Where I Shop

The shops listed below are all ones from which I have purchased and with which I have had good experiences. I’m not paid to advertise or promote any shops—this is all based on my own experiences. As I fall in love with new brands, they’ll end up here. If you have a suggestion for something to add, drop me a line!


Clothing

Alternative Apparel

Where they’re based: United States

What they sell: Casual basics, including tops, bottoms, dresses, skirts, and outerwear.

Who it’s for: Male and female adults.

How much: Their full-prices pieces tend to range from $100-$200, depending on the item. However, their markdown prices are usually much lower, typically from about $20-$60, with some items falling on either side of those limits. They also have free shipping options for within the continental US.

Why buy? Alternative Apparel offers extensive eco-friendly fabric collections. They are also deeply concerned with workers’ rights and source their labor ethically. You can look at their website to find more information about the factories they use and the standards they uphold.

Statement of responsibility

Boden (USA site)

Where they’re based: United Kingdom.

What they sell: Everything, from casual basics to bridesmaid-ready evening gowns. Their collection is fairly massive and you can find plenty of “easy wears” as well as statement pieces.

Who it’s for: Everyone! They even have a maternity selection.

How much:  Because they have such a large collection, there’s a pretty large distribution in price. Womens’ tops tend to run around $60, while dresses are usually around $120. However, they have sales fairly often, and their sale selection is nothing to scoff at—it’s pretty big and a lot of things are real steals.

Why buy? Boden makes an effort to ethically source their materials in compliance with (and as members of) the Ethical Trading Initiative. They also have a hard stance against child labor and pay fair wages to workers on all levels of the supply chain. Finally, they produce their paper catalogs (yes, they still make those) from recycled materials.

Statement of responsibility

Curator

Where they’re based: United States (San Francisco, to be exact).

What they sell: Clothing, including dresses, skirts, tops and outerwear, that tends to swing hard to either the “casual basic” or “statement piece” end of the spectrum. They also sell jewelry, bags, scarves, socks, some skincare items (mens’ and womens’), perfume, candles, soap, nail polish, kids’ toys and socks, and some houseware/décor items. Whew.

Who it’s for: Female adults, with some non-clothing items for men and children.

How much: Okay, the clothing tends to be expensive (most items around or over $100). But hear me out: this stuff is quality. I own two items from here so far (the Newsom Skirt and the Jocelyn Dress) and I bought the second largely because I loved the first so much. (I also love the second.) They do put things on sale, and those items tend to run around $50-$80—so still not super cheap, but easily more affordable than the full-price items. This is one of two stores that I regularly troll on the days leading up to payday.

Why buy? Curator is a very small company, started and run by two women who do the designing themselves. They make a strong effort to utilize organic fabrics and foster long-term relationships with their suppliers, making it easier to demand accountability. Besides, from the looks of the website and that long disparate list of things they sell, their retail location seems like it would be totally engrossing to poke through.

Statement of responsibility

Everlane

Where they’re based: United States (Los Angeles).

What they sell: Basic clothing, from casual cotton T-shirts to silk blouses, as some accessories, a small shoe and belt collection, and a few really gorgeous bags.

Who it’s for: Male and female adults.

How much: Their leather bags tend to hang around the $300 range, but the rest of their stuff is highly reasonable for the quality you’re getting—pure silk tops from $50-$80, cotton tees and tanks all around $20, cozy sweaters (including cashmere) starting at $30. I’m obsessed with Everlane; they were my first ever conscious fashion purchase, and I’ve never been let down by any of their stuff. Like Curator, this is a shop that I start visiting a lot around payday, scoping out my next purchase. So much of my wardrobe is from here, it’s a little alarming.

Why buy? Everlane’s big deal is accountability. They have full “bios” and virtual tours of all of their factories on their website, and their goods are pretty limited-ingredient; they use pure materials and not a lot of synthetics. It’s also a small company, and their stuff is really high quality, particularly for the price. Because they’re online-only, there’s a lot less markup.

Statement of responsibility

Serrv

Where they’re based: United States.

What they sell: Statement clothing with unique patterns and fabrics, as well as accessories, jewelry, home goods and some unique food items (namely organic chocolate, yum).

Who it’s for: Male and female adults and children, but most of their clothing is for women.

How much: Variable prices. Most women’s clothing is in the $30-$80 range, and they have excellent sale prices.

