Globally known for its innovation, Bay Area fashion labels lean on tech sensibilities to create responsible and functional garments that are kind to the planet — here are some of them.
Allbirds Women’s Trino Puffer, $250
This jacket is not only carbon neutral — thanks to practices like using natural materials — but the combination of Tencel and recycled polyester keeps you warm without using down.
American Giant Power Legging, $94
It took months of testing to nail these lightweight, but never see-through, leggings. Made in Los Angeles with fabric knit in Long Beach, they are compressive and comfortable.
Athleta Studio Barre Sweatshirt, $69
Breathable and movable, this sweatshirt is made from Tencel Modal which is harvested from sustainable forests where 99% of the raw material comes from certified or controlled sources.
Cuyana Large Leather Backpack, $395
Featuring a detachable shoulder strap, this leather is LWG Gold certified, meaning it is tanned in highest compliance with measures like traceability, energy and water consumption, and more.
Everlane Perform Bike Short, $38
Comprised of 58% recycled nylon, these shorts boast an extra-high waist, minimal seams, an interior pocket and lightweight compression with technical sweat-wicking properties.
Levi’s Reusable Reversible Face Mask (3 pack), $15
With the release of these masks, Levi’s provided $75,000 to Doctors Without Borders. Check out the secondhand tab on their site and watch the tutorial on how to make a mask from a bandana.
The North Face Recycled Pom Pom Beanie, $32
With high-contrast colors and 100%-recycled materials, this classic, deep-fit beanie offers a roomy, full-coverage fit to keep you warm all winter long.
Rothy’s Lace Up, $165
A new model with an upper knit that’s still made from repurposed plastic bottles, these sneakers’ footbed is made with plant-based materials and the ankle collar is cushioned with excess scraps.
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Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.