This article showcases our top picks for the best Boston based Fashion companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Fashion industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Boston Fashion Companies
M.Gemi is a new kind of luxury brand handcrafting shoes in the most well-regarded, family-owned artisan factories across Italy. M.Gemi introduces new, limited edition styles every week, and sells directly to consumers, which allows us to offer our shoes at surprisingly attainable prices.
They believe that old-world luxury craftsmanship is perfect. But they also believe a revolution is in order.
It’s why they’re doing things differently – starting with shoes.. .
Rue La La
Members-only shopping site. They are the invitation-only destination for a life of style.
Where Members delight in discovering private sale Boutiques that open daily – and stay open only for a short time. A community where Members shape the experience – and enhance the excitement – by inviting their friends.
A place where they discover some of the most sought-after brands in fashion, accessories, footwear, home, travel, wine, gourmet food, local services, and more.. .
Ministry of Supply
Ministry of Supply is creating a new category of clothing, performance professional performance clothes for the workday. It uses an innovative materials and purposeful design to solve the everyday problems that traditional clothing presents.
It was founded in 2012 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.. .
Bow & Drape
Bow & Drape is an e-clothier that allows women to design their own clothing. With a few clicks, Bow & Drape guides its shoppers to flattering silhouettes that they can easily modify into unique clothing, using hand-selected silhouettes, colors, and trim.
Once the customer decides on her design, her item will be made for her in the USA and shipped to her doorstep.. .
Karmaloop is the leading online retailer in cutting edge fashion and a one-stop shop for the verge culture. In a world dominated by cookie-cutter clones the evil forces of McFashion spread it’s awful agenda throughout the universe.
The masses lived in a dark and bland world of predictability and boredom. The culture had been contaminated and Individual style was nonexistent.
This was not to stand in the year of our ‘Loop 2000, a beacon of hope flashed from the Northeast guided by an intrepid entrepreneur and his rebel alliance of culturists who rose to battle the evil forces of McFashion. They set out to create a lifestyle brand…something that was more than just an e-commerce site but also a community of style and a full-fledged media powerhouse! The leader who emerged was Greg Selkoe and his rebel army was to be known throughout the universes as Karmaloop.
And with your help as well as that from reinforcements worldwide over the past decade, the rebels have beat back the clones and McFashion’s empire has been crumbling under the weight of individuality ever since! It started, like many revolutions, in the underground. A basement to be more specific – Greg’s parents basement to be exact.
While hundreds upon thousands of dot.com ventures began to disintegrate, Karmaloop ignored doubts, attacks and negativity (“The Internet?! Ha! You’ll never make money off the Internet!”) after that moving operations to a dilapidated piano factory run by a lunatic landlord… and subsequently chasing out crackheads busting in the office, grinding for low or no money while working other “day jobs,” dealing with floods, theft, and fraudsters, engaging in drinking binges and making numerous trips to New York on the Fung Wah Bus aka “the Chicken Run”.
All of it to get the gear you really wanted into your closet and concrete culture into your mind. Yet through it all Karmaloop never lost faith for one good reason…cause you had their back.
Fashion Project is the first designer shopping experience featuring exclusive apparel, shoes, and accessories that are generously donated by style icons, celebrities, and philanthropists from around the world. The majority of each sale is donated to charity.
It was founded in 2011 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.. .
Adelante offers classically styled men’ and women’s leather shoes handmade by master craftsmen. They built shoes that are on par with the highest quality footwear in the market at a fraction of the price.
The company created a new social impact model called the Living Well Line to define the relative cost of living well in the town where the craftsmen work. It connects the customer with their craftsman via photo and video throughout the production process, while also communicating the positive impact of their purchase.
Adelante Shoe was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.. .
Forsake is for those seeking more freedom and fewer ceilings. They design all-weather footwear for travel and adventure.
Their goal is to bring higher level of versatility to your feet with products. Their products blend outdoor technology, rugged construction, and versatile styling.
They’re built for the mountains, and fit for every journey. Their story begins in 2009 when two friends left the east coast for snowier pastures in Big Sky, MT and Alta, UT.
Jobs were secured, apartments were rented, and skiing powder became a daily pursuit. But life in the rockies doesn’t come without compromise.
For starters, it puts a real strain on everyday footwear. Materials tear, feet slip, and water leaks everywhere.
They needed a more rugged and reliable pair of sneakers. So, in 2012, they set about making them.
Alps & Meters
Alps & Meters is a premium alpine sportswear brand that designs Forged Performance outerwear which is tailored, technical, and timeless.
We bring hair & makeup pros to your doorstep! Convenient and professional services for women of all complexions & hair textures.
Her Campus Media
Her Campus Media is the #1 media portfolio for college and GenZennial women. We reach this audience better than anyone else across our properties Her Campus, College Fashionista, Spoon University, InfluenceHer Collective, and Her20s, supported by our unmatched on-campus chapter network, proprietary events Her Conference®, College Fashion Week®, CF Clubhouse, and Brainfood, and more.
