14 Fair Trade Fashion Brands For The Conscious Gentleman
2019-04-21T08:00:00-0400
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From the modern minimalist to the passionate environmentalist, there’s a fair trade fashion brand for every man.

While ethical brands for women are popping up on almost a daily basis, we acknowledge that sometimes it’s a challenge to find fair trade brands for the conscious man.

Well, you can now say goodbye to your lack of options: we’ve found fourteen fair trade fashion brands that every kind of guy will love. These brands ensure that employees are paid fair wages, the materials are often eco-friendly or sustainable, and the styles are timeless, so we know these garments are well worth their investments.

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Best For | The capsule curious
Product Range | Tops, denim, outerwear, sweaters
Price Range | $15 (tee)–$100 (cashmere sweater)

Everlane is made for men who want to level up their closet into a capsule wardrobe without breaking the bank. Their range of colorful tees to slim-fit button downs to workday chinos truly run the gamut, and they are notorious for being easy to layer and style. Made ethically in factories around the world, they believe in cutting out costs to provide you high-quality apparel, without the markups. 

Based In | Portland, OR
Best For | The laid back guy
Product Range | Denim jackets and jeans
Price Range | $95 (jean jacket)–$145 (dark wash jeans)

Move over, Levi’s. Bluer Denim is perfect for the guy who loves American-made denim: these jeans are designed in Portland, cotton grown in Georgia, milled in North Carolina, and put together in Los Angeles with an eco-friendly process, too. And with each purchase, you can donate a used pair for a $15 credit off your next pair. If their ethics weren’t enough to entice you, their range will be. Their line of denim includes slim, straight, and loose styles, so there really is something for everyone. 

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | The bad boy
Product Range | Tops, pants, jackets
Price Range | $28 (tee)–$495 (leather jacket)

Combine Ryan Gosling’s aesthetic with Los Angeles flair, and you’ve got Buck Mason. Founded in 2013 off Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles, Buck Mason has re-designed everyday style to be more modern, classic, and rugged. Loved by GQ, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal alike, we know we’re not alone—they really are the ideal brand for the conscious gentleman. Whether you’re a fan of structured cotton or into 100% Pima, you’ll find each of their products to be an exceptionally timeless addition to your wardrobe.

Based In | Atlanta, GA
Best For | The casual weekender
Product Range | Tops, sweaters, pants, outerwear
Price Range | $15 (tee)–$148 (jeans)

Alternative Apparel practices what they preach when it comes to conscious fashion: their garments are made with low-impact dyes, eco-friendly and organic fabrics, fair labor practices, and recycled or sustainable materials, whenever possible. Inspired by an athletic feel, their line of tees, sweats, and outerwear are ideal for the weekend or for the conscious college student on campus. With a variety of sizes and appealing colors, you’ll be able to easily mix and match these pieces with your entire closet.

Based In | East Rutherford, NJ
Best For | The denim lover
Product Range | Denim, tees, button-downs
Price Range | $65 (tee)–$255 (denim)

Looking for American classics that will last a lifetime? Todd Shelton’s made-to-order garments are the epitome of slow fashion for men, featuring timeless silhouettes and seasonless staples he’ll wear all year long. The makers of Todd Shelton’s garments are all directly employed by the company, which means they have full oversight of happy, healthy workplace conditions in their East Rutherford, New Jersey factory.

Based In | Culver City, CA
Best For | The environmentalist
Product Range | Denim, apparel, outerwear, accessories
Price Range | $38 (tee)–$295 (coat)

Surfer Kelly Slater saw the effects of pollution and waste every day. So, he created something better with designer John Moore: Outerknown. This apparel company is for the man who’s as passionate about fair trade and safe working conditions as he is about sustainability. Made in Peru, Mexico, and China, they are committed to the Fair Labor guidelines, building partnerships with suppliers worldwide, and they take every part of their supply chain into account when it comes to their environmental footprint. Further proof that style, slow fashion, and sustainability can go perfectly together.

