Our Favourite Ethical and Sustainable BIPOC Owned Clothing Brands
13 Aug

Our Favourite Ethical and Sustainable BIPOC Owned Clothing Brands

Our ability to choose is a powerful tool. Just as there is power in choosing brands that protect people and the planet, there is power in choosing businesses owned by marginalised peoples. Supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) owned brands is a tangible way to be an ally. It helps BIPOC communities share in the economic opportunities available, brings different perspectives to the fore, and celebrates diversity in an otherwise white-centric industry.

The Black Lives Matter movement came to a head in 2020, calling for an end to systemic racism and inequality across many facets of our society, including fashion. Inspired by this movement, many of you asked us for sustainable black-owned rated brands to support. In response, we looked at how to address racial justice issues and ensure we recognise and elevate BIPOC owned clothing brands that do good for people, the planet, and animals.

While the ownership and ethos of each brand unifies them in this list, they are unique in their own right, creating distinctive collections through their particular creative lens. This list is not exhaustive—there are countless other BIPOC owned clothing brands that deserve our support and we will continue to update this list as we rate more.

Proclaim

Rated: Good
nude underwear by proclaim

Tencel Bralette – Ships to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the US from the US

Proclaim is an inclusive nude lingerie line made in Los Angeles from recycled plastic water bottles, owned by Shobha, whose parents immigrated to the USA from India in the 1970s. Shobha is “passionate about bringing diverse perspectives into this industry.” Proclaim’s latest offering is this silky soft Tencel bralette, designed for everyday comfort and support.

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lemlem

Rated: It's A Start
woman wearing striped green pants by lemlem

Eshe Classic Pants – Ships internationally from the US

lemlem is an artisan-driven collection of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, as well as home goods. Everything is made entirely in Africa, founded by supermodel Liya Kebede. It partners with independent artisans in Africa and has a mission to improve social conditions. Meaning to bloom and flourish in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, lemlem is committed to elevating artisanship and expanding production and jobs across Africa. The simple striped pattern of these pants, made in Ethiopia, makes them perfect for spring!

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Brother Vellies

Rated: It's A Start
sustainable mule from Brother Vellies

Tuesday Mule in Basket – Ships internationally from the US

These stunning It-girl shoes and handbags are handcrafted in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Morocco. Founder Aurora James started the @15percentpledge, asking major North American retailers to dedicate 15% of their shelf space to black-owned brands, which Sephora have committed to! We can’t get enough of these 90s mules.

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Two Days Off

Rated: Great
woman wearing sustainable dress by TwoDaysOff

Haruko Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Two Days Off brings a sense of ease to your wardrobe and your mind. Prioritising deadstock and biodegradable materials, Two Days Off limited run pieces are longwearing and thoughtfully designed. This dramatic yet practical dress is made from deadstock fabric locally sourced in Los Angeles.

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Label By Three

Rated: Great
woman wearing floral blouse by label by three

Aquila Blouse Floral – Ships internationally from the US

Founded by three women of colour, Label By Three set out to “write the narrative of what an ethical brand truly is, and how meaningful our practices as a small business can be to our community.” Inclusive and transparent, Label By Three exclusively uses deadstock fabrics sourced in the USA, and all garments are vegan-friendly. We love this deadstock 100% rayon crepe blouse!

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LOCAL EUROPEAN

Rated: Good
sustainable swimwear by Local European

Noa string tie top – Ships internationally from the US

Minimal and monochromatic LOCAL EUROPEAN values sustainability, quality, and luxury. Its sophisticated edge is bolstered by its commitment to using eco-friendly materials. Its latest swim collection is cheeky and bold.

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CBAAF

Rated: Good
ethical long sleeve shirt with flowers by CBAAF

Oatmeal Long Sleeve Top – Ships internationally from the US

CBAAF or ‘Come Back As A Flower’ is a proudly black-owned brand that stocks curated vintage pieces alongside its in-house collection. CBAAF clothing is made from 100% recycled cotton, hand-dyed and ethically produced in Los Angeles. Embrace the tie-dye renaissance in this long sleeve unisex top.

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Sami Miro Vintage

Rated: Good
ethical velvet top by Sami Miro

George IV Tank – Ships internationally from the US

“Pushing eco-conscious boundaries” is the Sami Miro Vintage brand ethos. Made from vintage and recycled fabrics, Sami Miro Vintage is loved by celebrities and eco-conscious fashion lovers alike. With collection names like ‘Ecoterror’ and ‘Global Warming Is Not a Hoax’, the cool reconstructions are offset with a deeper meaning. This tank top has a corset look, made from stretchy recycled velvet fabric.

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Madia & Matilda

Rated: Good
woman of colour wearing loose fitted sustainable beige top

Angelica Loose Fitted Top – Ships internationally from the UK

Madia & Matilda is sustainable fashion created and upcycled in Britain, offering curious, quirky, and effortless pieces. It has a limited production run to minimise textile waste, and its products are manufactured in-house by a small team.

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Adele Dejak

Rated: Good
sustainable bracelets by Adele Dejak

Margaret Aluminium Bracelet – Ships internationally from Kenya

Adele Dejak’s designs are bold and sophisticated. Made ethically in Kenya from environment-friendly materials, Adele Dejak respects the traditions of the past. This chunky unisex arm wear is so well polished and shaped you’ll want to wear it everywhere, plus it was worn by Beyonce in her recent music video, ‘My Power’!

