Sustainably Chic

12 Brands Empowering Women through Sustainable Jobs

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

Because we all know women make the world go 'round...

Supporting women leads to stronger families & communities! 


Manos Zapotecas

Manos Zapotecas was founded by Shelley Tennyson, who saw an opportunity for the weavers of Oaxaca when she was volunteering with a microfinance non-profit in 2009. Shelley taught business classes to female loan recipients, and quickly realized no matter how beautiful the product or business savvy they were it was nearly impossible for them to fully support themselves and their families through their craft. By bringing the product to a global market, the weavers would finally have a chance to create sustainable income and use their talents to the fullest. Today, Manos Zapotecas employs 50 weavers in Oaxaca!! 



NINTAANZI was born in the Peruvian Amazon from an idea combining cultural traditions and sustainability. {cool fact - NINTAANZI actually means LOVE in the native Peruvian Ashaninka language} Each NINTAANZI necklace is made fairly by indigenous Ashaninka artisan women, and 20% of sales are donated directly to programs helping the environment, sanitation, education, children and women well-being in disadvantage communities in Peru. 


Mayamam Weavers

Mayamam Weavers are based in Morriston, NJ & are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation. The cooperative making up Mayamam Weavers was founded in 2008 in Cajolá, a Mayan town in the western highlands of Guatemala. The women came together to form this cooperative in order to overcome poverty while not having to migrate in the U.S. & leave their families behind. Today, they have grown to 20 artisans, all who are making a fair wage and learning how to run a business!


Kakaw Designs

 Mari {the owner} saw an incredible opportunity for women artisans in Guatemala to use their traditional craft to create product which would appeal to the US market. Today, Kakaw Designs partners with traditional weavers and artisans to produce accessories out of repurposed materials and new handwoven textiles. They work to create economic opportunity for these women so they can continue their craft and support their families. 



A monthly subscription box {neatly packaged in a basket}, GlobeIn connects us to remote artisans all over the world. The Artisan Box does all the research and work for us, and it is such a great way to learn about other makers, their crafts & culture! Each box comes with a detailed pamphlet telling you about every product, where it is made and who you are supporting.


Tribe Alive

A platform dedicated to women empowerment, Tribe Alive is a lifestyle brand helping raise women out of poverty all over the globe through gorgeous handmade clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories and home goods. They have partnered with talented artisans in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Honduras, and Fort Worth, Texas, and provide each worker with fair-trade wages, a  safe working environment and the power to choose their own future. This worldwide artistic collaboration is a positive business model setting an example for the rest of the industry.


Ananda Soul

Ananda Soul takes pride throughout the entire supply chain. Their commitment to ethical design and eco-minded production is contagious. The calmness, the beauty and the positivity is empowering! Besides being good to the people involved with their products, Ananda Soul takes it a step further and seeks to employ underprivileged mothers of street children in Bali so that they are able to put their children through school and break the cycle of poverty. 


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.


Victoria Road

Inspired by the vibrant cultures of Pakistan and India, co-founders Megan Brosterman and Shannon Grewer sought out to create a socially responsible fashion brand which supported sustainable economic development. Victoria Road is bridging cultures across the world through sophisticated designs for women and little girls. They work directly with designers in emerging markets, and have even opened up their own workshop in Lahore, Pakistan. 


*use code VRCHIC20 for 20% off your entire purchase*


Thread Tales Co.

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."



 Cool fact: Darzah means ‘stitch’ in Arabic, and this non-profit, ethical brand features Palestinian “tatreez” embroidery. This art form has been around for centuries, and has been passed down from mother to daughter. Besides celebrating this stunning traditional art, Darzah works to create economic opportunities for refugee & low-income women artisans.



A non-profit social enterprise, Anchal is providing alternative careers in textiles to marginalized and exploited women in India. Through design they are changing lives and supporting stronger sustainable communities. They believe 'design thinking' is the creative approach to problem solving, and I couldn't agree more.

The shirt I am wearing in the top photo is from brand Round Plus Square who donates 30% of their sales to Equality Now!