Even though online shopping is incredibly convenient, there is always the “what if it doesn’t fit?” dilemma, which is followed by the “how much will it cost to return?” dilemma. I always second guess my online purchases because I’m worried about paying for shipping if it has to be returned.
Sustainable and ethical clothing is primarily online for various reasons including reaching a wider audience. On one hand, I like being able to see what is available online and compare prices. On the other hand, there is the whole clothes not fitting issue that makes it less appealing. I’ve asked family and friends what it would take for them to choose sustainable and ethical clothing and I usually get two answers; if costs were lower and they could first try on the clothes.
I always wondered how great it would be to have more brick and mortar stores that had ethical and/or sustainable clothes. Luckily, there are a few popping up in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. I hope that one day, there will be department stores with sustainable and ethical products for your home and closet. For now, we have several stores in Venice on Abbot Kinney to shop our sustainable fashion hearts out.
Alternative Apparel When I think of athleisure, I think of Alternative Apparel. You will find leggings, joggers, hoodies and dresses at an affordable price that is often made with sustainable fabrics.
Vaute Couture Autumn Shop Vaute is a New York based brand that is here in Los Angeles until the end of October. They are one of the only brands that uses vegan fabrics and is ethically made. I visited during opening weekend and met Vaute’s founder, Leanne Mai-ly.
A San Francisco based company that is known for their soft shirts and beach inspired clothing. Sundry
Nautical inspired clothing with fun prints and designs.
Cuyana Pop-up Shop
Now until October 25th, you can buy timeless clothing and accessories that promote minimalism and quality. Cuyana promotes lean closets and buying fewer, but better things.