I shop...

I've compiled a list of shops or brands I feel good (or okay) about supporting.  My primary purpose was to remind myself of places to check when I'm looking for something specific but I thought I'd share so others can benefit from the list, too.  If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know my goals are reduced consumption, re-use and (finally) buying as ethically as possible.

All listings will be vegan (unless they have mixed stock, which I'll note).  All brands will have a note about what makes them a positive player (materials, labor standards, etc.).

I'll be updating all entries in the following format over time:

Animals:  whether the line is exclusively vegan or has vegan options
Labor:  known labor standards
Eco:  any sustainable/eco facets of the brand or brands carried by a shop
Updated:  the date the entry was updated

This section is under construction - thanks for your patience! -  xo - J


Since re-use is such an important component of ethical fashion, these shops are listed first in this section, with traditional retail shops listed below, alphabetically.

*Re-sale and consignment shops (re-use):   
Beacon's Closet ::: Plato's Closet ::: Buffalo Exchange.

*Thrift shops (re-use):  especially thrifts that support good things in your community!  
Housing Works :::

*Vintage stores:  
Guv'nor's Vintage ::: Rosebud Vintage (post here) :::

American Apparel (brand):  I know there are issues with American Apparel, written about here.  But I still list them as a lesser evil due to the US-made policy.  Also, not entirely vegan, please check materials composition before buying.

Alternative Apparel (brand):  Not entirely vegan, please check materials composition before buying.  Their Social Responsibility section on their FAQ page outlines their labor conditions - basically, they produce in non-US countries but claim to give this great oversight.  (Sadly, you have to scroll to the bottom to get to the Social Responsibility section.)  I have yet to purchase anything from them but I heard they're carried at Macy's Herald Square so I plan to visit.

Ecolissa (online shop):  vegan and eco online shop!  You can sort by any number of parameters - US made, content, etc.  Carries all vegan items so you can shop without checking, vegans!

Etsy for vintage (re-use):  This is a given, right?  I often search under a "vegan" search term and find a lot of great stuff.  But beware that some of Etsy sellers have NO idea what that means and it seems to be an increasingly popular term that people use to promote items.  I actually found shoes where the materials composition ("LEATHER UPPER") was clearly visible in the product photo yet it was tagged vegan and the seller was still confused when I contacted her about her oversight.  My other recommendation is to have your measurements handy and pay attention to how the seller is measuring an item.

Family Affairs (brand):  This brand is not always vegan so please check material composition before ordering.  Labor practices - "Most pieces are made in NYC which is written on the product pages and some of the summer pieces are manufactured fair trade in India." (as per email 09-07-2012).

Heartbreaker Fashion (brand, online store):
Animals:  some vegan options, not exclusively vegan
Labor:  made in the USA
Eco:  n/a
Updated:  1/4/2013

Karina Dresses (brand):  Dresses made in the US (Brooklyn)!  I'm not sure what their fabrics are (some of the dresses don't specify) but I've emailed them to check out whether they're always vegan or if they use wool/silk and you should watch out for the material composition.   (09-20-2012)

Maggie's Organics (brand):   Not always vegan but organic and fair trade.  They sell tights, leggings, socks, some non-trendy apparel basics and (trendier) scarves.  You can read out their fair trade certification past and their current process here.  Their organic cotton socks are my favorite and I used to have excellent luck with their class warm cotton tights.  Their lightweight fashion tights ran a little small on me.  And I have a pair of legwarmers as well.  I plan to try their leggings in the near future.

Ofabz bathing suits (brand):
Animals: not a vegan company, seems to be mostly lycra and nylon
Labor:  made in the USA
Eco: n/a (new materials, no eco-factors highlighted)
Updated:  06/17/2013

Supayana (brand):  handmade, styles change - has ranged from the '50s fit and flare dresses to asymmetrical, more structured pieces.   Sells handmade and also vintage.

Sweet Skins (brand):  Apparel, underwear, accessories and jewelry (and the odd shoe!).  Apparel is made in labor-friendly conditions in Eugene, OR.  I don't think they identify as a vegan company but all of their fabrics listed seem to be vegan (hemp, recycled plastic).  I did have the Spring Day Dress and while I didn't love the fit of it on me, the fabric was so comfortable that I am hoping to try out the Scoop Neck Tank Dress instead one day.

Urban Renewal via Urban Outfitters (salvaged/re-use of materials, some local labor - check item descriptions):  I have a bunch of pieces from this line, some straight from UO and some from Beacon's Closet.  (You can see them all here.) A lot of this has US labor but you need to check the item descriptions.  This is not a vegan line, so please check the material composition, too. 

