Designer wear labels, with an ethical edge

In light of the news that Burberry have been burning their stock, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the ethics of luxury fashion brands. It would make sense that because the clothes are so expensive, that therefore all of them must be conscious of their ethics in terms of labor and the environment. Unfortunately for the large part, this isn’t the case. It takes minimal research to discover that some of the biggest fashion houses (Chanel, Burberry), have appalling records of low wages for their workers. Here is a list of some designers that I reckon are alright (please don’t take this as gospel, do your own research and let me know if I’ve made any glaring errors, or any recommendations). The Good On You app is great x

  • APC Atelier

Founder Jean Touitou openly encourages fashion labels to make their clothes in their own country. He is open about production, much of the APC collection are made in the US and France. The clothes are focused on minimal staples, some of the designs are just goooorgeous.

  • Acne Studios

This Scandi, high fashion brand has been part of the Fair Wear Foundation since 2008 – monitoring and improving labour conditions in their factories. I love the look of their knitwear and jackets.

  • Alexander McQueen

As part of the Kering Group, the brand has to comply to certain codes of ethics. British and edgy.

  • Alexander Wang

Manufactured clothes within the US, fair wages.

  • Alienina

Environmentally friendly woven cotton bags.

  • Altuzarra

Feminine tailoring, involvement with the group Kering.

  • Antonio Berardi

Feminine, classic colours, and tailored. Has a history of designing red carpet dresses using recycled material.

  • Apiece Apart

American, made in America. Clothes that are modern and chic, and aim to be chic forever

  • Balenciaga

Big Parisian house. Balenciaga have a fully fledged section in their website which outlines the transparency in their supply chain. I’m impressed by the extent of detail which goes into their report, committing to a zero-tolerance policy in forced labour.

  • Bassike

Minimal aesthetic, organic cotton and sustainability at their core.

  • Bella Freud

Bella seems like a conscious woman with an interest in world issues. Her designs are infamously chic and are CULT. It would seems her fragrances don’t sell to China either, so looks good all round!

  • Behno


  • Bottega Veneta

Part of Kering, and extensive section on transparency of supply chains on their website. Italian, timeless.

  • Carcel

Now this one ticks so many boxes. Set up to provide jobs and opportunities for incarcerated women, using biodegradable and ethical sourced materials. Puts Chanel to shame.

  • ELV Denim

Reworked denim is a bold look, and I love the ethos that the brand was born out of sustainability and minimal waste.

  • Emilio Pucci

Italian, bright bold colours and geometric colours. Comprehensive anti-slavery statement on website.

  • Erdem

Detailed and bold designs, history of sustainable materials collections. Green Carpet Challenge approved.

  • Gabriela Hearst

Non-excessive collection, classic feminine. Approach of non-wasteful, no-plastic pieces. The brand has a history of environmental awareness.

  • Ganni

Cult dresses. Comprehensive UN Global Impact statement to read, with extensive section on human rights.

  • Loewe

Luxury handbags and great looking coats. Modern Slavery Act on website.

  • Matt and Nat

Vegan leathers, stylish bags.

  • Maiyet

Sustainable luxury. Open source supply chains,

  • Mara Hoffman

Summer, swimwear, floaty dresses. Environmentally friendly textile standards, own code of conduct with regards to labour.

  • Staud

Cool LA, final production in USA











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