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Fall is all about fashion, but gone are the days of having to pick between looking polished and feeling comfortable. These 14 clothing and accessories brands combine the best of both worlds, letting you express your unique style while supporting family-owned, female-led, sustainable and small businesses.
Austrian designer Vera Fritsch moved to India as part of a diplomatic mission in 2007 and has been inspired by the country’s beautiful artistry and vibrant colors ever since. Today, she has an atelier in New Delhi, where she and her team hand draw each original print that will adorn responsibly, locally sourced fabrics. The brand’s refined yet utterly wearable day dresses will have you adding to cart instantly.
Sustainable streetwear has never looked — or felt — so good. The Giving Movement was born in 2020 out of founder Dominic Nowell-Barnes’ desire to inspire conscious consumerism while utilizing eco-friendly practices. The company donates $4 for every item purchased — everything from best-selling seamless leggings to maxi plisse dresses — to the tune of $5 million since its inception.
These luxe leather handbags crafted in Italy remain at attainable prices so everyone has access to impeccable quality. The women-led company also has an impressive Buy 1, Give 5 program, allocating 5% of net sales to support female entrepreneurs in the United States and emerging economies. Talk about a purchase to be proud of.
In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to get your cowgirl on, and Twisted X makes that easier (and more comfortable) than ever. Since 2005, the company has outfitted real wranglers and Western-loving fashionistas alike. You’re sure to turn some heads when you step out in the statement-making Steppin’ Out boots (get it?).
Cozy queens can rejoice thanks to these built-to-last basics. Proto101 is dedicated to a better life and a better planet, which equates to covetable apparel crafted from recycled, eco-friendly materials like super soft Supima cotton and sans chemicals or questionable supply-chain choices. That means you can rest easy both physically and spiritually.
With a focus on men’s apparel, this East Coast casual lifestyle brand will have you wearing your beachside best everywhere you go. Sure, there are board shorts and comfy tees on offer, but Surfside Supply’s wares range beyond the beach (sorry, Ken) — think bomber jackets, chore coats, and the like.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Luxury golf apparel can take you from sport to resort in a snap. Enter A. Putnam, a new women’s brand that blends performance and sophistication. You’ll fit right in sporting the travel blazer, cropped polo and tulip shorts whether you’re on the green or in the clubhouse.
It doesn’t get any cozier than alpaca. Founder Alicia Adams moved from Germany to New York with her family to breed alpacas, and today they manage a herd of more than 200 in the Hudson Valley. The animals’ all-natural, hypoallergenic and uber soft wool is transformed into stunning capes, cardigans and throws that will keep you warm all season long.
KURU will have you walking this way (meaning the correct, comfortable way) with its products offering patented heel support and proven pain relief. There are shoes made for walking, standing, hiking and just enjoying everyday life — which you’re bound to do more of thanks to KURU kicks.
With a name meaning “postcard” in Italian, this female-owned brand is inspired by travel, adventure and exploration. And no matter where life takes you, you’ll feel put together and poised to take on the world in Cartolina’s flattering frocks, beautiful blouses and elevated accessories.
Amour Vert is so serious about sustainability that the company even has a resale marketplace for devotees to buy and sell pre-loved garments. But you’ll likely have a hard time parting ways with the brand’s washable silk dresses, knit jumpsuits and Tencel twill pants.
Sustainable swimwear for the win! Founders Jennifer Hinton and Thayer Sylvester dreamed up Carve Designs while on a surf trip in San Pancho, Mexico. The goal? To create beach-bound apparel for real women with real bodies. The brand has since expanded to encompass laid-back layering tops, buttery cords and other must-buy pieces.
This isn’t just denim — it’s a whole vibe: moody, impulsive and uncompromising, to be specific. Founder Grace Na is celebrating a decade of offering everyday premium pieces with street-smart and utilitarian sensibility to fans like Greta Gerwig, who donned the brand’s pink jumpsuit while filming Barbie. (If it’s good enough for Greta, it’s good enough for us.)
With a little help from Lacson Ravello, you no longer need to overthink mindful fashion. Everyday tops, dresses, pants and loungewear get an eco-friendly upgrade in poppy hues and playful patterns. Fits are super flattering, resulting in looks that ooze with style and sophistication but without any slouch.