Based: New York, NY
Description: Study NY is defined by conceptual design & sustainability. Founder, Tara St James wants to challenge preconceived ideas of fashion and design. Study NY is an example of how manufacturers could and should display all information, from fiber to manufacturing, about each product. Study NY cuts & sews collections domestically using both ethical fabrics and production methods. Study NY wants to be as transparent as possible and are vocal about their choice to use sustainable and ethical design principles.
Social Responsibility: Made in USA, Transparency, Woman Designed and Owned
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!