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12 Ethical Mens Clothing Brands in the US You Should Know About

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You’ve probably heard that the fashion industry has some problems.

Burberry burned $36.5 million worth of clothes in 2017 and had been burning clothes for years before they were called out. Eventually, public pressure led to a promise from the brand to change this policy, but it doesn’t account for the damage done for years before.

The Rana Plaza factory that collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, which killed 1138 people, produced clothes for Wal-Mart, Zara, and many other notable brands. The collapse was caused by critical structural issues, which the brands producing there should have been responsible for.

Brands like Gap, H&M, and Adidas have been linked to factories poisoning the rivers in Indonesia. And don’t forget, Gap owns many brands including Old Navy and Banana Republic.

These are just the brands that have been caught. Most big brands hide their supply chains, because as we know transparency is critical for accountability.

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The good news is that we need not buy from any of these brands. We can vote with our dollars for brands that better align with our style AND our values.

Let’s vote for brands that are taking tangible measures to pay workers fairly, provide safe working conditions, and reduce the environmental impact of making clothes. You need not make sacrifices on price, style, or quality to make a positive impact.

With this list of 12 brands you’ll find high quality items, great style, and competitive pricing. While the price of ethically sourced clothes will never be as low as fast fashion, if you calculate the cost per wear, by dividing the price by the number of wears, you’ll find options that are built to last much more cost effective than fast fashion.

These brands are all based in the US so for American shoppers you won’t pay any premium on shipping or increase your carbon footprint.

12 Ethical Men’s Brands in the US 2023

Here’s 12 go-to ethical men’s brands to cover all your wardrobe needs.

1. Los Angeles Brand: Outerknown

LA based Outerknown’s motto is “For People and Planet” and you can see this in the way they do business.

Outerknown was founded in 2015 by Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surf League Champion, and designer John Moore, who previously worked with brands such as Quicksilver. They wanted a conscious clothing brand that provided better looking men’s clothes for surfers, without all the logos, and without being part of the fashion industry’s dark side.

What you have today is far more than just a brand for surfers. Outerknown provides eco-friendly and ethically made menswear including jeans, blazers, shirts, and sweaters.

A company that values fair trade and sustainable sourcing, and is transparent in its supply chain, Outerknown produces products you can feel good about. For example, many of their products are made with organic cotton and recycled materials.

Pesticides used on conventional cotton pollute our soil and water, kill wildlife, and poison farmworkers. Organic cotton uses none of those pesticides.  

Outerknown’s jeans are made with organic cotton and produced at Saitex, the leading sustainable denim factoring in the world. At Saitex nearly all the water used in production is recycled and filtered, eliminating the toxic wastewater that many denim factories dump into rivers.

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2. San Francisco Brand: Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch has a great selection of basics and men’s essentials responsibly built for the long haul. Since each item is crowd funded, they never over produce, eliminating the problem of wasteful excess inventory.

Founded in 2009, Taylor Stitch is based in San Francisco, CA. They have a stunning selection of shirts and blazers, and sometimes do limited runs of suits as well as shoes.

Taylor Stitch embraces ethical practices, ensuring fair wages and benefits for workers. They have also made good effort to improve the sustainability of their manufacturing over the last few years, incorporating organic cotton and other sustainable materials.

Taylor Stitch is a go-to for durable men’s staples.

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3. Boston Brand: Adelante Made-to-Order

Boston based Adelante Shoe Company was founded in 2016 by Peter Sacco. Their sophisticated leather shoes are handmade in Guatemala.

You won’t find a Fair Trade stamp on their website. Why? After analyzing data that shows a gap between Fair Trade and a living wage, Adelante decided to measure their own living wage, which they call the Living Well Line. In this way, all of Adelante’s workers are paid a living wage, above and beyond industry standards.

Having traveled to Latin America many times, Peter wanted to make a difference in addressing some of the economic hardships he saw first-hand. Adelante “envisions a future in which business is used to reduce poverty and promote inclusive development worldwide.”

