We are passionate about creating a crew of intentional and honest brands that are helping change fashion for good in tangle ways. As such, we will consider members with thoughtfulness and vigilance.
To be considered, you must be incorporated with at least six months of demonstrated sales. We’re also keepin’ it local, so the Crowd is reserved exclusively for companies with at least 50 percent ownership (living and working) in Austin, Texas. You must be able to provide proof of this in your application process.
Who can apply: Ethical brands selling fashion, accessories and textile goods.
In addition to these base criteria, please ensure your brand adheres to at least two of the following ethical, sustainable and conscious practices before applying:
Traceable - You know where your stuff is made. You can demonstrate supply chain transparency and provide us with information on your factories, materials, and shipping as well as your worker compensation and benefits models, as requested.
Eco - You’re 100% upcycled / recycled / vintage / second-hand or you’re prioritizing eco-friendly fabrics (exg. GOTS certified organic cotton, hemp, Lenzing Tencel) and can demonstrate how they’ve reduced your carbon footprint.
Artisan-made - You’re helping to preserve handmade traditions and slow processes that would become obsolete without demand.
Social Business - Your brand is helping to support financial independence, empowerment, and poverty alleviation among workers in a way that provides lasting and long term development. By providing employment, you are improving the livelihood of workers who may otherwise have been overlooked or undervalued. We will prioritize brands working with women, people of color and at-risk families and communities.
Certified - You have any of the following recognized ethical certifications or belong to one of these member organizations: Fair Trade; Fair Trade USA; WFTO; FWF; B Corp; Made in USA (not final assembly); GOTS; Oeko-Tex; Ethical Trading Initiative; Sustainable Apparel Coalition; USDA Certified Organic Materials (Don’t see one listed? Flag it in your application)
Handmade - 100% in Austin, Texas and employing at a living wage standard.
We offer two levels of membership in the Conscious Crowd.
Pick the one that’s best you and let us know if we can help make the decision easier
The Cool Crowd
Quarterly MeetUps with other ethical fashion business owners
Create and collaborate with other ethical businesses and benefit from shared resources.
Members only slack channel
Ever felt yourself asking… “How do I find a source for eco-friendly cupro for my next collection?” Throw it in our channel and find the resource you’re looking for from your fellow members. This is an inclusive place to share and seek advice from others in the local ethical fashion industry.
Access to Marketplace opportunities
Fees for events will range from be $50-100.
Brand Directory Listing
Get discovered by locals who are passionate about ethical shopping.
The In Crowd
Elect to pay $100 annually or $30 each quarter
Perks include all of the above AND:
Reserved / discounted marketplaces
The Conscious Crowd will host at least two sales events per year. You’ll get to sign up first, at 1/2 the cost of our standard booth fee every time, guaranteed - and yes, this perk pretty much pays for the membership cost! We will also give your brand first access to other sales and partnership events throughout the year.
Email newsletter feature
You will be highlighted in one of our quarterly email newsletters to subscribers annually. Our subscribers are comprised of local Austin conscious consumers who are eager to support local ethical companies. We can provide metrics on subscribers and open rates upon request.
You will be listed in a dedicated “featured” brand callout on our website that rotates every month as well as have a top spot in our ethical brand directory.
You will have opportunities to offer sales and discounts to our conscious members who care where they shop.
OPPORTUNITIES for Speaking gigs
Raise your brand’s profile by demonstrating your expertise or teaching our members something inspiring about fashion or ethical living at one of our learning events.
Social media exposure
We think you’ll look good on our Facebook page.