10 Ethical Clothing Brands To Buy From In The Heartland
In the age of capsule wardrobes and a less-is-more approach, ethical apparel brands that look good and do good have grown a steady fan base.
Ready to move past fast fashion and introduce a more sustainable style to your closet? Learn more about these 10 change-making brands in the heartland.
Nisolo: Nashville, TN
Nisolo has quickly grown a cult following for its thoughtfully designed leather shoes and accessories, all while keeping its social impact top of mind. The ethical shoemaker values the livelihood and well-being of its producers, with all employees receiving a fair wage, health care and a safe working environment in its Trujillo, Peru-based factory.
Fauxgerty: St. Louis, MO
Founded in 2013 by designer Chrissy Fogerty, Fauxgerty is known for its cruelty-free, faux-leather goods and re-imagined secondhand womenswear. With garments produced in St. Louis and Los Angeles, the label aims to foster a culture of conscious consumerism and mindfulness. Don’t miss Fauxgerty’s showroom, nestled in St. Louis’ Central West End.
Greenheart Shop: Chicago, IL
Located in Chicago’s Old Town Triangle, Greenheart Shop proudly stands as the city’s only nonprofit, fair-trade shop. Each product available in the shop has an eco-friendly or ethical tie, with products offered from faraway nations and local neighborhoods alike. Peruse Greenheart’s line of clothing and luxurious robes during your visit, as well as unique handmade home goods.
Mildblend Supply Co.: Chicago, IL
One step into Chicago’s Mildblend Supply Co. instantly transports shoppers into a world of rustic, earthy appeal and recycled decor. The ethical purveyor is a proud supporter of the “Made in USA” movement and offers an array of exclusive, limited-edition men’s and women’s apparel from sustainable brands. Interested in up-and-coming labels or local designers? Mildblend surely won’t disappoint.
Mata Traders: Chicago, IL
Although its warehouse is located in the Windy City, Mata Traders is serving up fair-trade fashion to consumers worldwide. The label’s colorfully designed dresses and jewelry are all crafted by artisans in India and Nepal, with each sale helping to support families living in the world’s poorest countries. Check out Mata’s line of dresses, which are the perfect mix of boho-inspired and office-appropriate.
My Sister: Minneapolis, MN
My Sister aims to fight sex trafficking one shirt at a time, and the ethical apparel brand is doing just that. The shop sells only ethically sourced goods, with each sale directly benefiting after-care programs for survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse. To date, My Sister has earned over $96,000 for its nonprofit partners through its unique goods from Krochet Kids, Revive Bath + Body and more. Also don’t miss My Sister’s line of T-shirts.
Elizabeth Suzann: Nashville, TN
Minimalism, simplicity and quality are all embodied by the Nashville-based Elizabeth Suzann label. With all garments cut and sewn in-house from high-quality cloth, shoppers can rest assured knowing that each piece of clothing they take home will stand the test of time and was consciously created.
Hazel & Rose: Minneapolis, MN
Hazel & Rose abides by the philosophy that what you wear matters—and because of that, the brand seeks to ensure that all of its pieces have minimal environmental impact. Visit this Minneapolis-based boutique to pick up sustainable, one-of-a-kind designer goods. Bonus points? Hazel & Rose’s minimal and sleek interior is totally Instagrammable and makes for the perfect shopping experience.
Noble Native: Kansas City, MO
Located in Kansas City’s River Market district, Noble Native takes a sustainable approach to casual and trendy womenswear. All garments sold at Noble Native must meet one of three criteria: clothing must be made of sustainable materials, made in Kansas City or manufactured in the USA. How’s that for looking good and feeling good about making a purchase?
Jamie + The Jones: Nashville, TN
Armed with a penchant for creating colorful, wearable art, the Nashville designers behind Jamie + The Jones have solidified the label as a sustainable go-to. Check out the label’s line of simple tops, like the versatile Blank Canvas Top, which is crafted out of raw silk and perfectly skims the body.
Top image courtesy of Nisolo.