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6 Places to Buy Well Made, Ethical Basics for Women (& Men)

6 places to buy well made ethical basics for women and men with Encircled
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The terms ethical and artisan made are often synonymous with "novelty."

And that's not a bad thing. It's nice to own a one-of-a-kind embroidered dress, a bag made from leather off-cuts, and handwoven shoes. But unless you've really embraced your boho side, it's not particularly practical to outfit yourself exclusively in patterned and patch-worked goods.

I am a creature of comfort and versatility. My job has no dress code, but I prefer to wear cotton knits and easy pieces that pair well with simple accessories, the kind that won't get in the way when I'm unpacking a donation or reorganizing the sales floor.

So I've spent a lot of time seeking out ethically sourced, sustainable goods that fit well, last a long time, and fill the necessary category of "basics. The following brands use natural, breathable fabrics; feature styles that work in many contexts; and cater toward someone who wants a good fit without too much fuss.


Encircled and Dorsu

1. Encircled

What They Carry: Made in Toronto, Canada, Encircled specializes in multi-wear, classic clothing in eco-friendly jersey fabrics that fit a wide variety of body types and sizes.
Who: Women (+ 1 Men's Item)
Price Point: $18-248
My Picks: Chrysalis Cardi, Revolve Dress II (I'll be reviewing these items soon)

2. Dorsu

What They Carry: Made in Cambodia, Dorsu uses soft cotton factory remnants to produce their range of classic tees, dresses, and skirt. (Dorsu will be offering more affordable US shipping later this year.)
Who: Women & Men
Price Point: $20-60 AUD ($15-48 USD)
My Picks: Slip Dress

American Giant and Everlane

3. American Giant

What They Carry: Made in the USA, American Giant makes t-shirts, leggings, and hoodies in soft cotton.
Who: Women & Men
Price Point: $24.50-200
My Picks: Classic U-neck

4. Everlane

What They Carry: Transparently produced in a number of countries, Everlane makes minimalist basics in cotton, silk, cashmere, and technical fabrics.
Who: Women & Men
Price Point: $15-300
My Picks: Cotton Long Sleeve Crew

Pact Apparel and Fair Indigo


What They Carry: PACT carries organic cotton, fair trade underwear, socks, t-shirts, and leggings.
Who: Women, Men, & Kids
Price Point: $10-45
My Picks: Organic Leggings

6. Fair Indigo

What They Carry: Fair Indigo carries fair trade, organic originals, many in soft and sturdy Pima cotton.
Who: Women & Men
Price Point: $25-100
My Picks: Organic Tie Dress

First photo by Yoann Boyer on Unsplash

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