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16 Sustainable Fashion Brands to Discover in New York

Raise your hand if you’ve never dreamed of strolling around the streets of New York City shopping and sipping an American coffee. And if I told you that NY is a city at the vanguard of sustainability, would you believe it?

Yes, indeed, sustainability is crucial to the City’s survival. NYC is built primarily on islands and with over 500 miles of shoreline, is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change: rising sea levels, storms, and so on. As such, the City and has set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and to eliminate landfilled waste by 2030.

And that’s not all! Many fashion brands born and raised in NYC are also playing their part. In this article, you can read about 16 brands carefully selected by us that ethically produce clothing from sustainably-sourced fibers. Can’t travel to NYC? That’s not a problem! Most brands offer international shipping and some are even working to offset the shipping emissions.

Let’s take a look!

1. SiiZU

Categories: tops, dresses, jumpsuits, outerwear, accessories, jewelry
Materials: cotton, linen, Tencel, eco and vegan leather, silk, wool, cashmere, SeaWool, pearls
For: women
Price range: $15 – $150

SiiZU ethically creates casual chic, affordable, beautiful, high-quality clothes in a wide range of colors and shapes you can wear day after day and, why not, embellish with a piece from their jewelry collections. Besides bracelets, necklaces, and rings, SiiZU designs stunning earrings you can’t help but adore. They even ground into powder oyster shells to create SeaWool, an innovative soft-touch fabric that keeps the body warm in cold temperatures.

2. Knickey

Categories: underwear
Materials: organic cotton
For: women
Price range: $10 – $48

Knickey makes size-inclusive undies and bralettes from GOTS-certified cotton in Fair Trade factories. Every piece is available in different colors and is meant to be comfortable yet stylish on every body. Unlike synthetic fibers, organic cotton actively regulates heat and maintains airflow thus preventing infections and irritations. Knickey is also working to become carbon neutral by the end of 2021 by offsetting the shipping impact.

3. Rag & Bone

Categories: everything – from jeans and tops to boots and fragrances
Materials: cotton, recycled plastic bottles, polyester, nylon, wool
For: women, men
Price range: $57 – $2,475

Rag & Bone (R&B) combines classic tailoring with NY aesthetic, modern, and urban style. Do we think R&B is a 100% sustainable brand? No, we definitely don’t. Is the brand playing its part in the sustainable transition? Somehow it’s on the right way. Since 2017 they’ve been participating in a denim recycling program. In a nutshell, you can drop off your old denim at any R&B store, get a 25% off, and your pre-loved denim is reprocessed into cotton fibers which are then reused in buildings as insulation.

Store locations:

  • 160 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • 228 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
  • 119 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
  • 73 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012
  • 100-104 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
  • 425 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014
  • 11 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065
  • 182A Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
  • 2108A Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030

4. Valani

Categories: tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories
Materials: organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, banana stems
For: women
Price range: $14 – $348

Valani is all about timeless, feminine, and flowy styles pieces you can wear forever. Their clothing is fun and flirty with the smallest footprint possible and is handmade both in the USA and in an Indian GOTS-certified facility by talented tailors. And yes, you got it right! Valani also uses banana fabric, a luxurious, cruelty-free alternative to silk that upcycles stems. Plus, they plant a tree for each sold item.

5. Angela Roi

Categories: handbags
Materials: vegan leather, cactus leather
For: women
Price range: $25 – $265

Angela Roi is a luxury and PETA-approved designer that creates handbags from high-quality vegan leather. The brand strives to transform the way we look at fashion accessories: nothing – and luxury is not an exception – is worth other creatures’ sufferance. No matter what bag you’re looking for: if you want it vegan, with elegant lines, in bright or neutral colors, wearable on shoulders or crossbody, they’ve got you covered.

6. Rent The Runway

Categories: everything – from activewear and maternity wear to handbags and bridal accessories
Materials: wide range
For: women
Price range: $67.50 – $2,430

Rent the Runway (RTR) is a secondhand fashion site built on the idea of renting out formal dresses and accessories for special occasions. You can still buy your favorite secondhand item, but by renting it you’ll save a lot. RTR offers thousands of styles from over 700 designers to choose from and from monthly membership options (which you can pause or cancel at any time) to one-time rentals.

Store location: 30 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011

7. Aurate

Categories: fine jewelry
Materials: recycled gold, diamonds, pearls
For: women
Price range: $68 – $5,700

When in 2015 Sophie and Bouchra founded Aurate, they had a dream: create fine jewelry with a contemporary spin and at a reasonable price. And that’s exactly what Aurate is today, a brand that doesn’t make you choose between looking good and doing good. Indeed, all their gold is 100% recycled, diamonds are mined under ethical, fair, and safe working conditions, pearls are cultivated and harvested sustainably on family-run farms.

8. Aday

Categories: tops, dresses, jumpsuits, pants, sweaters, bras, swimsuits, accessories
Materials: regular and recycled cotton, modal, recycled plastic bottles, recycled nylon, wool
For: women
Price range: $35 – $550

Aday designs minimalistic and classy essentials for women in a range of natural colors that are perfect for every season and that never go out of style. Our suggestion is to go and check out the “capsule” section on their website to explore 5 combinations of staples perfectly paired in styles and colors at a very convenient price.