Serving and empowering the next generation of women is at the core of everything we do, and we are proud to have launched our team members into prestigious jobs and internships all throughout the media and marketing industries.. .
Sara Campbell LTD. creates, designs, manufactures, and retails apparel for women.
It offers a lifestyle collection of dresses, formal suiting, and sportswear for women through its retail stores. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
It operates stores in Boston, Concord, Hingham, Nantucket, and Wellesley, Massachusetts; Lake Forest and Winnetka, Illinois; and Newport, Rhode Island.. .
In our community, users can ask makeup related questions and receive answers, tips, and tricks from industry professionals and influencers. Users can upload and browse through a completely customized feed of cosmetic products and — here’s the real kicker: even see what these products look like on your face before purchase with augmented reality.
Once you’re convinced the product will look awesome on you, add it to your WynkBox and we’ll ship it to your front door. We even offer makeup pros the chance to become influencers in their own right and get advanced releases of the hottest new products..
Project Repat creates fair wage jobs in the USA by upcycling excess textiles into more functional and fashionable clothing accessories. Project Repat turns you second-hand t-shirts into into blankets, bags, scarves and ties.
Each product is upcycled an efficient way to add value to a recycled good- by a worker earning a fair and living wage in the USA.. .
Life Is Good
Life Is Good is an apparel and accessories wholesaler, retailer, and lifestyle brand. The company manufactures apparel and accessories such as shirts, t-shirts, jumpers, trousers, dresses, skirts, inner-wears, and sleepwear for men, women, and children.
Life Is Good was founded on 1994 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.. .
UNItiques is an online marketplace that enables college students to buy and sell their belongings. The platform promotes re-use and recycling.
Through the platform, UNItiques’ users have the ability to trade everything from shoes, clothes, accessories, and furniture to Halloween costumes and concert tickets. Operated from Boston, Massachusetts, the platform was launched by Alexandra Shadrow in 2012..
We develop technologies that circumvent batteries, innovative energy harvesting solutions for small electronics and wearables. These technologies can be integrated into various platforms enabling devices to operate without recharge.
Our first product is a jewellery from the future, the tago arc. This next generation luxury bracelet fuses innovative technologies, fashion and design seamlessly.
Due to its E Ink surface you can continuously change the design on the bracelet to reflect your every mood, fit all your outfits, suit every occasion. With the #tago app you have access to thousands of artworks, designs and drawings to download and tag onto your bracelet.
You can also take pictures with your phone, upload it into the app and wear it on your wrist. The bracelet has no buttons, no cords or ports, it doesn’t need to be charged, ever..
Third Piece is a luxurious knitwear studio located in the heart of Boston’s South End on Tremont Street. Third Piece is the designer of woolen clothes and accessories.
The company develops an online platform that offers woolen clothes, sweaters and accessories for women.. .
Style Me Pretty
Style Me Pretty is a style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride. They cover everything from gorgeous real weddings to up and coming vendors and seasoned pros in the invitation, floral, fashion and photography industries.
They feature only the most chic and style centric wedding related content, continually discovering new and brilliantly talented vendors, brides with an eye for all things gorgeous, and the personal loves of editor, Abby Larson. .
2nd Time Around
The first two words of the “”3 R’s”” are: REDUCE. REUSE.
Yet so many still shop at big box stores and consider most of what they buy disposable. Second Time Around, LLC is passionate about helping the community go green, by selling gently used home goods, decor and unique Colorado art made by local artists using re-purposed materials.
We are driven to run a business that is respectful to our customers, staff, the community and the environment. We will purchase used goods and sell quality items at affordable prices.
We will work with local businesses in the community to raise awareness on the value of reducing and reusing items rather than throwing them away. Showcasing lovely, affordable, gently used home goods, art, music and decor, we will lead by example as we follow our dreams..
SmartBargains.com is an e-commerce platform that enables users to find and purchase products. The platform’s product categories include bedding and bath, home décor, watches, jewelry, eyewear, handbags, eyewear, and more.
SmartBargains.com was launched by Michael Schreck and is based in Aventura, Florida.. .
Brass is a women’s clothing brand devoted to designing high-quality, affordable basics for the beyond-basic woman. Sold exclusively online.
PF Flyers have been reinnovating the sneaker for 75 years. Born of American optimism and the belief that life is best enjoyed vigorously.
Every season PF adds to it’s celebrated legacy of classic styles.. .
Toth + Co
Toth is an integrated marketing agency that offers creative, strategic, research, and digital services for fashion and lifestyle brands.
Day 2 Night
Day2Night Convertible Heels created patent pending convertible high heel shoes for women. There are 5 interchangeable heels heights ranging from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches that can be placed on/ off by simply pressing a button.
Day2Night Convertible Heels will allow women to commute from home to the office and from the office to an evening event without ever having to change their shoes.. .
Wardrobe Wake-up is a high-end clothing subscription service for women. Think of it like a Netflix for high-end fashion.
