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Conscious Consumerism: Ethical Fashion Brands

Lately, I’ve been becoming more and more passionate about ethical fashion and creating a conscious closet. I believe knowing where your clothes, accessories and shoes came from, how they were made and who made them is practicing good stewardship and social responsibility. There are more and more ethical fashion brands out there and I thought I would share a list of some of my favorites. If you know of others, please share in the comments. Happy shopping!

Everlane sells minimalist basics—like T-shirts and sweaters, hoodies, and weekend bags—made with high-quality fabrics but sold at low prices. They value transparency and work closely with their factories.

Sudara sells pujammis, t-shirts and more and while creating safe, sustainable jobs that are making a way for women to make their way out of the sex trade- and stay out

31 Bits
Beautiful handmade jewelry from bits of paper made by women in Uganda. 31 Bit’s artisans receive a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty.

Raven + Lily
Raven and Lily’s ethically made clothing, jewelry, bags and accessories all empower women by providing them with safe, sustainable jobs.

Sseko Designs
Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals, shoes and accessories to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams.

Parker Clay
Parkery Clay sells premium leather goods made in Ethiopia. They work with the non-profit Women at Risk in giving back to help more women in Ethiopia realize their potential and to empower them with jobs and sustainable income as an alternative to prostitution.

A consciously edited collection of ethically handcrafted goods from around the world.

Noonday Collection
Beautiful handmade jewelry and accessories. Noonday Collection uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world.

Fortress of Inca
Beautiful, I mean beautiful, shoes handmade ethically in Peru.

Through design and innovation, Greenola provides advancement opportunities to artisans in marginalized regions of the world.

Osborn Shoes
Based in Brooklyn, Osborn works collaboratively with fair trade weaving cooperatives globally to create fantastic artisan textiles. The team also closely oversees the production of their products to ensure that each pair made is a testament to their ethos of fair trade production and eco-friendly materials.

Kaaru employs artisans in rural Bangladesh to create its handwoven, 100 percent organic-cotton clothing. (“Kaaru” is the Bengali word for “artisan”.)

Azadi Project works with artisans in Bangladesh, as well as rural Pakistan and Uzbekistan, to provide “high-quality, contemporary, ethical fashion” while providing opportunities for the economically disadvantaged.

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