About Eileen Fisher
Certified B-Corp Eileen Fisher has been around since 1984 when its namesake designer “was having trouble getting dressed”. She wanted a brand that specialized in “simple shapes that make great dressed easy”, which is why you find a huge array of stylishly simple yet classy garments for work and home.
Their line of ethical sustainable plus size clothing is equally elegant and flattering, without all the pinching, binding, and sucking-it-in of form-fitting fashion.
By the way, Eileen started the brand with just $350 in the bank and no sewing experience. She had four basic designs and took them to The Boutique Show in New York… the rest is history. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we set our minds to task!
Eileen Fisher’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices
Their vegan plus size clothing options are made of fabrics like organic cotton, organic linen, and Tencel Lyocell and modal sourced from certified responsibly managed forests (ideally by the FSC). Some garments contain regular viscose which we suggest avoiding.
They also have some that are not vegan, with RDS-certified down, LWG-certified leather, chlorine-free boiled wool, and silk.
Recycled materials, too, play a big part in Eileen Fisher’s manufacturing, including velvet and satin made from recycled polyester, recycled nylon for puffers and outerwear, and recycled cashmere sweaters.
Supply chain & labor practices:
As a member of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse and Ethical Trading Initiative, Eileen Fisher garments are “Responsible by Design”. Manufacturing occurs in SA8000-compliant factories in Los Angeles, New York City, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, or China (where they’ve added extra steps to ensure corporate social responsibility).
In addition to their ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms-based Code of Conduct, they also do unannounced audits every couple years through entities like Verité, Intertek, Fair Working Conditions, TAOS Network, Good…