Vanilla & Lace (brand):  Cute basic dresses and skirts (more of the fit and flare dress type, twee) handmade in Portland.   I posted about V&L here.

Vaute Couture (brand and NY storefront):  Vegan coats, dresses, knit accessories made in the US.  Some of recycled content.  Written about here, here and here.  (And here!)


Compassionate Couture (online shop):  All vegan, carries shoes, handbags and accessories.  They sell many, many, many vegan brands and they know their stuff about eco and labor aspects of the brands they carry.  Written about here.

Cri de Coeur / Hearts of Darkness (brand): 

Melissa Shoes  &  Mel Shoes (brand):  Shoes made out of Melflex, which can be broken down and recycled (but how and where is a mystery).  Since the shoes are poured into a mold, there is pretty much zero waste.  In-house, closed-loop process and they have claims regarding decent labor standards.  Written about here and here.  I have the Westwood Anglomania booties and bow flats from the Melissa line and the Marula from the Mel line.

Mooshoes (online and NYC shop):  Vegan shoe and accessory store!  Written about here.  Novacas is their house brand, and I mention the positives of Novacas in the post listed in this section, in addition to some of the other brands they carry.

Neuaura (brand):  Vegan shoe brand.  Written about here. You can see their info about dealing with manufacturing waste at their South Brazilian factory here.  I have at least one pair of Neuaura shoes that I like a lot.  When I've run into them at events, their representative is friendly and knowledgeable about labor conditions and environmental impact.


Djuna Shay (brand):  Vegan, eco-conscious company.  Headbands, scarves, cowls, beachwear, some home textiles.  From their profile:  "All items are our own custom textile designs and are printed for us in the USA on wonderfully soft fabrics. Djuna Shay is Eco friendly, vegan, and printed with water-based pigment inks. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process."  Written about here.

Esperos (brand):  All canvas backpacks made in the USA (They sell bags to help fund getting kids in underserved areas access to schools.  Right now they're working with a Haitian group.)

HerbivoreBags and accessories - there's a few categories so you can poke around.  All vegan brand, labor conditions vary based on brand.

Matt & Nat (brand):

Melie Bianco (brand):  Faux-leather line of handbags.  They don't specify materials so if you're trying to avoid PVC, you might need to contact them to ask.  No labor standards are posted.  I have at least two of their bags and they're fairly sturdy.  (Here's one.)

Mooshoes (online and NYC shop):  Vegan shoe and accessory store!  Written about here.  Novacas is their house brand, and I mention the positives of Novacas in the post listed in this section, in addition to some of the other brands they carry.

Pansy Maiden:  Vegan bag company.  So many great things about their company - summary here.  Written about here

Makeup or Personal Care:

CB I Hate Perfume (brand):
Animalsno animal derived ingredients, no animal testing
Labor:  unknown
Eco:  unknown Updated:  12/13/2012

Lush (brand):  Soaps, Lotions, Balms, Bath Bombs, Make-up
Animals:  Many of Lush's personal care items are vegan, and they are marked with a V both in-shop and on their site.  Their Emotional Brilliance makeup line has many vegan options.  I've yet to review any of their makeup but hope to do so soon.
Labor:  unknown
Eco:  unknown
Updated:  12/13/2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (brand):  Brushes, lip tars, nail polish, loose pigments.

animals:  all vegan. 

Pacifica (brand):  all vegan, cruelty-free.  Solid perfumes, roll-on perfumes, lip balm, lotions.  Wrote about them here.

Priti NYC (brand):  nail polish, advertised as vegan and eco (see About page, linked at left)

Urban Decay (brand):  not all options are vegan, but under their Shop tab, there is a vegan tab, which is the link I've provided.  I've written about the Urban Decay makeup I use here.

Zoya (brand):  nail polish, advertised as vegan.  


Fuzzy Bunny vegan yarns:  written about here.

Vegan Message Apparel:

I don't wear this regularly, although I'm warming up to it a little more so this is more of a side note!

Compassion Co. and Herbivore, both written about here.

Message wear from non-profits: Farm Sanctuary ::: Mercy for Animals ::: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary ::: Catskills Animal Sanctuary 


  1. Hi! I just found your blog in the comments of another blog: http://girliegirlarmy.com/style/20130121/the-hidden-costs-of-american-apparel/

    LOL. Thanks for this amazing list! Definitely some keepers here. :)


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