BRANDS I LOVE
This is an introductory go-to list of some ethical, sustainable and local brands that I believe in whole-heartedly and often give my hard-earned money to. Check out the blog for more extensive lists and products!
You may have noticed this sneaker brand gracing the feet of bloggers and stylists already, as their signature V logo is hard to miss and easy to love. A French brand that manufactures in Brazil, they utilize fair-trade sourcing for many materials (in particular their rubber and organic cotton), as well as environmentally friendly processes such as vegetable tanning for their leather. They offer a wide selection of vegan, recycled mesh, leather and suede styles in endless colour combos for men, women and kiddos. Produced in factories where workers receive fair wages and paid vacation time, they're dedicated to the communities and individuals who make their product.
Favourite item: V-10 Extra white sneaker.
Everlane is quickly gaining a cult following. If you don't already know about this brand, what are you even doing? JK. You're here learning about them and I'm grateful for that. Leading the way in radical transparency, they outline exactly the price it cost them to make a garment and give virtual tours of their partner factories in China, Peru, Vietnam, Spain, Italy and Sri Lanka. What started as an online brand making great basics, they have expanded to include shoes (I have four pairs), denim, underwear, and have recently opened two brick-and-mortars much to the delight of every person living in SF and NYC.
Favourite item: Day Heel and Wide Leg Crop pant.
Based out of Regina, SK, this is a Canadian brand that focuses on handmade garments based on vintage patterns. Using dead-stock fabrics, she breathes new life into forgotten cloth and sews them into minimal pieces that are staples for any capsule wardrobe. Find them in Regina at her small boutique or at Hazlewood in Saskatoon.
Favourite item: Tie crop top or wrap pants.
Nisolo is a gorgeous brand that creates jewelry as well as leather shoes and accessories out of their partnership factories in Peru and Mexico. They also bring on independent artisans for unique, handmade pieces that support and promote smaller businesses in underdeveloped communities. All Nisolo producers receive, at a minimum, beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and can feel safe in one of their healthy working environments.
Favourite item: Simone Crossbody shopper tote.
Reformation is where sustainable meets perfection (they are the makers of all my dream dresses). An LA based clothing company that creates gorgeous pieces in low-waste facilities, they use super sustainable materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing to curate a selection of fierce, feminine pieces. They use a system called RefScale to track their environmental impact, as well as invest in green building infrastructure to minimize their waste, water, and energy footprints.
Favourite item: Jaxon Dress in Starburst.
Hailing from Sackville, Canada, Jeska Grue is one of many independent Canadian designers I adore (we also share a birthday!). Making timeless, minimal pieces that effortlessly fit into any modern wardrobe, she prides herself on using sustainable, natural fibres and natural dyes in her garment production. You can find her pieces, along with so many other wonderful Canadian brands, at Victoire (https://victoireboutique.com/) Toronto and Ottawa.
Favourite item: off-the-shoulder ruffle top.
Amour Vert was founded on the belief that great fashion and social responsibility can coexist. Translating to "green love", this beautiful brand focuses on sustainable fabrics and non-toxic dyes for their classic pieces. Made ethically in American facilities, they strive to maintain a zero-waste process in their production. Their most recent collaboration with LA-based denim brand AGOLDE has yielded some pretty fantastic results.
Favourite item: Classic Biker Jacket (recycled leather).
A list like this wouldn't be complete without a great swimwear brand. In my efforts to find the perfect one-piece suit, I stumbled upon Beth Richards: a Vancouver based independent designer making babely suits for every body type. Using ultra durable Italian stretch fabric that is UPF 50+ protected, these pieces are made locally where workers earn a living wage and production numbers are controlled to ensure they only create what they need.
Favourite item: Coco one-piece (also drooling over the Kim bikini in Sand).
Designed and manufactured in Canada, Iris was started by two women who were frustrated by the lack of great denim available to them (I mean, aren't we all?). They started with a simple hi-waist skinny and have since expanded to wide-leg and boyfriend styles. Their jeans are made in a factory that minimizes water consumption and uses biodegradable wash agents and natural enzymes instead of toxic chemicals, and are available at various stockists across Canada (including Victoire).
Favourite item: Mirage Jean.
If you've seen any photos of me, you will recognize these brass earrings immediately. Seaworthy is a favourite jewelry brand of mine, making gorgeous, modern shapes out of silver and brass in Portland, OR. Sustainable manufacturing practices are at the forefront of their business, and they pay their employees a living wage that includes paid time-off for vacations and volunteer time, as well as coverage for wellness and health-related extra-curricular activities.
Favourite item: Belleza earrings in brass.
If you're an insatiable denim devotee, you gotta check out Re/Done. Using vintage denim, they take jeans and rework or repurpose them to breathe new life and love into something old and worn. Manufactured in Downtown LA using water conserving methods and no harsh chemicals, Re/Done is helping give modern consumers a more sustainable way to buy new jeans.
Favourite item:Ultra High Rise Levi's.
Originally from Newfoundland but trained in Montreal, Amanda Moss is another independent Canadian designer who uses natural materials and ethical production sites for the creation of her clothing. The designer hand cuts each piece and produces all collections in small, ethically managed workshops in Montreal, Canada. Toronto and Ottawa shoppers can find her pieces at Victoire, or find them online.
Favourite item: Penny Tank in Watercolour.
Based in Montreal, Canada, this environmentally conscious brand chooses organic and eco-friendly fabrics to make small batches of quality garments. Everything is designed, produced and manufactured out of Montreal with a focus on local economic sustainability. All the packaging, labels, tags and envelops are printed material entirely produced in Montreal as well. This is another brand you can find at Victoire or online.
Favourite item: Embroidered necktie.