6 Sustainable Menswear Designers To Know
The fashion industry at large tends to get kind of a bad rap when it comes to social and environmental responsibility. Thankfully, contrary to mass perception, there is a large and growing fashion movement dedicated to doing things right with a focus on quality and ethics over quantity and, well, dollar signs. We’re proud to work with a lot of them here on our site.
Whether it's artisanal, eco-friendly, naturally dyed, fair trade, local, handmade, vegan, or all of the above, these designers are making a huge impact (or lack thereof) on the environment and on consumer consciousness. We've picked a few of our favorite mindful brands to get you started on what might just be the beginning of your slow-fashion journey.
Designed by Bobby Bonaparte and Max Kingery, Olderbrother uses a natural process that's sprinkled with a playful spirit. The brand embraces the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, paying homage to the imperfections and the unique characteristics of the fabrics. Designed in Portland and made in Los Angeles, they work exclusively with eco-conscious textiles, natural dyes, and each and every piece is free of heavy metals, salts and toxins.
s.k manor hill
New York-based menswear line s.k. manor hill is inspired by vintage garments and classic silhouettes from around the world. There are two key attributes for every piece they design: conscientious construction and attention to detail. Plus, everything is made from 100% natural fiber fabrics sourced from Europe and Japan. So, if you have a deep appreciation of meticulous craftsmanship, timeless design, and conscious manufacturing, then this is the clothing line for you.
Veja is much more than just a sneaker brand. It is a vision that proposes cultural change, it's a project of action. Founders and best friends, Sébastien Kopp and François Morillion, created Veja on a model of ethics. From sourcing to packaging to distribution, Veja considers the wellbeing of our planet. And they do all this while giving us beyond cool shoes. With their line of unisex sneakers, Veja believes that style is not a question of gender but something that is universal. From classic white to stylish metallic and everything in between, we’re totally on board with these sustainable sneakers.
Hailing from Canada, MAPLE draws inspirations from the landscape and rich heritage of the true North. Influenced by the integration of Western and Aboriginal culture, MAPLE pairs an appreciation for nature and a refined attention to detail. Focusing on providing sustainable products, each piece is designed with functionality in mind, consciously crafted, and created to be enjoyed over a lifetime of use. Aboriginal Artisans at Vancouver’s Lattimer Gallery craft MAPLE’s jewelry and the rest of their collection is manufactured responsibly in both Canada and Japan.
This Nashville-based line of handmade, high-quality leather shoes and accessories was created by Patrick Woodyard in 2011 after the co-founder and CEO took a development job in Peru. Patrick was inspired by the talented shoemakers he met in the area and decided to use Nisolo as a platform to showcase their designs. Needing a partner with fashion industry experience, Patrick partnered with Zoe Cleary who quit her job with a major fashion label in New York and joined forces with Patrick as his co-founder and VP of Design. Nisolo prioritizes ethical production and exquisite quality above all else and each shoe has a classic style that is sophisticated and timeless.
Nudie Jeans distinguishes itself in the crowded premium denim space by offering consistent quality and added value in each collection. Its clothing is made of 100% organic cotton denim and the company prides itself on social responsibility and transparent production. Founded in 2001 in Gothenburg, Sweden, the brand follows an ethos of conscious consumerism and sustainable consumption, recycling worn out products, re-selling secondhand pieces, and opening repair shops - with free service for well-used Nudie jeans - in various cities around the world.