Our Favorite Sustainable Fashion Designers

Sustainable fashion wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and creativity of the best sustainable fashion designers.

We’ve rounded up a selection of our favorites for you to get to know better.  Some of them even deliver affordable, ethical clothing brands!

Stella McCartney

You couldn’t have this list without Stella McCartney, she was one of the very first to get involved with sustainability and her fashion house, which opened in 2001, is a massive advocate of planet-friendly techniques.

She’s always experimenting with ways to synthesize new and more eco-friendly materials and uses ethically sourced wool, recycled textiles, no fur, no leather, organic cotton and much more. 

She says that it’s all about respect for nature, people and animals while exploring circular fashion techniques to be as regenerative and restorative as possible. 
 
Check them out here.

Stella McCartney

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher was one of the first to talk about circular fashion and her company is all about using natural dyes as well as organic and recycled materials.

It’s also one of the very few businesses that we know of that has a social consciousness department whose job it is to make sure that they stay ethical all the time.

Her business model relies on transparency and from 2020 onwards they are a fully sustainable business with an eye on becoming even better by 2030. 
 
Check them out here.

Eileen Fisher

Spencer Phipps

Spencer learned the ropes on the menswear team at Marc Jacobs and it was there that he decided to found his brand Phipps.

He says that sustainability isn’t just a fashion item or a trend, for him it means that it’s a responsibility that we all have to each other and to the planet. 

Phipps uses local producers, recyclable and plastic-free packaging, keeps an eye on its carbon footprint, and gives some of its profits to eco-friendly charities! 
 
Check them out here.

spencer phipps

Maggie Marilyn

Maggie says that fashion should be “wear forever” and she believes that each item that is sold ought to be something that can then be recycled into something new and valuable.

She also thinks that sustainable fashion should be affordable to everyone and her brand is extremely reasonably priced because of this. 

She is constantly working to ensure that her clothing is completely in keeping with circular fashion principles.
 
Check them out here.

Maggie Marilyn

Hillary Taymour

Hillary’s brand is Collina Strada and it’s what the fashion-conscious folks with an eye on the planet are raving about in New York.

Most of the collection is built from deadstock or left-over-fabric which ensures that she prevents waste. 

And the brand has partnered with an organization which is dedicated to recycling old clothing to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
 
Check them out here.

Hillary Taymour

Emily Adams Bode

BODE is THE name in upcycled fashion. It was launched in 2016 and the collection used nothing but antique fabrics from across the globe.

That means every single piece from BODE is zero waste and she uses local artisans in New York to make everything to keep waste to an absolute minimum throughout the supply chain.

She believes that a company is more than just numbers on a balance sheet or corporate policy and she encourages the creation of stories and traditions in her business. 
 
Check them out here.

Emily Adams Bode

Gabriela Hearst

Gabriela doesn’t believe in taking life easy and when she’s not managing her fashion empire, she’s also operating the family ranch in Uruguay and working for Chloe as a creative director!

By the end of 2021, she expects to be using about 50% repurposed materials in her collection and by the end of 2022, she’s targeting 100%.

In her work at Chloe, she says that she’s already helped to create a new line that is around 400% more sustainable than other lines! 
 
Check them out here.

Gabriela Hearst

Sandra Sandor

Sandra created Nanushka in Budapest, Hungary. 

Any animal products they use are fully recycled and they are transitioning more and more to vegan leather and other upcycled materials. 

She’s also moving to a low carbon footprint manufacturing system and sponsoring a “Giving Back” program which helps to develop non-profits in the developing world. 
 
Check them out here.

Sandra Sandor

Final Notes

The world is changing and fast fashion is on its way out and it’s thanks very much to sustainable fashion designers like the pioneers on our list above. 

Want to know more about sustainable fashion? Then take a look at these must-see sustainable fashion documentaries and our favorite sustainable fashion podcasts!

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