I've written quite a bit about my own ethical fashion journey in this space, but I haven't spent much time talking about sourcing ethical and sustainable clothing for men. Andrew shares the same commitment to shopping consciously that I do, and has slowly been adding ethically made pieces to his own wardrobe over the past few years. Though he tries to throw thrifting in the mix (It's always great to buy pre-used when you can!), Andrew has always found it difficult to find good-quality items in his size and style at thrift shops (He's 6'4" and slim- usually even large thrift shops only turn up just one or two pairs of pants out of dozens that are remotely close to the correct length).
This summer, I anticipate writing a bit more about the topic of men's fashion, simply because there's a bit less to talk about with my own wardrobe since I'm not adding much to it this year! Andrew, on the other hand, still has many gaps in his closet waiting to be filled with ethical fashion choices!
To kick off this summer's little journey through ethical men's fashion, here are a few brands that Andrew has tried out so far + what we thought of them:
Everlane's reasonable prices and soft, made-in-the-usa cotton tees paired with a healthy dose of transparency won me over early on in the company's rise to success. Andrew loves Everlane's men's V-necks. They're on the low end of the ethical fashion price spectrum, so it's a great place to get white tee shirts (which Andrew loves but which don't last long enough to justify investing a great amount of money on).
Pact sells tee shirts, socks, underwear, and hoodies for men. Andrew has owned/ currently owns all 4 of these items from PACT. His verdict? The socks and underwear are awesome. Super soft, durable, fun colors. The sweatshirt is great as well (don't buy it if you're looking for a thin, tee-shirt material hoodie as it's quite thick and fleecy inside). The tees are not as great as others we have tried (like everlane)- the armpit area of the Vneck Andrew tried pilled within just a few months of wear.
I bought Andrew some shoes from Oliberte as a gift the year before last. They were an older style that had more of a rustic look, which Andrew wasn't the biggest fan of. Their newer styles are a bit more modern and sleek, so we may try to purchase from the company again soon. The shoes are definitely well constructed and Andrew and I both love the fact that Oliberte was one of the very first certified fair trade shoe factories + cares deeply about worker rights
5. Krochet Kids
While we haven't purchased any men's clothing from Krochet Kids (which they do carry), Andrew has several pieces of knit winter gear from the company. He really likes the beanies, especially, though in the future we'll probably purchase the world's greatest beanie rather than one of the styles made from acrylic yarn (which isn't as enviromentally friendly as we'd like).
Have you tried any ethical menswear brands not listed here? Feel free to leave me a comment with recommendations to pass along to Andrew!