35 Fair Trade & Ethical Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion

Our regularly-updated guide to the best fair trade clothing brands for any occasion—and any budget!

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza tragedy killed over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh and wounded over 2,200 more. The incident left consumers all over the world questioning who makes the clothes we wear every day and in what kind of conditions? Documentaries like The True Cost shine a light on how the fast fashion industry depletes the earth’s resources and leverages slave labor to pass on a "cheap" cost to the end consumer.

As consumers, we have become increasingly conscious about our purchases, channeling the power of our vocalized objections to make a positive difference for the people involved in the making of our clothes and goods.

Now over six years after the Rana Plaza tragedy, dozens of slow fashion brands have emerged dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices. The 35 companies we have listed below are some of our favorite ethical alternatives to fast fashion companies. Each one has made it a central part of their mission to approach fashion in an ethical and transparent way that considers both people and the planet.

If you're making the shift to a completely ethical wardrobe check out our guides to responsibly-made shoes and fair trade jewelry. If you are located in the UK, here are fair trade fashion brands in the UK. Are you looking for secondhand and vintage instead? Check out our guide to affordable places to shop secondhand clothing!

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Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Ethical production process, radical transparency
Best For | Affordable ethical clothing
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel, accessories, shoes
Size Range | XXS–XL; up to US 16
Price Range | $–$$

Everlane is all about transparency. They spend months finding the best factories around the world—the very same ones that produce our favorite designer labels—and then they build strong personal relationships with factory owners to ensure their factory's integrity and to maintain ethical production practices at every step of the process. They believe customers have the right to know what their products cost to make and where they were made. They reveal their true costs and share the factory and production stories behind each piece of clothing. Their minimal, modern aesthetic makes them a personal favorite!

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Made in USA, uses sustainable fabrics, purchases carbon offsets, pays living wages, plus size line
Best For | On-trend eco-friendly clothing
Product Range | Women's apparel, outerwear, bridal
Size Range | XXS–3X; up to US 24
Price Range | $$$

For the sustainable fashionista, Reformation offers on-trend pieces that will still be stylish well after the season is over. This Los Angeles-based brand creates products only from sustainable and upcycled materials in a fair wage environment. Reformation’s dedication to sustainable production is extensively explained on their website in their signature bold and unabashed style, plus each item comes with a description of its environmental footprint. We especially love that they’ve added extended sizing to their permanent collection!

Based In | Tennessee, USA
Ethics | Female artisan-made in Peru, fair labor practices, B Corp
Best For | Feminist brand supporting women
Product Range | Women’s apparel, shoes, accessories
Size Range | XS-XL; up to US 14
Price Range | $–$$

ABLE believes that to end generational poverty, you must create economic opportunities for people, especially women, to provide for themselves. Their beautiful bags and wardrobe staples like denim and basics are made all over the world by fairly-paid women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances. If you don't pick the right size or color the first time, ABLE also offers free unlimited US shipping back and forth until you find the perfect fit on your apparel, denim, or shoes.

Based In | Texas, USA
Ethics | Uses recycled materials, ethical production
Best For | Sustainable athletic wear
Product Range | Women’s & men’s activewear
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$

Outdoor Voices make clothes for sweating in—interchangeable layers that play nice in any season or activity. From dog jogs to dodgeball, their pieces span gym-life and life-life without sweating the small stuff. The brand sources textiles with sustainability top-of-mind, including their sustainably-sourced merino wool and recycled polyester made from water bottles. Outdoor Voices takes great care in the selection of their stateside and overseas factory partners, keeping working conditions and ethical practices a forefront priority.

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Organic cotton & sustainable fabrics
Best For | Affordable organic clothing
Product Range | Women's & men's apparel, accessories
Size Range | XS–XL; up to US 14
Price Range | $–$$

Thought is an all-natural clothing company with a simple philosophy: to design and make beautiful, timeless fashion while caring for our environment. The brand has developed long-lasting relationships with their factories and suppliers and the company works to ensure that every person who touches their clothing is treated respectfully with fair wages and working conditions. We love their commitment to using organic cotton and natural materials, helping us clean up our wardrobe one piece at a time.

