What follows is a list of local and online shops that appear to be sustainably minded. If you learn otherwise, please let me know.
I’ve just started compiling this list. I will add links and descriptions as time goes on. If you have a link you want to share, please email me at email@example.com. Descriptions are very often copied from websites. My hope is that this will eventually morph into a more visual and user-friendly resource.
LOCAL (Seacoast NH/ME):
Goodwill of Northern New England, Portsmouth, NH
Savers, Newington, NH
Cotillion Bureau, Portsmouth, NH
Well curated vintage clothing from the 20s to the 90s. Everything from prom dresses to mom jeans and everything in between.
Drift, Portsmouth, NH
Handmade bikinis and upcycle apparel. Very southern California meets New England.
Folk, Kittery, Maine
An edited selection of well-made gifts, women’s contemporary clothing, modern ceramics, stationery, design books, socks and more. Independent design
AMIE – Female not Factory, Portland, Maine
An online (and now brick and mortar) shop of handmade goods by female artists from all over the country
Etain, Portland, Maine
Étaín is an underthings sanctuary built on radical body positivity, inclusivity, and intersectional feminism.
FIND, Portland, Maine
Find is a selective second-hand clothing store on Free Street in beautiful downtown Portland. We offer a carefully curated inventory of vintage, modern and designer clothes for men and women in a boutique setting.
Sam Pao, Dover, NH
Sam Paolini is a visual artist, illustrator, printmaker, clothing designer, community organizer, curator, publisher, and teacher living in Dover, New Hampshire. They have been a professional artist since dropping out of Massachusetts College of Art in 2008. In March 2019, Sam opened their first art & upcycled clothing retail store in a shared space with Wrong Brain, at 66 Third Street, Dover NH.
Thoughtfully designed, timeless essentials. Made in Nashville, TN.
Simple, beautiful clothing made in America
Exceptional quality. Ethical factories. Radical transparency.
Specializing in hemp t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and bedding. We want Everyone in a Hemp Tee by 2020 because growing hemp helps mitigate climate.
All garments are sewn in the US and all use sustainable, organic, recycled and reclaimed materials when possible. The STATE aesthetic strikes an exciting balance between creativity and practicality, with the aim of making women feel inspired and comfortable when they wear our clothes.
Mara Hoffman founded her label in 2000 after graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Fifteen years later, the brand committed itself to implement more sustainable and responsible practices. In an effort to foster mindful consumption habits, the brand maintains an open conversation about its approach and encourages consumers to reevaluate the relationship society has with clothing. The company continues to focus on sustainable materials, processes, and production in order to improve and extend each garment’s life.
HOPP combines advanced comfort technology with modern design to create versatile, ultra-walkable everyday shoes. HOPP shoes are produced by renowned American comfort shoe manufacturer SAS in San Antonio, Texas.
Every CHRISTY DAWN piece is made by local artisans in Downtown Los Angeles, sewn with longevity in mind. We use deadstock fabric as to minimize our environmental footprint, and instead of creating thousands of garments at a time, we sew a limited number of pieces, numbering every dress we make.
At Tradlands, our intention is to make the best clothing for our customer, the woman who drifts towards the men’s section and thinks, “I wish they made this for me.” We create menswear-inspired staples for women with a relentless emphasis on fit, details, and quality. All of our products are guaranteed to last and made to be lived in.