Following on from my chat about ethical fashion a few weeks ago, a lot of you wanted posts on my favourite ethical brands. I think if I listed all of my favourites in one post it would be incredibly long so I think I’m going to split it into chunks, let me know if you do like this post and I’ll be sure to write about some more of my favourite ethical brands! To anyone that’s said ethical fashion isn’t ‘fashionable’ well this post might persuade you otherwise!
|Photo is taken from Everlane|
Price range: $16+
Everlane is one of the most transparent brands you’ll find, beside each garment is what factory it was made in, the true costs and the mark-up price – the consumer is left with no questions about who their clothes are made by. The simple design of the clothes are made from materials that are made to last and are beautifully styled on their website.
Sadly for those of you reading this in the UK Everlane doesn’t actually ship internationally (only Canada and Australia) however I was informed by the brand on Twitter that they should be some time soon for a limited period, I’m definitely going to be saving up for the E2 stretch tank and the oversized cardigan, both impossibly simple yet so different to anything I’ve seen in the shops – you could style the pieces with so much!
|Photo taken from Veja|
Price range: £85-£120
Veja is probably the most ethical trainer brand out there, tThe trainers and accessories are made of organic cotton, wild rubber from the Amazon and vegetable-tanned leather.
You can find the trainers on their own website although I’m not sure how much shipping costs are, alternatively the website Trouva or Zalando sell a selection of Veja shoes with free delivery options. My favourite pair from the brand has to be the Extra White Nautico, it’s simple yet so gorgeous and definitely my next trainer purchase. The brand is well worth looking at if you want to buy a new pair of shoes, priced only around £20 more than nike or other high-street brands, Veja is an amazing ethical alternative.
Price range: £18+
It’s probably no surprise that Birdsong are featuring in this post, I love everything about this feminist fashion brand, from their aesthetic to the messages behind the clothes and the people that make them. Not only are their clothes made by women with inspiring stories but the profit goes to charities supporting them as well. If you want to learn a bit more about the brand, I interviewed the co-founder last month, the interview link is here.
Price range: £7-£55
Mexi Clothing is not such a brand on its own but a website that brings clothes from Mexico to the UK and Europe. They launched in November last year and sell three brands: Hangers, Someone Somewhere and Treinta y Tres.
They kindly sent me this sack* from Someone Somewhere and I absolutely love it, I think it’ll be perfect for the summer when I don’t want to have a bulky backpack, it has a capacity of up to two litres and the threads are 100% recycled. Someone somewhere is a brand that works with artisans from the poorest states in Mexico. They make the designs by hand with traditional techniques however doing that usually doesn’t give them enough money, causing them to abandon their craft, Someone Somewhere pays them fair wages and works very closely with them to keep this from happening. I think it’s so great to be able to connect to like minded ethical brands from all around the world, Mexi clothing stocks some really pieces at totally affordable prices and that definitely merits them as one of my favourite brands.
|Photo taken from People Tree – Equality top, navy trousers|
Price range: £18+
People Tree have a special place in my heart, they’re the reason I first started researching into ethical fashion after learning about the brand in a Geography lesson a few years ago, researching about the Rana Plaza disaster and how high-street brands treat their workers and the working conditions they work in. Upon researching the ethical standard of the brand we had to find brands that produce their clothes ethically and abstain from using materials that need harsh chemicals applied to them. People Tree was one of the only brands we could find at the time.
The ethical fashion market has expanding hugely recently and it’s great to see the brands I used to love still flourishing and expanding. A pioneer for slow fashion, their website states their garments are ‘made with organic cotton and sustainable materials, using traditional skills that support rural communities.’ People Tree work with Fair Trade producers, garment workers, artisans and farmers in the developing world in order to develop eco-friendly garments that leave no doubt about how ‘ethical’ it is. Their S/S 17 collection is absolutely stunning and the red breton tee is top of my wishlist. My mum had a top similar from Whistles that she bought years ago and wore to death, I think I might have to buy it for her for mothers day because it’s just too nice not to. I might have to buy one for myself as well…
These are only a few of my favourite ethical brands and let me know if you want me to do any more of these posts, I loved compiling my favourite pieces from the brands, what are your favourite pieces from this post?
Lots of love, Eleanor //
*Items marked with a * have been sent to me however all views are my own :))