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4. Boulder, Colorado Brand: Pact

Pact Apparel is based in Boulder, Colorado. Founded in 2009, they give us super soft organic cotton basics that make the world a better place.

The products are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, made in Fair Trade factories, and vegan. Pact is great for underwear, socks, tees, henleys, hoodies, sweats, and polos.

Pact products are affordable, soft, well-fitted, and ethically made. Pretty hard to beat that combination.

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5. San Jose, California Brand: Vustra

Vustra hand selects facilities dedicated to community growth, women’s empowerment, and uses low impact dyes. Looking great and making a positive impact just got way more synonymous.

Vustra offers stylish button up shirts that are both affordable and sustainably made. All the shirts in their first collection are 100% certified organic cotton and made in Fair Trade factories.

Cofounder Parth Desai says he was inspired to start Vustra by both the Rana Plaza Incident and the Fashion Revolution. He wanted to give customers ethically made men’s button-ups that are more colorful and have unique patterns compared to the other options out there.

Sustainable fashion is often perceived as only having basics, like plain white button-ups. Vustra fills that space with brilliant patterns and colors in an ethical brand.

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6. Boston, MA Brand: Ministry of Supply

Ministry of Supply is a US based brand with apparel that performs and that does so more sustainably. When it comes to menswear they are your go-to for suits, business attire, and business casual attire.

Check out their selection of dress shirts, polos, pants, blazers, suits, and more. Ministry of Supply will have you looking dapper in and out of the office, and feeling good about it!

Ministry of Supply is Carbon Neutral Certified and they’ve started implementing circularity with their take back program. Their Aero Zeroº apparel can be mailed back, recycled, and turned into new apparel at its end of life.

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7. Santa Barbara, CA Brand: Toad&Co

Toad&Co is a Santa Barbara, CA based brand offering fun casual sustainable clothing for him and her. Like us, they’re members of 1% for the Planet, meaning every year they donate at least 1% of revenue, not profit, to environmental non-profits.

Toad&Co uses a variety of more sustainable and vegan friendly fabrics in their clothes including hemp, tencel, organic cotton, and recycled materials. When it comes to packaging they use more sustainable materials but they haven’t stopped there.

Toad&Co recently started offering the option of a reusable shipping mailer! This is a shipping bag that you can receive your clothes in, and pop back in the mail afterwards, so it can be re-used: again and again and again.

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8. LA, California Brand: AlterX Co.

AlterX Co. is a LA based brand on a mission to create one of the best impact tees on the planet! How are they doing this, you ask?

It starts with 100% more sustainable fabrics, with their tees being 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton. From there, they do all of their manufacturing within a 12 mile radius of LA to reduce CO2 emissions and pay their makers living wages.

They also use sustainable packaging, and if that’s not enough, they donate 20% of every sale to non-profits, with causes like fighting hunger in the US.

So … why are you still reading this? Check out their t-shirts.

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9. Nashville, TN Brand: Nisolo

Based in Nashville, TN, Nisolo is a certified B Corporation that pays producers on average 27% above Fair-Trade requirements. Most of their shoes are handmade in Mexico and Peru, with a small percentage of its products made in Kenya.

Nisolo is also a partner with Soles4Souls, a shoe reclamation and recycling program. Their aim is to collect 5,000 pairs of shoes by 2020. This will create more jobs repairing the shoes, and ultimately the shoes will go to people in need.

In order to offset carbon emissions, Nisolo also makes a contribution to the Amazon Basin for every pair of shoes sold. In 2018, their goal was to protect 60,000 trees in the Amazon, helping offset CO2 and protect wild forests.

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10. LA Brand: KNOWN SUPPLY

Known Supply is the real leader of radical transparency. Each item you buy has a tag with the name of the maker, whom you can then “meet” on Known Supply’s website.

They pay fair wages, use sustainable fabrics, and offer a great selection of tees, hoodies, hats, beanies, masks, and more. Known Supply is based in Los Angeles, California.

