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!
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Nau (pronounced "now") is a Portland-based company dedicated to social, material, and aesthetic sustainability. They create beautiful pieces out of natural, renewable, recycled, and salvaged materials and donate 2% of every sale to their humanitarian and environmental Partners for Change, (which include Ashoka, Breakthrough Institute, Mercy Corps, People for Bikes, and Ecotrust). Nau is known for their modern take on urban and outdoor apparel like this rain poncho, made from recycled polyester and organic cotton.
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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