Mrembo Africa is a Nairobi-based ethical fashion brand that seeks to build hope and create sustainable economic empowerment for its women artisans. The brand uses vibrant African motifs to uniquely enhance modern designs, allowing traditional artistry and skills to be channeled into new markets. Mrembo Africa employs both local Kenyan and refugee women aiming to strengthen their sewing and tailoring skills so that they are able to support themselves and their families.
As a socially responsible brand, Della is committed to supporting the talented Ghanaian artisans who create their handbags and accessories. Della provides these men and women with more than just employment: health care, social security, literacy classes, money-management training, child care, athletic events, and sewing classes are just some of the benefits offered by the brand. To learn more about the Della team and their work, check out the video below!
Bourgeois Boheme is an eco-friendly, animal-friendly, cruelty free, vegan brand. The brand produces unique and comfortable footwear for both men and women. As proponents of the "slow fashion" movement, Bourgeois Boheme uses timeless designs to create shoes that are built to last. Additionally, the brand is extremely committed to transparency, and provides their customers with ample information about where and how each product was made.
Mata Traders is a fair trade brand that produces clothing, jewelry, and accessories made by cooperatives in India. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Mata Traders is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for economically and socially marginalized workers; the brand ensures safe working conditions, protects the rights of children, and respects the cultural identities of all of their employees. In addition, Mata Traders is also dedicated to cultivating environmental stewardship. To learn more about the brand's production process, watch the video below:
Nomads is a UK-based clothing line that has been committed to producing fair trade items for over twenty years. The brand works with Indian handicraft artisans to create one of a kind pieces. In addition to their commitment to fair trade practices, the brand is also environmentally conscious.
Slowers is a Spain-based brand that specializes in producing modern versions of traditional espadrilles. Based on respect, honesty, and enjoyment, this brand is dedicated to creating ethical pieces of fashion. All Slowers items are hand-made in Spain from organic and raw Spanish materials, so as to reinvest in local communities, as well as minimize the company's transport footprint.
Raven and Lily is a clothing, accessory, and jewelry brand dedicated to artisan empowerment, fair trade, and environmental responsibility. The brand currently carries five collections made by female artisans from Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Kenya, and the US. They are a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum's current 10 Founding Source Partners and are certified by Green America. To learn more about how the brand began, watch the promo video below.
Matter is a socially motivated brand that specializes in producing comfortable, versatile pants. By connecting Indian artisans with designers around the world, the brand seeks to provide economic growth and stability in the rural communities of their craft collaborators. Additionally, the brand is deeply committed to supply chain transparency, environmental impact sensitivity, and the creation of long term production partnerships.
FAIRE Collection produces jewelery and accessories, handmade by artisans in Ecuador, Vietnam, and Swaziland. The company works to bring their artisans out of poverty through the development of productive skills, the promotion of family health and education, and increased income levels. Furthermore, the brand's products are made with a variety of natural materials, sustainably sourced from all over the world.
Rags 2 Riches, or RIIR, is a brand striving to create a "stylish social statement." The brand partners with artisans from all over the 7,107 islands of the Philippines to create conscientious products. RIIR believes that the entire production process - from raw material to finished product - should be dignified, empowered, and enriched.
Article 22 is a jewelry brand dedicated to producing handmade collections from modern artifacts. Their first collection, peaceBOMB, is comprised of jewelry made from Vietnam War era bombs. Laotian artisans repurpose the weapon fragments that pollute their lands into beautiful statements of peace. The proceeds from each peaceBOMB product sold go to demining the bomb littered land. To learn more about Article 22's work, and this collection in particular, watch the video below:
Connected in Hope is a scarf brand committed to empowering the Ethiopian women they work with to rise above poverty through sustainable income development. All proceeds from sales go to either providing income to the women or are invested in holistic programs (training, preschool/daycare, and healthcare) for the women and their families. The company operates under the principles and best practices established by the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation. To learn more about the company's approach, click here.
Each bracelet from Pura Vida Bracelets is handmade by Costa Rican artisans, for whom the company seeks to provide sustainable, full-time work. Additionally, Pura Vida Bracelets strongly believes in giving back. They offer different bracelet collections to support various causes such as animal awareness, children's education, women's rights, veteran programs, and cancer research, among others. The company also donates 1% of all of their profits to The Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving beaches and oceans worldwide.
To learn more about the company's work, watch the interview below:
Hiptipico is both a brand and online boutique dedicated to raising up Guatemalan artisans while preserving Mayan culture and customs. By reinvesting their profits into women's cooperatives, family shops, and Mayan handicrafters, Hiptipico has been able to stimulate local economies through their work. The brand's practices revolve around five core values: fair wages, economic development, authenticity, empowerment, and sustainability.
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:
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.
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.
Known for their "super-soft" quality and simplistic designs, Alternative Apparel's products are both comfortable to wear and lovely to look at. Through their work, Alternative aims to promote purposeful causes, connect people, inspire creativity and catalyze change.
This Alpaca Cropped Poncho is made from sustainably sourced baby alpaca wool in partnership with the Sustainable Alpaca Network, Pacomarca. This wool comes from the rural highlands of Peru, where Alternative has partnered with local experts in the trade to create a sustainable textile industry. To learn more about the company's work in Peru, check out their video "Made in Peru: Alpaca Wool" 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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