What is Eco-Stylist?
We started Eco-Stylist to bring men into the sustainable fashion conversation. Today, we’re doing even more.
We know it can be difficult to figure out if the clothes you’re buying check all the right boxes. Do the materials used to make your shirt have a negative impact on the environment? Are the people who stitched together your jeans being paid fair wages? Does this even look good on me?
But before you call it quits and opt to buy the $15 sweatshirt from the fast fashion retailer that you know isn’t likely to be providing an acceptable workspace for their underpaid employees, know that we are doing the hard work of answering these questions for you. Using our sustainable brand criteria, we take the time to thoroughly research brands before we choose to partner with them. This criterion takes into consideration a number of factors, including transparency, environmental sustainability, maker well-being, use of sustainable raw materials, and the leadership of the brand within the ethical fashion sphere. If a brand passes, we partner with them and promote their products on our website.
Our philosophy? Dress like you give a damn: the act of looking sharp and living your values. Eco-Stylist makes it easy to do both.
Garik Himebaugh | Founder
Garik is an international speaker on sustainable fashion. His journey took him from peace studies, to MBA student, to discovering social entrepreneurship and creating Eco-Stylist. He loves coffee, climbing, and clothes.
“When I get dressed I want to wear clothes that are a true expression of who I am, and with fast fashion that’s just not possible. Style is about aesthetics and values. I love knowing how each piece was made, so I can put together outfits that I feel good about and that I look good wearing.”
Celia Wiseman | Writer
Celia loves writing in all its forms. She’s written a screenplay, a small book of poems, and she’s working on her first novel.
“Dressing sustainably is an easy, tangible way to make a difference. I want to live a more sustainable lifestyle in general, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming because there are so many changes to be made. For me, dressing like I give a damn has been a simple and accessible first step.”
Lizzy Fitzsimmons | Sustainability Analyst
Lizzy is an Environmental Science student at the University of Iowa. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks with her dog, and playing Mario Kart.
Emma Morgan | Writer
Emma is a student at the University of Iowa studying journalism and mass communications with an interest in health communications. Emma’s love for sustainable fashion was sparked by thrifting with her mom throughout her childhood.
“Nothing makes me feel as confident as loving the outfit I am wearing. This means loving how it looks, feels, and most importantly how sustainably it was produced. Shopping sustainably is one way we can make a difference, and we can feel confident while doing it.”
It all started at a flea market in Boston...
“That’s where I met Peter Sacco, the founder of Adelante Made-to-Order. Peter does what all brands should do: he pays their workers in Guatemala above a living wage.
Inspired by this meeting, I thought why aren’t all clothes made this way? It shouldn’t require dozens of hours and hundreds of browser tabs to find clothes that are better for people and the planet.
With that in mind, Eco-Stylist was born. Founded in 2018 to answer one simple question: ‘can sustainable be dapper?’ — Eco-Stylist finds you clothes that look as good as the values they represent.
Dress like you give a damn.”
-Garik Himebaugh, Founder
As a young social enterprise, Eco-Stylist is powered by many passionate interns and volunteers. While they often graduate from Eco-Stylist to the next stage of their life, we are forever grateful to them for helping us build a future where all fashion is sustainable.
Payton Wensel | Sustainability Team Lead
“Dressing like you give a damn is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact on the environment. By changing your wardrobe, you are taking a step in the right direction towards living a more sustainable life. Living a sustainable life is personally a large goal of mine.”
Nancy Sierras Morales | Product Innovation Manager
“Because being intentional in everything I do has helped me become conscious of not only myself but others, including planet earth. ‘Intention is one with cause and effect. Intention determines outcomes.’ I’m all about positive impactful outcomes.”
Ziwei Lu | Social Media Marketing
“Caring about the sustainability of our planet is our social responsibility. Dressing like you give a damn gives us opportunities to produce a positive impact on the earth and reduce environmental harm.“
Catherine McCourt | Writer
“I think it is important to dress like you give a damn because dressing sustainably is an easy thing to do for the environment. Fashion is constantly evolving and changing, and the way we shop should too.”
