Summer's in full swing, which means it's the perfect time to introduce you to our favorite ethical swim brands. Whether your street style is minimalistic, 1950s vintage or sporty chic, there's a conscious swim brand for everyone.
Similar to what we did with our top ethical shoe brands, we've broken down our favorite swimwear brands into categories: People and Planet.
People brands manufacture their products in responsible factories, and ensure that their employees are treated with dignity and paid fair wages.
Our favorite planet brands make their garments with the environment in mind. The fashion industry is the third most polluting in the world behind oil and agriculture, and these brands aim to reduce the negative impact we make on the planet caused by manufacturing clothing.
As we always say, you don't have to sacrifice style for responsibility - and you don't have to forgo a gorgeous swimsuit for it either! Take a look at eleven of the coolest brands in conscious swimwear.
Bikyni - People
For any minimalist who prefers to own one classic suit over three statement bikinis, we have your new favorite brand. Designed and produced in LA, Bikyni is focused on quality and minimal design without traditional price markups. They source their fabric in Italy from a mill that's been knitting beautiful, innovative fabrics for over 50 years. Just like VETTA's capsule collections, Bikyni's pieces are best worn mixed and matched with each other.
Faherty - People & Planet
A brand truly inspired by the little outdoor moments that make life big, Faherty creates clothing and swimwear made from unique and sustainable fabrics. Faherty works closely with manufacturers to craft the highest quality apparel, including classically cut swimsuits in fun prints. Shop Faherty online or in one of their six U.S. stores.
Kortni Jeane - People
In 2014, Kortni Jeane launched her namesake brand of USA-made swimsuits. Since then she has been creating vintage-inspired bathing suits that cater to all body types. Aside from women's swim, Kortni Jeane also makes children's swimsuits and menswear, all possessing the same blast-from-the-past aesthetic.
Vitamin A - People & Planet
Ethically produced in sunny California, Vitamin A is committed to both sustainability and quality. Some suits are made with their very own EcoLux™ fabric, a superfine jersey made with recycled nylon fiber that's locally produced in California. They also use XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fiber to extend the life of each swimsuit. Finally, Vitamin A takes the time to ensure that the people who produce their fabrics and collections are treated well.
Vitamin A's love for the environment accompanied by the clean-cut styles of their suits makes us admire them that much more. The Neutra Bralette, Ballerina Wrap Top and Luna Bottom, are a few of our must-haves. Check out their site to see the endless styles and prints they have to offer.
AURIA - People & Planet
Determined to make sustainability a priority from the get-go, Diana Auria founded her ethical swimwear brand in 2013. The London-based brand aims to produce fresh, contemporary designs for their customers, without compromising their environmental and social responsibilities.
The shapes and cuts of AURIA swimwear are classic and versatile. We love the simplicity of the Baywatch Crop Bikini, as well as the 90s-inspired cut and design of the One Shoulder Crop and High Waist Briefs.
Mara Hoffman - People & Planet
After graduating from Parsons in NYC, Mara Hoffman started her lifestyle brand consisting of Women's Ready To Wear, Swimwear, Childrenswear and Bridal. The company was not initially founded upon the principles of sustainability. Rather, Hoffman evolved it into an eco-friendly brand after gaining more awareness about the impact that the fashion industry has on the planet. Read more about their commitment to social and environmental responsibility here.
Mara Hoffman's distinct geometric prints and pastel colors will never be overlooked on the beach this summer. Our favorites include the Tank One Piece, Cutout Bandeau One Piece and Triangle Bralette Bikini Top.
Nu Swim - People
Nu Swim is summer simplicity at its finest. Sourcing materials from the U.S., Japan and Italy, the brand designs their pieces in a California studio and manufactures them in two family-owned production facilities.
Abysse - People & Planet
An unprecedented swim brand, Abysse produces the trendiest, contemporary wetsuits on the market. Fit for scuba diving, surfing and beyond, the brand's Tahiti-born founder, Hanalei Reponty, works in the cross-section between fashion and function. Abysse is 100% made in California and uses the most eco-friendly wetsuit material available.
For a super simple style, the Billie suit is your go-to, and for something bright, check out their Lotte wetsuit. If you're looking for slightly less industrial swimwear but in the classic Abysse fashion, their bikinis follow the same athletic theme.
