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6 Ethical Brands That Are Better Than J Crew

6 ethical brands that are better than j crew
One of my "hobbies" is to catch up on J. Crew business news on

I'm not sure why I find it so gripping - maybe it's because J. Crew is a real fixture among academics, and most of my peer-aged friends are either graduate students or professors. J. Crew, if you were wondering, has actually been in decline for the last several years. A combination of design mistakes (mostly former creative director Jenna Lyons' fault) and declining fabric and production quality has contributed to turning away dedicated fans of the brand.

But there really is a need for J. Crew's products: reasonable quality, business-y goods with an eye toward contemporary cuts, colors, and styles.

The problem is that J. Crew produces most of its goods in sweatshops in some of the world's poorest countries. Paired with increasing quality issues (their cashmere, for instance, simply does not hold up), it's no longer a viable choice for discerning consumers, whether their primary interest is labor ethics or simply long-lasting goods.
6 ethical brands that are better than j crew
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Ode to Sunday, People Tree, Everlane, Grammar NYC, Maven Women, Language of the Birds

Here are some alternatives...

Brands were selected based on design similarities, commitment to ethical labor, and eco-friendly practices. Contains affiliate links.

1. Maven Women

Dedicated to women's rights, restorative justice, and fair trade principles. Makes business-appropriate attire. Sizes XS-XL.

My Pick: Amira Dress

2. Grammar NYC

Home of fashion-forward, crisp white shirts designed sustainably and ethically.

My Pick: The Conjunction Shirt

3. Ode to Sunday

Classic, work appropriate tops, pants, and dresses in linen and other natural fibers. Sizes XS-XL.

My Pick: Hanna Pants

4. Language of the Birds

A little more out-there than other brands in this list, Language of the Birds nevertheless creates some classic shift dresses in muted patterns suitable for an academic or creative work environment.

My Pick: Westbeth Paper Bag Dress

5. Everlane

Destined to make this list. Dozens of business appropriate blouses, blazer, and pants produced with relative transparency. Look for natural fibers for a more sustainable choice.

My Pick: Italian GoWeave Blazer

6. People Tree

Fair trade, organic cotton separates with classic lines and wearable colorways.

My Pick: Trisha Top
6 ethical brands that are better than j crew

Stay tuned for a Brands That Are Better post on Madewell, coming in the next couple months!

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