Why buy? It’s all fair trade and sustainable. Serrv is one of the pioneers of the fair trade movement, going back to 1949, and is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation. It’s also all beautiful stuff, and if you happen to have a brick-and-mortar location near you, the stores are fantastically interesting to browse.

Statement of responsibility

Wildlife Works

Where they’re based: Internationally (Africa)

What they sell: Basic clothing, as well as some statement pieces and bags.

Who it’s for: Male and female adults and children.

How much: Most adult clothing runs from $30-$80. Kids’ and babies’ items are mostly under $30.

Why buy? Wildlife Works’ profits directly fund wildlife reserves, schools, conservation and agricultural efforts, and healthcare in Africa. Their materials are ethically sourced and eco-friendly, and they employ local Africans in their factories and other enterprises.

Statement of responsibility


Shoes

Planet Shoes

Where they’re based: United States.

What they sell: Everything! Boots, flats, heels, sneakers, socks and bags.

Who it’s for: Everybody, including kids.

How much: Because there’s such a huge selection, there’s a really big price range. The lowest I’ve seen is around $20, and I’m sure boots range up into the $200s at least.

Why buy? Planet Shoes is not a brand, it’s more of a clearinghouse for environmentally-friendly shoes. So basically, for a conscious fashion shoe freak, it’s heaven. They have a donation-based program intended to offset the carbon footprint of their shipping, and have a whole Eco Shop that is specifically comprised of brands with eco-conscious values. Planet Shoes is where my favorite boots came from, and the experience was seamless from start to finish.

Statement of responsibility

The Root Collective

Where they’re based: United States.

What they sell: Unique, comfy flats, as well as bags, scarves and jewelry.

Who it’s for: Female adults.

How much: Shoes run from $79-$83, while accessories range from $65 to over $100. Jewelry starts at $32 and goes up to around $60.

Why buy? I’ve already written about The Root Collective, so I’ll quickly recap here: all items are handcrafted by artisans in Guatemala, Kenya or Peru, and 10% of profits go to nonprofit projects in those countries. Materials are sourced ethically. I own a pair of RC’s flats, and they’re not only the most comfortable shoes in my closet, but they’re in the best shape even after several months. Put simply, the shoes are just sturdy, in addition to being adorable.

Statement of responsibility


Accessories

4 All Humanity

Where they’re based: United States

What they sell: Jewelry and accessories, as well as some women’s clothing items.

How much: $25-$100, so a fairly broad range.

Why buy? All items are fair trade and made by artisans in Ethiopia, India, Peru, Thailand or Uganda. The company provides technical training for their artisans, as well as livable wages, and materials are ethically sourced.

Statement of responsibility

Dirty Librarian Chains

Where they’re based: United States (New York City)

What they sell: All kinds of jewelry, as well as eyeglass chains, guitar straps (!), and hair accessories.

How much: This stuff is expensive (most items hover in the $60-$100 range). However, it’s also incredibly beautiful and unique.

Why buy? DLC jewelry is made from 80% vintage materials, meaning it’s pretty green, and the company was founded on a “zero waste design model.” It’s also all handmade (hence the price).

Statement of responsibility

Everlane

The Root Collective

Serrv


Bags

Angela • Roi

Where they’re based: United States (Boston)

What they sell: Bags, bags, bags.

How much: Smaller bags (i.e., cross bodies) are around $60, while larger items are around $150-$180.

Why buy? All A•R items are color-coded, and each color represents a different charitable cause. For example, purchasing a red item donates proceeds to HIV/AIDS research, while sales of yellow items send proceeds to childhood cancer research, etc. You can shop by color/cause or, obviously, by item. In addition, all products are made of durable vegan leather.

Statement of responsibility

Everlane

The Root Collective

Serrv

Wildlife Works


Cosmetics

Hello Waffle

What they sell: Beautifully pigmented eyeshadows and blushes.

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innocent + twisted alchemy

What they sell: Eyeshadows and blushes.

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Performance Colors

What they sell: Gorgeous lipsticks with a magical non-sticky non-greasy formula, as well as their wonderful Shadow Magnet, and a few cream shadows and blushes.

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Shiro Cosmetics

What they sell: Lots and lots of eyeshadows, plus blushes, as well as lip glosses and (tinted) balms.

Silk Naturals

What they sell: Eyeshadows, blushes, liners and mascaras, bronzers, lipsticks, foundations, fragrances, hair products, face washes and lotions…the list goes on and on. I think of SN as the Big Papa of indie cosmetics.

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