We are lucky to live in a city that has a passion for creativity that can do good. The ethical fashion movement is alive and well in Austin, TX with many ethical companies that are headquartered here, and a handful with brick and mortar shops! If you happen to live in our beloved city or have some time to visit, here are a list of our favorite Austin ethical shops/vendors!
Brick and Mortar
- Blue Lux Boutique – A boutique that promotes, supports, and sells products from socially and environmentally friendly designers, clothing labels and local artists.
- Esby Apparel – Quality clothing for women with menswear mentality – well-made clothes and to wear often. Made here in the USA of high quality fabrics sourced world-wide.
- Fortress of Inca (they have a showroom with limited sizes available) – Their mission is to utilize transparent, ethical methods along with high-quality, sustainable materials to produce valuable products – mostly shoes.
- Mitscoots – Socks, beanies, scarves made in the US, that employ transitioning homeless while also providing a one for one match.
- Raven and Lily – BCorp that was created to alleviate poverty among women. They help employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.
- Teysha – BCorp, that works directly with artisan communities throughout the Americas to develop local infrastructure, value chains, designs, and production processes which honor traditional craft while bringing market access and opportunity. They make custom boots and shoes.
Headquartered in Austin
- Akumal Shop – they support low-income communities by buying directly from them, without intermediaries, in order to generate decent incomes for their families that in turn enable them to have a dignified life. In particular, they support indigenous communities in Mexico, starting with the states that form Las Huastecas: Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Hidalgo and San Luis Potosí.
- Being Apparel – Athleisure brand that uses eco fabrics, focuses on quality over quantity, integrity, versatility, and longevity. They produce all garments responsibly, ensuring everyone in the supply chain is treated and paid fairly.
- Esperanza Market – an online store selling purses and yoga bags made by hand in Nicaragua. Each bag is made by a small group of artisans, mostly women, who are paid Fair Trade wages. Every bag purchased allows one solar-powered lamp to be donated to a child living in the area the bag was made in efforts to improve education by providing students with light to read and do homework once the sun goes down.
- Esperos Bags – ESPEROS donates 10% of each sale to The Nobelity Project, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, that works to bridge gaps in information and infrastructure to ensure education for all. Their manufacturing partners that make their thoughtfully designed bags, use high quality materials, adhere to ethical workplace standards, and pay workers a comfortable, living wage.
- Evan Brooke Ethical Clothing – Adult and children’s clothing designed by Evan and made by Purnaa in Kathmandu, Nepal – which provides training and job opportunities for survivors of exploitation, as well as Open Arms – a USA-Made sustainable apparel and sewn goods manufacturer empowering refugee women through living wage employment.
- Good and Fair Clothing – Their tee-shirt and underwear are made at a fair trade certified factory just outside Kolkata, India. They provide proper, fair trade wages for lock-stitchers, finishers, and all staff at the factory. They also provide free education for the children of factory workers and free healthcare for the workers and their families – including children and grandparents. Worker rights are protected, including the right to organize.
- Slum Love Sweater Company – Sweaters hand made in Nairobi, Kenya using organic and natural materials. They pay their knitters fair wages, treat them with respect and give them opportunites and rescoures needed to provide a better life for themselves and their familes. They also donate a portion of every sale that provide high school scholarships to children living in one of the world’s largest slums.
- Mitla Moda – All Mitla Moda items are handmade and ethically created in small workshops and a women’s cooperative, carefully purchased directly from the artisans using fair trade practices, which pays artisans a price premium for living wages rather than simply minimum wages.
- Newton Supply Co – Handmade goods produced in Austin, Texas with high quality, durable materials (locally sourced when possible.) They have partnered with Open Arms, a division of the Austin-based Multicultural Refugee Coalition, to help with production of many items.
- Noonday Collection – They design and sell an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by Artisans across the globe in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By developing artisan businesses through fair trade, they empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them.
- Purse & Clutch – an Ethical Handbag Boutique that partners with artisans around the world in developing countries who create their products with an emphasis on design & quality. These artisans are treated with respect and are paid a living wage for their region. Their mission is to help create sustainable, long-term employment for men & women with limited opportunities.
- Purpose Box – A bi-monthly mail subscription box filled with purchase with purpose items. Each box also has a purpose. Our boxes have supported adoptions, birth mother retreats, NICU nesting suites, and more!
- Rekh & Datta – a design studio based in Austin, Texas, producing limited edition cotton clothing and home goods made from fabrics that are hand blocked printed by master craftsmen in Rajasthan, India.
- seek wander share – an online shop based in Austin, Texas that carries handmade artisan accessories like hats, bags, jewelry and tops.
- Stef Clothing – an American made, eco-friendly clothing and accessories line that is designed and handmade in Austin, Texas.
- Thought Collective – handmade, authentic, and artistic apparel from Tanzania. Thought Collective by paying a living wage, allows women to comfortably take care of themselves and their families independently. All garments are handmade with a whole lot of love with ethically sourced cotton from either Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana or the USA.