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7 Ethical Alternatives to Anthropologie

ethical alternatives to Anthropologie
When I was in college, I had a Ph.D. student teacher who looked like she'd walked straight out of an Anthropologie catalog. I was intrigued by her maturity, and her sophisticated yet quirky sense of style, and wondered if I would be able to approximate her look by the time I was in my late 20s.

Well, here I am in my late 20s and, most days at least, I don't look like a walking Anthropologie catalog. I'm not mad about it, because I've learned that, while Anthropologie's chic and eccentric garments may make you look carefree and authoritative, the production process for the bulk of their brands is anything but carefree.

A lot of Anthro's sourcing is a mystery, and they're not required to note the country of origin on their online or catalog product listings. But as a member of the Urban Outfitters-Free People conglomerate, it's safe to say that ethical sourcing is not a priority.

That's not to say that they don't carry sustainable and ethical brands, you just have to know what you're looking for. Even better: support brands that source ethically from the start.

Below, I've listed 7 brands that capture the Anthro look, but prioritize ethical production and overall sustainability. Contains affiliate links.


1. Eva Franco

Sizes 0-12. Made in USA, feminine clothing with a twist. Featured item.

2. Passion Lilie

Sizes XS-XL. Fair trade, woman owned featuring classic silhouettes and block printed cotton. Favorite item.

3. Elizabeth Suzann

Sizes 000-16. Made in USA out of super sustainable materials. Oversized knits and breezy linens. Featured item.

ethical alternatives to Anthropologie

4. Kestan

Sizes S-L. Contemporary, professional clothing made ethically. Featured item.

5. Ash & Rose

Sizes XS-XL (depending on brand). A multi-brand boutique featuring fair trade, eco-friendly, and made in USA clothing with an artisanal, feminine point of view. Favorite item.

ethical alternatives to Anthropologie

6. Po-Zu

Super sustainable, eco-friendly shoes. Featured item.

7. Fortress of Inca

Ethically made, with leather sourced from the small scale Peruvian meat industry. Featured item.

ethical alternatives to Anthropologie

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