Eco fashion San Francisco- designers, brands and retailers – Day 1
In addition to in person styling services in the Phoenix area, I provide digital styling. So while I can provide information on physical stores, online consignment stores or sustainable designers, being able to experience these stores firsthand is always valuable. I was lucky enough to spend time with friends of mine who live in San Francisco which is really a wonderful place due the density of sustainable brands, designers and stores. Eco fashion in San Francisco is prevalent so I broke it up into 2 days. So on Day 1, I went to:
My decision to go to these stores was based on a few that I knew I wanted to check out. Then the list grew based on my own explorations on foot or on the recommendations of other stores.
Eco-Fashion in San Francisco
To start I went to Amour Vert (Green Love in French). They have a lovely boutique with styles that appeal to my aesthetic and their sustainable principles are solid. Their tagline: Amour Vert means GREEN LOVE in french but it also means American Jobs, non toxic dyes, sensuous fabrics and innovative techniques and above all enduring style.
While on Hayes street, I was able to very quickly go to Alternative and Convert. Alternative was a fun store with an eclectic offering and offers women’s and men’s clothes. Alternative focuses on responsible sourcing for fabrics and fair trade practices for their workers. Convert also offers men’s and women’s clothing with fun selections. Convert’s goal is to bring fashion and sustainability together with what they sell. They also sell Weston (which I visited on Day 2). Convert also won the prize for best hangers, I am going to be looking into these for my own closet. Ditto hangers are 100% recyclable hangers made from paper fiberboard and I love that you can write on them! I also got a pair of PACT leggings that were on sale. They were a nice upgrade from my current pair and I feel like I can wear this pair in public.
A total sidetrack was into Lush, a beauty and skin care boutique based in England. The first thing you notice, is the lack of packaging which is not accidental. They are very focused on reducing waste and the waste that comes from packaging. I also found out there are 3 of these stores in the Phoenix area!
More San Francisco Eco Fashion
Last but not least, was Eileen Fisher which I didn’t realize had a store on Fillmore. Thank goodness I spotted it from the #22 bus! The staff are so knowledgeable about their mission and what they do. I was so inspired in there and thoroughly enjoyed talking with Liz the store leader. She knew her stuff and this brand stands behind sustainability and in particular the 3 pillars – planet, people, profit or the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability. It was also really nice to be able to see the clothing in person. Their website has a “behind the label section” and they are all about full disclosure. Learn more here. I also love this quote from Eileen: “We don’t want sustainability to be our edge. We want it to be universal.” I could not agree more. In the Phoenix metro area Eileen Fisher is located at Kierland Commons.
This journey ended at a wine bar to start this blog and dinner with my friends so it was an amazing day. Most of these places have an online presence so if you do not live in San Francisco, do not despair. For those that do, enjoy and be glad that you have an abundance of these stores in your city! Read more – My post from Day 2 during my time exploring Eco fashion in San Francisco!
Note: Please know that I am not working with any of these companies or stores and was not asked to endorse or mention any of the products in this post. All opinions here are my own.