France has long been known as a fashion powerhouse, with Paris home to many of the world’s most famous houses including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent. But while many of these luxury brands have been slow to join the ethical fashion revolution, an increasing number of smaller labels are leading the way. Here are our five favourite French brands rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ in the Good On You app.
Our Top 5 Favourite French Ethical Brands
Hopaal make simple, timeless clothing for women and men . We give them a ‘Great’ rating for the environment because of their use of 100% recycled materials as wells as their efforts to use renewable energy. They even stock Guppy wash bags so you can be sure you’re not sending microfibres into the ocean when you do your laundry. They also take care of workers, paying a living wage at the final stage of production. A great example of a brand that puts ethics at the heart of their business, without compromising on style.
Veja is a French brand designing ecological and fair trade footwear, and is also a sustainable fashion pioneer. The brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton and vegetable-tanned leather! Veja pays its co-operative cotton growers and rubber tappers between 30% and 100% above the world market price. By not advertising, Veja is able to invest more money into strengthening its ethical practices. You can find Veja shoes in women's EU sizes 35-46, and men's 35-47.
1083’s range of denims and shoes for women, men and children are all made in France, using eco-friendly materials like organic cotton. 1083 is proud to support jobs in the French textile industry, pointing out that denim was invented in the French city of Nimes. If you want classic, comfortable and casual look no further than 1083.
La Révolution Textile is a vegan womenswear brand from south-west France that have won a PETA award for their use of flax knitwear as an alternative to wool. La Révolution Textile list all of their suppliers, with their clothes made in either France or Portugal. The clothes are also OEKO-TEX standard 100-certified, meaning they are free from chemicals and heavy metals that could harm people and planet.
Et voilà! Do you have a favourite French ethical fashion brand? Let us know in the comments below!
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