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25 Affordable Ethical Fashion Brands

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Ethical clothing at a great price? Yes, it exists! I’ve compiled a list of brands I’ve come to love over the years that I find have very reasonable price points. & as always, quality and style is not compromised!

warning.. you ain’t gonna find a $5 tee


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Everlane

To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe. I’ll be sure to update this once I get to know my new denim!


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Swap Society

Well, not a brand, BUT it doesn’t get much cheaper than this {not to mention, eco}. Swap Society is the best online place for clothing swapping & has two types of monthly memberships - LUXE & BASIC. The site works on a point system. When you send your clothing in, a certain amount of points are awarded to you based on brand and quality of garment. With those points you are able to swap it for something of equal.


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Tonle

This brand makes zero-waste look so good. Every design from Tonle is made from dead stock fabric. Besides their great eco fashion practicies, Tonle believes in hand made and creating fair work for their Cambodian makers. Their site even breaks down the impact you’ve made from buying a piece of their clothing - like how much water you saved, as well as emissions and pesticides avoided.


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Tamga Designs

Beautiful prints and lovely fabrics, Tamga is making ethical fashion fun and cheerful. I love how they break down how you save on resources by purchasing one of their pieces. For example, the Lia Kimono saves 12 liters of water, avoids 3kg of CO2 emissions and saves 2kWh of energy! Plus, the print is hand drawn by their print designer, and printed at their fabric mill using GOTS / Bluesign certified dyes.


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Kestan

Effortless clothing for the spirited woman, Kestan is an ethical brand run by a brother and sister duo. They believe in mindful clothing, and building a collection for a thoughtful lifestyle. Designs are made with sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and tencel, and the people who make the clothing matter. Therefore, they are paid a fair wage and work within a safe & clean environment free of discrimination.


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EcoVibe

An online shop I’ve gotten to know well over the past few years, EcoVibe is a boutique located in Portland, Oregon carrying several thoughtful brands, as well as their own private label. They are great for staying on trend, but always giving us the eco alternative. EcoVibe's collection focuses on conscious fabrics like modal, tencel and recycled fabric blends with timeless and comfortable designs for the modern woman.


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Passion Lillie

An ethical apparel brand empowering women, Passion Lillie is full of sweet prints and designs! Their pieces are either all hand blocked or hand woven with eco dyes including veggie ones. They believe in reversing poverty by purchasing ethical products that employ artisans under a fair wage. All designs are thought up in New Orleans and then executed with their Indian teams in the cities of Bangalore, Jaipur, Tirupur, and Hyderabad.


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Ash & Rose

Ethical, sustainable & beautiful fashion, this online boutique is home to several thoughtful brands, as well as their own private label collection. They make sure to use organic and recycled material while designing their line, and for the curated collections, they make sure all products are made fairly. Ash&Rose is a woman-owned business so they love to support the brands who are creating economic opportunity for women around the world.


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Palabra

These aren’t your average tees. They are soft with a great drape, AND they tread lightly on the planet. Made with a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester, you’ll look good and feel good when wearing them! I’ve always found statement tees to be a great conversation starter. It’s also a wonderful way to communicate a positive or important message. Bold words like ‘Courage’, ‘Self Love’, ‘Journey Wisely’ & ‘Educa Tu Ojo {Educate Your Eye}’ are hard to forget.


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Thought Clothing

Based in the UK, this ethical brand considers their impact every step of the way. Besides the stunning aesthetic, Thought Clothing is one of my favorites because of their choice in fabrics. I'm a big textile nerd, and love that they use so many natural textiles. Some of them include; wool, organic cotton, tencel & hemp. They even use reborn polyester! I think my fellow textile lovers would appreciate their sustainable fabric choices.


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Threads 4 Thought

This is clothing for people who care about the planet and want to vote with their dollars towards a sustainable future. I haven’t tried this brand out personally, but have heard of them several times over the past few years, and have seen many of my blogger friends speak about their clothing. It looks pretty comfortable, and they choose great eco-friendly fabrics. They even have a line for mens if you are looking for your hubby!


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ThredUp

One of the largest online consignment and thrift stores, ThredUp is making secondhand shopping fun and very inexpensive. They have thousands of ‘like-new’ styles from you to choose from with 90% off the estimated retail price. Each product is thoroughly examined to make sure it’s in great condition before reselling, and you will never see a counterfeit item in their designer section.


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People Tree

The fair trade fashion pioneers, People Tree is probably one of the most well known brands in sustainable fashion. All of their clothing is made with eco-friendly materials with most of them being Fair Trade certified. Can you believe they have been around for 27 years?! I’ve always found People Tree to be one of the most knowledgable and transparent brands when it comes to sustainability and treating workers fairly.


