We are becoming increasingly aware of the effect of our shopping habits on the environment.
It’s no secret that our planet is in pretty dire shape. The average surface temperature of the earth is rising and so are sea levels. This rise in temperature is caused by everything from the food we eat to the cars that we drive and our lifestyle habits.
According to experts, if we want to avoid a devastating calamity we’re going to have to change our habits, as humans from the ground up.
This means changing the way we shop.
If you want to help contribute to the solution — rather than the problem — consider these incredible brands, who are working hard to create sustainable fashion for women. Best part? They’re all female-owned companies, which means you can support your sisters while saving the planet.
The Best Sustainable Fashion Brands of 2019 for Women by Women
This company was founded by Jessie Randall when she couldn’t find the shoes she wanted to wear in stores. She now rocks an incredible brand of her own. Loeffler Randall is known for its attention to detail and clean design. Not only does Randall have an eye on sustainability when it comes to clothing, she also has an eye on bettering the lives of women. On International Women’s Day in 2018, the company teamed up with Aymara women of Challpata, Bolivia to bring traditional dying and weaving techniques to an international audience. This helped them not only grow their craft, but preserve it for future generations.
If you’re “in the know” on the footwear circuit, Sarah Flint is a familiar name. Before launching a line in 2013, Flint studied at both Parsons and FIT. She is also a member of the CFDA, with a sponsorship from Michael Kors and Zac Posen. Flint’s line features flats, sandals and heels, all made in Italy and sold and direct-to-consumer prices. These shoes aren’t just shoes — they’re works of art.
This company — as its name suggests — is all about transparency. Pieces from Vrai & Oro focus on high quality minimalist design. The materials used to craft them are carefully chosen with sustainability in mind. You can even watch them produce the gold that features in their signature pieces on their website.
Wildfang was founded by Emma Mcilroy and Julia Parsley. The two founders wanted to use their company to approach casual dressing and suiting in a whole new way. By “borrowing from the boys” they have reclaimed a whole new style and silhouette for the female shape, opening up pieces that were once seen as being exclusively male. On their website, you’ll find an array of bold suit separates and feminist tees. Perfect for those with a “tomboy” or adventurous attitude, the is one of the best brands of the year.
The Ace & Jig founders, Cary Vaughn and Jenna Wilson, have been advocating for slow fashion since their company’s inception in 2009. These designers, from Brooklyn, work with textile specialists in India to source and produce colorful woven textiles. Their products are great for women, children and the home alike.
Another shoe company makes the list and this one is well worth it. The shoes provided from Dear Frances are splurges you can feel good about. This luxury footwear brand gives back to communities in need (like Tom’s but bougier). Even better? All shoes are produced by a female fashion designer.
You surely clocked Selena Gomez in an ACLU necklace last fall. So you know Slow Factory. This brand, built by Céline Semaan Vernon, creates accessories with a purpose. Each Slow Factory collection supports a social cause. Some causes include education in Lebanon and support of the ACLU.
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This company creates fashion for those that are vertically challenged. The founders, Avani Agarwal and Camille Moroz, decided to create the brand after becoming frustrated by the lack of sustainable clothes for short women. Their pieces are focused on those sized 5’0″ and smaller.
Jessica Hendricks wanted to create a collection that focused on female artists. These artists use traditional metalworking practices which are more sustainable than large commercial practices. The artists are paid above average wages. This then allows them to create better lives for themselves.
If you love whimsical, you’re going to love Susan Alexandra.
Susan’s collection contains all the color and playfulness of the 90’s era with beaded bags and funky jewelry. Expect cartoon faces, watermelons and flower bouquets abound. These are just a few of the symbols that appear regularly on this designers sustainable and bubbly designs — handmade in Manhattan.
If you’re thinking of investing in quality denim, consider Industry Standard. This sustainable fashion brand, founded by Nicole Najafi, has been a supplier of closet essentials since 2014. They focus on skinny jeans and plain t-shirts.
Want to empower women? While also being sustainable? Dôen is for you.
This company is powered by women on every level of operations. The clothes produced by the collective are easy and paired-back separates. If you love to rock West-Coast vibes, then this female-powered clothing brand might be for you.
Fine Jewelry with a sense of humor. That’s what Alison Lou is all about. These cheeky pieces are created in New York City by designer Alison Lou. Created with the modern woman in mind, pieces include 14k gold emojis and pasta earrings. Across the board, Alison Lou’s sustainable pieces give me LIFE.
Laura Lombardi focuses on making sculptural jewelry with sustainable manufacturing. You’ve no doubt spotted her signature hoops all over Instagram. The designer, Laura Lombardi, brings together elements of her childhood between New York and Italy to create inspired pieces.
Talk about conversation pieces.
The shoes produced by Llani are comfortable and fashionable. Llani collections include flats, slides and slippers to fit any foot. The coolest thing about this sustainable fashion brand is the personal touches. Each detail is thought up by founder, Alana Oates. For example, each pair of the brand’s Clara Heirloom Babouche features vintage Thai silk. The silk was gifted to the designer by her grandmother. Could there be anything cooler?
You’ve probably seen some celebs boasting these shirts. Fans of these sustainably stitched tees include Emma Watson and Connie Britton. Lingua Franca has a cult following. And it’s not hard to see why. Lingua Franca gives back to an array of social causes. Their shirts are also creative and bold.
There’s perhaps no more responsible brand than Cuyana. Founded by Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah, Cuyana focuses on responsible shopping and craftsmanship. Every product produced is sustainable. Their collections also effortlessly chic.
Putting it all together…
Every day is a good day to make conscious decisions about your fashion. You can pick better beauty products. Better household goods. Write these businesses down. Bookmark them. As we move forward toward an evermore uncertain future, you might just want to have these incredible brands in your back pocket. I mean, who wants to look bad and cause the climate apocalypse?