As an independent ethical clothing brand, thoughtful consumption is always on the mind. If you’ve been following us for a while, we bet it is important to you too! There are so many fabulous small brands out there that are making big impacts in their communities. The difficulty lies in finding them…
We’ve compiled a small list of some of our most-used summer products from our favorite small makers, artisans, and thoughtful brands.
Read on for our 8 favorite ethical brands and products.
1. Honey Tobacco Fragrance by Picot
After buying this Honey Tobacco Roll-On on a whim, its now an everyday staple. The perfect fragrance for both daily use and special occasions. Picot – the small maker - is based in Victoria, BC where the fragrance is also made. Scent is an extremely personal thing, but we’re sure you will adore this one as much as we do. Shop it here.
2. Mariella Mule by Nisolo
We used the Mariella Mule to style our FW18 photoshoot and fell in love. Nisolo hand makes their shoes ethically in their own Peruvian factory. Leather may not be the right choice for everyone, but if you believe that leather shoes have a place in a capsule wardrobe, these are an investment you can count on. They can easily be dressed up or down, be worn in all four seasons, and the quality of their workmanship is unmatched. You can read more here.
3. Athletic Underwear by Knixwear
Ok, Knixwear is probably no longer a small business anymore (did you see their deal on Dragon’s Den?), but they do make some of the BEST underwear. Knixwear uses socially and environmentally sustainable international factories and Okeo tex approxed fabrics. While we hope they can commit to more transparency in their practices, the quality and comfort of their underwear is undeniable. The athletic line is seamless, odourless and feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. The perfect pair to wear under leggings or take traveling (they dry so fast!). Seriously – try them out here.
4. Kimonos by a.ko
We love this brand new small business. The creative behind the brand, Arin, makes every piece herself in Toronto, so you know each item is made with extreme care. It’s hard to go wrong with the modern Japanese minimalist aesthetic and easy flowing styles from a.ko. Shop the store here.
5. Sophia One Piece by Beth Richards
This bathing suit is different from the others. Not only do we love that it is made in Canada with gorgeous Italian fabrics, but this brand has a knack for making you feel beautiful in a bather. The Sophia One-Piece has just the right amount of class, making it the perfect suit to wear for family vacations, pool parties, or even under a pair of jeans as a body suit for a night at the bar. Shop the style here.
6. Adrianna Legging by Daub + Design
Owner, Lexi, hand dyes these legging herself so you know you are wearing a one of a kind pair! The super high rise is great for staying put during a tough workout or yoga class. We love that Daub + Design is committed to producing in Vancouver and sources buttery soft textiles from Italy. Based in the city of Lululemon, it’s refreshing to see small makers offering something a little different (and ethically produced!). Shop the Adrianna Legging here.
7. Enzyme Cleansing Gel by Mario Badescu
This is another brand that isn't so small anymore, but had to be included. If you are struggling to find an easy, gentle, everyday cleanser - this is it. Made in the USA and cruelty free, these botanical based skin potions are great for a variety of skin types and very affordable. You can now shop Mario Badescu at major retailers such as Anthropologie.
8. Tiny Earrings by Beatti
It can be a challenge buying jewelry - especially for piercings - online. Often the jewelry is made with cheap materials that turn your ears (or other body parts) green. After many disappointing purchases, we came across Beatti on Etsy. Based in Toronto, Beatti makes everything by hand in Canada and Korea. Each piece is beautiful, minimal, and dainty. Plus there are loads of flat-back and screw back options! Shop Beatti on Etsy here.
Do you have any favourite independent brands to share? Tell us below!
PS this post was in no way sponsored – just an honest list of our favorite thoughtful things!