Ditching Zara? Shop These 13 Ethical Brands Instead

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When I penned an op-ed that took on fast fashion’s myriad of problems – from design theft and environmental devastation to human-rights violations – I was hardly expecting the tremendous response it garnered on Savoir Flair’s social media accounts. Truly, it seems that I had touched a nerve. I witnessed in awe as many of our readers passionately debated in the comments section of Facebook, mostly because it was inspiring to see so many smart and informed women speaking up about their disapproval of fast-fashion companies like Zara.

Spoiler alert: My final conclusion in the op-ed was that I could no longer, in good conscience, shop at such establishments. I deleted the Zara, H&M, and ASOS apps on my phone – and felt empowered in the process. However, what’s left is something of a conundrum as to what to buy that meets the following criteria: ethically made, sustainably sourced, humane, and affordable.

After much research, I’ve concluded that 13 retail brands are really doing something special in the realm of ethical fashion, all of which I’ll introduce in the gallery below. Plus, their stylish products mean my wardrobe won’t miss a beat when it comes to stocking up on fashion-forward looks. Full disclosure? There is one brand on the list offering amazing products that are slightly more expensive (think: AED 1,000 or less), but nothing is too unattainable and some of it is downright bargain-worthy.

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