We might be based in Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a little LA in our lives. Especially in the middle of winter! Whether you’re visiting LA or are lucky enough to live there, here are our favorite indie brands. These all embody ethical and sustainable practices, and of course pass the No Kill Mag vibe check. These companies are full of unique clothing that makes you feel empowered and beautiful, without compromising the livelihood of workers or the size of your carbon footprint.
This fast-growing brand produces all kinds of gender neutral and everyday goods. They know how to keep it local, using 98% of fabric grown and made domestically. The majority of products are cotton, and all fabric is woven or knit in the LA area. What’s more, they are sweatshop free to ensure your products aren’t at the expense of worker’s livelihoods. A win-win-win brand!
Size range: 3xs-7xl
Product assortment: clothes, underwear, bags and accessories
“Fashion Brand Company. We only make clothes for lizards” reads their slogan. Well paint me green and call me a lizard then, because their products and practices are worth it. FBC makes clothes that will last for all sizes and fits. Another girl boss company comprised of 100% women, this ethical brand denounces all practices unethical or unsustainable.
Size range: xs-5xl
Product assortment: apparel for men/women/baby/lizards, accessories and bags, home goods
Indie LA brand Lacausa understood the assignment: responsible packaging, recycled and organic fabrics, and ethical manufacturing. This brand blends the past and the present, resulting in effortlessly chic fashion. They also provide a resale platform where shoppers can sell or buy pre-loved Lacausa that rewards your circularity with shopping credits for your next purchase.
Size range: xs-xl
Product assortment: unisex/women’s apparel, activewear, unitards
Founded by Lisa Nicole Harbottle, Revelle isn’t about just putting pretty clothes on pretty models. Rather, the brand promotes the vital relationship between creating beautiful clothes and the responsibility of fashion brands in using sustainable materials. Following a made-to-order process, Revelle has a product cost analysis so you can see exactly why you’re paying what you do. This company creates timeless pieces that can be dressed up, down, and worn over and over again without ever losing their appeal.
Size range: xs-4x
Product assortment: apparel, loungewear, outerwear, lingerie, scarves
For my readers that are into the feminine side of fashion, this one is for you. St. Roche creates practical yet dainty pieces that have one-of-a-kind embroidery, for a collection of traditional broderie that stems from Sue Stemp’s English heritage. St. Roche uses a holistic approach for their design and manufacturing, using materials such as organic cotton, silk, and linen.
Size range: xs-xl
Product assortment: apparel, knitwear, dresses
Whether you’re looking for work attire, loungewear, a date night outfit, or coasters, this indie LA brand will have it. Though they are only a team of 5, Selva \ Negra serves up a wide variety of garments that are chic, comfortable, and conscientious. Selva \ Negra is committed to implementing sustainable materials and low waste solutions. Their zero waste efforts include an upcycled collection, compostable packaging, and fabric recycling.
Size range: xs-4xl
Product assortment: men’s/women’s apparel, loungewear, jackets, home goods, accessories
Your clothing should make feel you good, and Sotela is all about celebrating the human body with inclusive and body-positive clothing. They strive to remedy the relationship we have with our clothes, focusing on a fit that celebrates your strength and resilience. Sotela believes ethical practices are a lifestyle decision, and they practice what they preach by using eco-friendly fabrics and hand-making every piece right in California.
Size range: 0-10, petite/tall/regular
Product assortment: apparel, jumpsuits, outerwear, accessories
At 3 Women, customers are encouraged to participate in the design process of their one-of-a-kind clothing. Each item is made to order with made-to-measure sizing, and you’re given the option to select your fabric. Women-owned and operated, this small team works locally and ethically to create edgy, trend-setting garments that you’ll want to live in.
Size range: xs-3x, custom sizing
Product assortment: upcycled apparel, vintage apparel, jewelry, shoes, outerwear
The Tiny Closet shop follows three rules to ensure being a shop owner and dedicated minimalist aren’t contradicting each other: made-to-order products only, only use deadstock fabrics, and give a use to everything. This brand creates simple but statement clothing that simplifies your closet and empowers you as the wearer.
Size range: xs-xl
Product assortment: apparel, jumpsuits, dresses, outerwear
Wasi’s mission is to “represent Bolivian culture in an innovative way as well as creating a safe space for our people of color and allies to shop”. Everything the team does is with intention, from sourcing textiles, to packaging, and how the garments are produced. Their clothing is full of life, with bright colors and beautiful patterns that highlights their heritage.
Size range: S-3xl
Product assortment: women’s/kids/pet apparel, accessories and headwear, bags, home goods.