Ethically Produced Duds Similar to Everlane, U.S. Office Edition
May 10, 2013 11:05 AM   Subscribe

I read this New York Times article about clothing that is ethically produced and looked up the company they feature, Everlane, and really loved the look of their stuff. It's conservative enough for an office, but still fashionable and hip, and not horribly expensive ($15 for women's t-shirts). The trouble is, they don't offer very much variety. Basically, I'm looking for more things along the lines of these previous MeFi questions but for women's clothes available for purchase in the U.S.

Doesn't have to be made in the U.S. just made under ethical working conditions. I seem to see somewhat positive things about J. Crew for example (Landsend sells U.S. made clothing, but I think most of their stuff is too matronly). Just has to sell ethically made clothing that is work appropriate for a relatively conservative office, not super crazy expensive, available online in the U.S.

In my researching I've come across a few sites that look good, but so many of them are so small and hard to find that I was curious if anyone had any more they'd recommend.

Good and Fair, Blu Democracy, Sosume, Alternative Apparel
posted by forkisbetter to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total) 53 users marked this as a favorite
 
Six Ethical, Eco and Fair Clothing Manufacturers. A few readers added some additional links in the comments.

self link to my company (not my post) because it seemed apropos. I don't want to link to a random article from my bio, and it'll kick of the website's frontpage shortly. If this is not Kosher, please delete!)
posted by paddingtonb at 11:29 AM on May 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've heard very good things about Eileen Fisher though they may be too matronly for you. They tend towards the loose flowy end of things, but some of their cuts are not too bad.
posted by peacheater at 11:53 AM on May 10, 2013


The blog Comandress has s made in the USA tag. It's focused on the more formal side, but there's plenty that's good for business casual as well.

Nordstroms website allows you to search for made in the USA items.
posted by vespabelle at 1:24 PM on May 10, 2013


eBay and any other used clothing store is pretty much the most ethical way to go. Buying things used might create a little more demand for new clothing, but not nearly as much, and there are always great, wearable clothes winding up in landfills because no one bothered to pick through them.

That said, thank you for asking this question, because I am constantly worrying about this too! I wish there were more companies making it easy for us.
posted by chaiminda at 1:32 PM on May 10, 2013


Here is a big list of companies that make things in the US that is focused on the cool and stylish. I'm not sure how frequently this list is updated, so some of the companies may be defunct, but I've found a lot of great stuff on it.
posted by Jacob G at 8:02 PM on May 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I adore Nau - it's a bit pricey, but the clothes are absolutely worth it. Stylish, they hold up for a long time and they're classic, so they aren't going to look matronly.
posted by mulkey at 6:42 PM on May 11, 2013


I came across this very large list from something called America's Green Pages.

http://www.greenpages.org/listing/guide/clothing-accessories/clothing/page/1
posted by forkisbetter at 7:43 AM on May 14, 2013


Really like this blog. It is focused on fair trade and ethically produced goods, with a focus on items that are a little more fashion conscious.

http://magnifeco.com/
posted by forkisbetter at 9:19 AM on May 14, 2013


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