Companies I Like

Men’s Clothing:

Hammermade

The most beautiful men’s cotton dress shirts I have ever seen.  They also sell very lovely ties, very nice socks, and boring t-shirts.  Sizes 15 to 18.5.

Ministry of Supply

Sartorial science!  Dress clothing and t-shirts in NASA-engineered fabrics that wick moisture and odor and/or regulate temperature; design that vents heat at appropriate places and allows for range of motion.  Sizes XS to XXL.  Owner won the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon in a suit. (Wearing his company’s suit, of course.)

Women’s Clothing:

Ureshii Design*

My favoritest clothing company.  Everything Ureshii makes is made-to-measure in absurdly comfortable, eco-friendly fabric.  The Canadian owners, Emily and Amanda, do all the sewing and designing themselves, and they are nerdy and awesome.

M.M. LaFleur

My favorite professional clothing company despite the price.  The fits are amazing, the details are elegant, and they regularly partner with the International Rescue Committee to help refugees.  I wish their clothes were as concerned with the environment as they were with people, though.  More trivially, I wish the colors were brighter, and sometimes the hems come undone.  They’re not as comfy as Ureshii, but nothing is.

Alice Fawke

My current favorite bust-friendly line.  UK-based.  Everything I’ve bought fits well, has beautiful lines, and is soft and comfortable.  I particularly love the Lucy dress.

Accessories:

Dagne Dover*

Sturdy, structured, beautiful canvas and leather purses that are intuitively organized and water-resistant inside and out.

Iskin Sisters

Two Argentinian sisters who make innovative, modernist jewelry that goes with everything.

Shupaca

Fair-trade alpaca from Ecuador.  I love their fingerless gloves and their boucle infinity scarves.

Skincare:

Paula’s Choice (refer-a-friend link)

Scientifically proven to work.  (They even cite their sources and explain their ingredients.)  Website has an extremely useful directory of educational advice and of skincare/makeup reviews.  Not tested on animals.  USA-made.

Shoes:

Fitflop

Maker of the only pair of sneakers I own.  They’re relatively affordable (especially on sale), their footbeds are amazing, and some of their designs are quite pretty– though none of the really pretty ones are wide enough for my feet.

Hotter

Sells the only pair of reasonably attractive boots under $200 that are wide enough for my 10 extra wides.

Dansko

Not all their shoes are beautiful, but they’re all comfy, and at least one style a season is something I like.

Ziera (link goes to a Ziera retailer)

Basically the only brand of shoes I consistently like the look of and that are arch supportive and multiwidth.  Australian, so kind of hard to track down in the United States.  Also, the arch support is pretty hard, so keep that in mind if you need springy shoes.

Fabric Suppliers (for DIYers):

Kendor Textiles

Sustainable, super-comfy fabrics in vivid colors.  Here is an interview with the owner.

Koshtex

Their modals are excellent.

Edibles and Drinkables (for fun):

Smile Tea

The best organic matcha I’ve had, and surprisingly budget-friendly.  They only sell online on Amazon, as far as I can tell, but they show up at some tea festivals if you’re that kind of nerd.

Breakaway Matcha

The second most delicious matcha I have ever had, and by far the most expensive matcha I’ve ever seen.  (The best I’ve had, Taiko-San Uji Matcha, isn’t cheap either.) You don’t need to get into their high end to have some good tea, though: Blend 94 is lovely, and they’re constantly running sales.

Floating Leaves Tea*

A Taiwanese woman who sources the best Oolongs I’ve ever had.

Tea Source*

They have something for literally everyone’s taste.  If you like toasty, sweet oolongs, try their Amber Oolong or their Formosa Honey Oolong.  If you like fruity flavored teas, try the Green Mango.  If you have the opposite of my taste, try Evening in Missoula or Minnesota Nice.  Also, if you live in Minnesota, the baristas are the best.

Herbivorous Butcher*

The best fake meats on the market– I’ve served their Italian Sausage to carnivores who’ve loved it.

*Favorites