Eco-friendly brands that are actually stylish
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By Zoe Jones
Forget the crunchy footwear and drab hemp tunics—the latest ethical and eco-conscious fashions are colorful, sexy and stylish. Here are ten brands that do it all, providing safe working conditions, fair wages, sustainable production and environmentally-friendly manufacturing. So shop away—it's practically unethical not to.
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With its nature-inspired prints and classic silhouettes, Valentine Gauthier's French clothing has a sophisticated, bohemian vibe. All production happens in small workshops across South America and India, supporting the development of skilled workers. To minimize its carbon footprint, the company sources organic fabrics and leathers from the same countries where clothes are produced.
SHOP NOW: Valentine Gauthier jacket, $250
Precious Metals3 of 10
For affordable jewelry and leather goods, style "it" girls like Pippa Middleton and Alexa Chung turn to MADE. All products are handcrafted by local artisans in MADE's Kenyan workshop,—which operates under ethical and fair trade principles—and uses sustainable materials like recycled brass and glass.
SHOP NOW: Nagathe earrings, $32
In the Bag4 of 10
On a solo trip to South East Asia, Kimberly Hartman was struck by the work of a weaving village in Laos. Hartman, the founder of JADEtribe handbags, now employs members of the community, paying them fair-trade prices to create exclusive colors and patterns for her brand. All fabrics are recycled, dyes are organic and textiles are hand woven and hand embroidered.
SHOP NOW: JADEtribe beach bag, $158
Power Player5 of 10
With her wind energy-powered stores and offices and bio-degradable carrier bags and shoe soles, Stella McCartney shows it's easy being green. The designer's Adidas collection is made of materials from sustainable sources, produced without harmful chemicals, and manufactured under strict workplace standards.
SHOP NOW: Stella McCartney tank, $65
Natural Wonder6 of 10
Alice Wu and Moriah Carlson, the team behind Feral Childe womenswear line, proudly manufacture their products at New York City's Garment Center. With responsible waste disposal (remnants are recycled and leftover yardage is offered to other independent designers) and low impact dyes, sustainable practices are as important to the brand as their stylish designs.
SHOP NOW: Collard dress, $368
One of a Kind7 of 10
We love A Peace Treaty for more than just its gorgeous artisan jewelry and scarves: Each season, the co-founders travel to areas affected by social and political conflicts, such as Afghanistan, India and Bolivia, and employ local artisans to design one-off pieces at above-fair-trade wages.
SHOP NOW: A Peace Treaty necklace, $264
Friendly Fabrics8 of 10
Carrie Parry’s polished, retro-inspired separates and dresses are all made from eco-conscious textiles. Panchachuli Women Weavers in Eastern India hand spin and weave silk and wool for the brand, producing zero carbon emissions, and use dyes without harmful compounds. In addition to earning a fair wage that helps empower the women in their community, the artisan weavers are also shareholders in the cooperative.
SHOP NOW: Carrie Parry blouse, $260
Gold Standard9 of 10
Cutting edge accessories brand Ampersand as Apostrophe sources all materials (including buffalo hide, brass and recycled rubber) locally in Washington State to minimize its environmental footprint. All pieces are handmade at their Seattle studio and the company works with local tanneries that enforce strict environmental standards (such as reusing water and proper disposal of waste) to protect the local air and water supplies.
SHOP NOW: Ampersand as Apostrophe tote, $395
American Classics10 of 10
A leader in eco-friendly luxury, ORGANIC by John Patrick is dedicated to using traditional techniques like hand weaving and botanical dyes, recycled fabrics and organic wool yarns and cotton. Production is limited— to the point that every last garment is sold—to avoid excess stock and unnecessary waste.
SHOP NOW: ORGANIC by John Patrick t-shirt, $74