The Southwestern state of Arizona usually doesn’t come to mind as a fashion hub. However, plenty of creative artists and businesses are flourishing in The Grand Canyon State.
From couture wedding dresses to casual athleisure wear, Arizona is home to plenty of creative clothing brands and small businesses. In addition, the desert landscape and signature Arizonan love for adventure is part of many unique clothing brands in the state.
Here are the 21 most promising Arizona clothing brands to keep on your radar.
DSRT & MTN
DSRT & MTN, pronounced as “Desert & Mountain,” is a celebration of the American Southwest. The young brand creates beautifully screen-printed graphic tees, stickers, and hats that feature all things Arizona.
The nature-loving brand partners with local screen printers and artists to craft one-of-a-kind designs. Its products feature illustrations of Arizona landmarks and cities, like Flagstaff, Bell Rock, and Watson Lake.
DSRT & MTN Clothing makes it easy to represent your love of Arizona wherever you are in the world. The brand is stocked in several local stores and boutiques across Arizona, including Watson & Willow and The Grand Project Shoppe.
The Phoenix-based brand K.S. Garner is here to make eclectic slow fashion for bodies of all types. Founded by designer Kelsey Garner, the independently owned clothing brand creates fun-loving, colorful designs that are anything but understated.
K.S. Garner’s clothes are for the young at heart. The brand focuses on dresses, matching sets, and rompers that ooze extravagance. Velvet rompers with matching fringe, matching sets with whimsical patterns, and adorable cloud-pattern skirts are brand hallmarks.
All of K.S. Garner’s clothing is handmade to order in its Arizona studio. So you will get a one-of-a-kind item on top of a funky new statement piece for your wardrobe. In addition, all of the brand’s pieces come in sizes XXS to 4X, plus options for custom sizing.
Being Dapper is a Gatsby-inspired menswear line that makes looking good look effortless. Designed by JC Donaldson, the brand offers everything from essential tees to high-quality suits.
Being Dapper’s designs are sleek, modern, and understated. The brand’s aesthetic is divided into Smart Casual and Contemporary lines to meet various shoppers’ tastes. The minimalist black turtlenecks, jacquard suit jackets, and herringbone vests in its Contemporary line are the epitome of sophisticated, understated masculinity.
The brand stands out from other menswear brands because it incorporates innovative, off-beat elements into its pieces. For example, color-blocked suit jackets and single-button pants are unique offers you can’t find elsewhere. Being Dapper also offers custom clothing options if you are local to the Phoenix area.
Cleo & Clementine
Cleo & Clementine is a bespoke wedding dress label founded by designer Monique Sandoval. This local-focused Phoenix brand crafts gorgeous wedding and special occasion dresses that are truly unique and special.
Cleo & Clementine’s designs are ethereal, whimsical, and timeless. Flowing organza, delicate lace, and expert tailoring create unorthodox, modern silhouettes not often found in bridalwear. A few of the brand’s favorite design elements are see-through lace, structured corset boning, and expert draping.
The brand works on a commission basis, so it doesn’t often have pieces for sale online. As a result, its limited quantities make the brand highly sought after by brides-to-be across Arizona and beyond.
Bralessly is a clothing brand based in Tucson that creates, you guessed it, braless tops. Its trademarked Bralessly Bust Panel is incorporated into each piece to provide women with the ultimate level of comfort and flexibility.
Bralessly’s tanks, tees, dresses, and long-sleeve tops come with an antimicrobial, moisture-wicking panel across the bust area that provides enough support for people to go braless. The best part is that you can’t even tell it’s part of the garment!
The brand’s designs are simple, classic, and modest. Subtle ruching is hand-sewn in most of its tops to create a fashionable tableau disguising the interior panel. In addition, Bralessly has a selection of versatile, solid-color dresses that work for any occasion.
Yoga Democracy creates sustainable, free-spirited yoga and activewear apparel. All of its pieces use post-consumer recycled plastic and fishing nets. In addition, the brand uses a no-water dyeing process that cuts back on energy and material waste.
On top of being sustainable, Yoga Democracy’s designs are colorful and fun. The brand has creative patterns and designs for pretty much everyone. From its classic Art Deco prints to its Notorious RBG leggings, Yoga Democracy has something for everyone. So don’t worry if you have a more subtle style. There’s also a full line of solid-color activewear.
The brand has a flagship store in Scottsdale, and all of its products are hand-sewn in Carefree, a small town less than an hour away. Yoga Democracy also runs a Sustainable Market with eco-friendly household products like zero-waste starter kits and shampoo bars.
Keep Nature Wild
Mesa, Arizona, is a hub of outdoor activities, so it’s no wonder Keep Nature Wild calls the city home. The brand’s apparel and accessories celebrate nature through its vintage-inspired designs and comfy styles.
Keep Nature Wild’s tees are perfect for nature lovers, campers, and every outdoorsy person in between. Each screen print design celebrates a different landmark of the West, such as the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree. In addition, each shirt is made from 100% cotton to ensure it’s super soft and comfy.