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LA Relaxed

Dana Weinstein, their very own #GIRLBOSS, created LA Relaxed out of a need for a clothing brand which didn't sacrifice quality for style, and always kept the environment in mind. She, also, knew the importance of supporting local workers and paying fair wages for a job well done. LA Relaxed is the brand to know, and I hope you fall in love with it as much as I have!!


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Sustain by Kat

Sustain understands what we decide to wear impacts our health. Why not wear fabric that is actually beneficial to your health or at least safe? Plants seem to always be the right choice when wanting to make a product more natural and sustainable, and that's exactly the route Sustain went. This brand has great basics all made from organic cotton and dyed with natural dyes from plants like avocados, madder root, logwood tree and indigo {just to name a few}.


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JJ Winks

This brand uses one of my favorite fabrics - Lenzing Modal. It’s a fabric, in my opinion, that offers the comfort cotton can’t while still being mindful of the planet and harvesting from sustainably grown Beech trees. I also always suggest this type of material to my friends who prefer not to wear silk - it has that smooth and sheen like appearance and it’s hard to find anything softer!

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Yala

This cozy line is great for building a capsule wardrobe! Their mission is to provide comfort every day. YALA says, "No matter where life takes you, embrace your strengths, wear your passions, and find your comfort". Their designs are very classic and modern, yet they never sacrifice being cozy! The few pieces I have I could easily wear to bed and wake up the next day ready to go ;) 


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Sassind

Something that stood out to me when I first went through Sassind's collection was their garment's versatility - they aren't made just for lounging. The silk collection can go from bedtime to out for a drink. Nothing more than a capsule wardrobe enthusiast could want than a garment you can use morning, noon & night! Plus, their palette of neutral colors and soft pastels is ideal for smaller wardrobes. 


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Encircled

The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. Not only are their clothes comfortable to wear, they are great for packing. You don't have to worry about wrinkling, and they don't take up too much space so you can pack light. Their choice of fabrics make garments last longer, too. 


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Aeon Row

Aeon Row only uses recycled yarn to create their line. This means they don't require land, water, chemicals, or cotton dyes to produce! Having to use less resources also means having to spend less money so it ends up being better for our pocketbook, as well. They say, "The average t-shirt requires 700 gallons of water and 1/3 pound of chemicals to be produced. At AEON ROW, the last thing we want is to add to the problem”.

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Pamut

Each piece from Pamut Apparel is made in small batches in Raleigh, NC with USA organic cotton. All of their prints are uniquely hand designed by local artists, and dyes are always low-impact. They even believe sustainable fashion should be cost conscious & available to everyone. Therefore, their prices are extremely fair for all the love that goes into creating the garment! 


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Moth Oddities

A shop for both men & women, Moth Oddities travels all over the US to find you super unique vintage pieces. Plus, the owners Yana & Ian are awesome people, and I've been lucky enough to hang out with them :D Their photoshoots are hip/trendy/sexy/cool, too, so be sure to follow their Insta for all the shots! 

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Soul Flower

With lots of hippy vibes, Soul Flower is a natural clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits. Their comfortable range features everything from dresses to leggings, and even some things for the guys and kiddos! Wearing one of their pieces will surely put a smile on your face :) p.s. their leggings are among my favorites if you are in the need for a new pair!


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United by Blue

This brand creates responsible durable goods perfect for outdoors. Not only are their designs thoughtful, they help clean up trash in the world’s oceans and waterways! So far they have removed 1,108,117 pounds of trash!! If you are in the market for a new flannel or coat, I highly suggest you check this brand out - snag one for your man, too!


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Pact

Probably one of the most affordable organic brands, Pact has you covered on any basic piece you can think of. I love their lace undies and bras, and Travis has a ton of their tees. Everything washes well, and stays nice & soft. I’m constantly looking at this brand online to see what new basics they come out with!

5 Benefits of using Food Waste for Fabric Dyeing

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Say what? You can use your food waste to dye fabric? Who would have thought :P Well, Sustain by Kat knows how beneficial it can be - and the great end product you receive! When they told me one of their tees was going to be dyed with avocado, I automatically assumed it would be green. WRONG - it’s this gorgeous pink! I couldn’t believe it. This GOTS certified organic linen tank {complete with organic cotton thread and organic cotton labels} uses the peels and seeds from avocados to create this lovely shade - and the fit is beautiful, by the way. As a lover of textiles, seeing more and more fruit & veggie dyeing has gotten me really excited for the future of eco fashion. 

So what are the benefits of using this type of waste?! 

1. Completely biodegradable. Yes, no harming the water or sitting in a landfill admitting toxic chemicals into the atmosphere! The skins & seeds are cleaned and soaked in warm water for a week. After, the plant parts are filtered out and composted. Then the shirts are cleaned with natural plant and mineral based soaps and prepped for dyeing with metallic salts which help the avocado dye bind to linen fabric.

