How to shop sustainably in Los Angeles
With a wealth of ethical and sustainable fashion stores on offer in the City of Angels, no matter what your budget, there’s really no excuse not to shop well in LA. From Los Angeles’ homegrown Reformation, to east coast export Bird Brooklyn – here are five of our favourite eco-conscious stores in LA …
Nothing says Los Angeles fashion like silk slip dresses, loveworn denim and faded band t-shirts – that’s where Reformation comes in, with their up cycled vintage pieces and sustainably made wears that celebrate the feminine figure. Head to their flagship store on Melrose Avenue for occasion dresses and statement co-ords crafted from sustainable materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and TENCEL™, a semi-synthetic material manufactured from Eucalyptus trees.
Christy Dawn and her team of Los Angeles based seamstresses craft ethically produced dresses from deadstock: the residual fabrics left over from major fashion houses. Instead of ending up in landfill, Dawn repurposes these fabrics for her collections – the resulting dresses are beautifully unique, while providing much-needed environmental solution that combats the ever-increasing waste created by the fashion industry. You’ll find her store on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice.
If you’re looking to expand your wardrobe while picking up a few homeware pieces, head to eco-conscious lifestyle brand Whimsy & Row’s store on Venice Boulevard. There you’ll find laid back wardrobe staples crafted from locally sourced eco-friendly fabrics, and an expertly curated edit of homeware, all birthed from a love of quality made goods and sustainable practices.
If you’re in the market for sustainably made wardrobe staples, crafted from soft, yet durable, fabrics, consider Alternative Apparel your go to store, located in good company on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Innovating from thread to finish since 1995, Alternative Apparel pride themselves in crafting worn-in silhouettes that balance simplicity and effortless everyday style.
As the name suggests, Bird Brooklyn found their feet over on the East Coast in New York in 1999, before later opening a store in Culver City, Los Angeles. Embodying the creativity of their native, Bird Brooklyn support both emerging and established designers from around the world that craft independent collections that are local and sustainably produced – designers like Margaret Howell, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Mansur Gavriel amongst a host of others.