To learn more about them check out our interview with their founder, Kohl Crecelius.

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11. NYC Brand: Conscious Step

Conscious Step makes socks with a tangible impact. Examples include socks that plant trees, socks that give clean drinking water, and socks that protect LGBTQ lives.

To date they have provided 26,000 meals, protected over 2,000 rainforest trees, planted 58,000 trees, and donated 82,000 books, just to name a few. They do this with the help of their non-profit partners, including Oceana, Trees for the Future, and many more.

The socks are made from organic cotton, Fair Trade certified, and vegan certified. This means no pesticides, no child labor, and no animals.

Originally inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Conscious Step was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in NYC.

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12. Ventura, California Brand: Patagonia

Last but not least, Patagonia. We hope you discovered some new brands from this list, but Patagonia surely isn’t one of them.

They’ve been a leader in the sustainably clothing space for some decades, designing clothes to last, and standing behind it with their lifetime warranty. If your clothes don’t last, and they can repair and resell them though Worn Wear.

In addition to this, in 2022 Patagonia gave the company to the planet, meaning their future profits will go to fighting climate change. In simple terms it means ~$100 million a year will go to environmental non-profits fighting the good fight.

Patagonia is known for their outdoor apparel, outerwear, and performance gear, which is still true today. Their clothes are great for climbers, hikers, backpackers, surfers, and lovers of the outdoors. But don’t sleep on their staple pieces like shorts, short sleeve button ups, tees, vests, jackets and more.

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That wraps up 12 brands to help you find ethical and dapper menswear. If you enjoyed this article, please share it!

The more we promote conscious shopping the more change we can make together.

Where to Find More Ethical Mens Clothing Brands

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Anything else? Drop us a comment letting us know what you’re looking for and we’d be happy to help you find it.

*Article last updated 10/06/23.

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6 thoughts on “12 Ethical Mens Clothing Brands in the US You Should Know About”

  1. Sremit@Zactofino

    Thanks for sharing some of the brands I am quite familiar but knowing all these brands together is really amazing.

  2. Fantastic! I have some of those brands in my wardrobe and I’m definitely into sustainable mens clothing brands. I really think that they are helping in conserving mother nature and as well as promoting ethical standards in manufacturing. A personal favorite of mine that I think should be included here is https://coalatree.com/collections/men . I really think they have good quality and fashionable designs.

  3. Hi How reliable is this? I recently research ethically sourced and sustainable mens clothing and one company listed was Pategonia. Then i found out that Pategonia only within a few months “announced” they were exiting Xinjiang province where there is some forced labor and ethnic cleansing of Uiyghurs. Why did Pategonia make the decision so late and why in the world were they sourcing from there to begin with?? Are you really sure this list you posted is truly ethical?

    1. Hi 🙂 Thanks for your question. First off, this list is very reliable. All 12 brands were researched using Remake’s sustainable brand criteria and you can see the Brand Ratings for each of the 12 brands here:
      -https://www.eco-stylist.com/sustainable-brands/
      The ratings break out how the brands do in Transparency, Fair Labor, and Sustainably Made.
      As for Patagonia, while this was obviously a mistake, supply chains are complicated and its likely they weren’t aware of the issue until the investigation. They were sourcing from a factory in Hong Kong, which was sourcing some of its cotton from that region. They made the decision to stop sourcing there a year ago. You can find more information here:
      -https://remake.world/stories/news/forced-labor-of-uighur-muslims-and-the-urgency-proves-the-urgency-of-supply-chain-transparency/
      -https://www.patagoniaworks.com/press/2020/7/23/update-patagonia-statement-on-xinjiang
      All brands make mistakes, and the important thing to note here is that they owned up to it and they took corrective action. You can find more information about their transparency and fair labor standards on their Brand Rating:
      -https://www.eco-stylist.com/sustainable-brands/patagonia/
      If you have any other questions, please let us know.

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