28 Jul

15 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands From Paris

Paris is becoming a major actor in the transition towards a more sustainable fashion industry. It’s also home to numerous conscious fashion labels that are not only trendy but are also more respectful of people, the planet, and animals. Here are 15 of our favourite sustainable clothing brands from Paris.

It’s a fashion revolution

More than 200 years after the storming of the Bastille, Paris (read: Par-ee) is undergoing another French Revolution⁠—and this time, it’s about fashion.

France’s metropolis has been the fashion capital for decades now, long before Emily set a foot in Paris. The city is where Haute Couture was born and where fashion is constantly being reinvented.

But in recent years, the Parisian fashion scene has turned a little greener, with the city now aiming to become a sustainable fashion supporter and hopefully a significant actor in the movement in the coming years.

The city has released a plan to become more sustainable by 2024. It will implement Paris Good Fashion over the next few years, an initiative to make the French fashion industry more eco-friendly and ethical. Galeries Lafayette, the iconic department store, has launched Go For Good, a movement dedicated to promoting sustainable and ethical brands. France also has passed legislation banning companies from destroying unsold clothes and electronics.

The City of Love is also home to an increasing number of more sustainable and ethical labels that are not only super à la mode but are also more respectful of people, the planet, and animals.

What makes a fashion brand more ethical than others?

Long story short, a responsible brand makes sure it positively affects our Earth and its inhabitants.

A more 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.

A more sustainable brand also cares about its use of resources and energy, reducing its carbon emissions, impact on our waterways, and using and disposing of chemicals safely.

Finally, a conscious brand uses no or very few animal products, like wool, leather, fur, angora, down feather, shearling, karakul, and exotic animal skin and hair. Ideally, the brand is 100% vegan.

Now that you know what to look for to determine whether a brand is more ethical or not, you might decide to shop from companies located in your country or city. Whether it is to support your local communities or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally has many great benefits.

So if you live in Paris, you might wonder which clothing brands are doing better. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of “Good” or “Great” rated fashion brands from the City of Love.

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Our favourite more ethical and sustainable brands from Paris

Good Guys

Rated: Good

Good Guys creates cruelty-free shoes for women and men, founded and designed by Marion Hanania in Paris. Through Good Guys, Hanania aims to create the perfect cruelty-free, made in Europe closet, where no animal product is involved, and the production guarantees fair trade working conditions. Find most shoes in EU sizes 36-46.

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Picture

Rated: Good

France-based Picture designs eco-friendly, organic, and recycled apparel and products for snowboarding, skiing, outdoors, and surfing. The brand reuses all its offcuts to minimise textile waste and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, working to ensure good working conditions for its workers. The range is generally available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Veja

Rated: Good

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.

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Shop Veja @ LVR Sustainable.

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Shop Veja @ Outerknown.

Shop Veja @ Threads 4 Thought.

Shop Veja @ Labell-D.

Shop Veja Kids second hand @ Retykle.

1083

Rated: Good

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. Find the jeans in sizes 34-50.

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True Tribe

Rated: Good
Someone wearing men's swimwear standing by a pool by True Tribe.

True Tribe is a French activewear and swimwear designer that seeks to redefine the codes of conscious fashion. Find most items in sizes XS-2XL.

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Balenciaga

Rated: Good

The French Kering-owned brand has been making some good efforts to reduce its environmental impact over the years, setting targets to reduce its direct and indirect emissions, and implementing initiatives to reduce water use. It has also recently paid more attention to its labour conditions and animal welfare policies by phasing out harmful animal materials and encouraging diversity and inclusion in its direct operations. Find the range in 2XS-2XL.

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Marcia

Rated: Good
two women wearing french brand marcia dresses

Marcia wants to make clothes that rhyme comfy with sexy. All its pieces are carefully studied for multiple purposes: to dress you up during the day and make you twist at night by adding sheer stockings, lipstick traces, or just a dash of perfume. At Marcia, everything is 100% more sustainably made in France. Items are available in sizes 32-42.

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émoi émoi

Rated: Good
woman and baby wearing emoi emoi sweatshirts

émoi émoi is a French brand that celebrates family life and great love, putting you at the heart of everything it does. The brand uses eco-friendly materials and produces clothes, jewellery, accessories, as well as homeware. The clothing collections are available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop émoi émoi second hand @ Retykle.

Olistic the Label

Rated: Good

Olistic the Label is a French brand that respects people and the environment, creating pieces from 100% natural fibres including silk and wood. Founded in 2018, this luxury brand was born out of a desire to create fashion that is both durable and elegant. Its collections are versatile and distinguish themselves with timeless, seasonless beauty. Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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Dressarte Paris

Rated: Good

Dressarte Paris is a custom-made clothing label that curates unique clothing for a worldwide clientele. It sources luxurious surplus and eco-friendly fabrics to create a wonderfully chic sustainable wardrobe. Its products are made to order where you can choose from existing sizes, or enter in your own measurements for a custom order that not only minimises textile waste but celebrates all sizes.

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Les Récupérables

Rated: Good

Les Récupérables is a young responsible fashion brand, made in France. The driving force behind the business is not creating new waste, but rather reusing what has already been produced, hence the name - “The Recoverables”. By embodying this “circular economy”, the brand’s environmental impact is greatly reduced. Find the collection in sizes S-L.

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O.T.A

Rated: Good
A selection of white sustainable sneakers by OTA.

O.T.A is a footwear label that creates recycled tire sole sneakers made in Europe. Find sizes in EU 36-46.

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Courbet

Rated: Good
A classic gold solitaire engagement ring by Courbet.

Courbet is a French high jewellery creator that features premium pieces and exclusive designs. The brand uses a medium proportion of eco-friendly materials, including recycled materials, which limits the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production.

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Les Sublimes

Rated: Good

Les Sublimes is a modern Parisian brand for women who are environmentally focused. The brand designs easy-to-wear, high-quality pieces, that will make you feel good and confident, any time, anywhere. Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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caur

Rated: Good
man wearing khaki leggings by caur

One of sustainable French brand caur’s six core values is gender neutrality. It says “The goal is not to erase gender, but to reduce the impact of gender stereotypes that accompany gender labels.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Find the range in sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Les Sublimes, 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. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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