Ethical Bridal Gown Guide

Ethical Bridal Gown Guide

by In Tandum Fair Trade

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Adele Wechsler

Adele Wechler’s Eco-Couture Collections are handcrafted in Canada under fair working conditions and make use of naturally dyed organic silks and hemp fabrics as well as remnants.
(Eco-Friendly, Ethically Made)

Atelier Tammam

Founded by designer Lucy Tammam, Tammam is a London-based company. Committed to the environment their couture dresses use only sustainable, natural, recycled, vintage or vegetarian fabrics including peace silk. Gowns are ethically produced in the Indian state of Karnataka in the capital city of Bangalore in WFTO certified Fair Trade workshops.
(Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly)

The Bridal Garden

The Bridal Garden is a not for profit resale bridal boutique run by Geraldine Brower benefiting children’s charities in New York. They showcase stunning designer and couture wedding gowns at up to 75% off retail prices.
(Non-Profit, Eco-Friendly)

54 West 21st St., Suite 901, New York, NY


Brides for a Cause

Brides for a Cause is a commercial fundraiser for Wish Upon A Wedding, a non profit organization dedicated to granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering situations. Brides for a Cause collects and resells donated wedding dresses on behalf of Wish Upon A Wedding to help raise funds for the charity. Wish Upon A Wedding will receive 50% of the proceeds from reselling each wedding dress, giving them the funds they need to make weddings come true for deserving individuals.
(Non-Profit, Eco-Friendly)

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Find the gown of your dreams and bring support, education and hope to someone affected by cancer. Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sales continue to be important fund-raising events for Brides Against Breast Cancer. They offer name brand and designer wedding gowns as well as gently used donated gowns.
(Non-Profit, Eco-Friendly)

6279 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota, FL

877-721-HOPE (4673)

Celia Grace

Celia Grace has a mission to provide brides with a gorgeous wedding dress that matches their values of human rights, environmental sustainability, and empowering women. Their wedding gowns are made by women’s cooperatives, fair trade producers, and refugees rebuilding their lives in the United States. Celia Grace provides their producers with safe, fair, and empowering work so that they can invest in themselves, their families, and their communities.
(Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly)

Store located in Amherst, MA

Deborah Lindquist

Deborah Lindquist Eco Fashion Brand is the premiere brand of unique environmentally conscious couture and ready-to-wear apparel. All of her designs are American made and her Green Bride Line uses hemp, linen, silk, and vintage fabrics.
(Eco-Friendly, Made in USA)

Encore Bridal

A consignment and resale bridal e-Boutique, Encore Bridal offers new, sample, and nearly-new couture. Encore offers eco-conscious and affordable bridal couture. Their collection includes dresses and bridal accessories from today’s most well known designers at 30-70% below retail. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to help cure cervical cancer and HPV.
(Eco-Friendly, Consignment)

1288 Columbus Ave. #133

San Francisco, CA


Kendal Leonard Designs

Kendal Leonard Designs uses organic cotton fabrics, ribbons, cording, thread, and recycled materials as well as low impact dyeing techniques to create wedding and bridesmaid gowns that flatter multiple body types. Kendal’s love of technique and product development provides the foundation for the creation of individual, quality products with a hands-on approach to each and every design.

(Eco-Friendly, Made in USA)

Martin McCrea

Martin McCrea’s unique collection of vintage inspired gowns are designed for a variety of uses, perfect for mother of the bride, bridesmaids, or any special occasion. All gowns are handmade in the Tucson, Arizona studio.
(Made in USA)

1950 East 17th Street, Tucson, AZ


Mill Crest Vintage

Mill Crest Vintage boutique offers handpicked, one of a kind wedding wear from the 19th and 20th Centuries, plus an on-site seamstress who makes alterations using only vintage materials.
(Eco-Friendly, Vintage)

72 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ


Ethical, handmade and vintage clothing by Finnish designer Minna Hepburn. Dresses are designed and made in London out of vintage and certified organic fabrics. Minna’s designs have been featured such publications as Vogue, Elle and Brides.
(Eco-Friendly, Ethically Made)

Olivia Luca

Olivia Luca offers custom designs to brides, bridesmaids and flower girls. Through their online design studio brides can design their own dress, and select their bodice and skirt for a unique look. Olivia Luca offers silks and natural fibers, and is currently expanding their selection of sustainably produced fabrics which include fair trade and organic fabrics. All dresses are made in Portland, Oregon.
(Eco-Friendly, Made in USA, Some Fair Trade)

Pure Magnolia
Made in Canada with vintage laces, organic cotton, silk and reclaimed fabrics designer Patty Nayel creates unique and sustainable wedding gowns.
(Eco-Friendly, Ethically Made)

Sanyukta Shrestha

Based in England and originally from Nepal, award winning Sanyukta Shrestha creates beautiful, classic and vintage-inspired wedding gowns with eco-friendly fibers like organic cotton, silk, and bamboo. Reflecting her dedication to quality as well as her roots Shrestha works with artisans in Nepal and also sources from certified ethical and fair trade suppliers in England.
(Ethically Made, Eco-Friendly)

Solitary Pearl

Solitary Pearl creates gorgeous feminine wedding dresses from ethically sourced materials. Designer Christen Schneider has a passion to offer brides the perfect dress to help their personality shine brighter and even more beautifully. Their basic principles are be fair, be nice, and do exceptional work.