2. Safer for your skin. Now that I’m a new mama, I think about what goes on my skin even more. I feel like dyes are one of those last things on your mind when it comes to fashion. Most dyes you find, today, are created with chemicals you wouldn’t want to touch with your bare hands.

3. Easy on the Earth. Since everything used to create these dyes are natural and non-toxic, your skin AND the planet thanks you. The entire process for veggie & fruit dyeing only calls for a few ingredients.

4. Creates beautiful colors. From yellow onion skins to some old blueberries no longer appetizing, you can get a plethora of different shades just from your own kitchen. The colors are vibrant and unique. Not to mention, it’s a great way to fix stained tees you thought about throwing away. 

5. No additional resources needed. This goes without saying, but I’m going to touch on it anyway! I love the idea of circular fashion, and I think applying that same concept to food is equally as important. Waste not, want not. By using something we already have, we can limit our use of resources and lessen our carbon footprint. What’s better than that?

10 Natural & Non-Toxic Makeup Brands for Soft, Clear & Healthy Skin

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried several makeup brands. Some brands, I have loved the entire collection, others, I took away a few products. We all have different skin and preferences so it’s about finding what works best for you. I’ve compiled this list of brands {all without harmful chemicals & safe} I think are totally worth a try, along with some of my favorite products they offer. 


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Antonym

An organic line that performs while being gentle on your skin and the planet, Antonym’s products are highly pigmented and certified organic. Even their packaging and brushes are conscious and made with bamboo.

Favorite: Baked Foundation


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Au Naturale

A vegan, organic & paraben free line using ethically sourced ingredients, Au Naturale is starting a revolution in clean beauty. They are very transparent and diligent when it comes to creating the final product, and they encourage consumers to demand responsibility of other cosmetic brands.

Favorite: Matte Lip Stain


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Elate

A toxin-free, vegan & sustainable line with a mission to care for each other, our communities and our planet, Elate is using healthy ingredients to make clean cosmetics to add to your beauty ritual. Their packaging is even sustainable and can be planted to create a little home garden.

Favorite: Essential Mascara


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Gabriel

A natural, gluten-free & vegan line advocating healthy living, Gabriel is bringing out the existing natural beauty in women. Being conscious of their carbon footprint, Gabriel has a recycling program when you’re done with your makeup! 

Favorite: Aura Palette


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Hush + Dotti

A natural & vegan line with pro quality, Hush + Dotti is a fun, sassy & hip beauty brand who cares about transparency. From their ingredients to their packaging, every detail is thought out, and they are even certified by Leaping Bunny. 

Favorite: Liquid Eyeliner


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ILIA 

An ethical & sustainable line dedicated to creating the purest products, ILIA uses certified organic bio-active botanicals to rejuvenate your skin. Not only do their products perform exceptionally well, they have a sleek look with conscious packaging. 

Favorite: Multi-Stick


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La Bella Donna

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A pure mineral line made from beneficial rocks, La Bella Donna is healing, protecting, covering and correcting all skin tones and types. They even provide a full spectrum natural block which will last you all day and not clog your pores. 

Favorite: Duo Lip Crayon


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Olga’s Organics

A USDA certified organic brand made right here in the USA, Olga’s Organics is pure, simple & made with the highest quality ingredients. All products are non-gmo, paragon free, petrolatum free, BHA free, sodium later sulfate free, vegan & cruelty-free.

Favorite: Loose Face Powder


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Vapour Beauty

A natural luxury line with a conscious, Vapour Beauty uses Fine Art Infused Color and organic ingredients to create high-performance products. Their range is always cruelty-free and comes with a risk-free guarantee. 

Favorite: Artist Multi-Use Palette


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ZuZu Luxe

The sister line to Gabriel Cosmetics, Zuzu Luxe is affordable yet performing, and made from natural and organic ingredients for the modern #ecochicwarrior. They are also vegan, cruelty free, and certified gluten-free! 

Favorite: Concealer

10 Sustainable Garments Perfect for Breastfeeding

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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for the exhausted and wonderful mothers

Wow, if I thought my maternity closet was small, nothing compares to figuring out what clothing you already own works for the countless hours of breastfeeding you have each day. I tried everything on to see what straps came down easiest and what unbuttoned enough for your little one to not be swallowed by fabric. I ended up with 10 awesome sustainable and ethically made pieces which you can still find online, today! 

 

Pregnant?

Check out my week of sustainable maternity outfits {nothing actually ‘maternity’} on The Good Trade!  


