, made in CA. ($60-120)
United By Blue – Men’s + Women’s board shorts in bold colors, sustainably made. ($55-70)
Are you shopping for a specific piece? I started a series on ethical alternatives.
Some of these retailers are highlighted in more detail in this series.