It’s easy to get caught up with the latest trends. I’m guilty of this too. With all of the street style photos out there, everyone purchasing the same things. Lately I’ve noticed that we, as a society, are unconsciously shopping. We’re coveting whatever the latest this or that is, but we no longer think about where it came from and its sustainability.
Call me a farmer’s-market-shopping-borderline-vegan-Brooklyn-hippie, but I’m all about conscious clothing and accessories. Just as much as I’ve been scouring packages for GMO’s, locally sourced products and at the very least organic, I’ve been trying to incorporate pieces in my wardrobe that are not just another fast fashion find as much as I can.
Now it’s easier than ever when there’s some cute pieces on the market that also will make you feel good about your purchase when you shop from brands like these:
Brooklyn-based designer, Kate Collins, designs all of her collection locally, but sources her manufacturing internationally by working with artisans from all over the world to create her designs. Beautifully woven chunky knits include a photograph and name of the woman who made your scarf, blanket or sweater. There’s even a gold beaded necklace that’s actually made from recycled paper rolled up. These artisans can show off their craftsmanship outside of their communities for the first time and supporting these women’s economic independence.
This handbag line is locally run here in NYC by a family, but they’re selling at major retailers and often spotted on celebs. They design bags that are vegan-friendly but look like leather and without sacrificing quality. They also support many charitable foundations, so they’re also giving back when you make this feel-good purchase.
While Toms has been around for quite some time and you probably already know that they’re all about giving back a pair of shoes to a child in need for every purchase. Now they’re also giving the gift of sight. For every pair of glasses sold, they’re helping children see with medical treatment or even glasses.
If that didn’t convince you enough to take a break from your usual designer or discount shopping—whatever your bag may be—check out my favorite products from these brands below.