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Amour Vert
http://www.amourvert.com
San Francisco, CA

Shop Amour Vert at Revolve Clothing

Amour Vert is an American clothing manufacturer with a focus on producing garments with a low environmental impact. Their collections are a cross between classic and trendy, and they offer basic wardrobe staples for women who value style but also care for how their clothes are made. The brand has marketed itself as a modern fashion brand, and they are sold in more “traditional” fashion stores, such as Revolve and Nordstrom. We believe they are a true example of a sustainable fashion brand that has used the right marketing and distribution channels, but most importantly, the product is good, a feature that many eco fashion brands tend to forget.

Why is this Ethical Fashion?

  • Made in USA
  • Use of non-toxic dyes
  • Use of more sustainable fibers, mostly natural: silk and cotton. Synthetic fibers like Spandex are use only in very small percentages for garments that need to be more elastic.
  • They have a zero-waste policy.

Shop Amour Vert at Revolve Clothing.

 

Animal Behavior
2014
Los Angeles, CA

Animal Behavior clothes are locally produced with sustainable materials and the label dedicates part of their profits to animal protection.

Clare V.
2008
http://www.clarev.com/
Los Angeles, CA

Clare V. LA designer Lookbook | Conscious shopping Guide

Clare V. is a LA based accessories label. Clare Vivier started making handbags and other accessories in 2008 and her collections are functional, yet stylish and with a French feel to them; flat and folded clutches, messenger bags, laptop cases, crossbody purses and timeless totes are made in Los Angeles, where the designer has strong ties with the fashion community.

Clare Vivier  | LA designer

The popular oversized clutch/laptop bag is one of the label’s staples and since we love multi-functionality, it is definitely our favorite piece of her collection.

We love the simplicity and beauty of her designs, the color schemes and the versatility of each piece. Effortless, stylish accessories  that mix really well with our slow fashion lifestyle.

This is what a a PR representative said when we asked if everything was made in the USA:

Yes – everything is made in LA.  Additionally, the brand buys leather from all over the world and then uses as much of the hide if possible, so we try and make use of scraps when we can, too.

What’s not to love?

Why is this ethical fashion?

  • Made to last
  • Made in USA
  • No waste policy
  • Timelessness design

Featured products:

Clare V. Flat clutch Jaguar  | $150 | Made in USA | inside view Clare V. Flat clutch Jaguar  | $150 | Made in USA | Ethical fashionFlat clutch Jaguar  | $150

Clare V Handbags and accessories made in Los Angeles | Oversize leather laptop bagOversize clutch in Grey | $290

Clare V leather goods made in USA | Oversize clutch in blackOversized clutch in Black | $339

Clare V French designer | Jaguar clutch made in LAFoldover clutch Jaguar | $220

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DEVINTO
2014
http://www.devinto.net/
Founded and conceptualized in Montreal, Canada. On the move to Cape Cod, MA, USA.

DEVINTO produces made to order and custom made clothing from sustainable, organic, natural and eco friendly fabrics. Most of the clothing produced is made with organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, wool and silk. The focus is to make fashionable, vintage inspired clothing (with a tinge of the dark and mysterious) while minimizing waste but not compromising style. DEVINTO was launched as a women’s wear brand but is planning to expand into men’s wear next season. DEVINTO pieces are made to order and are never mass produced thus adhering to ethical principles of fair work – each piece is hand cut to order and sewn at the studio.

 

Why is this company ethical?

Aiste Zitnikaite, DEVINTO’s founder and designer started the brand because having worked in the fashion industry for several years and seeing the not so glamorous aspects, decided that it had to be done differently. It was important to her not to participate in mass production and the waste that it generates, the unfair wages and treatment of the workers that produce garments overseas, the insane fashion industry schedule churning out more and more fast fashion, and the environmental impact of the textile industry. That is why DEVINTO puts out one collection of samples per year, which are photographed and added to the online store and only produced to order. The design is focused on timeless elegant pieces that are made to outlast fashion fads. All the fabrics used are sourced from certified organic eco friendly producers and the garments are made at the DEVINTO studio in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

GreenLinebyK
2010
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, US

GreenLinebyK is an eco focused and ethically driven womenswear label. With everyday comfort being the driving design motivation, their collection focuses primarily on knits. Their mission is to deliver quality handmade garments that are kind to our earth and, in many cases, give back.
Inspired by nature and the practice of wellness, GreenLinebyK creates garments that make a woman feel good about what she’s wearing. With the woman’s figure in mind, each piece is designed to celebrate the female figure and all that is ‘woman’.
Their newest addition to their label is the Yoga Essentials Collection. Each yoga piece is designed to easily make the transfer to daily living.

 

Why is this company ethical?

From seed to sewn, ethical at every step. Each piece is lovingly cut and made by hand – one piece at a time. GreenLinebyK strives to use only sustainable, natural and organic fibers. All pieces are made by local craftspeople and all fabrics are sourced from suppliers who share the brand’s principals and ethics.

