Sustainably Chic

Conscious Lists Pt. 2

12 Eco, Ethical & Sustainable Menswear Clothing Brands & Retailers

Conscious Lists, Conscious Lists Pt. 2Natalie Kay

updated March 2019

hey guys.. you can dress sustainably, too!

While Sustainably Chic has a ton of wonderful women's brands to showcase, I've had several people ask me about men's brands because they want their husbands and boyfriends to be a part of the slow fashion movement, too. It's about time I came out with a list for them! One of my favorites is SALTURA {the hoodie pictured above my boyfriend helped model} since I find the clean & coastal inspired look to be very appealing to many. They make sustainable fashion look cool for dudes & that is exactly what we need.


SALTURA

A brand centered around local design & coastal vibes, SALTURA creates with the environment & oceans in mind. All garments are designed, woven, dyed, cut and sewn along a 90 mile stretch right here in the US {California}, and consist of graphic tees, board shorts, hoodies & more. Their top choice in fabric is organic cotton - & they picked a pretty soft one!! With 25% of the world's chemicals being used in fertilizers and pesticides for conventional cotton, SALTURA knew they needed to make a difference in our ecosystem by making the switch and supporting organic. Help them support the shift towards the use of eco fabrics by shopping SALTURA online - here -


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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! 

*use code MOTHCHIC10 for 10% off your entire purchase*


Thought Clothing 

A UK based brand with eco-friendly fabrics and a slow fashion approach, Thought has the mantra to live by when it comes to your clothing - ‘Wear Me, Love Me, Mend Me, Pass Me On’. 

Hemp, Bamboo, Natural Wool, Organic Cotton, Recycled Poly, Rayon & Tencel... every fabric they use is sustainably sourced! Plus, their design team is on point, and I'm always excited to see what they come up with next.


MATTER 

A Singapore based, socially motivated label focused on travel wear for the modern nomad.

MATTER began with two entrepreneurs who brought artisans and designers together to create travel ready pants with cultural tales. They contribute homage to the history, culture and geography of each area they work with.

Creating a sustainable income for their artisans is of the upmost importance while creating these unique prints with ancient techniques. Very unique & beautifully executed! 


MY SISTER 

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, MY SISTER is fighting sex trafficking and supporting positive futures for those rescued.

The mission: "To create a world where all girls and women are employed to live free from a life of inequality and sex trafficking". For every purchase, they donate 6+% to their non-profit partners working to end modern day slavery.

MY SISTER takes it a step further and offers opportunity to women survivors by helping them start their professional career as an intern or supporting the makers like jewelry artisans in Nepal. 


HOPE Made

 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. 


Green Orchyd

In 2013, Christine Myint was online searching for fashionable clothing which did not compromise the Earth and its people.

She found it difficult to find everything she loved within one location.

Green Orchyd began as a need - somewhere any man, woman or child {with their parents, of course} could shop and feel right about the product they were buying. 


7 Contemporary Sustainable Clothing Brands

Conscious Lists, Conscious Lists Pt. 2Natalie Kay
Dress by  Temperate,  Stockings by  Swedish Stockings , Purse by  Wachila , Necklace by  One Happy Leaf

Dress by Temperate, Stockings by Swedish Stockings, Purse by Wachila, Necklace by One Happy Leaf

For the Ladies...

Different fabrics, findings and crafts don't all come with the same price tag. In addition to my affordable list {which will be updated this Friday!}, I thought I'd share more the luxurious side of sustainable fashion. When I think of 'Contemporary Fashion' I think of brands seen in Anthropologie or Nordstrom {of course, we all wish those brands were ethical}. Their price points are typically in the $100-$400 range with a few pieces a little less {yeah, no, I'm not getting in thousand dollar price points because I don't make lists only 1% of you can find helpful}. This type of fashion typically has the look of 'hot-off-the-runway' and is a bit more modern than other categories. Totally worth the extra bucks, these brands are using some of the most unique materials and paving a path amongst the other luxury & contemporary brands, today. Even if you can't fill your closet with these items, we can still 'treat yo' self' every once in a while, right?!


1. Temperate

Temperate's easy look is everything you want in a sustainable brand. Clothing which is breathable, livable and good looking is hard to come by. Their pieces can easily fit into any wardrobe, and they are all made with a lot of love in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you are like me & love to support local, American-made clothing, Temperate is the perfect option. Even their fabrics are made from organic grown cotton! Also, they give back - 1% is donated to building our local fiber landscape with Fibershed.

