5 Ethical Fall Coats from Hot Designers: Cozy and Chic

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Let’s face the facts: It’s about to get cold again. Summer is waning, the days are getting shorter and we have to retire our shorty shorts. But don’t despair; fall is a romantic season, with cool days and even cooler nights—and cozy coats. We’ve found 5 responsibly made, ethical fall coats from brands you need to you know. (pst, most of them are on sale now, too.)


1. Heidi Merrick Durban Coat

This wool coat, tailored like a men’s blazer, adds a feminine touch with color blocking.  It’s warm, easy and goes with everything from dress to jeans. Heidi Merrick’s line is made in downtown Los Angeles, literally walking distance from her design studio. The brand explains: “It’s a local footprint with a global appeal.”

$315, Heidi Merrick


2. Diesel+EDUN Ed Fiedly

If you haven’t heard of the Diesel + EDUN collaboration, I recommend checking it out. EDUN, founded by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono (maybe you’ve heard of him) are determined to bring economic gains to Africa and shed light on the immense talent and skill within the continent.  The recent collaboration between the two brands brings together the edgy energy of Diesel and the socially responsible practices of EDUN.  Both inside and out, the cool design of this modernized jean jacket is not to be overlooked.

$428, Diesel


3. Grey Hand-Woven Harris Tweed Bomber-Coat by Honest By

Honest By is the future of the fashion industry and the label is all about transparency. Not their clothing, but the supply chain, which is completely transparent, meticulously detailing each and every material used in the process of producing any of their items, including its source and content.  Often their clothes are made in limited quantities of very high quality.  Get your hands on this fall coat because it’s only 1 of ten.

$450 outside of EU, Honest By


4. Book in Petal by Vaute Couture

You need to know Vaute. Vaute’s F/W2013 NYFW show–an entire vegan collection–made a huge splash in fashion and beyond.  Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, founder of Vaute Couture, ex-model and lifetime animal lover, designed Vaute with a vision to change the industry and her line has done nothing short of that. Since the label started in 2008 customers have learned that beautiful (and warm) coats don’t need to be made with any animal products and can still be completely functional.  All Vaute coats are suited for cold weather—Leanne lived in Chicago for many years and knows what it means to endure winter comfortably. She brings that same toughness and grace to her coats.  Constructed in NYC, this coat is heat-retaining and snow-resistant: it’s a 100% vegan shell lined with recycled satin liner.  Buttons are made from renewable tagua nut.

$298, Vaute Couture 



5. Yoj Full-Length Jacket

Pricey indeed, but the minimalist design and perfect details of this ethical fall coat will last you a lifetime.  If you’ve been saving up for a long-lasting winter coat, this is the one for you. Made with organic cotton, Yoj is a favorite of Livia Firth, founder of the Green Carpet Challenge.

$1,263, Yoox

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Juliette Donatelli

Working in the field of sustainability for over seven years, Juliette is passionate about its intersection within the fashion industry. Juliette began studying ecological conservation, and led consumer awareness campaigns around the world from water usage in southern California, riparian restoration in South Africa, food distribution in Paris and bison habitat in the Great Plains. She has launched her passion--consumerism and sustainability--into a place where it hits home--fashion. Juliette is the founder and editor-in-chief of spadesandsilk.com, Director of Sustainability at Manufacture NY, and loves to read, dance, swim and enjoy the occasional glass of champagne.