Bourgeois Boheme is an eco-friendly, animal-friendly, cruelty free, vegan brand. The brand produces unique and comfortable footwear for both men and women. As proponents of the "slow fashion" movement, Bourgeois Boheme uses timeless designs to create shoes that are built to last. Additionally, the brand is extremely committed to transparency, and provides their customers with ample information about where and how each product was made.
Wabi Sabi, and eco-fashion brand, produces shoes, jewelry, accessories, and clothing. The brand classifies all of their products into four categories of sustainability: natural, recycled, organic, and handmade. In addition, Wabi Sabi is careful to use certified ecological materials and only works with suppliers who comply to fair trade regulations.
Slowers is a Spain-based brand that specializes in producing modern versions of traditional espadrilles. Based on respect, honesty, and enjoyment, this brand is dedicated to creating ethical pieces of fashion. All Slowers items are hand-made in Spain from organic and raw Spanish materials, so as to reinvest in local communities, as well as minimize the company's transport footprint.
All shoes from Julie Bee's are made with the environment in mind. The brand create eco-chic shoes by way of sustainable processes - vegetable dyes, no harsh chemicals, recycled materials, vintage upcycling, etc. Each pair of shoes is handcrafted in the USA, "reducing carbon emissions and supporting an employee friendly working environment."
Levi's, which is part of the Levi Strauss & Co. apparel company, is a clothing company that specializes in denim. Their products are made with four key values in mind: empathy, integrity, originality, and courage. For years, the brand has been committed to fair labor standards and workers rights. Today, their Made of Progress campaign exemplifies their current mission - doing more with less while caring for people worldwide. To learn a little bit more about the spirit behind the Made of Progress campaign, check out the video below.
Country Road is an Australian brand dedicated to ethical fashion practices. Their corporate social responsibility model focuses on four key components: their people, their communities, the environment, and ethical trade. The brand is a big supporter of the Australian wool industry, but their products are exclusively sourced from non-mulesed wool. Additionally, they have developed an Environmental Code of Practice, which they require all their suppliers to sign.
Rapanui is an eco-friendly brand dedicated to making sustainable fashion "cool." The UK-based brand is known for its radical transparency and use of organic textiles. For Rapanui, ethical fashion begins with their design practices and continues through every stage of the production process.
Hiptipico is both a brand and online boutique dedicated to raising up Guatemalan artisans while preserving Mayan culture and customs. By reinvesting their profits into women's cooperatives, family shops, and Mayan handicrafters, Hiptipico has been able to stimulate local economies through their work. The brand's practices revolve around five core values: fair wages, economic development, authenticity, empowerment, and sustainability.
Though Teysha sells shoes, their main objective as a business is to connect, empower, and inspire people all over the world. Furthermore, they believe that social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, and micro-finance are some of the most effective ways to provide opportunities to those in developing countries. Because of this, all of their products are handmade in Guatemala, Colombia, and Panama by contracted artisans, not "employees." The purchase of each pair of Teysha's handmade Guate Boots has an impact on over ten Guatemalan artisans and a ripple effect throughout their entire community.
Nisolo is a shoe-making company dedicated to fighting poverty in Peru by providing locals with consistent, sustainable work. Through providing capital, training, and a market to sell quality goods, Nisolo empowers the people they work with, instilling dignity, sustainability, and true change into their lives. The brand's vision is to "serve as a springboard for impoverished entrepreneurs around the globe." For a better look at some of their shoes, check out the video below:
Steven Alan is a New York based designer committed to creating classic, timeless pieces of clothing. His garments are handmade from high-quality raw materials. Most of the manufacturing is done in New York (seventy percent, in fact), and the small amount of production done in China takes place in small factories that do not partake in mass-production. This allows the brand to be proud of their product as well as their process.
Allie Gardner is a DC-based nonprofit professional working to eradicate human trafficking. She holds a Master's in Public Anthropology from American University.
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