5 Local and Sustainable Brands to Replace Fast Fashion Faves

Simply put, fast fashion is bad for Mother Earth. Whether it’s contributing to the landfill or mistreating factory workers, the fashion industry is responsible for heavy pollution, waste and violence. With a bustling thrift scene and hordes of creatives making their art by hand, Denver is fast becoming a slow, sustainable and ethical fashion hub. Many Denver stores remain committed to the slow fashion movement.

Photo courtesy of Eli and Barry’s online store

Eli and Barry

The truth : Eli and Barry is a sustainable fashion company based at the Globeville Riverfront Arts Center. Founder Lily Schlosser sought to join the fight against fast fashion by proving high quality basics made with care from sustainable means. Schlosser models and designs each piece with simplicity in mind. With this simplicity, the company seeks to stand up against the harmful consequences of fast fashion by making pieces that last.

Where to shop: Although Eli & Barry does not currently have a storefront, their collection can be purchased online and on Instagram.

Photo courtesy of False Ego on Facebook

Fake ego

The truth : Fake ego is a sustainable streetwear brand with a flagship store in RiNo/Five Points. False Ego is no stranger to the sustainable fashion scene in Denver. Indeed, founder Jevon Taylor is often the driving force. Since the beginning, Taylor has put education at the heart of his efforts: he now uses his storefront to host meetings and events about waste in the fashion industry. False Ego’s products are made from organic cotton, packaged in eco-friendly materials and sourced from a company that recycles textiles.

Where to shop: Their flagship store is at RiNo/Five Points in 2590 Walnut St. Denver.

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Sheena Marshall

The truth : Sheena Marshall sells custom jewelry handcrafted in Denver. The company’s jewelry is designed and handcrafted by Marshall herself. This process not only ensures that each of her pieces is unique, but the practices she uses when making each piece minimize waste and recycle leftover materials into future jewelry. This sustainable process extends to Marshall’s metal practices. It uses exact measurements and sends its waste back to the supplier for recycling.

Where to shop: Sheena Marshall’s handmade collection can be purchased from her online store.

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Judith and Joe

The truth : Judith and Joe combines classic, enduring styling with modern, enduring practices. The brands the company sells are highly sought after by owners first, Sara Graf and Brandee Castle – each product comes from brands whose process is either ethical or sustainably produced. The company remains openly committed to people and the factory: their pieces are centered around affordability and style, as well as slower, ethical fashion.

Where to shop: Judith & Joe has an online store and storefront at 3040 Blake Street #100,


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Topo Drawings

The truth : Topo Drawings sells outdoor clothing and gear with a flagship location in RiNo. Their gear is colorful, durable, and made with sustainable, ethically produced materials. Topo Designs products are made from natural materials using technologies aimed at reducing energy consumption. Founders Jedd Rose and Mark Hansen remain committed to reducing waste and the use of harmful chemicals in apparel production – they are also committed to treating the people who make their products ethically. Not to mention that their gear is built to last. In an effort to reduce waste, they use sustainable materials and offer a repair program to ensure their products stay in use.

Where to shop: Their flagship store is at RiNo in 2500 Larimer Street #102, Denver. They also have an online store, a location in Fort Collins, and two stores at Denver International Airport.

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