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The 13 Best Sustainable Fashion Brands Turning Deadstock and Organic Textiles Into Luxury Clothes


Ethically crafted, sustainable fashion brands built from organic and deadstock materials are turning the fashion industry on its head.

And it’s about time.

More than 1.1 million tons of clothing are purchased every year causing annual greenhouse gas emissions from the apparel industry to reach 1.2 billion tons. Half of all textiles made are some form of polyester, which is also considered to be one of the most harmful materials—that’s due in large part to the colossal emissions from the petrochemicals industry where polyester originates from.

As these statistics are coming to light in the wake of our climate crisis, all eyes are turning towards reinventing the fashion industry to reduce its carbon footprint globally.

Whether you are shopping for the perfect summer dress or a timeless blazer, these brands have everything you could need to build your perfect sustainable wardrobe.

Best Sustainable Fashion Brands

1. Arielle

Arielle makes quality clothing with no compromise to people or the planet. It’s dedicated to organic, recycled, and zero-waste fabrics, local manufacturing, a fair-trade supply chain, and plastic-free packaging and production.

The effortless, minimalist pieces range from simple overalls to elegant linen maxi dresses. Crafted for the person who has places to be but takes no shortcuts on their path of integrity.

2. The R Collective

Born in 2017, The R Collective was built to help eliminate fashion waste by reusing, repurposing, and recycling textile wastes. Truly clothing with a conscience.

The team of experienced fashion industry experts set out with a goal to create a world-changing circular fashion system, partnering with Redress, a Hong Kong-based NGO dedicated to reducing waste and pollution in the industry.

3. Tonle

Tonle is a maker-led fashion community that values inclusivity, honesty, and reciprocity. It’s dedicated to building a future for fashion that is restorative, regenerative, and just.

Through a zero-waste design process, the team crafts beautiful clothing from reclaimed materials that would otherwise go to waste. It strives for circularity and climate justice at every step to help mitigate fashion’s consequential impact on the planet.

4. Whimsy & Row

Whimsy & Row crafts collections in small run batches to reduce over-production. Each piece is handcrafted ethically in Los Angeles. The company’s HQ is just miles away allowing for the team to regularly visit the factories to ensure fair wages and treatment for the staff.

The company is also dedicated to using locally sourced, upcycled, and low-impact materials for all garments. The team pays close attention to quality so each piece lasts years. The easy yet flirty items are effortlessly chic.

5. Vitamin A

Vitamin A founder, Amahila, set out to design a fabric herself working with top mills in Italy, Canada, and California to create EcoLux, which is the first premium swim fabric made from recycled nylon. All of Vitamin A’s materials are certified to meet the global Oeko-Tex standard for safe textiles and now also include organic cotton, linen, and Tencel.

Through a partnership with 1% For the Planet, a portion of each sale goes to help protect our oceans. The sleek swimsuits and beachwear are go-to’s for the perfect summer wardrobe.

6. Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman founded her namesake label in 2000 after completing her schooling at Parsons in NYC. Fifteen years later, in 2015, the label committed to implementing sustainable practices across its supply chain.

Since then it has become a well-loved sustainable brand known for bold prints and flowy dresses. It continues to use the best sustainable fabrics and ethical practices to craft high-quality collections.

7. Eileen Fisher

The queen of laid-back style, Eileen Fisher is ethical and timeless. The well-made clothing is designed to be worn together in part of a responsible wardrobe lifecycle. The brand continually pushes itself to exceed its sustainability targets aligning with B Corp requirements as well as its own VISION2020 goals.

In 2009 it started a take-back program, entitled Renew, to give clothing a new life. It also partnered with Waste No More to establish a circular system to upend the conventional cycle of consumerism. To date, it has taken back 1.4 million pieces of clothing and turned them into entirely new designs.

8. Sezane

Sustainable Parisian chic built off of a love for vintage clothing. Founder Morganne Sézalory discovered an abandoned collection of vintage items in a suitcase, which she slightly altered and resold to her friends. Her monthly drops were a hit and in 2013 she set out to create her own designs as well.

Sezane is dedicated to increasing its range of eco-friendly materials and over half of its garments are certified. The company’s clothing upcycling has given a new life to over 13,000 garments saving them from landfills in the process. It has also donated more than €4 million to help charitable organizations and thousands of children.

9. Doen

Home of boho-chic, Doen was founded by sisters Margaret and Kathrine Kleveland in 2015. Driven by their experiences in the apparel industry they were inspired to build a female-led fashion brand. What started as a collective of creative LA-based women aiming to support women-identifying individuals in the workforce.

The whimsical garments are inspired by California and their desire to make elevated yet wearable pieces for everyone. The brand is very meticulous when selecting factories, partnering with manufacturers that share their company values, and supporting women empowerment in the workplace.

10. Reformation

Cult-favorite Reformation also began by selling vintage clothing out of a Los Angeles storefront in 2009. The brand quickly expanded to designing their own delightful garments with a focus on sustainability and celebrating the feminine figure.

The brand releases small perfectly crafted items frequently, using deadstock fabrics to create their pieces. Each garment is ethically sewn in the Reformation-owned and operated factory in Los Angeles.

11. Vetta

If a perfectly curated capsule wardrobe is what you are looking for, head straight to Vetta. These mini capsules are made up of five versatile pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create 30 days of outfits. You can shop their crafted collections or individual pieces. 

All of the woven garments are sewn in a family-run factory in NYC, where some employees have worked for over 30 years. The knits are created in an LA factory that gets 70 percent of its energy from solar power. The brand primarily uses Tencel, organic cotton, and deadstock fabrics for its designs.

12. Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn is committed to sustainable practices that protect Mother Earth and all her beings. The aim is to live and work in harmony with nature through their entire design process. The brand built its foundation on saving deadstock fabrics from becoming waste, and instead, turning them into beautiful, lust-worthy dresses.

Since its inception, the brand has also developed what it calls a Farm-to-Closet approach for its grown textiles. It began as a radical experiment and conscious effort to deepen intimacy with the soil and farmers. The brand cultivated 24 depleted acres in India with the help of farmers and artisans to replenish the soil and increase biodiversity.

13. Yes And

Founded by eco-lifestyle entrepreneur, Marci Zaroff, Yesand is her vision to show that women can be both treehuggers and fashionistas. This is just one of the many incredible manifestations of Zaroff’s vision to change the world through sustainable businesses. Her clothing ranges from tie-dyed sweatshirt dresses to the chicest pajama sets. 


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