Based In | Colorado, USA
Ethics | Fair Trade Certified, organic cotton, B Corp
Best For | Fair trade organic cotton basics
Product Range | Women’s, men’s, & children’s basics, activewear
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $

PACT is pretty obsessed with making clothes that make the world a better place. This certified B Corp goes to great lengths to make sure their entire supply chain, from the growing and harvesting of the organic cotton to the final sewing and all the processes in between, are as clean and responsible as possible. Their super soft tees, dresses and underwear are 100% cotton. Their non-GMO cotton is great for you and the farmers growing it.

Based In | Pennsylvania, USA
Ethics | Environmental preservation, B Corp, uses recycled and organic materials
Best For | Eco-friendly outdoor clothing
Product Range | Men’s, women’s, & children’s apparel, accessories, outdoor gear
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$

United By Blue is more than just an outdoor and everyday apparel brand: for each product sold, they remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through their clean up initiatives. As a B Corp, United By Blue is dedicated to doing what’s best for people and planet before, during, and after production. The whole family can explore the world in their durable, travel-friendly apparel, and you can feel good knowing you’re investing in a business that’s protecting our planet.

Based In | Tennessee, USA
Ethics | Artisan-made, beyond fair trade wages, transparent production practices
Best For | Handmade leather shoes
Product Range | Women’s & men’s shoes, accessories
Size Range | Women’s 6–10; men’s 8–13
Price Range | $$–$$$

Nisolo collaborates with local artisans in Peru from the design to the handmade production of their leather shoes, chukka boots, bags, jewelry and accessories. Nisolo provides fair wages and full-time employment to their artisans and each shoe has heart put into it from every person who works at Nisolo. We love their gorgeously-designed, well-made shoes and their fast, free shipping both ways.

Based In | Toronto, Canada
Ethics | B Corp, organic, safe and fair labor standards, gives back
Best For | Egyptian cotton wardrobe staples
Product Range | Women’s & men’s basics
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $

If you’re looking to add some luxury into your daily wardrobe, look no further than Kotn’s ultra-soft basics made from Egyptian cotton. From their farms to their factories, Kotn creates all of their garments in a fair and safe environment, and are even helping their suppliers make the switch to organic within the next five years. Their team is also dedicated to quality manufacturing, so you know one of their cotton tees will last you thirty wears and beyond—and it’ll be soft and cozy every time.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Fair Labor Association & Bluesign certified manufacturing, some Fair Trade Certified products, sustainable practices
Best For | Women’s & men’s denim
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel
Size Range | XS–L
Price Range | $$–$$$

Looking for durable classics that transcend season? Outerknown has you covered. This sustainability-forward brand knows that a truly conscious brand needs to consider both people and planet before, during, and after production. Outerknown works with many global partners who offer fair wages and practice sustainable production, and they carefully detail each and every partner on their site. Their California-cool aesthetic for both men and women matched with their ethics has us excited to come back for more!

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Based In | USA
Ethics | Made in USA, uses sustainable materials, ethical production practices, recycled packaging
Best For | Capsule wardrobe pieces
Product Range | Women’s apparel
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$$

Vetta is on a mission to help you build a more thoughtful wardrobe with their innovative shopping model: you can buy a long-lasting capsule collection of five pieces that translate into 30+ outfits. Or, shop pieces individually and build a custom timeless wardrobe that you’ll be wearing for years to come. Vetta crafts all of their garments responsibly in the USA from deadstock and sustainable materials, and even goes so far as to source details like buttons and elastic from the US as well.

