There’s a lot to be said for buying homegrown, or should we say home-sewn fashion. For all of our American readers looking to shop local, here are 14 ethical fashion labels made in the USA.
At Good On You, we know that buying locally is an important feature of embracing sustainable and ethical fashion. By supporting brands that design and make their clothes in America, you’re minimizing the number of miles your clothing has to travel and reducing your overall carbon footprint. Plus you’ll be helping to create local jobs, boosting economies around the country.
The brands below have been rated ‘Great’ or ‘Good’ in the Good On You app. This means they’re committed to reducing their impact on animals, people, and the planet.
Conscious Clothing makes 100% handmade and hand-dyed natural fiber fashion. All of their materials are sustainable, including hemp, organic cotton, organic linen and recycled fabrics. Conscious Clothing’s design studio is located in Rockford Michigan, where their team cut, sew, wash and dye, tag, iron, and ship their unique pieces.
YSTR is a brand that lives and breathes slow fashion with their gorgeous range of on-trend pieces made with an emphasis on zero waste. YSTR uses a large proportion of high-quality deadstock fabrics, which is material left over from other garment mills that would otherwise go to landfill. We love that they also pay a living wage to their workers.
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La Vie en Orange cooks up super cute looking underwear that’s been handmade from 100% recycled materials including thrifted t-shirts! Every piece of underwear is made in-house by designer Kori Jock who cuts, screen prints and sews in her Michigan studio.
Kirrin Finch makes all their clothing in New York where they are leading advocates for labor rights. The brand’s founders, Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders have responded to a gap in the market with menswear-inspired designs, cut for women’s bodies. Kirrin Finch empowers women and the LGBTQ community and uses only eco-friendly materials.
Style Saint uses zero animal products throughout their entire production process. They emphasize upcycling in production, use environmentally-friendly fabrics, and monitor their water and energy usage across the supply chain. Meanwhile, their employees’ wages are 2000% higher than the average garment worker. What’s not to love? The affordable range works from smart casual to lingerie, to evening wear, and is milled, cut and hand-sewn in the USA.
Groceries Apparel is dedicated to empowering their workers through fair trade, fair work, and fair pay. All their garments are made with eco-friendly fabrics and hand-dyed using non-toxic vegetable dyes at their factory in downtown Los Angeles. They make gorgeous, versatile and adaptable clothing and basics that will keep you looking stylish from yoga to brunch, to lunch, through to dinner and a night on the town.
In case you hadn’t already guessed from the name, Study NY makes all its clothing in the Big Apple. Their pieces are simple, elegant and timeless, factoring in both comfort and style. Study NY uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including certified organic cotton, recycled fabrics, and organic hemp.
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Every garment by Arkins is made from sustainable and eco-friendly materials, in-house at their Manhattan-based studio. Their small team makes their designs to meet demand, reducing unnecessary production and waste. From office-wear to swimwear, their designs are made in versatile colors that will stay stylish through the seasons.
Elizabeth Suzann strives to create long-lasting garments with beautiful lines and flattering silhouettes. There’s a deliberate focus on natural fiber clothes, including 100% hemp twill. Elizabeth Suzann’s clothing is made in their own studio based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Frock LA manufacture all of their products locally in Los Angeles. This glitzy label has a celebrity following, including the likes of Leighton Meester, Kristin Cavallari, Lana Del Rey and the Pussycat Dolls. They choose to use 100% vegan materials, along with natural plant-based dyes to limit their use of hazardous chemicals.
Handmade to order by a small team in Los Angeles, Clare Bare make beautiful lingerie that is not only eco-friendly but unique, modern and sexy. The brand’s products are made using vintage or upcycled fabric and trim, as well as organic cotton, bamboo, jersey, and silk. Clare Bare also uses organic dyes for their materials.
Watch out Zara, there’s a new cool-girl label in town. Reformation’s designs are glamorous and on trend, whether you’re headed to a fancy lunch or your best friend’s wedding. With every piece you purchase from them, they’ll let you know exactly how much waste you’ve saved by choosing to shop sustainably. Not shopping right now? You can still help them reduce waste by donating your old clothing to be reused or recycled with their RefRecycling program.
Founded by sisters Komie and Meg, Delikate Rayne creates edgy, high-quality fashion that’s 100% cruelty-free. To reduce their use of chemicals, they avoid the use of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic to make their vegan leather. Delikate Rayne crafts all of their products in a family-owned factory based in the USA.
Brave Gentleman delivers stylish and downright sexy high-end menswear. Their entire range is crafted from environmentally friendly and completely vegan materials. Brave Gentleman’s innovative future leather, wool, and silk are made using recycled materials and are certified by PETA.
In our globalized world, fast fashion and industry supply chains have become a huge problem for people, the planet, and animal welfare. By supporting local brands with strong ethical practices like these, you help re-establish a connection between designers, makers, and wearers of fashion, fostering care, quality and appreciation.
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Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article by Camille Soulos-Ramsay. Rating correct at time of publication.
Feature image via Arkins. Additional images via the brands mentioned.
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