While we love all of these companies, Austin based companies hold a special place in our hearts! Because of that, we have a dedicated list of our favorite local Austin Ethical Brands! Be sure to check that list out as well!
This is a list of ‘tried and true’ brands that we are comfortable recommending. Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk *.
Jewelry and Accessories
31 Bits – Paper jewelry empowering women to rise out of poverty in Uganda, Africa.
Better Life Bags – Custom, made-to-order bags made by women who have various barriers to employment in Detroit, MI.
CAUSEGEAR – Designed in Chicago and made in India. Their mission is to transform the lives of one million people trapped in poverty and injustice to become self-sustaining.
The Giving Keys – The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world.
JoyN – Fair Trade purses, bags and homegoods that employ artisans out of a poverty-stricken community in India to make beautiful products with a story
Noonday Collection – Jewelry, accessories and homegoods that partner with artisan entrepreneurs in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses and to create dignified jobs that allow Artisans to earn sustainable, reliable incomes.
Purse & Clutch – A Fair Trade Handbag Boutique that partners with artisans around the world who create their products with an emphasis on craft & quality.
Raven & Lily – A socially-conscious lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design.
The Starfish Projects – Restoring hope to exploited women in Asia through a socially responsible jewelry business in order to provide women with alternative employment and a range of holistic care services.
BrainTree Clothing – Based in London, they champion sustainable fashion, tread lightly on the environment, source materials responsibly and respect society.
Elegantees – To provide hope to victims of sex trafficking through providing fair wage sewing work in Nepal to reduce poverty. Use code ‘DressWellDoGood’ for 10% off!
Everlane (*affiliate link) – Founded on the idea of Radical Transparency. They reveal the conditions of their factories across the world, their supply chains and the costs of everything that goes into the product. This not only results in a more inexpensive cost to the consumer, but a safer production chains for garment workers.
Fair Indigo – Fair trade clothes, organic clothing, USA-made apparel and gifts.
Imagine Goods – They partner with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products that, in many cases, give the first fair wages they’ve ever received. This employment is both trafficking prevention as well as survivor care.
Krochet Kids International (*affiliate link) – They believe in quality, handmade products that not only bring comfort and style but serve as a vehicle for social change
MataTraders – They work with organizations that educate, employ, and empower women. They bring quality handiwork from India in a high fashion, fairly traded product line.
Matter Prints – They are a socially motivated lifestyle brand connecting communities to opportunity, creating travel ware with stories to tell. Their mission is to inspire consumers to value provenance – to ask of the where and why something is made, and champion alternative production models for textile artisans to expand their economic freedom.
Mitscoots Socks – American made socks with a one for one model. They employ those transitioning out of homelessness in Austin, TX to package everything up.
PACT Apparel – PACT 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.
People Tree – For over twenty years, People Tree has partnered with Fair Trade artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce a collection of ethical and eco fashion. Fair Trade is about creating a new way of doing business, creating access to markets and opportunities for people who live in the developing world.
Raven & Lily – A socially-conscious lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design.
Seamly Co – Extremely versatile clothing made from “surplus fabrics” (excess from other factories and designers ), knitted in the USA, or sustainably and responsibly made overseas. All garments are sewn in Denver, Colorado.
Sevenly – Sevenly exists to bring funding and awareness to the world’s greatest causes. Every item purchased on Sevenly.org gives $7 to the designated charity.
Slum Love Sweaters – Made in Nairobi, Kenya by people living in one of the world’s larges slums called Kibera. Their employees are treated with respect, paid fair wages, and given the resources and opportunities to provide for themselves and their families.
Sudara – Punjammies – Loungewear bottoms made with hope by women in India who have escaped human trafficking.
Synergy Organic Clothing – Fashion forward clothing and yoga apparel for women. Always striving to be mindful and conscious in every facet of our business, we produce sustainable and organic fair trade clothing that lets you look and feel your best.
Symbology – Symbology is an ethical fashion label that fuses artisan textiles with fashion forward designs to bring authentic apparel to the boutique market. They employ marginalized artisans, with a special focus on women; preserve traditional artforms threaten by globalization, connect women worldwide through fashion.
Apolis Global – Their model of “Advocacy Through Industry” is a way to harness the power of business to create social change. This model is founded on the simple idea that people can live better lives when they are given equal access to the global marketplace.
Everlane – Founded on the idea of Radical Transparency. They reveal the conditions of their factories across the world, their supply chains and the costs of everything that goes into the product. This not only results in a more inexpensive cost to the consumer, but a safer production chains for garment workers.
Baby and Children’s Clothing
American Apparel – Made in the US. I don’t love recommending this brand for a number of different reasons (some of which are summed up succinctly here), but they do have affordable baby and kid’s clothing that also include uniform options (like polos for $8, which are part of my son’s school uniform). $
Evan Brooke – Quality garments for young girls made ethically and in effort to FIGHT human trafficking. $$
The Eternal Creation Story – Australia-based and fair trade. They have brightly colored fun clothing for boys, girls and babies. They also have some school uniform options. $$
Hanna Andersson – Durable, some organic clothing with Swedish Roots. Babies, boys and girls. $$$
Mikoleon – They utilize up-cycled denim: pre-consumer denim waste is ground back into fiber, spun into new yarns and woven or knitted into new sustainable and exclusive fabrics for boys, girls and babies. They are 100% cotton, chemical free, dye free, and fair trade. $$$
Nena Kiddos – Based in Utah and Guatemala, they have items for babies, girls and boys. They work with Guatemalan artisans to create hand-woven textiles. This provides Guatemalan mothers with honorable incomes and time to care for their children as they work from home. $$$
Nui Organics – Organics. Made for babies, boys and girls. $$$
Nula Kids – Adjustable styles designed to fit through growth spurts from ages ~2-4, 4-6, or 6-8 with durable fabrics for little girls. Made with organic cotton and low impact dyes in Los Angeles. $$
Sudara – They provide safe, sustainable jobs to help women in India make their way out of the sex trafficking industry, and stay out. T-shirts and pajama pants for boys and girls. $
Tea Collection – They work only with reputable manufacturers who follow high standards of good working conditions and no child/slave labor. Babies, boys and girls. $$$
Texas Jeans – 100% made in the US from fabric through production. Made for boys and girls. $
Two Crows for Joy – Made in the US, many items are organic. Babies, boys and girls. (They have some items suitable for uniforms.) $$
Winter Water Factory – Organic and made in the US (fabric and production). Bright, screen printed patterned basics for boys, girls and babies. $$
Wildy Co. – Sourced in LA and sewn in North Carolina. Many of their fabrics are made in the US as well. They have the basics covered for boy and girls at great prices. This is by far a favorite brand! $
Colette Sol USA – They partner directly with organizations committed to fighting human trafficking, so that they can create the most amount of impact for those that we support through our donations. We currently allocate 100% of the net proceeds from each sale directly to one or more of their anti-trafficking partners.
Fortress of Inca – Handmade in Peru, fair wages, Premium materials, process oriented.
Nisolo – As a team, brand, and culture, they want to do fashion in a way that connects and benefits both consumers and producers. They operate a hand-up model that empowers makers in emerging economies by connecting them to the global marketplace in a responsible manner.
Sseko Designs (*affiliate link) – based in Uganda, Africa, Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. They now employ women from all walks of life. By creating an environment of dignity, honor and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
The Root Collective (*referral link with 10% off your first order!) – Shoes crafted by hand in the slum of La Limonada in Guatemala City by a business owner named Otto. Otto’s business plan is to train and hire former gang members so they are able to leave their former lives.
ThredUp (*referral link)
Twice (*referral link)