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10 Feb
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The 24 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands From New York

Discover our favourite sustainable clothing brands from New York doing ethical in style.

Our favourite sustainable clothing brands from New York

The city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle (where dreams are made of, right Alicia?), the Big Apple… That’s right, today we’re talking about New York. And more specifically about sustainable fashion brands from New York.

There’s no way around it: New York is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and it has a massive influence on the fashion industry. It saw the rise of ready-to-wear clothing, big department stores, and today thousands of garment workers are still spread around the city.

New York is a leader in fashion, and it’s also started taking steps to push sustainability to the forefront of the industry. The most recent move: the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act, which, if passed, would hold the biggest fashion brands to account for their role in the climate emergency. Powerful sustainable fashion names have endorsed the bill, including the New Standard Institute and Stella McCartney. ⁠

Not only that, but New York is also home to some of the most beautiful and groundbreaking sustainable fashion brands in the world. So today, we want to showcase the 24 most ethical and eco-friendly clothing brands from New York in our database. These brands are doing their part to ensure people, the planet, and animals don’t suffer in their production.

Let’s hear it for New York.

What does an ethical brand look like?

First things first, what makes an ethical brand? 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 city, 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 into the good stuff. These 24 ethical New-York based brands have all been rated “Good” or “Great” on the directory and app using our first-class methodology.

Not from New York? Check out our favourite brands from:

Malaika New York

Rated: Good

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black woman wearing grey and black zero waste jacket by Malaika New York

Malaika New York – Jackets

Cool one-of-a-kind, versatile jackets and sweaters handcrafted in New York from fabric scraps. Exclusive 20% off jackets with code goodonyou2022. (Ends: 25 MAY)

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woman wearing black and silver zero waste leggings by Malaika New York

Malaika New York – Bottoms

Unique vegan leggings and skirts with a sustainable mission: zero waste fashion. Exclusive 20% off bottoms with code goodonyou2022. (Ends: 25 MAY)

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woman on beach wearing black low waste dress made ethically by Malaika New York

Malaika New York – Dresses

Seasonless one-size-fits-all pieces with a minimalistic design that makes them such easy-to-wear staples. Exclusive 20% off dresses with code goodonyou2022. (Ends: 25 MAY)

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woman wearing black sustainable top made by Malaika New York

Malaika New York – Tops

Unisex tops, ethically produced in New York using zero waste design principles. Exclusive 20% off tops with code goodonyou2022. (Ends: 25 MAY)

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Malaika New York is a minimalistic sustainable clothing brand with a focus on zero waste clothing and accessories. The US-based brand aims to eliminate fashion’s harmful environmental effects by utilizing minimal or zero waste patterns, while maximizing wearability by producing luxe-quality, contemporary garments that make a statement now and into the future. Find most garments in S-XL with some items going up to 2XL.

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337 BRAND

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable 337 brand outfit

337 BRAND's leisurewear is designed to make you feel at ease, always. Inspired by nature, comfort, and kindness, the brand introduces effortless style clothing made from earth-friendly materials. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Conscious Step

Rated: Good

Conscious Step creates premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks and clothes which support great charities. The US brand is committed to lasting social and environmental change and every step it takes in its production process supports farms and factories with fair wages, safe facilities, and sustainable materials. The socks come in S-L sizes, and the clothes in 2XS-2XL.

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Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of sustainable materials including Lenzing Modal harvested from the limbs of beech trees. This process means that the trees are never cut down and 95% of the production materials to make the yarn are recovered and reused. The brand's manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. Find the range in sizes XS-XL, with an extended sizing range up to 3XL.

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Shop Threads 4 Thought @ Veneka.

Knickey

Rated: Great
knickey sustainable underwear set

Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, Knickey’s organic cotton underwear sets are some of the best in the sustainable market. Taking it a step further, the brand has also partnered with an NYC non-profit to recycle old undergarments, turning the fibres into insulation and rug pads. Sending in your old undies will not only help cut down on the amount of fibres that wind up in the landfill, but it’ll give you the freedom to buy new, eco-conscious sets. Find most items in sizes 2XS to 3XL.

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Miakoda

Rated: Great
two women wearing Miakoda sustainable yoga clothes

If you’re all about that organic plant-based lifestyle, then you’ll most certainly vibe with Miakoda and its organic, ultra-cosy active and loungewear. Supportive of different shapes and sizes from XS-4XL, these ethical and sustainable pieces include stripped-back colours and designs that are all about comfort. Everything is manufactured in an ethical factory in NYC, and all packing materials are eco-friendly. Neat!

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Day Won

Rated: Good

Day Won is a US-based activewear brand for everybody so you can work towards being your best you. Founded by Candice Huffine, a game-changing model in the fashion industry, the brand's pieces are all available in sizes 0 through 32, with no exceptions. The brand doesn't use any animal-derived materials and uses a medium proportion of eco-friendly materials including recycled materials, which is why we rated it 'Good'.

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Shop Day Won.

