Is Anthropologie ethical?
When I was in college, I had a Ph.D. student teacher who looked like she’d walked straight out of an Anthropologie catalog. I was intrigued by her maturity, and her sophisticated yet quirky sense of style, and wondered if I would be able to approximate her look by the time I was in my late 20s.
Well, here I am in my late 20s and, most days at least, I don’t look like a walking Anthropologie catalog. I’m not mad about it, because I’ve learned that, while Anthropologie’s chic and eccentric garments may make you look carefree and authoritative, the production process for the bulk of their brands is anything but carefree.
A lot of Anthro’s sourcing is a mystery, and they’re not required to note the country of origin on their online or catalog product listings. But as a member of the Urban Outfitters-Free People conglomerate, it’s safe to say that ethical sourcing is not a priority.
That’s not to say that they don’t carry sustainable and ethical brands, you just have to know what you’re looking for. Even better: support brands that source ethically from the start.
Below, I’ve listed 7 brands that capture the Anthro look, but prioritize ethical production and overall sustainability.
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9 Ethical Alternatives to Anthropologie
1 | Made Trade
With a very similar aesthetic and range of products – from clothing to accessories to home goods – Made Trade offers fair trade, ethical, and artisan-made goods that combine Anthropologie’s elegance and eccentricity.
Sizes 0-12. Made in USA, feminine clothing with a twist.
3 | Passion Lilie
Sizes XS-XL. Fair trade, woman owned featuring classic silhouettes and block printed cotton.
4 | Elizabeth Suzann
Sizes 000-16. Made in USA out of super sustainable materials. Oversized knits and breezy linens.
Sizes S-L. Contemporary, professional clothing made ethically.
6 | Ash & Rose
Sizes XS-XL (depending on brand). A multi-brand boutique featuring fair trade, eco-friendly, and made in USA clothing with an artisanal, feminine point of view.
7 | Victoria Road
Beautifully made dresses and more with hand done embroidery.
8 | Mata Traders
Feminine and vintage inspired with custom block prints and quirky hand-embroidered details.
Super sustainable, eco-friendly shoes.
10 | Fortress of Inca
Ethically made, with leather sourced from the small scale Peruvian meat industry.