9. Rebag

Categories: handbags, jewelry, watches, small leather goods
Materials: wide range
For: women
Price range: $165 – $65,985

We landed in a wonderful place: secondhand luxury fashion. Buying (and selling) secondhand is always a great choice to give new life to something that has already been produced. That’s why we’re so happy to recommend Rebag for your luxury shopping. Yes indeed, Rebag is an online platform for selling and buying luxury accessories with over 50 designer brands – from Chanel to Hermès to Rolex and many more – and tens of thousands of items.

Store locations:

  • 390 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
  • 185 Greenwich Street Suite LL2053, New York, NY 10007
  • 575 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
  • 10 Columbus Cir ST225, 2nd Fl, New York, NY 10019

10. Envero Jewelry

Categories: fine jewelry
Materials: gold, precious stones, diamonds
For: women
Price range: $85.40 – $8,940

On Etsy, you can find Envero Jewelry, a gorgeous brand that sustainably handcrafts stunning pieces of fine jewelry with a marvelous vintage vibe. There’s not a single piece we don’t like and wouldn’t buy… trust us, their rings have a royal look and won’t make you go unnoticed.

11. Mara Hoffman

Categories: tops, pants, shorts, dresses, sweaters, outerwear, swimwear
Materials: organic cotton, linen, Tencel, hemp, recycled nylon and polyester, wool
For: women
Price range: $85 – $650

Mara Hoffman collections are truly unique and ethically made from the highest quality fibers. The brand is committed to creating size-inclusive and colorful clothes with bold designs inspired by and in celebration of women. In the “Full circle” section, you can find Mara Hoffman pre-loved essentials in great shape and at a very reasonable price.

12. Eileen Fisher

Categories: everything – from dressed and sleepwear to shoes and ponchos
Materials: organic cotton, linen, recycled nylon and polyester, Tencel,wool, recycled cashmere
For: women
Price range: $68 – $698

Eileen Fisher creates everyday basics – tops, denim, gloves, and even socks – with feminine, versatile, and timeless silhouettes in a small range of neutral and pastel colors. All of their garments are made in workshops and factories that ensure fair treatment and working conditions, and most of them are also dyed without hazardous chemicals.

Store locations:

  • 395 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
  • 314 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
  • 166 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
  • 47 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • 521 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
  • 10 Columbus Cir Suite 205, New York, NY 10019
  • 341 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

13. Zero Waste Daniel

Categories: t-shirts, dresses, shorts, joggers, accessories
Materials: fabric scraps
For: women, men
Price range: $12 – $325

This brand deserves a special mention. As the name says out loud, Zero Waste Daniel (ZWD) is a one-of-a-kind brand that turns fabric scraps sourced from the NYC garment industry – otherwise destinated to landfills – to handcraft unique clothes. Their genderless clothing and accessories have bold and colorful patterns and appliqués. Each piece from ZWD diverts nearly one pound of fabric from landfills.

Store location: Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

14. Another Tomorrow

Categories: t-shirts, tops, pants, skirts, knits, coats, denim, jackets, dresses
Materials: organic cotton, viscose, linen, corozo, recycled polyester, renewed denim, Tencel, recycled cashmere, wool
For: women
Price range: $70 – $1,690

Another Tomorrow combines contemporary and classic styles to create iconic and luxury clothes. The brand realizes the staples you can’t help but have in your wardrobe for your formal outfits. Their garments are ethically manufactured in Italy and Portugal in factories that treat workers with respect.

Store location: 384 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

15. Brave GentleMan

Categories: footwear
Materials: organic and recycled cotton, linen, corozo, PU-based microfiber, recycled polyester, recycled silk
For: men
Price range: $45 – $2,500

When Brave GentleMan was founded by Joshua in 2010 it quickly became the first vegan lifestyle menswear brand in the world. It has also been named “Menswear Brand of the Year” and “Most Influential Designer” by PETA. Today they produce stylish, high-quality, expertly-crafted vegan footwear – in a range of colors, styles, and for different seasons – along with a few clothing items, small accessories, and made-to-order suits.

16. Enda

Categories: dresses, jackets, skirts, jumpsuits, pants
Materials: cotton, vegan leather, polyester, spandex, viscose,
For: women
Price range: $40 – $598

Enda is a PETA-approved vegan fashion brand founded in 2015 by Japanese designer Ran Enda. Enda is on a mission to help people to be effortlessly ethical and effortlessly fashionable by creating clothes in a variety of styles and designs. From casual basics and prairie chic dresses to minimalistic jumpsuits and velvet pajamas, Enda creates clothes for all tastes.

Alberta Bernardi
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Alberta Bernardi is a Ph.D. in Management, Innovation, and Sustainable Development. She likes to call herself a “sustainability warrior” because she aims to spread knowledge on the environment, ethics, and plastic pollution day after day. Her love of nature and battle against plastic around the world are on Instagram @together_no_plastic