5 Ethical Fashion Brands You Need to Know

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Views for Change: Ethical Fashion for a Cause

Our first ethical fashion brand is Views for Change.
Views for Change creates awareness for charities that hit close to home throughout North America.  This year, they have partnered up with Plan, a global movement for change that mobilizes millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Plan works in 70 countries around the globe, including 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. “Giving children, families and communities the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty and build sustainable solutions for improving their own lives.”

Views for Change womens black sweatshirt Montreal Canadian
Views for Change womens black sweatshirt Montreal Canadian Ethical Fashion

This contemporary line of high-end street wear is fashion forward contemporary, clean, simple and suitable for all sexes to sport. Their minimalist ready to wear sweaters and shirts are comfortable and casual, yet classic enough to match with a variety of pants, jeans, skirts and leggings. Leaving you enough room to breathe your own style and attitude into your OOTD or OOTN.

Clothing by Owl

Clothing by Owl is a yogis dream created with animals in mind. With each purchase, Clothing by Owl gives a portion back to animals in need. No harm done to any animals is their schtick, and trust us – they wear it well.

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Owl Signature Hoodie from clothingbyowl.com

In addition to clothing and accessories, Clothing by Owl sells vegan organic wine! Cheers to that.
If sweaters and wine aren’t your thing but you still want to make a contribution, visit Clothing by Owl’s donation page and do your part.

Night Owl Cabernet, Santa Barbara County 2013 (Vegan, Organic) from Clothing by Owl
Night Owl Cabernet, Santa Barbara County 2013 (Vegan, Organic) from ClothingbyOwl.com

 

Me to We

Me to We is a for-profit Canadian social enterprise that was founded by the Kielburger brothers. The brothers Craig and Marc, founded Me to We in 2008, which provides socially responsible products and services. The company donates 50% of its net worth to charity (take note, Trump.)

 

Me to We Ethical Fashion

Known for their popular annual event We Day, Me to We works with artists and designers to bring forth change in different parts of the world. By empowering people to change the world with via every day consumer choices, Me to We provides consumers with an ethical alternative to everyday apparel and gift ideas. So instead of buying that crummy T-shirt at H&M that was sewn under modern slavery, you can opt into spending a bit more and know that your money has gone to a good place.

Shop around their website for a variety of reasons, all of which are good.

Hyba by Reitmans

OK, so far we’ve presented you with a number of independent brands, so you must be puzzled as to why a chain store like Reitmans has been added to ethical fashion brand list. Well, they made the cut because of their respectable business practices and their most recent line of athletic apparel that was created for people of all sizes to enjoy. Yes, that’s right – Hyba democratizes the yoga pant, to include the ‘plus’-sized market.

Hyba Reitmans Athletic Wear Fitness Active Style Made in Canada
Hyba Spring 2016 Collection by Reitmans

To be fair, Reitmans as a whole does their best to maintain ethical standards on a multitude of levels. On a production level, all garments and accessories sold are vegan friendly. As chain and supply management is concerned, Reitmans is committed to conducting business with companies who respect ethical standards and the countries local labor laws in which it does business. So yeah, they get a pass in our books – and other big chain stores should take note (we’re looking at YOU H&M).

Hutchison

Our last ethical fashion brand in the queue is a personal favourite of ours: Montreal-based, Hutchison.
We adore Hutchison, and since we’ve visited the atelier, we can certify that Hutchison and the woman behind the brand (Sofia Del Giacco) are as ethical as they come.

 

Ethical Fashion Montreal Hutchison Ogilvy Style Black and white women models
Photo by Brian Rotsztein

While you can still shop the fall collection, spring (displayed above) has us craving stripes and late nights dressed in comfort and style. Only five months to go.

See anything that we missed? Drop us a line and share YOUR favourite ethical fashion brand with us!

 

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