Based In | Georgia, USA
Ethics | Ethical production, Fair Labor Association, 70% sustainable materials, Green Certified
Best For | Sustainable activewear & loungewear
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel, activewear
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $

It’s rare to find fashion brands that are both ethical and sustainable, but Alternative Apparel ranks well for both these categories. Alternative respects and values the rights of workers in all countries and believe in the right to fair and safe workplace conditions. Their factories operate in accordance with the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct and they make over 70% of their garments with sustainable materials and processes. Alternative is a certified Green Business in LA. We love their modern and casual basics for men and women.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Fair trade artisan-made apparel
Best For | Knit & crochet hats signed by the artisans who made them
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel, accessories
Size Range | XS–L
Price Range | $–$$

Krochet Kids Intl. is one of our all-time favorites for their affordable, on-trend clothing, and for the incredible impact they have on the communities where their artisans live and work. This nonprofit social impact brand empowers their artisans in Uganda and Peru not only through fair wages, but also through education and mentoring programs. Krochet Kids has developed an extensive monitoring and evaluation system that measures a series of empowerment indicators every month, ensuring that every person in their program is impacted for good.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Ethical production, natural & sustainable materials, recycle remnants
Best For | Ethical blouses
Product Range | Women’s apparel
Size Range | XXS–XXL
Price Range | $$–$$$

Tradlands was created from a simple idea to make high-quality essentials for women, inspired by classic menswear. For the woman who drifts towards the men’s section and thinks, "I wish they made this for me," Tradlands creates menswear-inspired staples for women with a relentless emphasis on fit, details, and quality. Their rigorous standards ensure that each shirt you purchase is top-notch quality, and has been ethically and sustainably made. They strive to use 98% of their materials and recycle any remnants in order to keep their waste to a minimum. From their button-downs to their linen tees, Tradlands shirts are a staple in any capsule wardrobe.

Based In | USA
Ethics | Fair Trade Federation member
Best For | Wide range of fair trade brands
Product Range | Women’s, men’s, & children’s apparel, accessories
Size Range | XS-XL
Price Range | $–$$ 

Fair Trade Winds carries some of the best fair trade fashion brands committed to creating clothing in an ethical manner. Each piece of their collection represents the hard work of talented women working in cooperatives where they are becoming empowered and improving the livelihood of their families and communities. Fair Trade Winds is a family owned business with seven brick and mortar locations around the country in addition to their online shop.

Based In | New Jersey, USA
Ethics | Made in USA, in-house manufacturing, ethical sourcing, made-to-order
Best For | American-made denim
Product Range | Men’s apparel, denim
Size Range | Men’s 28-40
Price Range | $$$

Todd Shelton is creating All-American wardrobe staples that you’ll proudly wear for years to come. They source their fabrics from countries with similar labor and environmental regulation as the USA, and their made-to-order approach means that they reduce wasteful extra manufacturing. The brand’s seamstresses are employed directly by Todd Shelton, ensuring the clothing is made with the highest standards for worker pay, safety and respect. The casual and classic menswear brand is perfect for the conscious gentleman, and their high quality wardrobe staples will last a lifetime. We especially love their expertly-tailored and made-to-order shorts for warmer weather.

Based In | Wisconsin, USA
Ethics | Fair Trade, Green America certified, sustainable materials & enduring quality
Best For | Affordable and elevated basics
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel, baby apparel, accessories
Size Range | XS–XXL
Price Range | $$

Fair Indigo designs styles that are current—but can also be part of your minimalist capsule wardrobe. They aim to build garments you'll want to wear for years to come with quality that ensures you can. Many of their pieces are made from organic Peruvian Pima cotton which is spectacularly soft and endures through years of washing and wearing without pilling, shrinking, stretching out of shape. Fair Indigo also supports education through The Fair Indigo Foundation which provides funds for teachers, building improvements, supplies, and books at adopted schools in Peru, where their products are crafted.

