Brad, the founder and editor of the great site Commerce with a Conscience, has kindly shared with us his Christmas list for this year. He’s easily the best pro out there at finding socially responsible brands that offer clothing and accessories that you’ll look good in (and not like a heap of hemp). Not only is Brad one of the sharpest dressers I know, he probably sleeps better at night than all of us knowing that he does his share for the environment. Take a nod from his Christmas list and add some or all of his suggestions to your own for a more green and happy holiday!
If you don’t own any Epaulet shirts, you’re missing out. The fabrics are great, the construction is top notch, and the fit is spot-freaking-on. Their new Blue oxford is made in the USA from a beefy Japanese Pima cotton oxford cloth, and finished with natural trocas shell buttons. Every well-rounded wardrobe needs at least one blue oxford, and this is one of the best out there.
The Ivy Crew Sweaters from New York’s Left Field are made from kitten-soft Canadian Merino wool in one of the last remaining sweater factories in Queens, NY. Cut slim, but still heavy enough to keep you warm, the sweaters feature a classic wide – or “Ivy” – crew neck and raglan shoulder detail, giving it a great old-timey feel (think a 1940s university sweater, but without the big school letter on the chest).
The Gustav chinos from Denmark’s Knowledge Cotton Apparel are responsibly made in the EU from low-impact dye treated organic cotton, and feature a slim cut, and medium-low rise. They also boast one of the best pant colorways I’ve seen this season.
For the uninitiated, Warby Parker combines good looks and good deeds. Their all-crystal Fillmore glasses (part of the Steven Alan capsule collection), are crafted from plant-derived acetate, and offer great classic style, but with a Steven Alan twist. And, for every pair purchased, a second pair is donated to a child in need.
The Pile-Lined Deerskin Suede Gloves from Geier are painstakingly handcrafted in Centralia, WA from vegetable-tanned deerskin. Lined with synthetic poly pile, they’re as warm as they are handsome, and will keep your hands toasty for many winters to come.
The Thorogood 6 Inch Moc Toes from Wisconsin’s venerable Weinbrenner Shoe Co. are one of the best bang-for-your-buck boot options around. Expertly crafted in an employee-owned, ISO 900 certified facility, the boots are made from vegetable-tanned American leather, and feature a US-made non-slip / non-skid Vibram wedge sole, weatherproof Goodyear storm welt and a fiberglass shank for added stability and support.
There are only three things you need to know about the Bulky Knit Hats from Oregon’s Columbiaknit. 1) They’re 100% cotton. 2) They’re made in the USA. And 3) They cost less than $5 apiece. And there you have it.
I usually don’t like messenger-style bags, but leave it to the good folks at Archival Clothing to change that. 22 oz, eco-friendly waxed cotton twill body, British mil-grade webbing straps, Horween chromexcel closure and accents, and cut and sewn in an employee-owned factory in Springfield, OR – this is one you’ll be passing down to the grandkids.