Another Tomorrow

Rated: Good
Woman in Another Tomorrow ethical denim jeans

Another Tomorrow is a luxury brand created for the compassionate global citizen seeking elevated, thoughtful design, community, and tools for advocacy. Find the range in US sizes 0-14.

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Shop Another Tomorrow.

CHNGE

Rated: Great

CHNGE is a US-based sustainable fashion brand using 100% organic material, built to last a lifetime while making a statement. Find CHNGE's inclusive clothes in sizes 2XS-4XL.

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Shop CHNGE.

zero waste daniel

Rated: Great

Zero waste daniel creates sustainable, eco-friendly, handmade in Brooklyn and always one of a kind clothing.

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Shop Zero Waste Daniel.

GRAMMAR

Rated: Great

This brand started off selling just white shirts, but has recently expanded into a full range with clever tailoring, creative cuts, and details that mean there’s a shape and style to suit everyone. All GRAMMAR’s clothes are made from ethically sourced 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton and produced in small batches in New York City. The range is available in US sizes 0-16.

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Shop GRAMMAR @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop GRAMMAR @ Made Trade.

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Chelsea Bravo

Rated: Good
Woman wearing sustainable swing top

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.

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Seek Collective

Rated: Good

Seek Collective is a US brand of thoughtfully made items with a dedication to transparency, authenticity, craft, and sustainability. Seek is focused on establishing connections between art, product, consumers, process, and makers. Its items are made in India through partnerships with like-minded communities and people. Find most products in XS-L, with an extended sizing range up to 4XL.

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Shop Seek Collective.

LOCAL EUROPEAN

Rated: Good
sustainable swimwear by Local European

Minimal and monochromatic LOCAL EUROPEAN values sustainability, quality, and luxury. Its sophisticated edge is bolstered by its commitment to using eco-friendly materials. Find sizes XS-XL.

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Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good

With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, Mara Hoffman uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon, and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. Items come in sizes XS to 3XL, and the brand also has a gorgeous extended sizes collection, so you can be sure to find a new wardrobe addition no matter the bod you rock.

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Shop Mara Hoffman @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Mara Hoffman @ Farfetch.

Shop Mara Hoffman Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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Rentrayage

Rated: Good

Based in New York, Rentrayage is a brand meant to dress the creative, strong, determined woman who will carry us into the future. Find pieces in US sizes S-L.

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MONIQUE PÉAN

Rated: Good

Monique Péan is known for its sculptural and structural one-of-a-kind pieces and unique materials, and is committed to partnering with artisans around the world to support traditional craftsmanship. It uses eco-friendly materials which limits the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production.

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Araks

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable floral lingerie from ethical brand Araks

Araks is a lingerie, swimwear, and sleepwear brand that offers delicate pieces made from luxurious Italian fabrics.

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Shop Araks @ Rêve en Vert.

FUTURA Jewelry

Rated: Great

FUTURA Jewelry is a New-York based ethical jewellery brand. Each piece of FUTURA jewelry is handcrafted with mercury-free 18kt Certified Fairmined Ecological gold. The brand's gold comes from the three certified Fairmined mines in the world that mine for gold without the use of toxic chemicals including mercury and cyanide.

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HYER GOODS

Rated: Good
Someone holding a green snakeskin texture eco-friendly handbag by Hyer Goods in a field.

HYER GOODS is an NY-based, leather goods label that curates hand-made products including handbags, wallets, and accessories. By upcycling "trash" it eliminates the massive energy footprint needed to cultivate land, livestock, crops and fertilizers, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Less energy and less pollution mean fewer greenhouse gases.

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ARTICLE22

Rated: Good

Offers

Sustainable stylist Laura Sophie Cox wearing earrings from the collaboration collection Shine Your Light with ARTICLE22.

ARTICLE22 – Ear Cuff

The more ARTICLE22 jewellery you wear, the more land you make safe and clear from bombs in Laos. 75% off ear cuff with any Shine Your Light Collection purchase with code GOODEARCUFF. (Ends: 13 MAY)

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Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware, and other aluminium scraps. The brand embodies the innovation that the fashion industry needs more of—using recycled materials to produce beautiful globally-marketable products, while equipping local artisans with new skill sets and providing them with a sustainable source of income. ARTICLE22 gives back to clear more unexploded bombs in Laos, supports traditional artisans, and donates a proportion of profit to community development for workers. The range is available in sizes S-XL.

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behno

Rated: Good
A magenta tote handbag by Behni.

behno is a New York based brand that aims to bring together luxury design and ethical thinking, believing that you're buying more than just a bag.

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Kordal Studio

Rated: Good
Cropped shot of a fluffy sustainable beige coat by Kordal Studio.

Kordal Studio is a NY-based womenswear label that fuses innovative forms and textures with functionality.

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Shop Kordal Studio.

Study NY

Rated: Good

Study NY is an ethical contemporary womenswear brand based in New York City.

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Shop Study NY.

Editor's note

Feature image via Unsplash, 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. To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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