Shop their tops, dresses, bottoms and more - here -


2. 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. At the workshop, Victoria Road is able to offer a safe and happy haven for their designers, artisans and seamstresses.


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3. All the Wild Roses

A brand about living your own adventure and following your heart, All the Wild Roses take on slow fashion is romantic, inspiring and incredibly beautiful. Created by Hang Osment-Le, this Australian based clothing line was inspired by her overseas visit to Vietnam at the age of 19. Hang saw first hand the inequalities within the developing country, and wanted nothing more than to help create change for her extended family and their community members. Despite the daily challenges they faced, their energy was full of life and very contagious.


4. RIYKA

Husband-Wife Duo, Rebecca & Vedran, started the playful UK brand, RIYKA, in 2011. They wanted sustainability and fun to intertwine, and I mean, why not?! The more amusing, the more people we can get on board, am I right? Inspired by classic sportswear with a few added signatures splashes of color, each season will be able to stand the test of time. With their zerowaste model, you can look good & feel good knowing nothing is thrown out in their manufacturing process, and all fabrics used are ethically sourced.


5. Ankura

Embracing a culture of sustainability, Ankura works directly with small artisan communities in Peru producing high quality garments out of natural fibers. Their designs are extremely flattering, feminine and perfect for the modern day woman. The garments are made from baby alpaca and pima cotton, which are sourced directly from Peru. Ankura stresses the importance of paying a fair wage, creating jobs to improve the quality of life and supporting a more ethical fashion industry. 


6. Have Love, Must Travel

A capsule collection featuring sophisticated boho pieces, Have Love, Must Travel is hand blocking magic. Made in an ethical factory in India, their line is produced with hand carved block prints with a printing method passed down generation after generation in the East. Beautiful is an understatement - these designs are so well executed they bring fabric printing to a whole new level. The Spring/Summer 2016 line includes three gorgeous tops and a romper. The off-the-shoulder trend is alive and well in the collection - a favorite! 


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7. KUI

Created in Australia by two sisters, Susan & Amy, KUI's understated silhouettes and natural fibers are the conscious consumer's dream. Made with low impact dyes, the colors are vibrant and on point. Using organic cotton, hemp and blends, the fabrics are soft, breathable and of the highest quality. My Marais Dress is a staple I can wear again and again, no matter the season or year.

7 Ethically-Made Rompers & Jumpsuits

Conscious Lists, Conscious Lists Pt. 2Natalie Kay

updated April 2019

Thought I wouldn’t be a romper fan, but I am!


The Jump-In Romper + Vahi

by Matter

$139

This is the romper which started it all. MATTER, a socially motivated clothing brand, has some of the most luxurious handmade fabrics coming from India's talented artisans. This print is inspired by the flow of clear spring water over pebbled riverbeds. Made with a medium weight cotton, this romper is ideal for warmer climates and is hand tied & dyed with azo-free dyes. The back is very glamorous with its low crossover drape, and the waistband is completed with beautiful tassel ends. See the rest of the lovely MATTER romper styles, here.

 


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The All-day jumpsuit

by Encircled

$207

‘You’ll reach for the All-Day Jumpsuit anytime you’re not sure what to wear to work (but know you want to be comfortable). Made from our machine washable and sustainable fabric, this office-friendly jumpsuit is dressy enough for your 9-5 and chic enough for a night out.’ - encircled


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Lily Nouveau Tencel Jumpsuit

by Thought

$90

A UK based brand with eco-friendly fabrics and a slow fashion approach, Braintree has the mantra to live by when it comes to your clothing - ‘Wear Me, Love Me, Mend Me, Pass Me On’. I'm a bit of a fabric snob, and this brand puts a lot of time and energy into finding the perfect textiles. Hemp, Bamboo, Natural Wool, Organic Cotton, Recycled Poly, Rayon & Tencel... every fabric is sustainably sourced!


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dolores romper

by Liz Alig

$68

What had started with a curious consumer asking a few simple questions about the way her clothes were made, Liz Alig has grown into an ethical fashion brand partnering with over ten fair trade cooperatives. 


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France jumpsuit

by Reformation

$218

‘For those plans you should’ve cancelled. This is a button front jumpsuit with slightly puffed shoulders and a wide leg.’ - reformation

p.s. they offer afterpay!


