5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

Eco-fashion is trending

People are tired of cheap, throwaway, sweatshop clothing and want something more, better, authentic and with a story.  And stories abound!  From KUSIKUY’s Inca heritage hand knits to Alabama Chanin’s innovative approach to homegrown, DIY, local luxury.

Good news is there are many great people doing wonderful meaningful things with fashion today bad news is it is hard to keep track of it all.  No problem!  These folks are doing it for us.  Here’s my favorites based on my 18 years as an eco-fashion producer myself.


Hollywood Hippy

5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

 Just launched this year, but actually 7 years in the making, founder Heidi Linnebach and the amazing team at Hollywood Hippy focus on commitment and action.

5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

With a $100 call to action, it is a fast paced, carefully sourced place to find meaningful, upbeat content that values and understands the importance and beauty of eco-ethical luxury and a balanced lifestyle.  “Chic, creative and influential” defines this great community to a T!



Far Trade Federation (FTF) 

5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

I have been a member of the FTF since 2000 and have enjoyed watching it continue to be a leader and pioneer in defining and supporting eco-ethical.  All members are fully vetted and adhere to strict eco-ethical production guidelines.

5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

The new “shop online” feature is easily searchable and is a great place to find your newest favorite fashion brand with over 29 amazing producer group members to choose from (including KUSIKUY!).




5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry This site founded by Angela Wallace has a great mix of stories, goods, fashion and lifestyle.  It is upbeat, newsy and has a deep sense of purpose and meaning.

5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

The coverage is just enough to not overwhelm while still being engaging and informative.  I love the mix of ideas it brings, such as Safia Minney’s “Slave to Fashion” kickstarter project.



EcoFashion Talk 

 5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

I love how Sass Brown finds and tells the stories of our material connection to our world through cutting edge design.  The Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design at FIT, Sass knows her industry and design and takes the time to really research designers before featuring them on her blog.  I find this is the best place to go to for the newest, most innovative and inspiring design stories.


Ethical Fashion Initiative 

5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry 

Even the United Nations has embraced eco-ethical fashion.  In a collaboration with the World Trade Organization (?!), the International Trade Centre (ITC) is committed to creating opportunity for women’s leadership, empowerment and economic growth through fashion creation.

5 Up-and-Comers to Watch in the Eco-fashion Industry

They partner with leading talent to create the handcrafted treasures that with ethical and environmental dimensions.  So far their main focus of work has been in Africa and Haiti.

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About the Author

Dr. Tamara Stenn Raised in New York and living in Vermont (after a few years living in Washington, DC and Bolivia, South America). Dr. Tamara is a Fulbright scholar, economics professor, writer (The Cultural and Political Intersection of Fair Trade and Justice), researcher, and social entrepreneur. She makes authentic voices heard in order to create public discussion, grow understanding and bring about greater social and economic justice through collaboration and enterprise development. Her main areas of interest are indigenous knowledge, Suma Qamana (bien vivir), social entrepreneurism and sustainable ways of being. She is the founder and directive of KUSIKUY a leading sustainable fashion brand with hand knit alpaca production in Bolivia.   

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