Based In | Toronto, Canada
Ethics | Ethical production, eco-conscious fabrics, upcycling, small batch production
Best For | Convertible clothing for travel
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel, multiway garments
Size Range | XS–XXL
Price Range | $$

Encircled is on a mission to help you pack lighter and do more with less. They create clothing that is versatile in design with fabrics that are as comfortable and travel-friendly as they are good for the earth. Encircled takes a mindful and slow approach to design, producing only what is needed. They incorporate sustainable practices into everything they do from the sourcing of eco-fabrics to up-cycling production cuttings, using recyclable shipping materials and printing on only 100% post-consumer recycled paper. We love their how to wear sections with tutorials for how to wear their pieces multiple ways.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Slow fashion brand, supports craftspeople, give-back program
Best For | Chic minimalist wardrobe essentials
Product Range | Women’s apparel, accessories
Size Range | XS-L
Price Range | $$$–$$$$

Cuyana is an essential brand for the modern woman seeking to build her wardrobe on the “fewer, better” principle—so if you’re looking for elegant and long-lasting capsule pieces, Cuyana has what you’re looking for. This global fashion brand creates each piece with integrity and kindness from the highest-quality materials in Europe, South America and the United States. We love their Lean Closet initiative, where they make it easy for you to donate clothing that no longer serves you to women in need in exchange for credit towards your next Cuyana purchase.

Based In | New York, USA
Ethics | Fair Trade Certified collections, sustainable materials & practices, plus sizes, petite sizes
Best For | Organic linen clothing
Product Range | Women's apparel, accessories, shoes
Size Range | XXS–3X; 2P through US 24
Price Range | $$$$

EILEEN FISHER is an industry leader in ethical and sustainable fashion. They believe social and environmental injustices are a reason to do business completely differently, and carefully oversee their supply chain to ensure fair working wages. By 2020, their vision is to have 100% organic cotton and linen fibers, responsible dyes, carbon positive operations and a no-waste facility. We love their dedication to size inclusivity—their sizes range from XXS through 3X.

Based In | Minnesota, USA
Ethics | Made in USA, made to order, plus sizes
Best For | Classic investment pieces
Product Range | Women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories
Size Range | XS–4X
Price Range | $$$–$$$$

Minnesota-based Hackwith Design House is designing their pieces with one goal in mind: for that piece to be your favorite. Their apparel lines are made in the USA and feature simple and clean basics for every season, swimwear, and include plus-size options. Many of their products are made-to-order, reducing their waste and ensuring that your piece is thoughtfully one-of-a-kind. Hackwith Design House’s soothing, always-in-style color palette makes this brand perfect for the minimalist looking invest in clothing that will last a lifetime.

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Fair trade apparel, sustainable cotton, eco-friendly practices (i.e., zero-to-landfill), ethical supply chain, give back
Best For | Dresses for any occasion
Product Range | Women’s, men’s, & children’s apparel, accessories
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$–$$$

Boden has spent nearly 30 years taking the UK by storm, and now they’ve gone worldwide. They are committed to responsible sourcing, fair trade and ethical practices across the 17 countries they have factories in, and eco-friendly options at every part of the supply chain. While their apparel runs the gamut from men’s chinos to baby occasionwear, we are most excited about their women’s dresses for work, beach, and everything in between. With flattering silhouettes and whimsical patterns, you’ll find the responsibly made dress of your dreams.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Artisan-made clothing, organic & natural materials, B Corp
Best For | Organic capsule wardrobe pieces
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel, outerwear, accessories
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$ 

Indigenous makes and sells organic and fair trade clothing for both women and men. Their ethically-made, eco-fashion supports talented artisans around the world. With high-end techniques and attention to detail, each artisan uses their skills to create beautiful clothing. The company uses organic cotton, free-range alpaca and low-impact dyes to ensure their clothing has a positive impact on the planet and the wearer.