Based In | Boulder, CO
Best For | The basic boy
Product Range | Tees, bottoms, hoodies & outerwear
Price Range | $13 (briefs)–$55 (hoodie) 

Pact is an apparel brand born out of Boulder, Colorado, that knows we can do better with our clothes. Using 100% certified organic cotton and made ethically in Fair Trade certified factories, these basics are unparalleled in quality and fit. And if you’re in the market for undergarments, this is the place to stock up. They may be the softest, most sustainable basics you’ll own—that’s a pact we’re confident we’ll keep.

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | The stylish gent
Product Range | Tees, button-downs, pants, outerwear
Price Range | $34 (tee)–$328 (blazer)

Apolis has been revolutionizing fair trade fashion since the early 2000s out of Los Angeles. As a B Corp, they have a triple bottom line to be mindful of profit, people, and planet. They even provide details about where exactly each product you purchase was made. Their line of casual tees, suave button-downs, chinos, and stunning jackets are beloved by customers from NY to LA, and everywhere in between. Heads will be turning while wearing pretty much any of Apolis’ apparel.

Based In | California
Best For | The West Coast baller
Product Range | Tees, button-downs, hoodies & sweatshirts
Price Range | $45 (tee)–$195 (jacket)

If we had to guess what Saltura’s style was influenced by, we’d say the trees of the Redwoods and the waves of Manhattan Beach. And funny enough, that’s exactly what they were aiming for: all of their products are designed, sourced, and manufactured along a 90-mile stretch of the Cali coast. Their sustainably-made tees and button-downs are a mix of hemp and organic cotton, with some of the softest cotton you’ve ever worn. Source local, support local.

Based In | Philadelphia, PA
Best For | The outdoorsman
Product Range | Tops, bottoms, outerwear
Price Range | $20 (tee)–$400 (jacket)

United By Blue, a certified B Corp, has a simple philosophy: as an outdoors brand, they want to do what they can to protect our planet. With every product sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash for the world’s ocean and waterways. So you can feel good knowing you’re investing in durable, sustainable apparel while supporting eco-friendly practices. Their apparel is known to stretch and withstand even the most rugged of trips, so we think you’ll be a happy camper (see what we did there?). 

Based In | London, UK
Best For | The start-up exec
Product Range | Shirts, chinos, knitwear, sweaters
Price Range | £25 (tee)–£100 (chinos)

We didn’t forget about our friends in the UK! We’ve got the perfect fit for you—literally. Brothers We Stand is committed to progress and employs only fair labor practices and sustainable methods as much as possible. Their line of button downs, chinos, and knit sweaters from a variety of ethical brands is for the fair trade-minded employee at the office who’s looking to up his style game. (And, may we suggest stocking up on their ultra-soft basic tees for seasonal layering?)

Based In | Hong Kong
Best For | The tech bro
Product Range | Tees, hoodies/sweatshirts, chinos & pants
Price Range | $29 (tee)–$200 (jacket) 

Based out of Hong Kong, Grana believes in high-quality materials without the high-end markups. Merino wool from Italy, cashmere from Mongolia, and pima cotton from Peru, Grana brings together some of the most premium fabrics that are fashion-forward and Fair Trade. And with the middleman cut out, you can grab these looks for affordable price-points. With simple pullovers and V-neck tees, you can dress down in the best way.

Based In | Ventura, CA
Best For | The adventurer
Product Range | Outerwear, shirts, bottoms, accessories
Price Range | $29 (shirt)–$699 (outerwear)

Patagonia, known for championing the great outdoors, is the go-to for any man who loves camping, hiking, or simply being in the sun. With fair labor practices, safe working conditions, and an eco-friendly mindset, every part of Patagonia’s supply chain speaks to their philosophy of doing no harm. Each item even comes with a Footprint Chronicle so you can follow the exact process of how it was made, from the textile mill to the sewing factory. For the skier, their Alpine pants are hard to beat, and for cool summer nights, we’re loving their micropuff vests.

Based In | Seattle, WA
Best For | The man on the go
Product Range | Tees, henleys, hoodies & outerwear
Price Range | $29 (tee)–$225 (jacket)

Raj and Akhil Shah founded Ably with the belief that we can have apparel that’s fit, flexible, and functional. For the man who has lots to do and little time, this brand is eco-friendly, quick dry, and stain-resistant. Made with Filium, a technology that fights odor, wear, and tear, these garments can be worn again and again. Less laundry, less mess—what more could we ask for?