The top clothing brands are dedicated to sustainable practices and fair labor practices, using eco-friendly materials such as recycled denim in their designs and featuring thoughtful design practices.
Back Beat Co is your go-to source for effortless California skater style, while Taylor Stitch offers essential closet staples like gingham mini dresses and ruffled midis that would look right at home on an influencer feed.
Cuyana stands by their motto “fewer, better,” providing quality clothing pieces that feel luxurious but will last. Their pieces feature eco-friendly materials and expert artisan craftsmanship such as their croc-embossed satchel bag or wool cashmere cardigan.
Cuyana is also well known for their Revive resale program, which allows customers to trade in pre-owned Cuyana products for cash or credit and donate 5% of earnings to H.E.A.R.T – an LA-based charity dedicated to helping women in need.
Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah started the business after graduating business school in 2011, with an aim to challenge fast fashion by designing thoughtful collections focused on sustainability.
Everlane aims to transform the fashion industry through their transparency practices. They display product prices and markups through simple infographics on their website, while also contributing a portion of profits towards environmental initiatives.
Their clothing features modern aesthetics with minimalist pieces that feel timeless; prices for this conscious label are also significantly reduced.
But, despite claims to being transparent and ethical, some of their products don’t feature third-party certification for fair labor practices or size inclusive models.
Gap offers clothing, footwear and accessories for women, men and children of all ages, including jeans, t-shirts and sweaters. In addition, products sold under Old Navy and Banana Republic brands. It stands out by providing trendy fashion at reasonable prices while having a collaboration with Kanye West’s Yeezy brand.
Product Red campaign of this company raises funds for the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
Ganni began as a cashmere label founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000; since then it has evolved to become one of Net-A-Porter’s best sellers and sold at 400 premium retailers globally. Ganni has garnered global acclaim due to influencers like Pernille Teisbaek who popularized #GanniGirls (used over 95,000 times).
Ditte Reffstrup and CEO Nicolaj Reffstrup credit the success of the brand to controlled growth and staying true to their vision of fashion rather than blindly following popular trends.
The duo do not advertise their environmental goals across their brand, but they do operate an office mushroom farm which uses coffee grounds to grow mushrooms for office use, accept donations from customers of items they no longer require and phasing out exotic animal skin while paying premium for quality fibers.
Zara manages design, production, shipment, display and promotion internally to reduce overhead costs and accelerate its processes – contributing to its tremendous success and customer-oriented model.
Zara strives to stay ahead of trends by quickly sourcing style. This sets it apart from traditional specialty retailers who try to predict what customers will purchase several months ahead.
Emporio Armani takes great pride in investing in its people through initiatives that promote diversity, respect, equal opportunity and workforce development – which align well with today’s millennial shoppers who expect fashionable clothing at reasonable prices.
Christy Dawn stands out as an unconventional fashion brand; their dresses not only promote sustainability but also their mission and values. This has resulted in much positive word-of-mouth from both celebrities and customers alike.
Each dress is constructed using deadstock fabric to reduce waste in fashion industry, while they partner with a regenerative cotton farm to rehabilitate land that had been utilized to grow cotton.
Christy Dawn takes an intimate approach to business, supporting seamstresses by offering premium living wages. Additionally, natural lighting helps showcase Christy Dawn dresses at their best and draw customers in for photoshoots of these breathtaking pieces.