Circular purses made with woven textiles and leather.

Ethical Cyber Monday

I’m not encouraging you to buy stuff just to buy stuff. My struggle with wanting to buy stuff but wanting to pare down is the reason I started this blog. However, if you’re in the mood for shopping and looking for ethically-made, (hopefully) long lasting items, here are some brands I like (or have been curious about) with Cyber Monday or holiday sales.

Nylon resuable bag with palm print.

BAGGU – My favorite reusable bag company (review here) also makes backpacks, pouches, leather purses and more. 25% off with code OKHOLIDAY.

Model wearing a black top and long black and white skirt.

Carol Young | Undesigned – Carol Young is a former architecture student and self-described urban nomad who uses sustainable or recycled fabrics to create her clothes. All of her pieces are made in Los Angeles. 20% off with code GETBIZY through today, November 27. Plus $20 gift cards with in-store purchases over $200.

Half moon shaped leather bag.

Erin Templeton – I first discovered Erin Templeton on a trip to Vancouver. She makes bags, some (but not all) out of recycled leather. I love that the style is minimalist and without much hardware. She’s also a vintage clothing fan and her physical storefront and workshop in Vancouver Chinatown is stocked with cute vintage finds. 20% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY20.

Model wearing a red crewneck cashmere sweater.

Grana – Haven’t tried them yet, but I’m intrigued by this Hong Kong-based brand which, like Everlane, seems to be about high-quality wardrobe basics made with fair labor practices. 20% off everything through the end of the month, or 30% off when you spend over $200. They’re also having flash sales for Cyber Monday.

Slide sandals with black and white textiles.

Ilano Design – Roseli Ilano partners with weavers, cobblers, and leathersmiths in Mexico and the Philippines to create her sandals and bags. 40% off sitewide — and she’s also donating proceeds to immigrant rights and net neutrality. Win-win! Use code FREEINTERNET to donate to the Center for Media Justice or the code CLEANDREAMACT to donate to United We Dream.

Brown oxford shoes.

Nisola – I’ve had my eye on this shoe brand, though I haven’t tried them yet. They work with a factory in Trujillo, Peru, paying their workers a fair trade wage and healthcare. They’ve marked some items (like these oxfords) on sale for Cyber Monday. Also, 10% off with code BLACKFRIDAY10 (which hopefully still works?)

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