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Fair Trade Certified collections, organic cotton collections, biodegradable materials
Best For | Affordable fair trade clothing
Product Range | Women’s apparel, accessories
Size Range | US 2–US 14
Price Range | $–$$ 

People Tree is recognized by consumers and the fashion industry alike as a pioneer in the Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion movement. People Tree has long been one of our favorite go-to shops for responsibly made fashion. For over twenty years, the brand has partnered with Fair Trade artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce a wide collection of ethical and eco wear. Their collection ranges from the perfect lightweight organic cotton sundresses to workwear, jumpsuits, relaxed yoga wear and more.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Locally made in CA, ethical production, sustainably made with GOTS-certified organic cotton, eco-friendly with 100% recycled packaging
Best For | Tencel & hemp apparel
Product Range | Women’s tops, dresses, pants, sweaters, jumpsuits
Size Range | XS–L
Price Range | $$–$$$

Back Beat Rags is a one-of-a-kind brand that aims for the effortless Cali skater or surfer vibe. Using locally knitted fabric like recycled cotton, hemp, and tencel, they’ve crafted fashion basics that are a staple to any closet. Made out of Los Angeles, their apparel is made with small family-owned businesses while also keeping a low environmental footprint (plus, they use 100% recycled mailers and bags when shipping). Add this affordable brand to your rotation—you’ll be so glad you did.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Made in USA, uses deadstock materials, fair labor standards, limited run batches
Best For | Unique tops & dresses
Product Range | Women’s apparel, accessories
Size Range | XS–L
Price Range | $$–$$$

Whimsy + Row is creating high-quality garments for the modern, creative woman—elevating our daily wardrobes with a sense of ease and elegance. From flirty dresses to practical classics like cropped wide-leg pants in all your favorite seasonal colors, their pieces will be your most well-loved staples for years to come. All of Whimsy + Row’s pieces are made responsibly in Los Angeles from deadstock fabric, which means they’re making the most out of would-be waste material.

Based In | Singapore
Ethics | Ethically-made with artisan-designer collaborations, sustainable, eco-friendly & natural dyes, hybrid supply chain
Best For | Unique & bold patterns
Product Range | Women’s pants, jumpsuits, tops, dresses, outerwear, scarves
Size Range | S-L
Price Range | $$-$$$

MATTER believes that every print and every garment has a story waiting to be told. Born out of Banyan Tree Gallery, an artisan retailer, MATTER works alongside artisans and designers to create vibrant, bold, and uniquely patterned apparel. Artisans across India and Indonesia work to infuse blockprinting, natural dyes, and handlooms with everyday tops, pants, and dresses for the casual closet. Ethical, sustainable, and natural: MATTER truly checks all of the boxes.

Based In | Tennessee, USA
Ethics | Made in USA, uses natural fibers, petite sizes, plus sizes
Best For | Minimalist wardrobe essentials made in the USA
Product Range | Women's apparel
Size Range | XXS–4XL
Price Range | $$$

Every elegant piece from Elizabeth Suzann embodies the idea of slow fashion, which means it is designed to last and made from timeless natural fibers right here in the USA. Their soft, neutral palette makes their clothing perfect for the minimalist wardrobe or for capsule wardrobes in any season. Their thoughtful, handcrafted clothing avoids the trendiness of fast fashion, so you can cherish each piece for many years to come. Plus, they offer extended sizing so that every woman can enjoy their natural, elegant pieces.

Based In | Cambodia & California, USA
Ethics | Zero waste practices, fair trade production, handcrafted, uses natural dyes
Best For | Unique statement tops & sweaters
Product Range | Women’s apparel, jewelry, accessories
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$

As a zero-waste fashion trailblazer, Tonlé is changing the way we look at how our garments are made. They use reclaimed fabric to create stunning handwoven clothing, and even use all tiny scraps to make handmade paper for their tags. The Tonlé team in Phnom Penh are paid fairly, go on team retreats, and work in a supportive environment where they are trained and have opportunity to rise into management positions. Plus they use natural dyes, which are safer for their team—and for those who wear their stunning garments.