KORE Swim - People
A modern take on the symbolism of an ancient goddess, KORE represents the strength, power and allure at the core of every woman. Made in America to ensure its quality and longevity, each suit is a wear-everywhere staple to last.
Beth Richards - People
Beth Richards is our favorite athletic-chic ethical swimwear brand. Engineered for athletes with Italian fabrics, each and every garment is made in Canada where they believe in ethical treatment and first world wages for their employees.
AMARA Tulum - People & Planet
Toronto-native and now Tulum-local, Lisa Jackson, is the creative mind behind the sustainable, socially-responsible brand, AMARA. Utilizing Italian fabrics that are made up of 78% recycled post-consumer materials, AMARA works with local artisans in Tulum, Mexico, to craft their elegant swimwear pieces.
What's your favorite swim brand? We'd love to know in the comments below!
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When we think summer, we think airy and easy - and our Classic Capsule reflects just that. We see our newest collection as our summer capsule wardrobe essentials.
Beyond creating items that we think you'll love, with each new collection we launch at VETTA, we are essentially presenting to you our idea of a perfect capsule wardrobe. Every piece in our capsules are thoughtfully designed to be "that piece" that you'll depend on throughout the season.
Below are the five pieces from our Spring/Summer collection, plus shoes and accessories, all summing to our ideal mini capsule wardrobe.
(P.S. The items in our capsule are responsibly-made and eco-friendly!)
The Wrap Top is our most versatile item yet - wear it forwards, backwards, tied at the side, tied in the back and any other way you can think of. It can be dressed down for work or dressed up for a night out. The top comes in two colors: black and striped.
A patterned twist on a piece from the original capsule, this dress' pieces can be worn together, or mixed and matched with others in the capsule. Get it in black for a neutral outfit base, or striped for an eye-catching style.
The Two-Piece Wrap skort is a summer skirt that you can actually move around in. The shorts are a super-cropped version of the culottes from our original capsule and the skirt can be worn forwards or backwards. The skort comes in a simple black and a luxe navy.
No closet is complete without a clean-classic bag, and Cuyana's Structured Cinch Bag is the ultimate adaptable silhouette purse. Choose from black, clay or natural - three perfect tones for summer.
The effortless, yet intricately designed Swing Dress can be styled for any occasion. You can wear the dress forward or backward, unbelted on casual days or belted for a waist-defining, chic look. This dress comes in black and navy.
Handcrafted in California, Five and Two creates versatile, dainty jewelry for minimalists. The Shea choker necklace is one of our favorite complements to the capsule.
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Cleaning out your closet can be tricky, frustrating and maybe even a little annoying - but how's this for a little incentive? There are a number of ways you can sell, donate and recycle your old clothes and even make some cash or score a new piece that you do love along the way.
At VETTA, we are firmly committed to creating our pieces using eco-friendly fabrics, in our responsible, family-run factory in New York City. We believe that you don't have to sacrifice shopping ethically for style.
That's why we're obsessed with brands like Nisolo, Marais USA and Coclico, that make the chicest ethical shoes for us to pair with our capsule wardrobes. When we think about these brands, we like to think of them in terms of three categories: people, planet and animals.
People brands manufacture their products in responsible factories, and ensure that their employees are treated with dignity and paid fair wages.
Our favorite planet brands make their shoes with the environment in mind. The fashion industry is the third most polluting in the world behind oil and agriculture, and these brands aim to reduce the negative impact we make on the planet caused by manufacturing shoes.
Animal-concious shoe brands are cruelty-free and are made with alternative materials, without animal products. Other brands will use the leather that was already a byproduct of the meat industry to eliminate as much animal-cruelty as possible.
Meet our top nine ethical shoe brands - maybe one of our favorites will end up being your new go-to staple!
Coclico - People & Planet
At Coclico, their motto is, "luxury isn't the ability to purchase endlessly, but the privilege of choosing wisely." See why we love them? Materials for Coclico's shoes are sourced locally in Europe near their family-run factory in Mallorca, Spain. Coclico is heavily invested in environmental integrity, partnering with Native Energy to track its annual in-house carbon usage and offsetting that amount by investing in renewable energy projects.
Their shoes are perfect for the minimalist who loves a quirky twist. Our favorite style is the Banks Sandal, a thick-strap wooden heel with color-block details.