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The Tiny Closet

Rated: Great
ethical basic white shirt by Tiny Closet

Artist Tunic – Ships internationally from the US

The Tiny Closet is a line of simple, beautiful statement clothing. Each garment is made to order from deadstock fabrics to reduce waste, and designed to be worn for years to come. This asymmetric linen tunic is a classic example of The Tiny Closet’s ethos.

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Tree Fairfax

Rated: It's A Start
simple leather half moon bag by Tree Fairfax

Extended Half-Moon Waist/Crossbody bag – Ships internationally from the US

Made-to-order with love by hand, Tree Fairfax minimal leather goods that are long lasting and timeless. This transformative piece can be worn as a hip bag, shoulder bag, crossbody, or remove the belt and carry as a clutch!

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Ngali

Rated: It's A Start
woman wearing grey and orange sustainable scarf by ngali

Earth Ochre Patterned Knit Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

Inspired by Aboriginal Australian artwork, Ngali is mindfully manufactured in Australia. It is actively reducing waste and its carbon footprint while supporting young Aboriginal children through its Business for Good initiative—every purchase helps a young person living in a remote indigenous community improve their IT skills. This multi-patterned scarf is inspired from artwork by Gija artist Lindsay Malay.

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milo+nicki

Rated: Great
royal blue sustainable dress by milo and nicki

It’s a Party Holiday Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Fun, feminine, and functional, Milo + Nicki is a brand for women, by women. Each garment is cruelty-free and thoughtfully made in the USA from ethically sourced fabrics woven in India. Party like it’s 2019 in this ahimsa silk, GOTS certified organic cotton dress, dyed with plant-based non-toxic dye!

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MATTER

Rated: Good
man wearing green sustainable joggers by MATTER

The Easy Joggers – Ships internationally from Singapore

MATTER's purpose is to impact change beyond textiles by reinterpreting textile heritage into prints that tell the stories of where and why they are made. Unfortunately, MATTER is saying ‘Goodbye, for now’ due to the uncertainty created by COVID-19, but it's committed to the orders that were already placed with its partners. These versatile joggers, along with many other high quality items, are still available.

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Funky Kalakar

Rated: Good
ethical men's dress shoes by Funky Kalakar

Unruly Sachem Dress Shoes – Ships internationally from India

Funky Kalakar is founded on the pillars of circularity, veganism, transparency, and empowerment. Its bags and shoes are made by artisans in India, blending modern design with ancient craft.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
plus size asian woman wearing sustainably made active tank by Girlfriend Collective

Fern Florence Tank – Ships internationally from the US

Leaders in sustainable activewear, inclusivity, and representation, Girlfriend’s essentials are as soft on your skin as they are on the planet. The brand’s ‘Perfect T-shirt’ collection is made with cupro, a silky soft material that’s hypoallergenic, anti-static, and 100% biodegradable. Plus, it helps regulate body temperature and is made with waste the cotton industry leaves behind.

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Orenda Tribe

Rated: Good
rainbow upcycled flysuit by Orenda Tribe

Upcycled Vintage Flysuit – Ships internationally from the US

Orenda Tribe is committed to helping indigenous makers and artists find opportunities to create. As well as creating one-of-a-kind upcycled and restored vintage clothing, Orenda Tribe founded the Dził Asdzáán (Mountain Woman) Command Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a collective of Diné matriarchs that has provided meals, reusable masks, PPE, and hand sanitizer for its relatives. Express yourself in this upcycled vintage Flysuit, a hand-dyed deadstock military suit.

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b.YELLOWTAIL

Rated: It's A Start
protect her native american tshirt by B.Yellowtail

Protect Her T-Shirt – Ships internationally from the US

b.YELLOWTAIL's clothing and accessories are wearable art, pieces that tell stories of its culture and traditions. As well as its own creations, b.YELLOWTAIL shares its platform with other Native American and First Nations artists and entrepreneurs. This organic cotton t-shirt is inspired by indigenous matriarchs.

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Chelsea Bravo

Rated: Good
man of colour wearing sustianably made hemp jumpsuit by Chelsea Bravo

Painted Faces Jumpsuit – Ships internationally from the US

Chelsea Bravo’s collections creatively infuse her artistry with simple silhouettes for both women and men. Brooklyn based and sustainably made with a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, her pieces are contemporary and eye-catching. Hand painted and crafted from a hemp and lyocell blend dubbed “Hempcel”, this unisex Painted Faces Jumpsuit is one of the most loved pieces from Chelsea Bravo and a perfect choice for a warm summer day.

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Editor's note

This article lists brands rated ‘Great’, ‘Good’, or ‘It’s a Start’ on Good On You’s comprehensive sustainability ratings. Good On You helps you identify brands that avoid harm to people, the planet, and animals, while also meeting your other fashion needs. You can read more about our rating system here. We recognise that the systemic oppression faced by certain groups in society for many years means there are often less resources available for small, minority-owned brands to thrive in the sustainable fashion market. For more info, see our Diversity and Anti-Racism Policy.

Feature image via Proclaim, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. Use our Directory to search more than 2,500 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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