Spotlight on Responsible Fashion Brands

By: Allie, editor in chief

One of our founding principles at Mod Broad is on focusing less on consumerism and more on being mindful of our spending and resources. Stepping back from fast fashion and products made in poorly maintained factories to items made with "clean" and hopefully recycled materials, from workers getting a living wage, and ones that last and are seen as an investment. But I know this is difficult. I don't want you to think I live in a dream world. It really is a commitment and it can be tricky to change a mindset, so I recommend taking it slowly and making changes little by little. That's what I'm doing and I can constantly be better. Also, if you're looking for a great documentary on this, watch "The True Cost."

So I want to highlight a few brands that I applaud for taking the right steps towards responsible fashion. Some of these I've tried, others I have just heard about through high praise from other folks working to participate in slow fashion.


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Vetta Capsule

Vetta is all about creating mini capsule wardrobes with pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a month worth of clothes. So cool! They use sustainable fabrics from responsible factories (read about their factories here) and everything down to the packaging materials is well thought out and made to have the smallest impact on the environment as possible. The pantsuit to the left? The wrap can be tied three different ways and the styling can be done an insane amount of ways. This is on my wish list right now for sure!

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Not only is this shoe brand stylish and comfortable but they are also a certified B Corp, use recycled materials as much as possible, take care of their wool providers (hi sheep!), and they have FSC Certification (which means they "source materials that meet strict standards to protect forests, and the animals and people who depend on them"). People weren't kidding when they said these are the comfiest shoes in all the land. I live in mine!

Everlane

Everlane prides itself on classic designs and high quality at modest prices. I love them because they are transparent about their factories and how much everything costs to make quality items. So many of us have no clue what actually goes into making the clothes we wear every day. Also, everything they make is built to last past one season. Yes to all of that!

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ADAY is all about functional athletic wear that you can take from the gym to the supermarket. They use high quality fabrics that are breathable and sweat-wicking and they work with the best factories in the world to ensure the factory is working under safe and ethical conditions. I'm loving this sports bra!


Other brands that are working hard to be responsible....

  • Madewell/J crew (owned by the same company)- they are working on decreasing their environmental impact, prompting responsible sourcing, and giving back to the community. Check out their page all about this here.

  • ThredUP- everything on this site is secondhand. Like thrift shopping but online! I know so many people that have bought clothing on this site and loved it.

  • Grana- They make some beautiful basics for men and women. Like Everlane they are honest about their prices and why they price something a certain way, they use high quality fabrics and are transparent about where their factories are. Check out their site here!

  • Reformation- they use high quality materials, invest in green building infrastructure to minimize waste, water and energy, and take care of all their people. They are brutally transparent as well, which I 100% respect. Also, the pieces are BEAUTIFUL. Seriously look at this dress

  • Cotton On- my housemate just reminded me of this brand! Check out their webpage on sustainability. It's legit. They take all the right steps. Their stuff looks classic and cool.

And another option is to support local thrift shops! So many thrift shops give back to the community or to specific organizations so by shopping at one you are not only getting some unique and one-of-a-kind clothes but you're also supporting your neighbor. Win-win!!

Have you bought from any of these brands? Did I miss a great brand? Let me know!