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.
Article 22 is a jewelry brand dedicated to producing handmade collections from modern artifacts. Their first collection, peaceBOMB, is comprised of jewelry made from Vietnam War era bombs. Laotian artisans repurpose the weapon fragments that pollute their lands into beautiful statements of peace. The proceeds from each peaceBOMB product sold go to demining the bomb littered land. To learn more about Article 22's work, and this collection in particular, watch the video below:
Connected in Hope is a scarf brand committed to empowering the Ethiopian women they work with to rise above poverty through sustainable income development. All proceeds from sales go to either providing income to the women or are invested in holistic programs (training, preschool/daycare, and healthcare) for the women and their families. The company operates under the principles and best practices established by the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation. To learn more about the company's approach, click here.
Each bracelet from Pura Vida Bracelets is handmade by Costa Rican artisans, for whom the company seeks to provide sustainable, full-time work. Additionally, Pura Vida Bracelets strongly believes in giving back. They offer different bracelet collections to support various causes such as animal awareness, children's education, women's rights, veteran programs, and cancer research, among others. The company also donates 1% of all of their profits to The Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving beaches and oceans worldwide.
To learn more about the company's work, watch the interview below:
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.
Etrican is a Singapore-based brand dedicated to creating accessible designs and affordable clothing out of organic cotton. On top of that, they work exclusively with responsible factories that ensure fair pay, adequate working hours, and good conditions for their workers. All Etrican products are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard organization, which holds its members to both social and environmental standards.
JOYN is a handbag and accessory business that seeks to connect artisans in Northern India with the world of fashion. All of their cotton is hand-cleaned, hand-spun, handwoven, hand-dyed, and hand-stitched, allowing for an ethical process of production. Not only does such a process produce beautiful pieces, like this Gold Diamond Handbag, but it also helps bring the Indian artisans out of poverty and provides them with a stable, sustainable livelihood.
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:
The West is Dead is a clothing brand committed to preserving, protecting, and reclaiming the American West through their craftsmanship. Currently, the brand is partnering with the Intertribal Buffalo Council to work toward the revitalization of the West. Additionally, all of their garments, including this comfy crew neck sweatshirt, are handmade in the USA from high-quality raw materials.
APOCCAS (which stands for "Ancient Power on Cashmere, Cotton, And Silk") is a business committed to ethically producing fair trade, hand-woven textiles and handmade bracelets. All materials come from Thailand and are produced by Thai artisans. For instance, their UPCY scarf (left) is hand-made by village cooperative weavers in Mukdahan, Thailand. The scarf is crafted out of 100% silk with botanical dyes and made through a process of up-cycling rejected Eri silk cocoons, which would otherwise go to waste. Additionally, the above brown labradorite bracelet, AGNI, is made from semi-precious and precious stones through processes that uphold the companies philosophy.
4 All Humanity is an online private label that offers women's apparel (like this fair trade, 100% organic cotton Hi-Lo Henley Dress) made by a cooperative in northern Uganda. The brand also produces accessories, which are made from recycled materials, silver, vintage fabrics, leather, and semi-precious stones by co-ops in India, Thailand, Mexico, and South Africa. 4 All Humanity ethically sources every one of their products, believing that in doing so they can not only change the futures of the artisans they work with, but also transform the apparel industry's current model of sourcing.
The eyewear brand, Warby Parker, is founded on the belief that it is possible to create high quality glasses at a revolutionary price point. All of their glasses, like this Marva Cobalt Leaf pair, are handcrafted using the finest custom materials. Furthermore, Warby Parker believes that everyone has the right to see, so for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need.
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.
Hovey Lee is a Los Angeles based eco jewelry brand. All of their jewelry is made in LA out of 100% recycled metals and fair trade gemstones. The company is committed to providing safe socially and environmentally responsible jewelry to their customers while promoting fair trade, human dignity, and environmental sustainability.
31 Bits produces jewelry and accessories (like this Tiered Symphony necklace) that are absolutely stunning, but what makes this company special is the fact that they are "using fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty." 99% of the materials used in a 31 Bits product come from East Africa, and every bead is handmade out of recycled paper. 31 Bits creates fashionable, quality products all while enabling their Ugandan beneficiaries to earn an income and support their families. To learn more about their work in Uganda, watch the 31 Bits Identity Video below.
Nau (pronounced "now") is a Portland-based company dedicated to social, material, and aesthetic sustainability. They create beautiful pieces out of natural, renewable, recycled, and salvaged materials and donate 2% of every sale to their humanitarian and environmental Partners for Change, (which include Ashoka, Breakthrough Institute, Mercy Corps, People for Bikes, and Ecotrust). Nau is known for their modern take on urban and outdoor apparel like this rain poncho, made from recycled polyester and organic cotton.
Known for their "super-soft" quality and simplistic designs, Alternative Apparel's products are both comfortable to wear and lovely to look at. Through their work, Alternative aims to promote purposeful causes, connect people, inspire creativity and catalyze change.
This Alpaca Cropped Poncho is made from sustainably sourced baby alpaca wool in partnership with the Sustainable Alpaca Network, Pacomarca. This wool comes from the rural highlands of Peru, where Alternative has partnered with local experts in the trade to create a sustainable textile industry. To learn more about the company's work in Peru, check out their video "Made in Peru: Alpaca Wool" below.
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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