Ethical Alternatives to Dolls Kill

Dolls Kill has been a destination for unique pieces and statement items. Best known for their festival styles and as a destination for punk, kawaii, goth, rave, and “alternative” fashion.

The issue? They’ve taken many counterculture fashion movements which were previous driven by DIYers and independent designers and highly commercialized them.

Is Dolls Kill fast fashion?

Yes. Dolls Kill is a fast fashion brand with unethical practices.

Dolls Kills has terrible transparency about their manufacturing, wages, and ethical standards, and no environmental initiatives. Additionally, Dolls Kills has been accused of stealing designs (read more about why this happens so often in fashion), cultural appropriation, inappropriate and exploitative marketing, and in 2020 the owner praised the police during the Black Lives Matter protests sparking the trending hashtag #BoycottDollsKill.

In response, people started sharing other places to get similar styles. Though unfortunately many of those brands also have no transparency and questionable ethics. Here our our top picks if you’re looking for Dolls Kill alternatives that are ethically and responsibly made.

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Thief & Bandit

With their exclusive prints silk screened in-house Thief & Bandit has a signature, statement style. Their inclusive collection includes clothing, swimwear, underwear, and accessories all made in their Halifax studio.

Size Range: XS – 4X

Values: Sustainable materials, made in-house, made-to-order, made in Canada

Availability: based in Canada, ships international 

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LOUDBODIES

On a mission to design stylish, comfortable, and sustainable clothing for all bodies, LOUDBODIES has the most inclusive size range we’ve come across from an ethical brand! Their sweet feminine styles and statement cuts made a perfect slow fashion alternative to Dolls Kill.

Size Range: XXS – 10XL; custom

Values: Sustainable and recycled materials, made-to-order, low waste production, OEKO-TEX certified fabrics, carbon neutral shipping, plus sizing, body-inclusive models, made locally

Availability: Based in Romania, ships worldwide

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We are HAH

Sexy and sweet styles. We are HAH makes swimwear, lingerie and an apparel line for those who want to stand out and show some skin. They provide info about each of their factories and are incorportating more recycled and eco-friendly fabrics into their line.

Size Range: XS – XL

Values: Sustainable and recycled materials (some), gives back

Availability: based in USA, ships international 

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NOCTEX

Love black? Looking for something more dark and edgy? NOCTEX has a collection you must check out! Their pieces are locally made in Canada from deadtsock fabrics.

In addition to producing their own line, NOCTEX is a great place to shop as they also curate and sell pieces from other independent designers (although the other brands may not have the same sustainable/ethical values).

Size Range: XS – 1X

Values: Reclaimed & deadstock materials, low waste production, made in Canada

Availability: based in Canada, ships international 

Etsy

While Etsy can be a great place for specialty, handmade clothing, I do want to emphasize that it’s always important to look into the individual seller. Unfortunately some businesses on Etsy aren’t actually selling handmade clothing but are getting it from a factory or re-selling clothing bought elsewhere. An easy way to check for this is to read the seller’s bio and check them out on social media if possible. Ideally they’ll share info about their design and making process.

Size Range: The sizes available will depend on each Etsy store, but many sellers offer plus and custom sizing.

Availability: Etsy is available world wide and you can also filter by stores in your country.

Uye Surana

Cute feminine, and whimsical lingerie. Uye Surana creates lacy and mesh pieces which can be worn as lingerie or styled as sexy statement pieces. Their garments are ethically made in Colombia in small batches.

Size range: XS – 5XL

Values: small batch production, body-inclusive models

Availability: based in USA, ships international

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Frankie

I have to give Frankie’s upcycled collection a mention, in particular their bustiers and corsets, reworked cut-out tees, and mini-dresses. They repurpose vintage tracksuits and sportswear to strike the perfect mix of cool, sexy, sporty, and sustainable. Their unique pieces are made in Vancouver with workers paid a living wage.

Size Range: XS – 3XL

Values: Upcycled materials, low waste production, made in Canada

Availability: based in Canada, ships international 

Don’t Forget Secondhand

Shopping secondhand is an amazing sustainable way to find unique clothes. Here are our favourite places to thrift online.

Any ethical brands we missed? Please share your favorites in the comments!

2 Responses

  1. ruth h
    | Reply

    hi!
    i just wanted to say i love this, i’ve been looking for alternatives to dollskill for a while. but most recommendations were still fast fashion or from unethical businesses. its so nice to see such cool brands in the one place! thank you.

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      Thanks for commenting! Happy it’s helpful 🙂

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