A Few Mindful E-Tailers
I very often get asked the question: where should I shop for more sustainable clothing? I think that's the natural follow-up when one learns of the kinds of environmental and social issues associated with modern-day apparel production. More and more, as with our food, I believe we want to know how and where our clothing is made; we want to support companies doing better.
My answer is always this: you don't have to buy sustainably made pieces to have a more sustainable relationship with fashion. One of the main reasons behind my response is that access to sustainable clothing, whether we're speaking here about physical access or economic access, is still fairly constrained. And no one should feel as though there is any barrier to having a more conscious relationship with the clothes they wear. That said, there are a growing number of online boutiques that offer a sustainable selection of goods. Here are three to consider.
Rêve En Vert
Rêve En Vert is an English e-commerce outlet with sustainability at the core, a strong visual aesthetic, and a great selection of brands. Every product description includes an overview of why the item is sustainable, which fosters a connection to and understanding of the clothes beyond how they look.
Caught my eye: This Isabell de Hillerin asymmetrical white skirt.
Also, here's the brand's ethos, which I thought you would enjoy:
The Dreslyn offers a beautifully edited selection of clothes, from a variety of designers, some of which are more sustainable than others. This just means you have to look closely to see where things are made and what material they're made of. In any case, the shop describes itself as "style before fashion" which I love.
Caught my eye: This Suzanne Rae skirt.
Shop New Classics
As with Rêve En Vert, Shop New Classics, a Canadian website, is founded on the principles of sustainability in fashion. They have a great selection of designers featured, many of whom are small Canadian brands that I can't find elsewhere. Every product description features an easy badge system that quickly allows you to see the sustainability features of each piece before you buy it. You can also shop by these various sustainability properties, which is an especially cool feature of the site.
Where do you shop for sustainable fashion? I'd love to hear.