Friday, 7 February 2014

Is sweashop-free clothing a viable alternative to high-street fashion? (Part 1)

Hi everyone. :) First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Chinese New Year.

You probably don't recall me saying, but I once mentioned how I did not have any new year conclusions. Well, the month of January has given me a lot time to reflect on my life and, well, I made the decision that something needs to change in my life.
Especially those of you who know me personally know how I love ordering stuff from Yesstyle or eBay - but is it really worth it? Alright, it is nice to receive a bag that was only like 20$, but let's be serious - it won't last forever. Besides, I can hardly buy anything with a clear conscience anymore, as sweatshop labour has taken over the clothing industry a long time ago.

You must know, I have always been thinking that there is no alternative to sweatshop labour if one wants to dress fashionably. Oh, I was so wrong. Of course there are! And to be honest, after looking at the range of products, I decided to transition completely to non-sweatshop brands.

So, after a really long start of this post, I want to introduce you to the alternatives to sweatshop labour that I have found.



Clothes

1) American Apparel
Okay, so I think this is the most obvious of all my suggestions, but American Apparel is and has always been sweatshop free so you don't have to worry buying from them. Besides, they have some really lovely basics and when their products are on sale, they are hardly more expensive than other popular high street brands.
Besides, their product range also includes shoes, bags and pet accessories. :)

2) Black Milk Clothing
The Australian nylon label founded by James Lillis stated that they work completely sweatshop free. :) They produce their garments locally in Australia or in Italy (a very small range). They carry a vast amount of leggings and dresses made of nylon, which have been hyped all over the net during the last couple of years.
Personally, I would only be careful about the shoes they sell (a collab with Solestruck), as I am not really sure where they are produced.

3) Kuyichi
If you are looking for jeans that are not especially high-waisted like most AA jeans, you should definitely check out Kuyichi. They offer various cuts for women and men, and while their normal prices seem a little over the top, their sales are really affordable!

4) Good Society
Another mentionworthy jeans-label, however, they do not offer an online-shop so you will need to check your local retailers if they have some of these jeans in stock.

5) Blu Democracy
A clothing label that is very environmentally conscious and uses alternative fibres such as bamboo for their clothes. They definitely have some really cute shirts and their backstory is really impressive, so I would definitely recommend you to check them out!

6) Annie Greenabelle
A very modern label which seems to carry a lot of common high-street style pieces which were ethically made. They put a high emphasis on organic cotton as well and each of their garments is labelled so you can see where it was made or what it is made of.

7) Bella + Canvas LA
Another sweatshop-free label that also does wholesale offers. :) As I am writing this, their site is under maintenance but they should be back soon!

8) Velvet Room
A bohemian fashion label based in the USA. They even have an extra tab so you can filter their products by origin. :)

9) Asos Green Room
The ASOS green room looks to give a nice overview over all the fashion brands with conscience on ASOS. However, I would double-check before purchasing. :) You can never go wrong with People Tree.

10) People Tree
Well, what a surprise, yet another fashion brand that is exremely environmentally and socially conscious. :) Check them out!

Edit:
11) Nobody Denim
Alright, I forgot another denim brand. :) You see there are plenty options for ethical jeans out there! So many that even I forget to mention them all. However, they are on the rather expensive side, so I would not reccommend them if you're on a budget.




Alright, and as this post has become extremely long already, I'll make a part 2 where I introduce you to a couple of alternatives to sweatshop-shoes. :D Stay tuned!

Now that you are aware of all these brands, would you consider swapping to no-sweatshop-apparel?

- Elina


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