Proud Mary - People
Founded by Harper Poe in 2008, Proud Mary is ever-inspired by the culture, people and textiles of South America. The brand is a physical manifestation of Poe's passion for working with various communities to create societal impact. Partnering with local artisans in places like Morocco, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Mali and Syria, Proud Mary works to preserve traditional craft in a socially responsible way.
Everlane - People
Everlane may one of the biggest names in socially-conscious fashion. With a dedication to radical transparency via minimalist styles, Everlane is one of our favorite responsibly-made brands. The company spends a hefty amount of time searching for the best factories around the world to ensure its integrity.
Beyond the clothing basics that Everlane is known for, they craft their shoes with the same philosophy in mind. We can fully get behind the versatility of Everlane's shoe selection and think each one would be a great addition to any lean wardrobe. The Modern Loafer, for example, can easily be worn in the office or to Sunday brunch, while the Heel Boot is another dress-up or dress-down staple.
Fortress of Inca - People & Planet
At Fortress of Inca, they believe that the people who make their shoes are just as important as the people who buy them. By working with and closely auditing several workshops and factories in Peru, they maintain the shoemakers' excellent working conditions as well as provide health care, paid maternity leave and social security benefits. Beyond the social responsibility that Fortress of Inca takes on, the leather that they use for their shoes is a byproduct of the meat industry that might otherwise have been turned into harmful waste.
Their shoes are heavily inspired by typical South American footwear, combining pops of color with Incan textiles. Our favorites styles include Carmen, Miko and Adriana Coco, each a modern take on Peruvian styles.
Marais USA - People & Animals
Haley Boyd, designer and owner of Marais USA, fuses the "confidence and practicality of the New Yorker" with the effortless sophistical of the "Parisienne." And we think she nails it every time. Many of Marais' styles are made with vegan materials, as they are determined to offer as many eco- and animal-friendly options as possible. Boyd is committed to ethical fashion the entire way through, which includes in-person quality-control inspections in their responsible Los Angeles factory.
Veja - People & Animals
Veja's tomboy sneakers are the product of a push for fair trade and ecologically-conscious efforts. Each and every shoe is made in Brazil and respects the standards of work put forth by the International Labour Organization. A handful of the trainers are made from organic cotton, vegetable-tanned leather and wild rubber from the Amazon (the only place in the world where rubber trees grow in the wild!)
With sneakers that look as if they're fresh out of a retro editorial, Veja combines heavy-duty styles with pastels and unique color combinations. The Holiday Silk shoe serves as the ideal staple sneaker for the girl on-the-go with a monochromatic wardrobe. For a classic white shoe, check out their vegan Wata Canvas sneaker.
Nisolo - People
Determined to create a healthy work environment for those who make their shoes and accessories, Nisolo pays fair trade wages and provides benefits for their factory employees in Peru. They also carefully partner with factories in León, Mexico as well as independent artisans who help to craft Nisolo's high-quality products.
With a wide range of styles from heeled slides to patent leather oxfords, Nisolo's shoes come in neutral colors for a variety of personal aesthetics. We're into the simplicity of the Isla Slide Sandal and the business-casual chic tone of the Ava Ballerina Flat.
Nina Z - People
Swedish designer, Nina Z, launched her namesake shoe label in 2008 because of the lack of clogs she saw while living in New York City. Nina Z strongly believes in ethical sourcing and labor, primarily focused on how and by whom the brand's clogs are made.
After growing up in Sweden and being married to her husband who is of African decent, the brand pays homage to both cultures' overarching styles with a modern twist. Besides their clogs, Nina Z makes sandals and boots that are also influenced by the classic clog.
Sseko - People
Sseko Designs aims to use fashion to create opportunity for global women through employment as well as scholarship opportunities. The brand hires women in Uganda to make their sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment. The money these women earn goes directly towards their college education funds, and as a result, Sseko has helped 60 women to continue on to university so far.
With their relaxed styles, Sseko's sandals are footwear staples for a beach vacation or for a warm, laid-back day. We love how the Crossover Slide Sandal and the Ribbon Sandals is easily integrated into any comfy-casual wardrobe.
We hope you're able to find a new pair of shoes that you love from a brand that goes beyond the call of duty in the modern day fashion industry.
