Etrican is a Singapore-based brand dedicated to creating accessible designs and affordable clothing out of organic cotton. On top of that, they work exclusively with responsible factories that ensure fair pay, adequate working hours, and good conditions for their workers. All Etrican products are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard organization, which holds its members to both social and environmental standards.
JOYN is a handbag and accessory business that seeks to connect artisans in Northern India with the world of fashion. All of their cotton is hand-cleaned, hand-spun, handwoven, hand-dyed, and hand-stitched, allowing for an ethical process of production. Not only does such a process produce beautiful pieces, like this Gold Diamond Handbag, but it also helps bring the Indian artisans out of poverty and provides them with a stable, sustainable livelihood.
Though Teysha sells shoes, their main objective as a business is to connect, empower, and inspire people all over the world. Furthermore, they believe that social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, and micro-finance are some of the most effective ways to provide opportunities to those in developing countries. Because of this, all of their products are handmade in Guatemala, Colombia, and Panama by contracted artisans, not "employees." The purchase of each pair of Teysha's handmade Guate Boots has an impact on over ten Guatemalan artisans and a ripple effect throughout their entire community.
Nisolo is a shoe-making company dedicated to fighting poverty in Peru by providing locals with consistent, sustainable work. Through providing capital, training, and a market to sell quality goods, Nisolo empowers the people they work with, instilling dignity, sustainability, and true change into their lives. The brand's vision is to "serve as a springboard for impoverished entrepreneurs around the globe." For a better look at some of their shoes, check out the video below:
The West is Dead is a clothing brand committed to preserving, protecting, and reclaiming the American West through their craftsmanship. Currently, the brand is partnering with the Intertribal Buffalo Council to work toward the revitalization of the West. Additionally, all of their garments, including this comfy crew neck sweatshirt, are handmade in the USA from high-quality raw materials.
APOCCAS (which stands for "Ancient Power on Cashmere, Cotton, And Silk") is a business committed to ethically producing fair trade, hand-woven textiles and handmade bracelets. All materials come from Thailand and are produced by Thai artisans. For instance, their UPCY scarf (left) is hand-made by village cooperative weavers in Mukdahan, Thailand. The scarf is crafted out of 100% silk with botanical dyes and made through a process of up-cycling rejected Eri silk cocoons, which would otherwise go to waste. Additionally, the above brown labradorite bracelet, AGNI, is made from semi-precious and precious stones through processes that uphold the companies philosophy.
4 All Humanity is an online private label that offers women's apparel (like this fair trade, 100% organic cotton Hi-Lo Henley Dress) made by a cooperative in northern Uganda. The brand also produces accessories, which are made from recycled materials, silver, vintage fabrics, leather, and semi-precious stones by co-ops in India, Thailand, Mexico, and South Africa. 4 All Humanity ethically sources every one of their products, believing that in doing so they can not only change the futures of the artisans they work with, but also transform the apparel industry's current model of sourcing.
The eyewear brand, Warby Parker, is founded on the belief that it is possible to create high quality glasses at a revolutionary price point. All of their glasses, like this Marva Cobalt Leaf pair, are handcrafted using the finest custom materials. Furthermore, Warby Parker believes that everyone has the right to see, so for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need.
Steven Alan is a New York based designer committed to creating classic, timeless pieces of clothing. His garments are handmade from high-quality raw materials. Most of the manufacturing is done in New York (seventy percent, in fact), and the small amount of production done in China takes place in small factories that do not partake in mass-production. This allows the brand to be proud of their product as well as their process.
Hovey Lee is a Los Angeles based eco jewelry brand. All of their jewelry is made in LA out of 100% recycled metals and fair trade gemstones. The company is committed to providing safe socially and environmentally responsible jewelry to their customers while promoting fair trade, human dignity, and environmental sustainability.
31 Bits produces jewelry and accessories (like this Tiered Symphony necklace) that are absolutely stunning, but what makes this company special is the fact that they are "using fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty." 99% of the materials used in a 31 Bits product come from East Africa, and every bead is handmade out of recycled paper. 31 Bits creates fashionable, quality products all while enabling their Ugandan beneficiaries to earn an income and support their families. To learn more about their work in Uganda, watch the 31 Bits Identity Video below.
Allie Gardner is a DC-based nonprofit professional working to eradicate human trafficking. She holds a Master's in Public Anthropology from American University.
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