We’re proud to be a voice (more like a megaphone) for the sustainable streetwear movement. Our brands are pushing the fashion industry towards an eco-friendly future, in more ways than one. From upcycling to reworking, organic materials to zero-waste, our inventory proves just how diverse (and accessible) sustainability should be.
In honor of Earth Day, we put together this non-exhaustive list featuring 16 of our sustainable designers. There’s no better time to shop small, shop green, and shop slow — consider this your first step.
Westweaves founder Polly pours love into every part of her intricate upcycling process, from scouring vintage stores to hand-painting each piece. The London label uses vintage clothing as a canvas to express inclusivity, freedom, and fun — it’s hard not to love pants that are described only with “squeeze that ass and dance.”
Paris re Made
There’s reworking, there’s upcycling, and then there’s Paris Re-made. The Parisian house begins with deadstock fabric or pre-owned pieces from luxury brands, and creates something completely new. From an inside-out Burberry trench to ruched Nike crewnecks and double-waisted Levi’s, every style is accounted for.
Sheezen’s asymmetrical basics are as ethical as they are essential. Every piece in the Ukraine brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection is crafted with 100% organic cotton. Materials aside, Sheezen’s sleek separates are designed to be highly functional and versatile — a true investment, which reduces waste for the long-run.
Since its launch in 2019, Underworld has rewritten what “sustainable fashion” looks like. Designer Corey Wales remixes vintage workwear by hand in their Washington studio, merging ‘90s skate staples with a psychedelic twist — resulting in patchwork carpenter pants, frankensteined flannels, and tie-dyed denim. Every piece is made-to-order, which minimizes waste and makes each garment completely unique.
Backseat Kissing elevates sustainability, not just through luxe materials, but by drawing inspiration from a trending time period. The London designer upgrades silhouettes from her ‘00s childhood with 100% eco-friendly materials, giving an ethical boost to the Y2K craze. Not only are the brand’s organic velour tracksuits reversible, but they’re designed in a gender-neutral cut.
Liv Ryan’s workwear garments are as timeless as the architecture and artwork that inspires them. The Brooklyn-based designer’s pieces are all produced locally, using organic and recycled materials. Aside from their technical sustainability, Ryan’s structural silhouettes and neutral colorways are crafted to last (and, like all workwear, they only get better with age).
ŚILPA represents a different approach to sustainability, a “slow-fashion” business model that minimizes the waste (and maximizes the impact) of each garment. Designer Myno Macheda treats his pieces like works of art; they’re made to be worn and appreciated for the long-term. Every piece is made by hand, using locally sourced materials from Macheda’s Manchester neighborhood.
Another heavy hitter for the slow-fashion movement, ABIME stresses quality over quantity. Each cut and sew garment is handmade in extremely limited quantities, with no guarantee of restocking. While at first glance this model might seem hype-driven, it’s actually intended to minimize wasted materials while emphasizing the meaning behind each piece.
Based in Oakland, California, SAW USA pushes the limits of design with their mixed-media garments. Through overlapping unexpected textures and materials, from leather to outdoor vinyl, SAW’s upcycled garments spark conversations around the potential of sustainability. Plus, being made-to-order, each garment helps reduce industry waste.
Nmb New York
In less than a year, Natalie Brown’s label has become a frontrunner in the upcycling movement. Every NMB piece is made with vintage clothing, mostly music T-shirts, that Brown deconstructs by hand and repurposes as fabric. From her iconic puffer jackets to patchwork denim corsets, no two pieces are ever the same.
Raf Reyes of VeryRare identifies as an artwear — not streetwear — designer. With this mindset, every VeryRare garment transcends the limitations (and environmental damage) of mainstream fashion. From the organic corn-polymer packaging, to the fact that only 21 of each piece are produced, a VeryRare purchase is eco-friendly at every turn. Above all, Reyes’ design approach is what makes his pieces sustainable: these garments are made to be passed down.
Dust of Gods
Every industrial-inspired piece by Dust of Gods is hand-picked, hand-painted, and hand-crafted by designer Antonio Tadrissi himself. Tadrissi describes his upcycled work as “wearable art,” and he’s not wrong — the amount of time and care poured into each piece, and the lack of environmental impact, makes every garment a worthy investment.
Through her namesake brand, Abigail Ajobi addresses sustainability for what it is: intersectional. Not only are her pieces made from deadstock fabrics, but they are (sometimes literally) woven with messages of social justice and equality. A portion of Ajobi’s profits from each themed collection are donated to an aligning charity.
Cierra Boyd has become a leading force in the upcycling movement since launching her brand in 2017 — with little more than deadstock Air Jordans and a heavy-duty sewing machine. FRISKMEGOOD sneaker corsets are loaded with intricate structure and detailing, and every single order is custom-made with Boyd's two hands.
Designer Nicole Tiedemann remixes vintage jackets, sweats, and graphic tees with her painterly takes on Japanese art, heavily inspired by pop culture and Harajuku streetwear history. Every item is upcycled and reworked by Tiedemann herself, so no two pieces are exactly the same.
Bocanegra’s geometric and dainty jewels are made with rare locally-sourced materials, from wax thread to glass beads. Most impressively, the Colombia label is completely zero-waste: no purchase leaves a carbon footprint behind.