Gone are the days of conscious fashion’s not-so-chic (not to mention, incredibly itchy) association with hemp and other such crunchiness. Through thoughtful sourcing and production methods, legions of mainstream designers and brands are throwing their weight around for the good of animals, the environment and the actual craftspeople that hand-make these intricate wares.
Here, 10 ethical summer-ready purchases you can really feel good about.
Named after one of Pamela Love's beloved rescue cats, Annabelle, the charming, limited edition necklace is an homage to the designer's love for her feline pals. A portion of proceeds from each pendant helps support a Brooklyn animal shelter where Love volunteers on the regular. You should get one right meow.
- x Pamela Love Annabelle Pendant Necklace in Rose Gold, Able Made $190
The do-gooders at Warby Parker (for every pair of eyewear sold, a prescription frame is donated to a person in need) teamed up with Emily Weiss and Nick Axelrod, both of Into The Gloss fame, to create two Japanese titanium aviator frames -- one for sun, one optical.
- 10-01 Polarized Sunglasses in Jet Silver, Warby Parker $145
If DIY is your idea of R&R, then this sweet collab is for you: Indego Africa -- a non-profit supporting women in Rwanda through craftsmanship -- tapped uber-crafty, Erica Domesek, of lifestyle mecca P.S. I Made This, for help designing a collection of color-happy patches. Each set is hand-embroidered by the IBABA cooperative in Rwanda and comes with nifty project ideas courtesy of Domesek.
- Tiger & Feather Patch Set, PS x Indego Africa $45
Brainchild of model/activist Amber Valletta, Master & Muse is a trusted online hub for designers and makers who put craftsmanship and sustainability first. Perfect example: through the strategic use of interchangable modules, this shift dress is actually 4 garments in one.
- x Flavia La Rocca Short Dress in Pink, Master & Muse $327