2015 edit: Since this post Seasalt have sadly discontinued their ethical menswear line, but you might find this up-to-date guide to ethical men’s clothing companies useful.
I’ve done a few posts on fashion, but none on menswear yet, so I thought I’d rectify this right now with a post on Cornish based ethical clothing company – Seasalt. I’m not aware of many ethical retailers for men, but Seasalt are leading the way: they have quite impressive ethical credentials, and have won a few sustainability awards.
And for another gold star, they’ve been increasing the amount of clothing they sell that is made in their local area by small scale producers, through their Locally Made project. This helps supports and keep alive the remaining maritime textile traditions and other small scale manufacturing in Cornwall. They’ve also branched out to other small-scale suppliers from other coastal areas around the UK & Ireland too, and aim to have at least 10% of their stock ‘locally’ made by next year.
Seasalt’s Menswear focus is on classic items that don’t date, so expect lots of heritage items:
Yes, the Seasalt Menswear clothes aren’t cheap, but they’re built to last – the quality workmanship and use of high quality materials means you’ll get many, many, many wears out of their clothing.
Seasalt also do pretty nice clothes for ladies – think breton stripes and easy to wear dresses and you’re there.
If you have any recommendations for ethical men’s clothing then do let me know in the comments below!