LNA
2007
lnaclothing.com
Los Angeles, California

LNA Made in USA Clothing for women and men | Conscious Shopping Guide

Lauren Alexander and April Leight are the minds behind LNA, a minimalist, ultra-wearable label for women and men that has made an impact on the streets of California and the rest of the world since its inception in 2007.LNA founders Lauren Alexander and April Leight Los Angeles fashion designers

Cotton tanks that fall perfectly into place giving you that effortless relaxed look that characterizes celebrities that manage to look great with a simple white shirt, light sweaters, tees and rompers in basic colors are everything you need, No organic X or fair trade Y, just good clothes.LNA skirt Made in Los Angeles California Shop Made in USA fashion | Conscious Shopping Guide

 

LNA has made a name for making their clothes in Los Angeles, but just to make sure, we asked them that question directly and here is what they said:Thank you for being a fan of the brand, we appreciate your business. All of our clothing is manufactured in the USA, we are based out of Los Angeles, and that’s also where our manufactures are based out of. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Why is this Ethical Fashion?

  • Made in USA
  • Good design
  • Natural fibers

You cah shop LNA at their official website or the following retailers:

LNA at Amazon

LNA at Revolve Clothing

LNA at Zappos

LNA at Shopbop

ModCloth
2006
http://www.modcloth.com
San Francisco, CA

ModCloth was born in a college dorm room and today is one of the US top fashion retailers, bringing independent designs to a mainstream audience.

Why is this ethical fashion?

ModCloth focuses on independent designs from around the world and, through user generated data, it gives any designer the opportunity to bring their ideas to market through the “Make the Cut” program. Designers can also get in touch with the company through Designer District.

The company also discloses their California Transparency in Supply Chains Act guidelines, showing a commitment to a clean and transparent supply chain.

Although they have a lot of items marked as “imported”, which is not ideal, as the specific location is important if real transparency is being evaluated, they have a good selection of Made in USA designs including vintage design swimsuits and summer dresses with a 60’s vibe. In terms of materials, it is very mixed, but they disclose the composition of the fabric for most products, so you can decide between synthetic or natural fabrics. In addition to that, they offer sizes for women of all fits, which some consumers can view as a positive alternative to the size zero clothes and models that flood the fashion market.

We like some of the eccentric t-shirt designs, random girly accessories and floral dresses that look like they came from Mad Men’s wardrobe.

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Featured product photo: Chics for itself dress


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New Balance
1906
Boston, MA

New Balance | Made in America footwear

As featured in our weekly find, New Balance is one of the few brands of its size that stills manufactures a good amount of its products (roughly 25%, according to the Wall Street Journal) in the USA.

The company is transparent about their Made in USA claim, as it does not exactly comply with the Federal Trade Comission’s definition, where a product has to be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S.  Instead, they state their standard clearly.

Where the domestic value is at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA.

We believe that Made in America, more than a political slogan and a press maneuver, is an easy way for the consumer to be sure that workers are being treated fairly. It doesn’t hurt that the brand has a great track record in terms of quality and performance, keeping up with technology changes to constantly bring innovation to the footwear market. However, is the brand ethical by using their own definition of Made in USA? Well, we appreciate the honesty and recognize that the FTC standard is not reinforced anyway and that most products with this label don’t really qualify as Made in USA, so we take NB’s claim as not quite perfect, but nonetheless, realistic.

Does the brand take advantage of the slogan more than it should, given the percentage of U.S. made products (~25%)? It is your job as a consumer to decide, we are giving you the facts. This article explores the issue and claims that 98% of all shoes sold in America are imported (which is not hard to believe), in that light, NB is definitely an outlier.

We like New Balance‘s timelessness, quality and affordability mix. They might not be a perfect company but in a shoe market saturated with cheap shoes of unknown provenance, NB is a reliable alternative.

New Balance running shoes made in USA | Are New Balance shoes made in USA?

 

 

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Odacité
2009
odacite.com
Topanga, California
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Odacite natural skincare

We love this brand of cruelty-free, vegan and made in the USA skincare brand.

SUMMERLOVE Eco Friendly Swimwear
2014
SummerLoveSwimwear.com
Santa Barbara, CA

Summerlove Eco Friendly swimwear made in USA

Summerlove is a brand of eco friendly swimwear that launched its debut collection Spring 2014, inspired by a love of travel and a surfer chic lifestyle. The look is California beach babe meets jet-setting siren.

“I saw a lack of alluring, eco-friendly swimwear and realized there was an important need that had not yet been fulfilled. We have a responsibility to protect the earth for future generations. So I have aspired to create a new eco brand that is fun, flirty and affordable, allowing women to easily make the choice to buy green and look gorgeous.”

Vanessa Rivers, founder

Why is this ethical fashion?

  • Made in USA
  • Eco-friendly swimwear made with innovative fabrics to reduce waste

Summerlove Swimwear is made in the USA with an Italian techno-fabric made with ECONYL, a 100% regenerated polyamide fiber.

Created through a process of regeneration, discarded materials are made into a new yarn that is used in the production of high performance fabrics. As a result Summerlove is not only eco-friendly, but also offers a wide range of benefits set to revolutionize the swimwear industry.

Each swimsuit comes in an organic, reusable swimwear bag, and orders are shipped in recycled mailers. Summerlove is also a member of 1% FOR THE PLANET, joining companies like Patagonia that donate part of their proceeds to environmental causes.

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