07 Oct

The 17 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from Italy

At Good On You, we strive to help you find brands that best meet your needs and values. For some people, shopping for vegan fashion is the most important thing. For others, ensuring the companies they buy from support women makers is what matters. If you’re here, chances are you prefer to shop local whenever you can. Kudos!

Today, we’re showcasing the 16 most ethical and sustainable clothing brands from Italy we could find. These brands are doing their part to ensure People, the Planet, and Animals don’t suffer in their production. But what does that mean, exactly?

What makes a brand ethical?

Long story short, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts our three key pillars of People, the Planet, and Animals.

For People, an ethical brand ensures its workers are treated fairly across the supply chain. This includes policies and practices on child labour, forced labour, worker safety, the right to join a union, and payment of a living wage.

An ethical brand also cares about the Planet. It considers its use of resources and energy, reducing its carbon emissions, impact on our waterways, as well as using and disposing of chemicals safely.

Finally, an ethical brand that is good for Animals uses zero or very few animal products, like wool, leather, fur, angora, down feather, shearling, karakul, and exotic animal skin and hair. If they do use these materials, ethical brands might go for recycled or deadstock options and ensure their wool is mulesing-free. Ideally, the brand is 100% vegan!

Now that you know how to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might choose to shop from companies located in your country or region. Whether you want to support your local communities or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally has many great benefits.

So, let’s get to it! These 17 Italian brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ on the Directory and app using our first-class methodology.

Not from Italy? Check out our favourite brands from Germany, London, the UK, Europe, LA, the USA, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, or Australia & New Zealand.

Womsh

Rated: Good

Fashion and sustainability can go together and Womsh is the brand that proves it. Its shoes are entirely designed and manufactured in Italy, and its clothing range is made from eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton. Find most shoes in EU sizes 35-42, and clothes in XS-2XL.

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Opera Campi

Rated: Good

Founded in 2017, Italian brand Opera Campi creates premium quality garments from locally-sourced raw materials. By using a balanced approach to sustainability, the brand makes conscious choices throughout its supply chain and donates 4% of its profits to social causes. The brand is inclusively sized from 3XS-3XL.

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Shop Opera Campi.

CasaGIN

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable teal singlet by ethical brand CasaGIN

CasaGIN is a positive place, designed for those looking for a sustainable and conscious lifestyle where you can find products capable of conveying wellbeing and harmony. Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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Kampos

Rated: Good

Kampos is an Italian luxury brand that believes in creating a world with integrity and conscience now and for future generations. The brand aims to raise awareness of over-fishing and marine pollution and offers consumers unique pieces that are made of recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets and sustainable and organic fabrics. Find most products in sizes XS to 2XL.

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HERTH

Rated: Good
model in mango silk mini dress by HERTH

HERTH is an Italian, lifestyle brand whose design philosophy combines sustainability and ethics with timeless aesthetics. It promotes slow fashion creating contemporary pieces characterised by clean silhouettes with meticulous attention to detail. Crafted by local Italian artisans with only the purest materials, it embodies effortless luxury. Find the range in XS to XXL.

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RE-BELLO

Rated: Good

Founded in 2013, RE-BELLO is an Italian fashion brand that aims to help customers be more aware of and sensible towards environmental issues. The brand puts into practice the idea of a truly sustainable clothing brand where design, sustainability and transparency go hand in hand. Find the collection in sizes XS to XL.

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Souldaze

Rated: Good

Souldaze was created in 2015 by Domitilla Mattei, a talented emerging designer whose awareness of the fashion industry's impact on the environment drove her to conceive a brand which reflects her beliefs. Find most of this Italian's brand items in sizes XS to M.

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Softandwet

Rated: Good
person kneeling seductively in brown ruffled bra, underwear and patterned garter belt, and back view of white ruffled bra and underwear by softandwet

Founded in 2019, Softandwet is an Italian label specialising in underwear and swimwear that perfectly blends comfort and simplicity with the luxurious. Committed to minimising its impact, its pieces are produced locally by a female-led, fairworking artisanal lab using the finest Italian fabrics. It operates on small production runs using eco-friendly materials to create soft, seductive lines that celebrate the female form. Find the collection in sizes XS-XL.

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aequae

Rated: Good

aequae is a Milan-based sartorial design project born from the meeting between Salima and Victoria, two friends who share a wish: to create clothes and accessories deriving from an alchemic mix of personal experiences, styles and artisanal tradition while conveying the value of time.

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Rifò

Rated: Good

Rifò is an Italian brand that combines circular economy, craftsmanship and sustainable fashion. The brand name is a Tuscan inflection from the verb "rifare" and it represents the way of speaking of the artisans who invented "Cenciaioli", a method of recycling old clothes more than a hundred years ago. Find most pieces in sizes XS to 2 XL.

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ZEROBARRACENTO

Rated: Good

ZEROBARRACENTO is an Italian brand that creates zero-waste silhouettes that celebrate the personality of those who wear it. You can find most pieces in sizes S-L.

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Gaia Segattini Knotwear

Rated: Good

Assembled and packaged in Italy, Gaia Segattini "Knotwear" is a play on words that emphasises the unconventional characteristics of the brand's products. The yarns used are high-quality production leftovers, both for the purpose of sustainability as well as to limit supplies waste. Find most of the collection in sizes S to L.

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ID.EIGHT

Rated: Good

ID.EIGHT is an Italian brand that was born from the meeting between Dong Seon Lee and Giuliana Borzillo, both come from the world of footwear, where they worked and met. Together they have created a more ethical and sustainable collection of sneakers with a refined design. The shoes are made in Italy with low environmental impact materials from food industry waste such as apple peels, grape stalks and seeds, and pineapple leaves, as well as recycled cotton and polyester. Find the shoes in EU sizes 36-46.

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GR10K

Rated: Good

GR10K re-appropriates multifarious garments previously assembled for unrestrained resistance. The Italian brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including upcycled materials, which limits the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production.

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Carmina Campus

Rated: Good

Carmina Campus makes seriously fun accessories with a seriously sustainable edge.  This Italian brand is the creation of Ilaria Venturini Fendi, the youngest daughter of the famed Anna Fendi.

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Peninsula Swimwear

Rated: Good

Peninsula Swimwear offers a full range of swimwear handmade in Italy. The brand is inspired by the sea and is devoted to protecting it. You can find the swimshorts in sizes S to 2XL.

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haikure

Rated: Good

Launched in 2011 from parent company CS jeans, haikure is an Italian brand established in 1981. The brand mission is to respect the planet and people via the promotion of a new lifestyle where the latest fashion trends and sustainability can coexist whilst always seeking continuous product innovation within a context of maximum transparency. Find most of the collections in EU sizes 36 to 50.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Womsh, 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 thousands of rated brands.

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