A few months ago, I was looking for a pair of ethical high-waisted jeans – which, truth be told, I still haven’t found. After searching on a few ethical-fashion websites, I finally found a pair that looked perfect for me. Granted I hadn’t tried them on which was annoying but I was desperate to get my hands on them anyway. I then realised that the US-based brand didn’t deliver in London. This was such a disappointment and a waste of time!
From then on, I decided to focus on UK sustainable brands firstly to avoid delivery issues but also because any shipment, of course, implies a higher carbon footprint.
I was then with faced another problem at the time: I couldn’t find any sources that only focused on UK-based sustainable brands. I read many listings that mixed different ethical brands from all over the world. This was not what I was looking for and on top of that, the same brands were quoted over and over again. So I dug deeper and started compiling a list of UK-based brands, which you will find below. To start with, I am focusing on womenswear as there is already a lot to (dis)cover.
I haven’t yet tested or been in contact with all the brands. In the months to come, my goal is to dig deeper and add some relevant information to this list. Loving and living in North East London, I have added a star* in front of the brands which are based there. I believe that it is important to support local economic life as part of a socially conscious consumer lifestyle. Consuming local is one of the first steps towards ethical behaviour.
I commit to updating this list, every time I get new recommendations or discover new brands so feel free to share any brands that you like and that should be part of this list.
As an ever-growing list, it is also worth to check back here often!
Beaumont Organic £-££
Manchester-based contemporary & ethical conscious clothing
Bath-based ethical clothing label known for its simple, natural style. Designed by Snow, using quality natural fabrics.
An ethical fashion brand for women who expect more from their wardrobes. From migrant seamstresses to knitting grannies, we connect women from worker to wearer. No sweatshops, no Photoshop.
*Bug Clothing ££
Linen easy-wear for women, designed and made in Hackney as consciously as possible.
Community Clothing £
Community Clothing is a manufacturer cooperative with a simple mission; to make excellent quality affordable clothes for men and women – including denim -, to create great jobs for skilled workers and by doing this help to restore real pride in Britain’s textile communities.
Sustainable contemporary threads and redefined basics with a sass edge. Designed in East London. Made in Europe.
*Creation 26 £
A range of ethically printed and sourced t-shirts and tote bags.
Gung Ho ££
Gung Ho creates a sophisticated design with a purpose. That’s why each and every garment has a hidden meaning within the print. A talking point at its heart.
*Henri London ££
Henri creates contemporary women’s shirts for practical yet elegant everyday wearing. Made from organic cotton and crafted here in London.
*I And Me ££
Based in Hackney, the denim brand’s ethos is to surpass seasonal trends by developing garments to withstand the test of time. The brand collaborates with mills from all over the world, most commonly from Japan, on limited runs of unique denim casts and colours
Sustainable unisex fashion that fuses world languages and clean minimal design to encourage a curiosity in other cultures, languages and nature. Ethically produced with love in a Fairwear factory using the finest organic cotton. Designed and printed in the UK.
*Isabelle Fox ££-£££
Classic clothing, beautifully cut; inspired by the past but not repeating it. Each and every piece is perfected for the 21st Century woman. Made in England.
Justine Tabak ££-£££
A women’s clothing collection inspired by, fashioned in and made in the British Isles. Threads of history, fabric of society, cut and shaped by the future.
*Know the Origin £
Fairtrade and Organic ethical casualwear for men and women, committed to a 100% transparent production process.
Conscious fashion clothing & accessories made using the finest organic & sustainable materials.
Mayamiko Fashion £
Women’s contemporary clothing, accessories and homeware designed fusing modern and traditional textiles from Africa, Asia and Italy. Fairtrade and sustainable.
Mia Hawk £
Beautifully painted using traditional hand drawing combined with digital techniques these T-Shirts are screen printed and colour matched to perfection in North London on 100% organic cotton, fair wear T-Shirts.
*Miina Laitsaari ££-£££
Handmade smart casual women’s wear produced sustainably and ecologically in the UK.
A brand focusing on carefully sourced fabrics, production transparency and garments that will take you through seasons.
Ninety Percent £-££
More than just a fashion brand, Ninety Percent creates a social movement aimed at women who want good quality, well-designed clothes but also want to know their clothes have been made with careful regard for their social and environmental impact.
Outsider fashion ££
Ethical, Sustainable, Eco, Slow Fashion clothing designed with longevity and style. Outsider Fashion is inspired by the items that have been in our wardrobes for years – because true style is timeless, not transient and throwaway – and is creating an alternative – an ethical and sustainable choice that puts design and quality first.
*People Tree £-££
One of the leaders in the sustainable fashion world, this London-based brand has been the fair trade fashion pioneer and online garment retailer for over 20 years. They make everything from casual tops and loungewear to dresses and accessories.
P.i.C style is your consciously selected, contemporary capsule wardrobe.
Unique, stunning and individual British Vintage fashion for men and women, created in the UK.
*Rokit Recycled £
Known for its unique choice for vintage clothing and retro treasures, Rokit has also developed a collection made of recycled fabrics and materials.
Sophie Pittom Ready-to-Wear ££
Putting a twist on classic pieces, this ready-to-wear collection features staple tee’s, sweatshirts & dresses elevated to new levels with embroidered lace details. Every piece is finished by hand making each one totally unique.
The London-based label that creates super soft organic t-shirts, sweats, and loungewear. Believe in better. Fashion, people, planet.
*Susy Harper £-££
The idea is to make beautiful, thoughtful, feminine clothes. Created and made in London. If you have a favourite thing it’s nice to be able to replace it, have one for the wash, or in different colours.
The White T-Shirt Company £
A simple goal: to design and make the perfect white t-shirt for women and men. Made in luxurious organic cotton, the quality t-shirts are designed and made with sustainability in mind.
Contemporary ethical clothing that’s light on nature’s resources. Sustainable women’s and men’s organic, bamboo and hemp clothing.
War & Drobe ££-£££
War & Drobe garments are proudly handmade in London by founder and creator of the label Nina Kovacevic. The designs are inspired by classic styles in mind while the cut is adapted to suit the modern woman. As a sustainable fashion label, it looks at the full life cycle of the garments and what impact they leave.
* based in North East London