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rae button front romper

by EcoVibe

$68

‘Get ready for spring with the Rae Button Front Romper! With a linen blend fabric, this romper is comfy and durable for every adventure! This romper is sleeveless and features a center front button placket with collar, tie waist and pockets on the front chest and side hips! Wear with a denim jacket for cooler weather and dress it up with wedges or dress it down with slip on tennis shoes!’ - EcoVibe


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Terrace one-piece

by LA Relaxed

$78

*use code CHIC25 for 25% off your entire purchase

Short sleeve one piece jumpsuit with drawstring waist and crossover bodice. Snap closure.

Made of a breathable and lightweight hemp + organic cotton French terry.

10 Affordable Sustainable Clothing Brands

Conscious Lists, Conscious Lists Pt. 2Natalie Kay

{updated April 2019}

This is for the ladies...

The list is finally here! I've been asked the question 'Are there any affordable sustainable brands?' more times than I can count, so I thought this list would be quite useful. Now, when I say 'affordable' I don't mean Forever 21 prices. I don't purchase often, so $50-$100 every blue moon is doable. This, to me, is as affordable a RESPONSIBLE product can be. If you are paying $10 for a shirt, someone is {obviously} being taken advantage of. To me, a sustainable purchase is one you are going to {hopefully} carry around the rest of your life, and pass down to your children - hey, I love wearing my mom's clothes from the 80s. I want my garment to last more than 7, 10, 30 wears, and I want it to be made responsibly. By the way, did you know fast fashion companies purposely make garments to be worn roughly 7 times? Don't let them fool you...most mall stores don't want your garment to last, either. They are selling you trends, and too many to keep up within a year. I want my clothing to come from a brand who has a distinct personality and leaves trends on the waste side - a brand who pays attention to their carbon footprint, and treats their employees with respect. I love fashion and the art of constructing a garment, and our passion & support for the art doesn't have to stop because the industry has gone sour. We need to come together and support the brands who are allowing us to express ourselves through clothing in the most sustainable way possible. We don't need fashion to live, but it sure does make our life, our culture and our story much more colorful. So here is to supporting an art form, and to the wonderful makers allowing this to be responsibly possible...


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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!


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EcoVibe Apparel

A boutique & online shop, EcoVibe Apparel is a lovely space full of sustainable & trendy clothing {like the kind you wish your closet was made out of}. Their brick-and-mortar is based in my favorite US city, Portland, Oregon, and - good news for the rest of us - their online store ships worldwide. They carry ten brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad.


threads 4 thought

As much as I love dressing up, I would say my usual daily uniform is leggings and a tee. We start our morning out at the Y, and then the rest of the day I chase around a toddler. Threads 4 Thought fits right into my non-stop schedule! They only work with factories holding the highest certifications in the industry and ensuring the best working conditions possible. These factories also take sustainability into account every step of the way.


left edit

When I first saw this brand launch their Kickstarter last fall, I knew it was going to be a great success. The bold prints, versatile designs and style-driven attitude is what a lot of us women want in a conscious wardrobe. Left Edit leaves an impression behind, and it’s something new & refreshing to add to the sustainable fashion movement. This brand would be on the ‘high’ side of affordable, but worth every penny!!


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nobody’s child

This UK brand makes sure to partner with both local and international factories that ensure fair pay and safe working conditions. They are also big on eliminating textile waste so any leftovers are donated to fashion colleges in order to avoid the landfills. & I’m kind of obsessed with that skirt over there….


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face a la mer

Facε à La Mεr has teamed up with EarthPositive to produce all of their tees. They also have a strong code of ethics for their workers, and are members of the Fair Wear Foundation. Overall, with their GOTS Organic fabric and manufacturing process, they have reduced their carbon footprint by 90%.Facε à La Mεr was started by Gordon Fava, a scuba diver who is passionate about the state of our oceans. He decided to partner up with Project Aware, a global force of scuba divers who have been protecting our oceans for over 25 years.


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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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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!!

use code CHIC25 for 25% off


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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!


Encircled

BE MORE WITH LESS...is their motto! Encircled is a Canadian based sustainable clothing brand who creates for the stylish traveler {& your everyday busy body!}. They want you to be able to travel light while looking effortless at the same time. Imagine being able to put all your essentials into one carry-on. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Everything Encircled designs is multi-functioning and completely versatile. One of their pieces you can wear 8+ different ways!


A few more great lists:

14 Affordable Sustainable & Fair Trade Handbags

9 Eco Products Helping You Go Zero-Waste

15 Sustainable Clothing Brands for The Minimalist

 

 

Thanks for supporting these makers, and, remember, sustainability isn't 'cheap' ;)

Bis,

Natalie Kay