Based: Brooklyn, NY
Description: Kordal Studio makes ethically made clothes in Brooklyn, NY. Designer and owner, Mandy Kordal is most passionate about knits and those items are Made in Peru as well as some in NYC. Regardless, employees at Kordal are paid a fair wage and using natural and organic fibers wherever possible.
Kordal Studio does not follow design trends, but has a signature look which gives a nod to the past yet have innovative design. Functional yet fashionable, the line can be worn day in and day out withstanding the test of time.
Social Responsibility: Made in USA, Natural Fibers, Fair Pay
Consciously produced clothing for women has exploded in growth. Just a few years ago if purchasing locally made clothing was important to you, there wasn’t a lot of choices and it was difficult to find out what they actually were. After the Rana Plaza disaster in 2008, consumers really started to pay more attention to where their clothes were made and who was actually making them.
Small independent labels have been sprouting up as well as the biggest brands in the country are getting behind local production, which further proves that more and more consumers are demanding quality more than quantity.
If you have made the decision to make a conscious effort to support locally made brands, hopefully this list will help you get started. If you are already shop small and local brands and see that we’ve missed someone, we’d love to know!