15 small fashion brands that could use our support right now
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With the economy continuing to decline and the rapid global spread of COVID-19, small businesses are undoubtedly taking a hit –– and that especially includes the fashion industry. From retail doors shuttering to the drop off of hourly workers, small fashion brands are doing what they can to stay afloat.
Many independent companies have leaned into offering incentives like free shipping, sitewide sales and discounted gift cards. Mixology Clothing Company, a New York-based family run business was recently forced to put their nine retail stores to a halt.
“So many small businesses and business owners were force to simply close. I feel so horrible for them. It’s the hardest decision of your life. Last week we were forced to close our 9 brick and mortar locations. Thank god we invested in our website and CRM technology; we pivoted our front line retail workers into a “mobile salesforce” using our website as the platform to sell vs. the stores,” Jordan Edwards, Mixology’s CEO told In The Know. “We are actively re-training our team using an online digital platform with mini courses on how to deal with this new reality.”
Edwards also promised that every dollar of revenue generated from online sales will go to keeping their key staff employed, while him and the c-suite executives forgo salaries .
So what can you do in these uncertain times? Whether it’s adding a pair of cozy sweats to your ongoing loungewear collection or splurging on special dress for some wishful thinking, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite small fashion brands that could use some love.
With retail stores temporarily closed, Mixology’s website remains fully in business. From labels like Lioness, ASTR and Faithful The Brand, Mixology is the perfectly curated shop every Gen-Zer needs to know about. The company is also offering personal styling services over FaceTime.
A post shared by Mixology Clothing Company (@shopmixology) on Mar 13, 2020 at 9:18am PDT
2. Orseund Iris
This New York-based luxe label known for their ‘non-seasonal’ approach to fashion is run by 27-year-old Alana Johnson. With fans like Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid, Orseund Iris is the brand for every cool girl looking for quality fabrics with an unexpected twist.
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This sustainable shop, based in NYC and Paris, is filled with an incredible selection of cool suiting and minimalistic tailoring. However, it’s their iconic Eva Padded Shoulder Muscle T-Shirt that has literally sold-out more times than we can count.
Strong shoulders with @larissarogerss #muscletee #backinstock #frankiegirl #thefrankieshop
A post shared by Frankie (@thefrankieshop) on Mar 14, 2020 at 3:39pm PDT
The fashion company, which caters to women sizes 10-30, will still be paying their staff through the store’s two-week closure. From accessories to activewear and intimates, Torrid has a vast selection of on-tend extended sizing styles.
One deep breath at a time. #FeelTheFit
A post shared by Torrid (@torrid) on Mar 1, 2020 at 8:56am PST
Now would be a great time to invest in Entireworld’s next-level collection of non-boring basic colorful sweatsuits. The two-year-old brand, founded by Band of Outsider’s alum Scott Sternberg, launched with the idea of making “the stuff you live in.”
3 days left 😢 New Concepts 💭 Concept 008 🌐 Sweats and more online and in select stores through 3/8 🌈 3/6 for the NYC men's store at 57th 🗽 @nordstrom @nordstrommen 🌎 #entireworld
A post shared by Entireworld (@entireworld) on Mar 5, 2020 at 2:30pm PST
Olivia Rose The Label is a small independent British clothing label, founded by Olivia Rose Havelock. Every item is handmade to order by Havelock in her studio. Since every single piece is handmade, the designer offers custom sizing for any shape, size and height at no extra cost.
The Shirley Top in Black🖤🖤🖤 Handmade to order by me💓 WWW.OLIVIAROSETHELABEL.COM💌
A post shared by OLIVIA ROSE THE LABEL (@oliviarosethelabel) on Mar 19, 2020 at 5:10am PDT
The Brooklyn-based vintage hot spot will be selling styles via Instagram Stories. Their account, which boasts nearly 40K loyal followers, is also continuing to pay their hourly staff during their difficult store closure.
Our stores will be closed to the public from Monday March 16th. ⠀ ⠀ It is an immensely hard decision to make for all small businesses when cash flow is already very tight. ⠀ ⠀ We will still be posting to our Instagram Stories and operating online. ⠀ ⠀ Our hourly staff will still be paid during this time.⠀ ⠀ We have set aside 100% of e-giftcard sales to go towards payroll. ⠀ ⠀ Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past few days, weeks, and years. ⠀ Please continue to support all small businesses in your local areas by⠀ 1- Writing a Google/Yelp Review⠀ 2- Buy a giftcard⠀ 3- Shop their Instagram/Online⠀ ⠀ We will continue to offer 20% Off all e-gift card purchases (you can use them right away or save them for a future date. They never expire). Use code "NEWYORKLOVE"⠀ https://squareup.com/gift/630VJHWR86APF/order⠀ ⠀ Link for egift cards in bio.⠀ ⠀ If anyone is feeling anxious and fatigued by clickbait articles - Bill De Blasio's daily afternoon addresses to New York are full of useful information.
A post shared by Awoke Vintage: Brooklyn (@awokevintagebrooklyn) on Mar 15, 2020 at 8:41am PDT
Founded by Batsheva Hay, the New York-based ready-to-wear brand of nostalgic dresses focuses on the strong and beautiful aspects of womanhood.
I made a batch of dresses with my vintage fabric collection, now on batsheva.com
A post shared by Batsheva (@batshevadress) on Mar 9, 2020 at 11:37am PDT
Under the creative direction of Aurora James, Brother Vellies’ collection of handcrafted shoes and handbags from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco has become one of the most coveted brands amongst fashion girls.
A post shared by BROTHER VELLIES (@brothervellies) on Mar 19, 2020 at 8:16am PDT
10. No. 14 Boutique
This Pittsburgh-based boutique will be operating online, while their stores are at a halt. From cozy sweaters to stylish loungewear, you’ll get lost in browsing their site’s selection.
<restocking the floor before open 💕> . . . Tagged the sweater & jeans that are online, the others will be live on Tuesday!>
A post shared by No 14 (@no14boutique) on Feb 9, 2020 at 8:33am PST
Savannah Yarborough's Nashville-based brand of bespoke leather outerwear first took a during the cities tornados earlier in March. Her luxury leather label, SAVAS, includes women's, mens and accessories.
The Laurel Duster takes another form.
A post shared by Atelier SAVAS® (@savas) on Mar 19, 2020 at 4:54pm PDT
Right now, Staud is donating 10 percent of all purchases to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels to support ongoing community efforts in the fight against COVID-19. St.
A post shared by S T A U D (@staud.clothing) on Feb 29, 2020 at 8:33am PST
13. Clothes Horse
This New York-based and family owned boutique has been in business for over 40 years. From tie-dye hoodies to cozy knits, support Clothes Horse by shopping via Instagram or their ever-growing online store.
The only “party in the back” we’re having these days!
A post shared by CLOTHES HORSE (@shopclotheshorse) on Mar 21, 2020 at 2:31pm PDT
14. Claudia Li
Within all of Claudia Li's collections, you'll find a unique mix of creative artistry with an emphasis on high-quality craftsmanship and fabrics.
The print illustrates the sounds made by the Erhu. 🎶
A post shared by CLAUDIA LI (@claudialiofficial) on Feb 22, 2020 at 4:28pm PST
15. Curated NY
Known for their niche selection of Old Celine and Tom Ford-era Gucci, Alexa Eshaghian and Jenna Podolsky, founded the vintage designer boutique in 2018. The Manhattan-natives have since shifted their epic pop-up shops, to an online business in order to combat the nation-wide store closures.
A post shared by CURATED NY (@curated.ny) on Dec 13, 2019 at 9:29am PST
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