Denim has been, is, and always will be a classic. The fabric has been revived every year to become something new and it's interesting to see how some designers have mixed it up for the recent Fall/Winter 2016 Ready-to-Wear collections.
Designer labels often have the benefit of being able to take their time making quality denim products, but not all companies do. Denim is such a popular fabric and that can lead to mass manufacturing of jeans to meet the public demand. However there are some brands that are working hard to combat fast fashion that underpays and hurts the environment. These brands are less expensive than designer ones, however, are still an investment, and you'll soon see why. While brands like AG Jeans, Levi's (Water>Less Jeans), G-Star Raw and more are doing some things to get themselves into ethical and eco-friendly game, these brands have gone above and beyond:
Kuyichi is a brand that is concerned with all aspects of ethical and eco-friendly fashion. The brand makes fair trade their top priority by working closely with suppliers and finding environmentally friendly ways to to carry out each part of the process. Check it out for yourself here.
This brand takes pride in their fair trade commitment and not forgetting the importance of fair wages. The company is involved in every step of the process to insure that it is organic in every possible way. A wide selection of styles and manageable prices definitely make Monkee Genes denim something to talk about. Check it out for yourself here.
Sonas Denim takes their mission one step further by creating a product that is ethical, eco-friendly AND completely vegan. The company believes strongly in stopping animal cruelty and donates a portion of their profits to building an "animal sanctuary" for rescued animals. Sonas Denim brings their own groovy style to the fair trade denim game. Check it out for yourself here.
This menswear brand really knows its denim; from how to break in your new pair to how to repurpose them when you're done wearing them. Their website breaks it all down for you and includes a fit guide to help you find the perfect pair! Nudie Jeans preaches sustainability and is loyal to their organic materials. Check it out for yourself here.
JC Denim Co.
JC Denim Co. does their part by providing work for victims of human trafficking and sex slavery in Cambodia. The company works very closely with the girls and pays them fair wages to make JC Denim jeans. Their project helps keep many girls from further exploitation and provides them with stable income for their whole family. Check it out for yourself here.
This list just scratches the surface but there's plenty more where it came from. And of course there's always the option of thrifting your denim as well! To learn more about what brands are doing their part and what brands may be falling behind you can go to ethicalconsumer.org or ethical.org.au. Now if you excuse me, I have some shopping to do!