O'Douds is and has always been dedicated to ethical sourcing and manufacturing. We strive to fulfill these visions not only in our company but also in our personal lives. To that end, we are proud to announce our very first seasonal Style Guide.
Our seasonal style guides will be used as a way to help you make ethical buying decisions in areas outside of cosmetics. When it comes down to it, buying ethically-sourced clothing is extremely difficult and often far too expensive. We've been in that position before, and while we may not have the capabilities to produce clothing, we do have the ability to find people who do! For each style guide, we will be partnering with brands that maintain ethical production standards, are affordable, and make great looking clothes and accessories. Our hope is that you might find some new favorite brands, and that we will all work together to push the industry in a positive and ethical direction.
If you aren't sure why buying ethically sourced clothing is so important, we recommend starting with this website and the True Cost Documentary (on Netflix). Remember, research things for yourself, but we have no doubt you'll quickly see how bad the garment industry can be.
What they do: Basics - Casual & Dress. Men & Women. Everlane has a special way of doing basics that just seems to always work. With minimalistic designs, their clothing has an incredible amount of versatility. Whether you need casual pants, tees, dress shirts, dress pants, jackets or hoodies, they've got you covered.
Pricing: $15 - $100. One look at Everlane and you may think "yeah this looks great, but no way am I affording it", but guess what, you're wrong. Everlane does not do any wholesale, which allows them to be priced far below their competitors. They also list the exact costs of every item, broken down by things like materials, labor, and shipping.
What they do: Socks, Underwear, & Casual Basics. We initially reached out to Mack Weldon about their awesome socks and underwear, but they do all sorts of casual basics, ranging from tees and polos to sweatpants.
Pricing: $14 - $88. Mack Weldon has some seriously competitive pricing for a company with ethical sourcing. Plus, they've got some great "packs" of items. One, for example, is two pairs of socks for just $16.
What they do: Shoes & Leather. Men & Women. Nisolo makes high-quality shoes in styles ranging from loafers to boots and chukkas. The craftsmanship that goes into every pair of shoes from this company is absolutely top notch.
Pricing: $148 - $248. In our opinion, pricing is where Nisolo shines the most. They must have some sort of a secret, because we haven't seen anyone else that can produce high quality boots at these price points. These shoes will last a lifetime, and oh my do they look incredible.
What they do: Leather Wallets. Unisex. There's more than a few wallet makers around these days, but Benjamin Bott stands apart. From the quality of the leather and leatherwork to the vast range of wallets they make, you can't go wrong here.
Pricing: $40 - $240. The great thing about Benjamin Bott is that you can find a wallet to fit any budget. They have plenty of styles to choose from, with countless leather, color, and thread options.