This is for you, Twin Cities friends! Though we might not beat New York or San Francisco with the sheer number of ethical boutiques available to us, we're not completely condemned to online-only shopping for ethical fashion! Our thriving fashion scene offers a huge variety of thrift stores, vintage shops, as well as several great shops selling fair trade, sustainable, and locally made garments to fit every budding ethical shopper's taste and style.
Here are five of my favorite brick-and-mortar stores selling ethical clothing and accessories in the Twin Cities. If you have a store to add to the list, let me know in the comments below!
1. Spoils of Wear
Spoils of Wear is the perfect mix of classic, neutral, everyday pieces and fun, funky statement pieces. You'll find a ton of your favorite ethical brands all in one place- Roma, Monkee Genes, Bibico, Mata Traders, and more. Jill's vision is to create a shop that carries sustainable and ethical choices for everyone- no matter your budget- and most items are under $100.
There's a spacious changing area so that you can try on outfits to your heart's content, and a funky old arcade game in the corner. You'll find plenty of local love here, too, with locally printed Minnesota tees and hats, and a few other locally made goods.
1566 Selby Ave St Paul, MN 55104
Website: Spoils of Wear
2. My Sister
My Sister's storefront in Minneapolis is where you'll find not only a line of badass feminist apparel, but offerings from other give-back companies as well! You'll find jewelry, bags, and even some bath and body products, all made with a purpose. My favorite find here are the beautiful Anne B bags made by refugee women in Salt Lake City.
Location: 1616 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sunday 12pm - 6pm
Tuesday 4pm - 7pm
Wednesday 4pm - 7pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Website: My Sister
3. Hazel and Rose
Hazel and Rose is a fresh new boutique offering offering ethically made clothing with a minimalist/modern vibe. Expect to find: denim, underwear, swimwear, shoes, and more- from brands like Veja, Study NY, Hackwith Design House.
Location: 945 Broadway St NE #220, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm & Saturday 10am-5pm
Website: Hazel & Rose
4. Flourish Art and Gifts
Though Flourish Art and Gifts primarily sells, well, art and gifts, you'll find an abundance of ethical fashion options here as well. Shop a huge variety of ethically made jewelry from around the world, as well as accessories like belts and bags and clothing by local designer House of Gina Marie!
Location: Located at the Northrup King Building: 1500 Jackson St. NE Suite, 238 Minneapolis, MN
Hours: Every first Thursday of the Month, (excluding August.) 5 - 9pm, Every Saturday Noon - 4pm (unless otherwise noted). Closed for the month of August.
Website: Flourish Art and Gifts
5. Key North Boutique
Key North Boutique has been bringing ethically made fashion to the Twin Cities for many years! You'll find professional clothing like slacks and blazers here, as well as hats, shoes, and accessories. Key North Boutique carries larger sizes and relaxed styles that are flattering on a myriad of body types, and places a focus on beautiful, natural materials like silk, hemp, and linen.
Location: 515 First Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hours: Monday- Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm, Closed Sunday
Website: Key North Boutique
6. Whole Foods
Shopping for clothes at the grocery store? You bet! Whole Foods locations often carry a small selection of fair trade clothing and gifts. Whole Foods in St Paul has the largest collection of ethical fashion out of all Twin Cities locations, featuring brands like Synergy Organic Clothing, PACT, and Threads for Thought. Expect to find socks, underwear, athletic/yoga clothing, and cute knit tops, skirts, and dresses.
Location: 1575 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Hours: 7am- 10pm daily
Website: Whole Foods St Paul
7. Ten Thousand Villages St Paul
Ten Thousand villages in St Paul only carries clothing seasonally, so be sure to watch their facebook page for the latest announcements. Expect to find brands like Raven and Lily, Mata Traders, and Global Mamas.
Location: 1575 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
Hours: 7am-10pm daily