By Asheville Grown
Sustainability is a beautiful thing — and so is sustainably crafted fashion.
When we wear upcycled clothing — meaning clothing that would otherwise be discarded, including unique vintage pieces or custom-crafted looks from leftover fabrics — we reduce waste and environmental impact. When we buy clothes from locally owned businesses, we support local resiliency by investing in companies that are tied to their communities and are more likely to build positive relationships with neighboring residents and businesses.
Asheville offers the opportunity to dress and accessorize head-to-toe, undergarment to outerwear, in locally crafted, one-of-a-kind clothing. As you shop around Asheville, look for Asheville Grown’s “Love Asheville, Go Local” posters and stickers to guide you to locally owned shops. You can also use this brief round-up of independent stores offering locally crafted wares to get you started.
Bow & Arrow
Locally made jeans and accessories crafted from 100 percent domestic cotton by owner Anna Toth. Manufactured in Wedge Studios, 129 Roberts St. Suite 3B. Info: bowandarrowapparel.etsy.com
Handmade gifts and crafts from local artists, in addition to upcycled clothes. 34 S. Lexington Ave. Info: facebook.com/g34avl
Locally made jewelry from Amber Hatchett Designs, lingerie from On the Inside and T-shirts from Holdfast Printworks. 72 N. Lexington Ave. Info: hipreplacementsclothing.com
On The Inside
Custom-made lingerie crafted by owner Elise Olson. Manufactured in Hatchery Studios, 1 Roberts St. Info: ontheinside.etsy.com
Locally made jewelry. 64 N. Lexington Ave. Info: minxasheville.com
Buys and sells upcycled clothing. 732 Haywood Road. Info: reciprocityofwnc.com
Clothing, locally manufactured from upcycled fabrics, as well as accessories and bags made from locally sourced scrap leather. 80 N. Lexington Ave. Info: royalpeasantry.com
Ship to Shore
Custom dresses for special occasions — including formal and wedding gowns. 85 State St., by appointment. Info: shiptoshoreshop.com
Locally designed and constructed casual wear and organic, sustainable fabrics. 14 Haywood St. Info: spiritex.net
Explore more local fashion — as well as works from local makers, crafters and artisans — at the Big Crafty Festival, downtown every July and December, or online at thebigcrafty.com.
For more local fashion and a directory of locally owned businesses, visit ashevillegrown.com.