Kindred Black is an environmentally focused offering of natural, plastic-free beauty and sexual wellness, unexpected jewelry and home, and timeless, essential basics for the wardrobe.
We founded Kindred Black in 2015 because we were burnt out on the fashion industry. Feeling like we were drowning in a sea of plastic packaging waste, harsh fabric chemicals, and endless travels through countries with little regulation on manufacturing (and the air quality to prove it), we knew it was time for a change.
From the moment we conceived of our new endeavor we made the decision that instead of being the "please recycle this plastic bag" kind of company, we were going to take the onus of environmentalism on ourselves and make the tough and sometimes expensive choices that that would necessitate. In other words, talking about how important sustainability is means nothing if we dump it all squarely on your shoulders to deal with. We want you to love shopping with Kindred Black because we are luxury fashion and beautiful, unusual finds, but behind the scenes there's more to it than that.
We spend up to double in many cases to make sure that all of our packaging is in line with our mission. Our materials are plastic free and we use recycled boxes, recycled tissue paper, recycled kraft and shipping paper, water activated paper tape, and our signature floral paper is made with 100% PCW and is printed near our office with vegetable and soy inks. Even our note cards, shipping labels, and stickers are recycled paper. Our canvas dustbags are made in the USA from 65% cotton yarn made from the waste of US clothing manufacturers and 35% recycled soda bottles. To replace plastic bubble wrap we use the most amazing and effective paper padding called Green Wrap, an alternative to plastic landfill that is biodegradable, compostable, SFI-certified, and fully recyclable.
Passionate believers in “the karmic wheel” we try to make giving back a big part of our mission as well. Over the last five years we’ve donated percentages of our sales to The Durrell Foundation, The Environmental Defense Fund, Planned Parenthood, The Ocean Conservancy, The World Health Organization, CEDO (The Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), Native Seeds in Arizona, the ACLU, Color of Change, GlassRoots, FIERCE, The Bail Project, RAPP, Every Last Vote, and others.
Kindred Black started life as a place for us to connect shoppers with amazing artisans, designers, and makers of all kinds who are committed to eco-friendly, ethical, and low-impact manufacturing. We traveled, we researched, we talked the ear off of just about anyone we would end up in a room with to get recommendations, all to find natural ingredients, low-waste packaging, the use of recycled materials, and manufacturing in the US or that was local to the designer. We still work with a network of jewelers, cleaners, seamstresses, and tailors to bring the life back to beautiful pre-owned, antique, vintage, and handmade pieces that are special and one-of-kind and best of all, already exist and don't require a single bit of waste to produce. We believe so fervently that new doesn't always mean better and there is no greater expression of personal style than a piece that you won't see anywhere else.
Over the years we’ve expanded our in-house lines to include a stunning selection of unusual, one-of-a-kind antique and vintage fine jewelry, an extensive assortment of plastic-free beauty and skincare packaged in handblown glass vessels, and a collection of classic, versatile basics that we’ve created in the Kindred Black way – with a minimal amount of stress on the planet. Passionate about taking low-waste to another level, the Kindred Black lines are a way that we can more fully control the sourcing, manufacturing, shipping, and packaging of our products throughout the entire creation process.
– Alice and Jenn, Co-Founders