The brand embodies its eco-friendly mission with community action. For every Keep Nature Wild product sold, the company picks up one pound of trash through community cleanup events. In addition, each order comes with a biodegradable trash bag so you can clean up litter in your own community.
Phoenix-based brand Baby Teith makes all the apparel any goth mom could ever need. Founder Tiffe Fermaint began the brand on Etsy in 2013, and it quickly grew in popularity. Today, Baby Teith even runs its own record label that produces new wave and punk music for kids.
Baby Teith produces fun, cool designs for kids and moms that draw inspiration from goth, post-punk, 80s rock, and new-wave aesthetics. For example, David Bowie baby onesies, “Spooky Mom” bucket hats, and sweatshirts with 80s song lyrics are mainstays of its collection.
The brand also offers plenty of spooky home decor, like “#1 Goth Mom” coffee mugs and “Music and Motherhood” pillowcases. Baby Teith is the perfect brand for all the rock ‘n’ roll moms and their super cool kids.
Angela Johnson might be the queen of upcycled fashion in Arizona. The legendary designer creates ballgowns and other formal wear out of upcycled vintage t-shirts. Angela’s namesake brand was born after she worked for a mass-produced clothing line and wanted to see the industry change.
The brand’s designs are colorful and elegant with a punk edge. Expert tailoring of old graphic tees creates classic silhouettes like a-line ball gowns and voluminous mini dresses. In addition, the different shades of t-shirts used in each garment create eclectic, unique fabrics that fans of the brand love.
Angela Johnson extends her passion for sustainable fashion beyond her own pioneering brand. She co-founded FABRIC, a Tempe-based nonprofit that helps local businesses adopt more sustainable practices and technologies.
Co-founders Loren and Valentina Aragon started ACONAV to celebrate their Navajo and Acoma Pueblo cultural heritage. The brand, based in Phoenix, creates ready-to-wear pieces that aim to empower the women who wear them.
ACONAV’s designs effortlessly combine traditional motifs with modern styles. It’s essential to Loren and Valentina that ACONAV’s designs incorporate their Native American culture respectfully and properly. For example, flowing, voluminous gowns draw inspiration from the phrase “pe’eh’cha,” which translates to “let it rain.”
Since the very beginning, ACONAV has been a force to be reckoned with in the Arizona fashion scene. The brand won the 2018 Phoenix Fashion Week Designer of the Year award. In addition, ACONAV collaborated with Disney to create a couture gown for a Disney World exhibition.
State Forty Eight
State Forty Eight is the perfect lifestyle apparel brand for people obsessed with Arizona and the Southwest. The brand’s name derives from Arizona being the forty-eighth state to join the Union.
State Forty Eight doesn’t want showing state pride to be cheesy. Its designs are on-trend and minimalist, with modern colors and typography. For example, its graphic tees incorporate a colorful block design of Arizona with an overlay of the brand’s name in a streamlined font.
In addition to t-shirts, the brand has everything you need to live your life showing Arizona pride. Cropped pullovers, car stickers, and reusable water bottles are just a few of the label’s offerings. There’s a little something for everyone.
ANGIE is one of Arizona’s most well-known brands. Established in the early 90s, the brand creates bohemian-inspired womenswear that is comfortable and effortlessly chic.
Based in Tempe, ANGIE embodies the laid-back, summer-centric attitude of the Arizona desert. Tropical matching sets, flowing boho dresses, and adorably flirty skirts feature in every ANGIE collection.
Its fall collections are just as versatile and cute, with plenty of lightweight knits and long-sleeve dresses. The best part? ANGIE is incredibly affordable, making it easy to update your wardrobe with its classic boho and vintage-inspired pieces.
Founded in 2015, Yogavated Athletics creates comfortable, stylish athletic and athleisure wear. The Scottsdale brand creates its products in small batches, and each new collection collaborates with a different artist.
Yogavated’s leggings and tops are designed for ultimate flexibility and comfort. Each pair of leggings uses high-quality, moisture-wicking poly blend fabric that is versatile and easy to wear. In addition, its matching sets feature subtle artistic designs that bring a classy flair to any casual workout outfit.
Yogavated makes all of its items by hand in the United States. In addition, the brand offers wholesale options with no minimums and an affiliate program for social media content creators.
AZ Life Apparel
Designer Frankie Pina started AZ Life Apparel because he couldn’t find any fashionable options to express his love for his home state of Arizona. With his brand AZ Life Apparel, Frankie combines art and streetwear into everyday tees and hoodies.
AZ Life Apparel designs are way better than anything you will find in an Arizona gift shop. This brand has everything you need to represent The Grand Canyon state, from colorful, psychedelic “Call Me When You Get To Arizona” tees to classic skull motifs that bring the desert to mind.
