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!
Wabi Sabi, and eco-fashion brand, produces shoes, jewelry, accessories, and clothing. The brand classifies all of their products into four categories of sustainability: natural, recycled, organic, and handmade. In addition, Wabi Sabi is careful to use certified ecological materials and only works with suppliers who comply to fair trade regulations.
PrAna is a socially responsible apparel brand committed to sustainability. The belief that "a brand should give much more than it takes from the world" is what drives PrAna's business and production practices. Not only does the brand use resources and labor in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, but it is also on a mission to "inspire, integrate, and socialize a more caring and proactive approach to the world around us."
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.
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.
Reveal is a sustainable tech accessory and handbag brand that uses recycled fabrics, bamboo, cork, vegan leather, linen, and recycled zippers in their products. Additionally, the brand sponsors various projects that give back to the environment, such as Project Wildlife (which benefits the International Fund for Animal Welfare) and Project Replant (in which they plant a tree for every item sold from their Nature Tech collection). Their 4R Philosophy is shown below:
Country Road is an Australian brand dedicated to ethical fashion practices. Their corporate social responsibility model focuses on four key components: their people, their communities, the environment, and ethical trade. The brand is a big supporter of the Australian wool industry, but their products are exclusively sourced from non-mulesed wool. Additionally, they have developed an Environmental Code of Practice, which they require all their suppliers to sign.
Rapanui is an eco-friendly brand dedicated to making sustainable fashion "cool." The UK-based brand is known for its radical transparency and use of organic textiles. For Rapanui, ethical fashion begins with their design practices and continues through every stage of the production process.
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.
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.
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.
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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