Sustainably Chic

11 Fair Fashion Brands Keeping You Warm All Winter Long

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

Nothing better than feeling cozy & knowing your clothing purchase has minimal impact on the environment and treated the maker fairly. These 11 brands have a great selection of scarves, sweaters, coats & boots all keeping you comfortable throughout the chilly season. 


1. By kloé

The by kloé knitters are made up of refugree women {many grannies} from the geruilla 'The Lightning Path' and live in one of Lima's slums without any sort of pension payments. By purchasing one of these knits, you are supporting a more sustainable way of life for women who truly need it. Handmade usually comes with a lot of love, and there is no exception here! After the pieces have been knitted by hand, they are sent to Belgium to be finished off - labels, linings, etc - by the creator herself, Chloe Matthieu {with the help of her mom, too!}. 


2. Wild Mantle

Avi created this business out of her own need of a hooded scarf. Doing a little DIY, she made one on her sewing machine, and received so many compliments she felt she HAD to share the 'hugs'. As always, Wild Mantle lives by three missions - 1) Sustainability: Practiced through the materials chosen and producing locally with fair wages   2) Empowerment: The name MANTLE means both a loose fitted hood and one's role or responsibility in the world.   3) Adventure: The mantles are about functionality - the perfect practical, stylish travel companion! 


3. Christa Louise

These scarves and ponchos are literally pieces of art. The use of color and texture is unlike anything I’ve seen before. I’ve always thought felting was an interesting art form, but the village women in Mexico who are creating these pieces for Christa Louise have taken it to a whole new level for me. This nuno {fabric} felting is an art of fusion. It is all done by hand, and is completely natural. They use only soap and water to create beautiful swirls of color, and each piece will be completely unique.


4. Thread Tales Co.

Their wraps & scarves are total luxury, and handwoven by artisans in Nepal. The quality is absolutely on top, and this is another one of those products I wish you could feel through the computer. Based on traditions and culture, Thread Tales Co. is putting purpose back into fashion. Sustainability is at the core of their business, and they love to utilize the best in natural fibers like; Lotus, Cashmere, Merino, Cotton, Linen, Camel and Yak wool. Their philosophy will speak to any conscious shopper: "Wear Something That Means Something. Buy Less, Wear it More."


5. Hope Made in the world

HOPE Made in the World's women's collection features super soft sweaters and scarves sure to keep you snuggled up well. Serious about where their fabric is sourced, HOPE Made has been certified under the Child Labor Free mark which ensures every step of the manufacturing process is free from child labor and holds high ethical standards for the workers involved. Since HOPE Made does not produce everything in house or grow their own material working with certified farmers and factories, as well as logistic companies like eco-minded Verde, help keep the entire chain transparent and honest. 


6. in2green

in2green has been known for their luxury USA-made throws and accessories since 2008. They collaborate with local designers and knitters, and use only eco-friendly materials like organic cotton & recycled yarns. Their recycled cotton line is made from refiberized t-shirt fabrics, and their new indoor/outdoor line is made from 100% recycled polyester. You’ll want to live in their chunky cable poncho made from 75% recycled cotton & 25% {mostly recycled} polyester. It's the perfect weight to wear all day, and washes easy {you can just throw it in your wash machine}.


7. Bloom & Give

For every purchase, 50% of profits are donated to support girls' education in India. With over 3 million young girls out of school, it is crucial to help them return to the classroom in order to create a better life for themselves and their future children. All products are handmade in India by artisans in Rajasthan and Haryana, where Bloom & Give is committed to supporting their communities. Their line of scarves and wraps are beautifully woven and full of color & patterns. Knowing your purchase is helping support an education for a young girl makes it so special to wear!


8. Fazl Socks

A social business dedicated to working alongside women & children in need, Fazl Socks donates 50% of their profits to orphanages AND creates fair jobs. For each pair sold, you are helping provide orphaned and destitute children in India with food, shelter, education, and clothing; along with sustaining jobs for the ladies who knit their socks. Fazl Socks has 3 H's in production - Handmade. Himalayan. Happy Ladies. My Fazl Socks are that perfect weight - right in between your regular all day sock and house slippers. Plus, the sweet patterns and funky colors put a good smile on your face :D


9. Urban Austral

Want to feel like you are always walking on clouds? Well then you need to put a pair of these super soft insoles in your shoes! Besides walking on total comfort, Urban Austral has a ton of great qualities when it comes to being a sustainable brand. Their products are 100% handmade with up-cycled materials, they work with local people in Patagonia to provide fair jobs and they donate 1% to REFORESTEMOS PATAGONIA, an organization planting trees in the area. The insoles come in four sizes for men, women, kids & baby, and come DIY ready to trim to your exact shoe size.


10. Duckfeet

Boots made for the winters & adventures! Duckfeet boots are made with materials like super soft & warm 100% shearling wool lining, eco-friendly & water-resistant terracare® leather, and natural Italian crepe rubber. Because of the materials chosen & how well the boots are made, they will last you year after year. You can even replace the sole to add more life on! Oh & did I mention many of their styles are unisex?! Duckfeet only uses veggie-tanned leather & the best natural materials in order to bring you the greatest quality shoe possible. Happy exploring!


11. Thought Clothing

Based in the UK, this ethical brand considers their impact every step of the way. From the fabrics to their shipping methods, everything is thoughtfully done. Their contemporary, everyday clothing is meant to last you year after year. As someone who has owned their pieces for the last 3, I can definitely attest to their quality! Sweaters, dress, socks… everything has held up so well & has been a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. Not to mention, their aesthetic will make you want to create the biggest wish list ever. Their socks are the cutest…