After its debut only a few years ago, AZ Life Apparel’s trendy designs immediately became popular with locals. The brand even has a flagship store in Glendale at the Arrowhead Towne Center. In addition, it stocks products in select small retailers across Arizona.
Black Russian Label
Designer Joanna de’Shay left her high-paying corporate job to pursue fashion in 2013, and she hasn’t looked back. She named her upscale womenswear brand Black Russian Label as an homage to her childhood in Ghana with her Russian mother and Nigerian father.
Black Russian Label creates clothes for the modern, well-traveled woman who isn’t afraid to be bold and adventurous. Cheetah print jumpsuits, floral mini dresses, and innovative zipper pants are just a few stand-out pieces from its most recent Urban Nomad collection.
Joanna aims for Black Russian Label to be a size-inclusive brand made for real women, not supermodels. The brand’s designs accentuate natural curves and flatter all body shapes with skillful ruching, draping, and tailoring. Because of this, Black Russian Label has dressed influential celebrities like Chaka Khan, India Arie, and Jill Scott.
Karen Lukacs is a Tucson-based textile artist who creates couture and upcycled denim jackets under her namesake brand. She locally sources discarded denim to create beautifully crafted, timeless outerwear that celebrates slow fashion.
Karen Lukacs creates “functional sculpture as modern heirloom.” Her upcycled denim pieces are true works of art, with immaculate tailoring, hand embroidery, and vintage elements. Because of the upcycled nature of the fabric, each jacket is one-of-a-kind.
Each piece is crafted with a unique silhouette and a specific source of inspiration. For example, No. 064’s draws inspiration from the 1950s swing coat and Victorian ice skating jackets. In addition, Karen incorporates specialty fabrics like cashmere and shibori silk into many pieces.
The Tie Dye Company
The Tie Dye Company creates high-quality, handmade tie dye apparel for people of all ages. Its unisex tees, hoodies, and pants are colorful, vibrant, and eye-catching.
Founded in 2018 by designer Dalton England, The Tie Dye Company is redefining the aesthetics of tie dye and bringing it to a new young, hip audience of shoppers. Its clothing combines the classic 1960s dyeing method with modern colors, like monochromatic purples and bright jewel tones.
The brand’s tie dye patterns are bold, fun, and versatile. There are plenty of ways to sport the brand’s signature patterns, from hoodies to rainbow bodysuits. The Tie Dye Company has been at the forefront of tie dye’s recent resurgence in popularity, with features on The Today Show and collaborations with companies like Netflix.
Angela Zdrale is 6’1” and knows how hard it is for tall women to find clothing that fits well. That’s why she started LivTall, a brand that crafts quality pieces for tall women who want trendy, versatile clothing.
LivTall offers a great selection of wardrobe basics. Each item is designed to fit any body type. For example, its basic tee is created with a longer torso and wider shoulder span to make people with larger frames feel comfortable and sexy.
In addition, the brand offers pieces that can easily add some flair to any wardrobe. For example, asymmetrical wrap skirts, reversible bomber jackets, and colorful tiered maxi dresses are all specially made with tall shoppers in mind. With LivTall, people no longer have to sacrifice looking good for a good fit.
Laura Tanzer began her namesake brand in 2013 to create sustainable bespoke clothing. Under her brand, Laura creates high-quality pieces that ooze sophistication and craftsmanship.
The slow fashion brand creates timeless womenswear pieces with a twist. Each piece incorporates surprising elements, such as an asymmetrical hemline or a pop of color with vibrant Italian silk.
In addition to careful tailoring, the brand also employs Body Geometry to ensure each piece fits perfectly. Combining Laura’s background in art and engineering, Body Geometry utilizes algorithms and basic geometric shapes to create timeless styles that fit any body type. The brand also offers custom sizing.
Shades of Rose
If you’re a fan of The Bachelor, you may recognize the name Lauren Burnham-Luyendyk. This Arizona-based Bachelor alum recently launched her own dreamy, feminine womenswear line.
Shades of Rose creates versatile, comfortable wardrobe staples that are elegant and sexy without being gratuitous. Each piece can efficiently work for a meeting or a night out on the town. For example, its wrap tops and midi skirts are form-fitting without being too revealing.
Although Lauren recently stepped down from the day-to-day running of Shades of Rose, the brand is still active. In addition, it releases occasional limited collections available via its online shop.
Muse Apparel is a Phoenix-based boutique that has been an Arizona favorite since it opened in 2005. Muse Apparel has an exclusive collection of designer brands in-store, but it is better known for its own line of slinky, on-trend dresses.
Muse Apparel proudly designs for “hot desert babes,” with relaxed silhouettes and sexy cuts incorporated into many of its pieces. For example, the brand offers strappy midi dresses inspired by 90s fashion alongside elegant chiffon dresses. You’re bound to find a perfect match, regardless of your style.
The brand’s most recent holiday collection is the perfect combination of youthful experimentation and classic elegance. For example, satin ruched mini dresses combine with refined design elements like cowl necks, pleating, and flutter sleeves.