Where to shop

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 BeeSeasons + Salt, and Crossing Cues.

* = Budget-friendly options.

FAVORITES

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

Baserange (also here + here) – Great luxury basics and underwear made sustainably and with eco-friendly dyes.  Lots of organic cotton.

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.

LACAUSA – LA-cool style, made ethically in LA.

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.

SECONDHAND

eBay*

Linda’s Stuff

Poshmark*

The Real Real*

ThredUp*

Tradesy*

OTHER CLOTHING

Ali Golden

Bella + Canvas

Betina Lou

Closed

Dagg & Stacey

Emlee

Ethica

Fame & Partners

Filippa K

Fine Life Co.*

First Rite

Go Gently Clothing

Groceries

Grove & Bay

Jane Sews*

Jesse Kamm

Kule

Lauren Winter

Heidi Merrick

In God We Trust

Industry of All Nations

Industry Standard

Ministry

Miranda Bennett

Mott & Bow

New Classics

Ode to Sunday

Olive

Our Second Nature*

Mara Hoffman

People Tree (also here)

Preservation

Sisters of Nature

Sonnet James

Staud

Style Saint

Taylor Stitch

Two Fold

Uniform*

United by Blue

Universal Standard

Urban Renewal*

Ursa Minor

Vanishing Elephant

The White Label*

Wilson & Willy’s

Yooxygen

Zady

Zara Join Life*

VINTAGE + HANDMADE

Millay Vintage

OffOn

Oiseau Vintage*

Persephone Vintage

Preservation

Not Perfect Linen

Revival Vintage

Sevilla Smith

Twig & Spoke Vintage

Vaux Vintage*

SHOES + ACCESSORIES

Beklina

Birkenstock

Buddy

By Far

Cambridge Satchel Company

Cuyana

Ethica

Ethletic

Everlane*

Inkkas

Leatherhood

Marais USA

Matt & Nat

Nisolo

Oliberte

Osborn

The Palatines

Proud Mary

Purible

Sawa

Sisters of Nature

St. Agni

Swedish Hasbeens

Taylor Stitch

Ten & Co.

Veja (also here)

Vrai & Oro

Zuzii

Zady

LINGERIE

Araks – unlined basics in pretty colors

Baserange – super minimal basics in eco-friendly fabrics

Brook There – super luxe silk and organic lingerie

Clare Bare – fun fancies

Daisy & Elizabeth – lacy styles and bodysuits

Lonely – lacy little things

Naja – fair labor ethos and a pretty variety of underthings

Outdoor Voices – activewear

Pansy – basic styles in rich colors

Sloane & Tate – athleisure-style underthings

Thinx – period panties!

MENSWEAR

Almond

Apolis

The Arrivals

Bella + Canvas

Bridge & Burn

Closed

Corridor

DSTLD

Esby

Grove & Bay*

H&M Conscious

Huckberry (many made in USA options)

Everlane*

Filippa K

Finisterre

In God We Trust

Industry of All Nations

Lazlo

Levi’s WaterLess

Levi’s Wellthread

Mott & Bow

NWKC

Olive

Outerknown

Patagonia

Purible

Reclaimed Vintage

Steven Alan

Taylor Stitch

Todd Snyder (some made in USA, Italy, and Canada styles)

Uniform*

United by Blue

Vanishing Elephant

Wilson & Willy’s

SWIMWEAR

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)

Apricoss – Elegant women’s one-piece, sustainably made.  ($129)  Review + more details here.

Araks – Fashion-forward women’s swimwear, made in USA. ($110-350)  Also here.

Baserange – Minimalist women’s swimwear in on-trend shades, eco-friendly and made in Portugal.  ($50-150)  Also here.

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)

The Ones Who – Sexy black and white pieces for women, made in LA.  ($55-135)  Also here.

United By Blue – Men’s + Women’s board shorts in bold colors, sustainably made.  ($55-70)

SLEEPWEAR

Alas

Araks

Brook There

Everlane

Maison Du Soir

Moonbird

Only Hearts

People Tree

Sleepy Jones

Sloane + Tate

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.