The One-Oh: 01. CADET Officer shirt in red gauze 02. Cuyana tall leather tote in lilac 03. imogene + willie wilkins denim jacket 04. imogene + willie imogene slim blue ridge 05. Clover Canyon Book of Kells long-sleeve flared dress 06. Clover Canyon Corfu Swirl cap sleeve dress 07. Everlane slouchy cashmere v-neck in navy 08. CADET PFC pant in grey chambray 09. Cuyana alpaca infinity scarf 10. Everlane ankle wrap in fig
As a follow-up to our “Ethical Fashion: The Quick and Dirty” article, here are picks from five of our favorite ethically conscious fashion brands!
Menswear label CADET designs and manufactures its products in the brand’s own factory in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Established in 2011 by Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt, the CADET line is “inspired by the post-war military academy era” and focuses “on quality and clean lines for a crisp aesthetic that honors classic silhouettes while continuing to push menswear design forward with bold prints and colors.”
The folks behind women’s clothing and accessories brand Cuyana “believe in both beauty and intentional buying.” They work with high-quality materials and craftsmakers from around the world to produce items that they hope will encourage customers to “celebrate fewer, better things and strive to live a life of inspired simplicity.”
Nashville-based denim company imogene + willie manufacture their jeans regionally “in an effort to build up a dying garment industry in the South.” While increased demand has forced them to move parts of their manufacturing process away from their workshop, “all design, fit development, pattern making, and finishing touches are done in [their] shop in Nashville, TN. imogene + willie jeans have been, and will always be, made in the USA.”
Celebrity-favorite brand Clover Canyon designs and produces its signature bold, eclectic prints and sleek silhouettes in Los Angeles. According to their website, “The Clover Canyon atelier is unique: Working collaboratively, and drawing on their shared passion for travel and art, the team designs original prints, and hand-engineers them to frame and enhance the body. New technology meets old world craftsmanship as garments are designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house.”
Menswear and womenswear label Everlane promises their customers “high quality, low markups.” The brand works with “the best factories around the world—the very same ones that produce your favorite designer labels,” but eliminate middlemen (thereby saving you money) by sourcing and designing everything in-house and maintaining a web-only retail store.