Last Updated on January 13, 2022
Here are our picks for beautiful, sustainable and ethical clothing brands owned by women of colour.
I also think it’s important to note that minority-owned businesses have also been disproportionately affected by the pandemic so now more than ever can use your support!
This roundup includes everything from evening dresses and officewear, to underwear and swimsuits, so there’s sure to be something to fit our wardrobe needs. 💚
* Also I want to mention that unlike my other roundups this post does not include affiliate links so any commission I might receive will also go to the brand.
UK-based duo who rework and hand-paint vintage pieces turning them into wearable art.
Eponymous label based in the US. Her collection is made in the Bay Area from sustainable and natural materials (lots of hemp!) with a focus on comfort and style.
Garments featuring sustainable, artisan textiles including hand-woven, block printed, embroidered, naturally dyed textiles and more.
Their own collection is fair made in India and they also carry other brands in their store (which I had the pleasure of visiting on a trip to New York a couple years ago and it’s lovely!)
US-based colourful, cute, and sexy swimwear brand. Their swimsuits are made in Brazil from Amni® Soul Eco which is a biodegradable polyamide.
Romantic, feminine dresses made in NYC from deadstock and natural materials. They also have and adorable mommy & me collection and ensure all their waste gets repurposed.
Galerie.LA carries a beautiful, curated selection of sustainable and ethical fashion, accessories, and lifestyle goods. They have an online shop as well as a brick and mortar store in LA.
A modesty-focused clothing line made in LA from deadstock and natural materials.
Workwear is definitely hard to find in the sustainable/ethical fashion space, but Germany-based J.Jackman‘s chic womenswear is filling that gap! The office-appropriate dresses and separates are all made in their Berlin studio from natural materials.
Bright, colourful and size-inclusive Canadian brand featuring African textiles in contemporary silhouettes. Their pieces are all made in Toronto, the line goes up to a size 22/3X, and they will do custom work for any size!
Children’s and baby clothing brand based in the UK. Their pieces are ethically made in Nigeria and India.
Size inclusive (up to 3x) underwear and bralettes in a range of nude shades. Made in LA from sustainable materials.
Unique, seasonless styles showcasing artisan textiles. MATTER is based in Singapore and fairly manufactures in India. They also do great work sharing information and promoting slow fashion.
(I have many pieces from them which I love!)
Milo + Niki
Cruelty-free brand based in Texas and made in New York. They use a variety of sustainable materials including a fabric derived from bananas.
A brand from my hometown! Canadian label showcasing African textiles and fairly made by women artisans in Africa. They also have a collection of jewellery and accessories.
Size inclusive (up to 3x) sustainable brand made in downtown Los Angeles. Wardrobe basics made from natural materials.
UK boutique with a variety of sustainable and ethical fashion, accessory, and home good brands, as well as an in-house line. They have an online shop as well as a brick-and-mortar store in Exeter.
Colourful, fun, and flattering swimwear with both sexy and sporty cuts, made in Canada from mostly recycled materials.
UK-based label with bold cuts, colours, and prints, fairly made in Ghana.
Eponymous womenswear line made in Oakland, California from sustainable materials.
The Tiny Closet
Unique silhouettes and elevated minimalist essentials designed as timeless capsule pieces. The clothes are made in LA from deadstock fabrics.
Two Days Off
A US-based brand making effortless, minimalist pieces. Their garments are made-to-order in LA from natural and deadstock materials.
Classic and feminine cuts made form sustainable materials like hemp and Tencel. Based in the US, Valani’s garments are fairly made in a GOTS certified factory in India.
A fun, colourful line with lots of graphics and prints as well as art prints! Based and made in the US.
I’m sure there are brands I’ve missed, so please share any other sustainable/ethical WOC-owned fashion brands you love in the comments!
Also be sure to check out Melanin & Sustainable Style and Buy From BIPOC, they are both excellent resources for lifestyle, home, fashion, beauty, and wellness brands owned by people of colour.
I just purchased a dress from Kemi Telford. She’s a Black woman making amazing dresses out of the UK!
Ooo thanks for sharing!
Melanin and sustainable style has lots of resources! https://melaninass.com/
Wow, thank you so much for sharing these brands! They are all new to me, but I’m certainly going to give each and every one a really good look-through.