Pair your new ethically-made shoes with VETTA's new capsule collection!
While studying textiles at Parsons in New York City, one of our founders, Cara Bartlett, gained in-depth expertise on a variety of fabrics used to make clothing. Fast-forward seven years and we have built on that knowledge to develop VETTA's sustainable and ethical capsule collections.
To us, a simple way that we can all make the world just a little bit greener is by taking five seconds to look at garment labels before we buy something new. But what constitutes a "sustainable" fabric versus one that is toxic to the earth?
Thrift shopping is one of our favorite kinds of shopping on multiple fronts. It's a sustainable alternative to buying fast fashion pieces, combating the social and environmental repercussions associated with buying from these brands. Thrift shopping is cost effective. You can find endless vintage designer clothes for a minuscule fraction of the price you would have paid in-store. And best of all, thrifting is exciting. Although a trip to Savers can be a hit or miss and you may walk out with nothing, for every thrifting-bust, there's a piece out there waiting to surprise you.
There's no denying that thrifting is the perfect way to shop responsibly, save some cash and genuinely enjoy a morning out. To aid your next trip to your local thrift store, we've put together a list of our top tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your thoughtful shopping experience.
Keeping a lean closet is a personal choice.
And like all personal choices, we each have our own reasons and rationales for committing to our lifestyle decisions. While some may prefer capsule wardrobes for their simplicity and ease, others might see owning less as a creative challenge. And although one might edit their closet simply to save money, another does so to reduce the harmful environmental and social costs of ownership.
Enter VETTA’s seven favorite lean closet bloggers, each with their own idiosyncratic philosophies behind their wardrobes. And while it might be intuitive to think minimal wardrobes equate to a single, particular aesthetic, these bloggers' styles range from classic-prep to European tomboy. These women will provide you with capsule wardrobe how-to's, brands to shop, daily outfit inspiration, and most importantly, proof that curating a lean closet is a personal choice worth making.
Caroline Rector of Unfancy
With her "mix and match and repeat" philosophy, Unfancy's Caroline Rector went a full year with only 37 pieces in her closet. While Caroline's structured capsule experiment is over, she still maintains a small closet filled only with intentional purchases and continues to share her clean, classic looks on her site. We love Unfancy because it’s essentially a capsule wardrobe playbook, with piece-by-piece inspiration for any season or special occasion. For those looking to adopt a leaner closet, check out Caroline’s post, "How To DIY a Capsule.”
We asked Caroline why she continues to populate her closet with only the essentials. “I do it because it's calming. It's a way to invite peace into my life, almost like meditation or yoga. It reminds me that I don't have to chase; I can be happy with a lot less. Practicing contentment with something small, like my closet, allows me to get better at it in other areas of my life, too.” For Caroline, keeping a lean wardrobe goes far beyond the clothes themselves. On Unfancy, a capsule wardrobe makes for a calm and clutter-free mind.
Lee Vosburgh of Style Bee
In 2013, Lee Vosburgh began her blog Style Bee, which has evolved into one of the most influential lean closet websites online today. Based in Guelph, Ontario, Lee has gained recognition from fashion influencers like Refinery29 and FLARE for her relaxed-chic style and timeless ensembles. Minimalists credit Lee for the booming popularity of the “10x10 Wardrobe Challenge,” in which participants pick 10 items from their current closet and style those exclusive items for 10 days.
When asked why she keeps a lean closet, Lee tells VETTA, "I keep a lean closet for peace of mind. Having only functional pieces I love to wear makes getting ready a pleasure instead of a dilemma!" Style Bee works to inspire readers to get creative with what they have, reminding us that getting dressed should be both fun and effortless.
Often we buy clothing on a whim, if we happen to find something that we like or if something is on sale. But these seemingly harmless in-the-moment purchases could be the one thing keeping us from loving our closet.
CREATE A BLUEPRINT
If you're going to create a wardrobe that works, you need to think of it as a whole. You don't want to buy random things that don't go together, even though you may like the pieces individually.
Make a list of all the things in your ideal capsule wardrobe that you don't currently have. Since we usually don't have an unlimited budget, it's important to prioritize these items. The order will be based on how much you will wear them, how many outfits you can make with them, and what the holes are in your closet.