(Eco-Friendly, Ethically Sourced, Some Fair Trade, Made in USA)

Tara Lynn Bridal

Designer Tara Lynn creates one of a kind wedding gowns out of eco-friendly fabrics. Made in Vermont, each dress is hand-crafted to fit each unique bride’s shape and style. A great place to find fun, special dresses for your day.
(Eco-Friendly, USA Made)

Threadhead Creations

Since 1999, Threadhead Creations has offered high quality handcrafted clothing inspired by the natural world around us. Each dress is made by hand with great attention to detail. You may select an existing dress design or work with the designer to create a custom gown.
(Eco-Friendly, Made in USA)

Tradesy (Formerly Recycled Bride)

Tradesy is a free online marketplace for buying and selling wedding dresses, accessories, decor, and more.
(Eco Friendly)


Road Show: Sacramento – May 15-17, 2015

Hello Sacramento Brides!

We are confirming details on our next Road Show in Sacramento and it’s looking like we’ll be there on May 15-17 at Studio 817 in Sacramento! If you are interested in learning more about our next event in this area once it’s booked, please fill out the form below and we’ll notify you once it’s booked!

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Road Show: SF Bay Area – May 29-31, 2015

Hello San Francisco Bay Area Brides!

We are confirming details on our next Road Show in the SF Bay Area and it’s looking like we’ll be there on May 29-31 at The Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, CA! If you are interested in learning more about our next event in this area once it’s booked, please fill out the form below and we’ll notify you once it’s booked!

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VOLUNTEER: San Jose – May 29-31

We need volunteers at our Brides for a Cause charity wedding dress sale in the San Jose area on May 29-31 at The Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale!  Please sign up for shifts below.  Scroll down to learn more about duties you’ll be assigned to during the event.

Here are some of the responsibilities you’ll be assigned to:

Duties during set-up:
• Unload dresses off the trailer and wheel them into the event space
• Arrange the racks on the sales floor
• Remove tarps off the dress racks
• Straighten up racks
• Set up accessories
• Set up fitting room area

Duties during the sale:
• Greet and check-in brides as they enter the event
• Help brides select wedding dresses
• Help brides in the fitting room try on the dresses
• Remove unwanted dresses out of the fitting room and back onto the racks
• Straighten up the dresses

Duties during tear down:
• Consolidate dresses
• Tarp the dresses
• Wheel the dresses out to the trailer and help load it
• Box accessories and tear down fitting room

What to Wear?

  • Please wear a pink or black shirt! Jeans, slacks, skirts are all accepted. Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be on your feet!

Multiple Shifts?

  • Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts and invite your friends, colleagues, family members! Men are welcome for all shifts, especially for set-up and tear down so bring them along!

No experience necessary

  • You don’t need to know anything about wedding dresses, though it’s always helpful. We are looking for fun, passionate volunteers who want to help brides find their dream dresses! Everyone is welcome!San Jose Road Show Flyer


ROAD SHOW: Seattle – May 7-9

View More: for a Cause is hosting another Road Show on May 7-9 in Seattle!  Over 500 wedding dresses will be featured up to 75% off at the Beach Park Event Center in Des Moines!  Prices start at just $150!  All are unique and one-of-a-kind!  Why pay full price when you don’t have to!  You won’t find these dresses anywhere else in Seattle!  Your purchase helps support our partner charity called Wish Upon A Wedding! Find your dream dress and help make dream weddings come true for those facing a serious illness!

Thursday, May 7, 6 PM – 9 PM
Your VIP ticket gets you in the door to preview and purchase your wedding dress before the public.  Includes light appetizers and drinks!
$20 Bride + 1 Guest; $15 Extra Guest Tickets

Friday, May 8, 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday, May 9, 10 AM – 4 PM

Free admission!  Bring your entourage!

Beach Park LogoBeach Park Event Center
Building D, 22030 Cliff Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
*Near the intersection of Cliff Ave. S. & Nebo Blvd.

  • Featuring 500+ wedding dresses!
  • Prices start at $150, average price just $500, designer gowns 50% off retail!
  • All gowns 35-75% off in sizes 0-24, Veils start at just $30!
  • Fitting room on-site to try on the wedding dresses
  • Volunteers and seamstresses to help assist you
  • Get a designer dress at half the price!
  • Most dresses are brand new, never worn from designer stores!
  • You won’t find this selection anywhere else
  • Don’t miss us while our Bridal Store on Wheels is in Seattle for 3 days ONLY!!
  • Discounted bridal accessories available
  • Walk away with your dream dress at the time of purchase