6 Places to Buy Well Made, Ethical Basics

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6 Places to Buy Ethical Basics

The terms ethical and artisan made are often synonymous with “novelty.”

And that’s not a bad thing. It’s nice to own a one-of-a-kind embroidered dress, a bag made from leather off-cuts, and handwoven shoes. But unless you’ve really embraced your boho side, it’s not particularly practical to outfit yourself exclusively in patterned and patch-worked goods.

I am a creature of comfort and versatility. My job has no dress code, but I prefer to wear cotton knits and easy pieces that pair well with simple accessories, the kind that won’t get in the way when I’m unpacking a donation or reorganizing the sales floor.

So I’ve spent a lot of time seeking out ethically sourced, sustainable goods that fit well, last a long time, and fill the necessary category of “basics. The following brands use natural, breathable fabrics; feature styles that work in many contexts; and cater toward someone who wants a good fit without too much fuss.

1. Encircled

What They Carry: Made in Toronto, Canada, Encircled specializes in multi-wear, classic clothing in eco-friendly jersey fabrics that fit a wide variety of body types and sizes.

Price Point: $18-248

2. Dorsu

What They Carry: Made in Cambodia, Dorsu uses soft cotton factory remnants to produce their range of classic tees, dresses, and skirt. (Dorsu will be offering more affordable US shipping later this year.)

Price Point: $20-60 AUD ($15-48 USD)

3. American Giant

What They Carry: Made in the USA, American Giant makes t-shirts, leggings, and hoodies in soft cotton.

Price Point: $24.50-200

4. Everlane

What They Carry:

Transparently produced in a number of countries, Everlane makes minimalist basics in cotton, silk, cashmere, and technical fabrics.

Price Point: $15-300


What They Carry: PACT carries organic cotton, fair trade underwear, socks, t-shirts, and leggings.

Price Point: $10-45

6. Fair Indigo

What They Carry: Fair Indigo carries fair trade, organic originals, many in soft and sturdy Pima cotton.

Price Point: $25-100


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