Top 15 Ethical and Sustainable Brands for Fall
Ah, fall vibes. As cheugy as it may be, fall holds an enchanting combination of possibility and nostalgia. I can’t help but enjoy thinking about crunchy leaves and crisp air, even though it means winter is on the horizon. With that in mind, I wanted to share ethical and sustainable brands that offer great clothing, shoes and accessories for fall.
Of course, these brands are all-season. So it’s not as if you can’t find versatile items that will work all year. But when I think of fall, I think of sweaters, denim, (sustainable) leather, beautiful boots, all-weather gear, and seasonal prints like plaid.
The fact is that some ethical and sustainable brands are much better at this than others. Part of the reason is that it takes proper equipment and trained makers to produce more technical clothing and accessories.
That means that many slow fashion brands are much better equipped for summer dresses and breezy spring separates than they are for tailored, all-weather clothing.
The brands listed here offer things that just work for fall: from cozy home clothes to classic denim to warm jackets.
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ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING FOR FALL
1 | Amour Vert
Cozy sweaters, luxuriously soft separates, and leather goods from in-house and sustainable and ethical brands.
2 | Madewell (Fair Trade)
Madewell’s fair trade certified denim is always a great fit and remarkably high quality. I particularly like their Curvy line.
4 | Tradlands
Tradlands’ selection of sweaters and fall-appropriate dresses is on point this season. Items are made at audited factories to exacting quality standards.
5 | People Tree
People Tree’s classic English vibes perfectly encapsulate fall dressing. Beautiful prints, perfect trousers, and lovely sweaters.
6 | Thought Clothing
Another UK-based brand, Thought carries striking patterned and printed clothing, cozy socks, and warm jackets.
7 | Patagonia
Patagonia is known for their technical outdoor gear, all made ethically and many with fair trade certification. Their all-weather jackets and recycled fleeces are perfect for the season.
8 | Tentree
Another contender in the outdoor gear category, Tentree sells sustainable, fashionable separates with cozy camping vibes.
9 | Everlane (Recycled + Sustainable)
It’s hard to beat Everlane’s sweater and sweatshirt collection, and their denim is made with low waste, water-conserving processes in a fair trade certified factory. Their recycled outerwear is quite good, too.
ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE LOUNGEWEAR
10 | American Giant
With items made in the US out of US-grown cotton, American Giant’s new sweatshirts and lounge pants are soft, incredibly well-made, and perfectly mid-weight.
11 | PACT Apparel
PACT makes some of my favorite fair trade, organic loungewear and bralettes, which are perfect for lazy days spent indoors or active days going on a hike.
ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE BOOTS & SHOES
12 | LL Bean (Boots)
LL Bean’s iconic Bean Boots are made in the USA (in Maine) and can be repaired over and over again, making them a super sustainable option.
13 | Nisolo
Nisolo carries fashion boots and practical, weather-resistant options made with fair wages. Their leather bags are supple and sophisticated.
14 | Thesus
THESUS makes rain boots and a super fashionable hiking boot with sustainable and ethical practices.
15 | Root Collective
This artisan made, fair trade shoe collection features high quality, sustainable-sourced leather and traditional textile designs.
New on the scene, Blooh is a woman-of-color owned fair trade brand producing classic statement jewelry in Kenya.
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Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.
Thursday 1st of September 2016
For organic cotton basics check out PACT, they are having a 30% labor day sale. I picked up another cami and some boxers for my boyfriend. Also I'm looking for a rain jacket, Prana has some cute ones, but I'm going to look through the links you posted, Thanks!