Fashion is changing. While it’s undoubtedly exciting to see bigger brands embracing sustainability, companies both large and small must come together to change the fashion status quo. Remake continues to find excitement in evaluating and celebrating those who are making a name for themselves with sustainability at the core of their business. These trailblazers are committed to bringing customers stylish, responsibly-made clothing built to last, making them five sustainable brands to support this holiday season.
While limiting your purchases is the most impactful action you can take, in a pandemic economy when small businesses are suffering — and let’s be real, sometimes you need to buy something new — it makes a difference where you are spending your money. If you’re going to buy anything this winter, try supporting one of these small, sustainable brands that take both the environment and the women who make their clothes into account.
Click on the linked brand to learn more about its ethical practices and how well it scores in each section of Remake’s Seal of Approval criteria. We’re proud to say that each of these up and coming brands continues to impress us with their transparency and ever-present willingness to improve.
Armedangels | 57 points
This German-based brand impresses us with its drive to improve workplace conditions worldwide, while simultaneously utilizing sustainable materials. Through the incorporation of organic wool, recycled plastic, and sustainable cellulose fiber. They are one of few retailers offering a wide array of conscious fashion options, providing a multitude of updated classics for men and women alike. The online retailer is a cross between lasting silhouettes and fashion-forward flair guaranteed to remain relevant over time.
Hara the Label | 57 points
Based in Australia, Hara the Label’s vision is to have a streamlined supply chain in a single location. Their intimates, loungewear, and accessories are made by individuals who earn a living wage and always operate in a safe workplace environment. Hara the Label’s use of responsibly-sourced bamboo fabric and simple design produces only the most comfortable garments for everyday wear. Additionally, the company’s commitment to the use of photoshop-free photos fosters an inclusive community for all wanting to look good while saving the earth.
KNOWN SUPPLY | 55 points
Collaboration, quality, and strong partnerships make up the DNA of KNOWN SUPPLY. Their comfort-heavy clothing consists of organic cotton dresses, inspirational t-shirts, and unisex hoodies. All pieces are either made by fair trade partners or through their in-house production facilities. KNOWN SUPPLY has worked with large companies like NPR, Verve Coffee Roasters, and VSCO to design ethically-made merch. The brand aims to create apparel which not only benefits its makers, but endures over time.
Vetta Capsule | 52 points
Vetta Capsule makes capsule collections built with versatile items made for infinite mixing and matching. The brand encourages minimal wardrobes and a slow fashion mentality. Their feminine pieces are made with sustainable fabrics like Tencel, linen, and deadstock. Each woven piece of their womenswear collections is produced in a NYC family run factory that is visited often by the Vetta team, while their sweaters are knit by a partner factory in Los Angeles.
Synergy Organic Clothing | 52 points
Based in Santa Cruz, California, Synergy Organic Clothing is a GOTS certified (leading textile production standard) apparel brand. Their west-coast casual pieces are ethically made by partner artisan groups in Nepal. While best known for their easy dresses, the B-Corp also carries a line of men’s graphic tees and fun activewear. To top it off, the company has a textile recycling program too! Synergy accepts drop offs in person or through the mail and will reward customers with 25% their next purchase.
Looking for more insight into brand transparency? Check out our 2020 Transparency Report, where we take a hard look at 40 fashion brands, including these five up and comers.