Women sign up by filling out our style survey, are matched with a stylist, and then start receiving designer tops or dresses which they can wear all month long with the option to purchase or send back at the end of the month. We believe our service stands out in 3 key ways: (1) Subscribers get to wear each piece for an entire month before deciding to purchase it or send it back.
(2) We provide access to high-end garments for every occasion, not just special occasions. (3) Everyone gets a personal stylist who is focused on picking the perfect pieces for them and their specific needs.
All in, Wardrobe Wake-up solves the problem of fitting a variety of high-end clothing into the tiny closets and budgets of young women.. .
Shannon Reed’s objective is to reinterpret the uniform into modern dress by injecting a contemporary approach to her designs.
Jess, Meet Ken
Jess, Meet Ken is a dating app for women to recommend their best guys to other women. He may not be right for you but he could be GREAT for someone else! Men can only be on the app if a woman creates & posts a profile for him.
Women may connect with each other to be introduced to recommended guys. The app, based on its co-founders’ true love story, was launched in beta in September, 2015, by the founders of HurryDate, the speed dating & online dating pioneer acquired by Spark Networks (JDate/ChristianMingle)..
A line of smarter apparel: bringing the benefits of performance fabrics to modern styles that are at home in the boardroom,
GB creates products for the most recognized juvenile brands. The gb brand answers this question within the framework of developing this unique intercultural brand.
Design is an expression of our personality and culture. We articulate our style through the products and the story behind the brand.
The perfect symbiosis of fashion and modern industrial design is the unique signature of our new design language.. .
The Winston Box
The Winston Box is a clothing manufacturing firm that specializes in men’s textiles at an affordable price.
Boston Women Communicators
Boston Women Communicators has dedicated itself to supporting women in communications and helping them to advance their careers.
Silk Screen Printing Co.
Silk Screen Printing Co. is a production & manufacturing company of t-shirt screen printer and promotional item with high quality products.
lallitara is an environmentally conscious apparel brand that create stylish products by breathing new life into vintage sari fabrics. Their functional pieces allow you to showcase your sense of style while benefiting others.
In particular, your purchase allows us to provide fair wages to India’s informal recycling community, and support the ‘Made in America’ movement by manufacturing domestically.. .
Boston Ocean Company
Boston Ocean Company’s mission is to make profiting from online content more accessible so creators can focus on what they do best: creating content. Started by people who have created content online, we want to lower the barrier to entry for a career in online content creation.
With the growing influencer marketing space and increasing online content creators one of the biggest struggles is monetizing the content that is created. Managing a merchandising effort takes time away from what is producing value for your brand.
Your Content! We want to take the hassle out of merchandising and make it a seamless process. You shouldn’t have to be an expert in supply chain management or graphic design to profit off the brand that you’ve already spent countless hours creating..
Apparel Development & Production. Makers Space. Sewing Labs & Design Trainings. Fashion Incubator.
LiveProud is a collection of sportswear brands focused on creating high quality, innovative performance clothing, all from eco-friendly and recycled materials sourced in North America. Our steadfast commitment means energy conservation, CO2 emissions reduction, & diminishing landfill/litter through our production process, everyday.
While our work is focused on providing this great apparel, we work to protect the environment and save fragile natural eco-systems and their inhabitants. At LiveProud we stand ready for the challenge, and dream of our goals – continued stewardship of environmental protection, conservation, and an eco-friendly lifestyle.
By purveying the finest clothing to those who understand the “green” lifestyle most of all, we’re poised to really make a difference – and hope you’ll join us in making the world a better place.. .
Mariwear was conceived and designed to address a universal issue shared by most women–how to get out of their bra but still feel dressed. This patent pending apparel was first introduced as lounge/sleepwear but has since proven itself as a new category of functional lifestyle clothing as it resonates with women for many uses.
It’s built-in shape and support with no wires or fasteners has transformed the way women dress to be comfortable. Braless comfort AND confidence – every woman’s dream..
After seven wonderful years of inspiring and educating young men and women to be leaders, educators, community builders.
Crammed LLC is an innovative company specializing in branded merchandise, screen printed apparel and nationally syndicated photography.
USACupom connects Brazilian shopping tourists to US-based retailers. Almost 2 million Brazilian tourists visit the US each year and spend a total of over $5 billion.
USA Cupom will ensure that these shoppers receive the best deal possible while creating a substantial new revenue channel for bricks and mortar and online retailers and service companies in the USA. Acesse aqui todos os cupons e bora economizar!.
Discover the very best of Fair Trade jewelry, accessories and home décor products from artisans around the world delivered to your door.
Autonomie Project is a new Fair Trade fashion company offering stylish sweatshop-free & eco-friendly footwear, clothing and accessories. Launched in late 2007, the founders of Autonomie Project were inspired by the lack in the social marketplace of a truly wearable & affordable ethical clothing brand.
With the strong desire to effect positive change in our world, these few good friends set off to start a small company with big dreams that aligned with the values of the growing grass-roots movement towards global sustainability. .
This article was written by Mark Adams from Levi Keswick. The editor for this article was Tess Page. If your company is featured in this article and you want to have amendments made please contact us on: [email protected].
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