Based: Los Angeles, CA
Description: Nat, founder and designer of The Tiny Closet initially started out as a clothing blog about living with...yes, a tiny closet. Nat slowly got rid of a lot of items in her closet and started being intentional about clothing purchases from ethical brands. Many times Nat could not quite find what she was looking for, so she ended up designing her own line which is handmade by her in Los Angeles. Important to Nat was that her clothes fit well, were comfortable and were made using quality fabrics.
Social Responsibility: Made in America
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!