Brandon Sims | Technical Associate
Hillary Balmforth | Personal Stylist
“I want my wardrobe to reflect my values. Wearing a beautiful and ethically created garment is a great conversation starter and a fun way to educate those around you.”
Asher Duncan | Writer
“It is important to dress like you give a damn because there are lives on the other side of every purchase. When you vote with your dollar by investing in clothes that support sustainability, living wages, and ethical practices, you are showing that you care about the people behind your clothes and the environment.”
Sydney Barlow | Marketer
Teodora Zlateva | Social Media Manager
Tatianna Evanisko | Editor
Olivia Perovic | Sustainability Analyst
“This planet is the only one we have! Not only that, human beings and living creatures around the world are suffering at the hand of the fast fashion industry. We must be mindful and remember what truly matters: community, happiness, and our planet. Not money and power.”
Sam Gugliemotto | Marketer
“Like it or not, we put clothes on every day. We should take the opportunity to communicate who we are with our style and communicate our values with what we buy.”
Maya Sims | Sustainability Analyst
“I believe every time consumers purchase a product they are voting, saying ‘make another one of these and make it exactly how you did.’ I think that consumers tend to forget about the ‘how’ part and that is why the fashion industry has led to a human rights crisis; but if we can reconnect the consumer with the makers we can reshape the fashion industry to be more sustainable for people and the planet.”
Julia Reichart | Sustainability Analyst
“Being conscious about my individual impact on the world is a daunting task, but making sure I source my clothing in an ethical and sustainable way is a fun, manageable way to start! I am privileged to be able to consume in a way that is in line with my values, so it is important to me to use my purchasing and advocacy powers to encourage companies to make ethical, sustainable production the norm rather than the exception.”
Supriya Singh | Sustainability Analyst
“I dress like I give a damn because until last year I was oblivious to the impact my shopping sprees at fast fashion retailers were having. I remember standing at an H&M store and having a panic attack about the extensive array of clothing options available. Fashion and sustainability should not be mutually exclusive and while eradicating fast fashion is an ambitious dream, I am willing to work for it.”
Gabrielle Aranza | Marketing
“I was privileged to exist in a bubble where I didn’t understand how my purchases affected the world. Now that bubble has burst, and I realize that my fashion choices have the power to create demand for production that is not exploitative of people and the planet. Why not be confident in how your clothes look AND their impact on the world?”
Kaitlyn Gray | Writer
“It’s important to dress like I give a damn because every little impact matters, and if I can do even a small part in lessening my personal impact, I want to do that. It is important to learn how to change our lifestyles as the Earth needs us to and to be more aware of our consumption patterns, and their full effects on the environment and its people.”
Lily Rosen Marvin | Writer
“I dress like I give a damn because we are already experiencing massive natural disasters resulting from climate change and I want to do everything in my power to reduce my impact on the planet.”
Kit George | Writer
Ryan Nielsen | Writer
“It’s important for me to feel comfortable in the things I wear – and that means being comfortable with the methods in which my clothes are produced. Feeling good about the things I wear is just as important as feeling good with how I look.”
Roxanna Barbulescu | Writer
“It’s important to dress like you give a damn because the clothing I wear impacts the people who make them and the environment. While I can’t change the industry by myself, I can do my part, however small, by supporting ethical and sustainable businesses that support the people who make clothes and the environment.”
Architha Adiraju | Marketer
Viltė Vaitkutė | Personal Stylist
“Dressing like you give a damn means knowing where your clothes come from, voting with your dollar, and only buying what makes you look and feel good. It’s a way to be part of something larger than ourselves, and it’s a way to empower ourselves in the process.”
Zoe Hermsen | Social Media & Design
“Because a good style makes you memorable, and having a good style that’s also sustainable means longer-lasting items that are good for people and the planet.”