Based In | New York, USA
Ethics | Hand-combed cashmere for ethical production, fair treatment of herders, veterinary care & support for goats
Best For | Ethical Mongolian cashmere
Product Range | Women's & men's cashmere sweaters, robes, and loungewear
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$$–$$$$

Naadam is changing the world of cashmere as we know it. We love their ethical production practices and dedication to producing only the finest cashmere goods at a fraction of the price of luxury brands, since they operate direct-to-consumer. Their ultra-soft cashmere is hand brushed from the goats (which is better for the goats), and is Cradle-to-Cradle certified, which sets a high standard to protect the people and resources involved in production. Plus, they help support nomadic herding families in Mongolia and provide veterinary care to their goats.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Fair Trade Certified collections, organic cotton, environmental sustainability
Best For | Fair trade outdoor clothing
Product Range | Women’s & men’s outdoor apparel, swimwear, activewear
Size Range | XXS–XXL
Price Range | $$

Patagonia was one of the earliest defenders of environmental ethics in the activewear fashion industry, and one of the first adopters of using recycled materials and switching to organic cotton. Patagonia is expanding its commitment to labor ethics as well by working with Fair Trade Certified factories in India, Sri Lanka, and Los Angeles. We admire Patagonia for the positive personal impact their fair trade factories have around the world.

Based In | Hong Kong, China
Ethics | Safe & ethical work standards, ethical sourcing
Best For | Minimalist workwear
Product Range | Women’s & men’s apparel, outerwear, underwear
Size Range | XXS–XL
Price Range | $$–$$$

Grana is known around the world for their dedication to the finest quality materials—especially their super soft Peruvian Pima cotton. All of their minimalist-chic garments are made in safe and ethical factories that the Grana team visits regularly to ensure they’re meeting the highest standards. Intentionally based in Hong Kong, Grana takes advantage of this centralized warehouse location to reduce global shipping costs so that you can get high quality clothing at a fair price.

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Fair trade apparel, ethical practices, eco-friendly & energy efficient, cruelty-free, give back
Best For | Fair trade occasionwear
Product Range | Women’s & children’s apparel, wedding collections
Size Range | S-XL
Price Range | $-$$$

If, like us, you are always scrambling to find ethical pieces for celebrating occasions in your life, look no further than Monsoon. Based out of the UK (but shipping worldwide), they’ve sold all kinds of apparel that are made sustainably and ethically. For the modern bride, they offer everything from wedding dresses to shoes—and for friends and family, they have affordable bridesmaid, flower girl, and ring bearer options, too. Getting your loved ones invested in ethical and fair trade clothing can be a family occasion.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Ethically made, eco-friendly fabrics, recycled packaging
Best For | Flexible & fitting apparel
Product Range | Women’s tops, bottoms, dresses, jumpsuits, outerwear
Size Range | XS-XL
Price Range | $$-$$$$

As women, our bodies change and fluctuate every single day, whether it’s from bloating, losing weight, pregnancy, the list goes on and on. The team behind Sotela wants you to celebrate your body in any and all forms. Their line of body positive women’s apparel uses flexible sizing so that your body can look relaxed and confident in any outfit, any day. All apparel is made in-house in their Los Angeles studio, utilizing eco-friendly fabrics whenever they can, and shipped out to you in recycled packaging. Made by women, for women, you’ll feel your best no matter the day.

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Ethically made, worker-owned, eco-friendly sourcing, sustainable practices, plus sizes
Best For | Ethically made bodysuits & swimwear
Product Range | Women, men, and unisex collections, children’s apparel, swim, accessories
Size Range | XS–3XL
Price Range | $-$$

Los Angeles Apparel wants to do things differently in the apparel industry: they’re opting for $15 living wages, becoming employee-operated and owned, and using sustainable and practices wherever possible, from eco-friendly dyes to sourcing domestic yarn. The results are simple, affordable pieces that are the perfect foundation for a capsule wardrobe. We’re huge fans of their bodysuits and swimwear that are form-fitting, comfortable, and made in the USA. We’ll be stocking up on these layers for years to come.