Fair Trade Clothing Companies

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Throughout the past couple of weeks, I’ve written several posts about conscious consumerism. I know it can be difficult to search through all of the clothing companies out there and research the ethics of their business models before making a purchase. I completely understand that sometimes it’s a little hard to motivate yourself to put in tons of effort to find a fair trade company when all you’re looking for is a simple t-shirt that you could pick up at Forever 21 for $5. It’s easy to be discouraged when the vast majority of what is available for consumption is produced unethically.

Over the past few months, I’ve compiled a list of some socially-conscious brands that I’ve come across, and I want to share it with you in the hopes that it will make your ethical shopping experience a little easier. I’ve tried to include a vast array of shops that sell everything from everyday clothes to swimwear to undies to jewelry in a range of prices. And to make it just a little easier for you, I’ve linked the website for each shop. All you have to do is click the name of the shop you’re interested in, and you’ll go straight to their website.

I’ve also gotten some requests to include some options for all the guys out there, so every shop with asterisk beside the name has options for anyone who’s looking for some male attire.

Clothing

23 Skidoo

Ace & Jig

Alternative Apparel*

Braintree*

Bridge and Burn*

Everlane *

Gather and See

Indigo*

Les Sublimes

Mata Traders

Modcloth Made in the USA

People Tree*

Raven and Lily

Reformation

Seamly

Slumlove Sweater Company*

Symbology

Tent Marketplace

Threads 4 Thought*

Vintage Style Me

Zady*

Active Wear

Albion Fit

Patagonia*

Threads 4 Thought*

Tracksmith*

Swimwear

Albion Fit

Kortni Jeane*

Denim

Monkee Genes*

MUD Jeans*

Undies/Socks/Jammies

Braintree*

Sudara*

THINX

Wear PACT*

Shoes

IX Style

Fortress of Inca*

Humble Hilo

Nisolo*

Oliberte*

Sseko

The Root Collective

Bags

IX Style

Duluth Pack*

FEED*

Humble Hilo

Love 41*

Market Colors

Mulxiply

Raven and Lily

Tribe Alive

Jewelry/Accessories

IX Style

Greenola Style

Haiti Design Co-op

Indigo

Love 41

Market Colors

Mata Traders

Mulxiply

Raven and Lily

Symbology

Tribe Alive

Home Goods

The Citizenry

Humble Hilo

Indigo

Nkuku

Raven and Lily

Children’s Clothing

Ace & Jig

Humble Hilo

Indigo*

Kortni Jeane*

Seamly

Sudara*

Wear PACT*

Additional Resources

The Good Trade

The Her Initiative Ethical, Conscious, Fair Trade Shopping Guide

The True Cost – Buying Better

Disclaimer: I haven’t partnered with any of these shops to write this post. I’m just passionate about promoting brands that do good things and treat their workers and our planet well. Also, I haven’t purchased items from each and every one of these shops. These are just the ones I’ve found through my intensive internet searches for ethical options and keep on a running list on my computer. I hope it helps!

For those of you who are on a budget (like me), check out my Ethical Shopping on a Budget Part 1 and 2 to see my tips for buying cheap clothes without supporting fast fashion.

What’s your favorite fair trade company?

– Lauren

Thrifty

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It is an indisputable fact that I come from a family of professional thrifters. Every Saturday, my parents scavenge yard sales, estate sales, and antique stores to find some good deals on vintage items, and when I’m at home, I go with them. Luckily, they passed their love of old things and their knack for scoring a deal on to me. I’ve found some really great things on my thrifting adventures, from clothes to furniture to books, but some of my favorite finds are some that I found this week.

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This past week was my Spring Break, and I spent half of it in Georgia and the other half at home in Alabama. While in Georgia, I went to some antique stores and a vintage clothing store, and in Alabama, I stopped by some estate sales and a flea market.

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At the Georgia antique store, I hit the book jackpot. They had a ton of rare, first edition books. I found an edition of some Robert Browning poems that was published during his lifetime (which is so cool) and a copy of James Joyce’s letters, both of which I’m really excited about. Later in the week, I headed to Little Five Points in Atlanta to visit my favorite vintage shop, where I snagged a few rompers and dresses for summer. If you’re ever in Atlanta, check out the Clothing Warehouse for some amazing vintage finds.

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Back in Alabama, I went by an estate sale and found a vintage coffee grinder. To be honest, I didn’t know what it was at first, but when I found out, my coffee-loving self couldn’t let it go. Antique coffee grinders are selling online for over $100, but I snagged mine for $22.50.

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Finally, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect vintage suitcase for a while. I found one last summer at a flea market, but I waited too long to buy it and someone else got it. I was pretty disappointed, but there is no shortage of old suitcases at flea markets. I knew that if I just held out long enough, I would find the perfect one. And I was right. I finally found it at the same flea market where I found the first one. It’s so cute and in nearly perfect condition – no rips or weird smells or anything – and I can’t wait to take it on a road trip.

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Needless to say, I love old things, and I love thrifting. It’s a great way to find some unique items without breaking the bank. Finding a cute romper from the 80s or bedside table from the 70s is so much more fun than getting something that’s been mass produced for any old store.

What’s your favorite thrift find?

– Lauren