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1. Georgia Dress, All the Wild Roses $122

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2. The Vahi Jump-In Romper, Matter Prints $139


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3. The Fiesta Dress, Milo + Nicki $189

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4. Button Collar Poplin Shirt, Cosmos Studio $80

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5. Dawn Wrap Dress, Modernation $168 

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6. Havana Dress, Yala Designs $118


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7. Lola Tank, Belvele $135

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8. Jacquelyn Tencel Bell Sleeve, Ecovibe Apparel $48


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9. Meena Chambray Shirt Dress, Thought Clothing $56

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10. Cotton Jersey Jumpsuit, Sassind $59

10 Sustainable Shoe Brands to Last You Season after Season

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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I've been asked to make this list several times over the past few months, and I'm finally sitting down to do so! When it comes to sustainability for a pair of shoes, there are many of things I look for - {1} Who makes them? {2} What are they made from? {3} Can I wear them for years to come?. If I don't see transparency within the supply chain, but they wear well, it's still a 'no' for me. I need fair work, materials that won't sit in a landfill {no PVC, please} & quality!! These brands check everything off my list, and there is something for everyone - vegans, adventurers & those who just need a darn good pair of shoes!  


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1. Laidback London

From the beadwork to the sole, these sandals are made to last and wear better with age as the leather softens. Mohamed, the creator of Laidback London, visited Mombasa {an island town along the Kenyan coastline} back in 2001. After several trips from England to Kenya and suitcases full of artisan-made goods he sold at London markets, Mohamed decided to work with them on a full collection using their traditional craftsmanship. He wanted to be able to provide consumers a product with a story and one supporting sustainable livelihoods for the makers behind them. Being they are all handmade, each one is unique. 


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2. Baabuk

My Swiss blood naturally gravitated towards this brand, but after trying on their shoes, it didn't matter what my nationality was anymore. Their sneakers are extremely comfortable and made from wool. Why wool, you may ask? Well, it's great at keeping your feet at the perfect temperature because of its wicking properties, and it's been made to be tear resistant & water repellant. You must check out their line of slippers, as well {they have them for the kiddos, too!}. 


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3. Alice & Whittles

Eco rainboots? Yes, please!! Not only are they super comfortable, but they have a chic look perfect for a minimalist wardrobe. Made from natural rubber, these boots are transparent from start to finish. Alice & Whittles believes in ethical manufacturing and treading lightly on the planet. No guilt while splashing in puddles with these guys! 

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4. Veerah

I'm all about versatility when it comes to my wardrobe, and I never imagined a heel which upheld this concept. With VEERAH, you can refashion the design in a 'snap' - quite literally, though. The back of the shoe has a loop to fasten on an array of accessories - accessories you can later use as bracelets, necklaces, brooches & more. From vegan leather to plant-based memory foam, these shoes can check off every requirement on a conscious consumer's list. Plus, it's a women-led company, and they work to empower women all over the world through their #VEERAHwarriors and education scholarships.


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5. Nisolo

Probably a brand you have heard of before because all types of influencers have adopted them into their wardrobe over the past couple of years. Nisolo creates intentionally designed shoes you can wear everyday with any style. Their workers are paid beyond fair wages, and are given healthcare & a healthy working environment. There is also no middle man so shoes are sold directly to consumers avoiding any extra unnecessary pricing. If you are looking for a basic, solid pair of shoes you can wear with almost anything, I highly suggest checking them out! 


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6. Rothy's

Probably the comfiest shoe I've ever worn, Rothy's feel like a sneaker yet look absolutely feminine and chic. They are extremely durable and well-made, and best part - they use low-waste, low-impact materials! Can you believe these guys are made from recycled water bottles with 3D knit technology?! This type of material makes for a super sturdy shoe, and you can even clean them in your wash machine. Plus, you have several colors to choose from so your closet is covered! 


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7. Darzah

 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. Anytime I wear their shoes out, I get a handful of 'where did you get those?!!?' and heart eyes. They truly are beautiful shoes! 


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8. Duckfeet

These 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. 


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9. Atelier Alienor

A Sustainable {& Chic} Approach To The Classic Espadrille. Artisans in Aquitaine, South West of France have been creating espadrilles for generations.  Laurie Cazaux, the designer behind Atelier Alienor, teamed up with these talented makers to responsibly manufacture the line. Although based in Houston, Texas, Laurie lived many years in France and has a true appreciation for French crafts. She puts is so beautifully, "Where I come from, espadrilles are more than shoes. They are a promise of an endless summer, tanned feet and romantic escapes." - yeah, I'm sold! 


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10. Mamahuhu

Mamahuhu helps unemployed Colombian artisans to become business owners and job creators for their communities. They live by one of my favorite quotes, "Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime".  Their shoes are unbelievably comfortable, and I took their Colorines all over Europe with me last Spring. 

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