A sartorial love story: A complete look featuring brands centered on empowering women.
We cannot exploit women in one country in order to empower them in another.
It’s no secret that fast fashion results in serious human rights abuses at the bottom of the supply chain — where 60 million, mostly young women in their early twenties, bring our fashion to life. Makers face unsafe working conditions, unlivable wages, and verbal and sexual abuse in factories both locally and abroad.
Cue wearing your values: I’m proud to be sporting some amazing players in the ethical fashion industry in this editorial— all of which center female empowerment at the core of their brand.
Connecting women, from worker to wearer.
Birdsong London is an anti-sweatshop, anti-photoshop label that is funneling the cash they make into women’s organizations. Birdsong London was set up by co-founders Sarah and Sophie in 2014, with a mission to sell things made by women at the charities they worked with who struggled for income, funding and the ability to get their products out there.
The skilled seamstresses who cut, sew, and finish Birdsong’s garments come from Heba, a training & enterprise project established by a group of migrant women over 25 years ago are Birdsong’s primary makers of clothing. They continue to provide a safe space for migrant and refugee women today.
Additionally, their organic sweatshirts and tees are hand-painted in detail by women at Mohila Creations: a group of low-income migrant mothers based in Tower Hamlets, London. Roksana and the gang practice their fine painting for Birdsong while their children attend the local school. They are paid a living wage for the work they do. All knitwear from Birdsong is made practiced hands at the Bradbury Centre and the Knit & Natter group. Both groups donate revenue from their knitting to worthy causes. For Knit & Natter, the elderly women choose a charity of their choice each month. This gives them a sense of purpose and wellbeing, aside from the meditative qualities of working with wool. The Bradbury donate their revenue back to their day center, paying for refurbishments and little luxuries to make their fellow pensioners lives better. Edna and her friends have raised enough money from Birdsong sales to renovate their summer house, therapy room and kitchen.
Ministry of Tomorrow
Ministry of Tomorrow is a new vegan leather bag brand that is disrupting the luxury space. A community where luxe meets activism with a deeply conscious twist. Each purchase of a MOT bag directly enables sustainable development by providing income-generating opportunities for people in Nairobi, Kenya, while protecting animals and the environment.
We have a new story for the fashion world. This is more than fashion, it’s an awakening, a new way of doing business that empowers people and protects animals and the planet” — Julian Prolman, founder of the Ministry of Tomorrow
Use code ADITIXMOT for $100 off your first order.
Christa Louise Designs
This luxury scarf brand [worn as a top in this look] uses the art of nuno felting, a process that uses just soap & water in which artisans bond wool to silk, swirling together a multidimensional texture & color palette. The founder Christa Louise wanted to work with women in developing countries to help provide them with opportunities for economic independence. Mexico was an obvious choice due to its proximity to the US. Louise taught groups of women the process of nuno felting and chose those whom I considered best suited for the job. The women have been working with Christa Louise Designs since the end of 2009 and have grown into highly accomplished artisans since.
Use code ADIMAY for 10% off valid until May 31st.
Frustrated with the lack of high-quality vegan shoes that could compete in the market alongside high fashion brands, Costa Rica native and Parsons graduate Francisca Pineda took her years of fashion designing experience in NYC and launched her footwear brand, Bhava Studio, to create ethical shoes that would fill that void.
Among the many eco-friendly textiles available, Pineda opts to use only materials at the apex of quality. In her line you’ll find materials crafted from recycled Japanese ultra suede, which some believe to be more durable and beautiful than animal-based suede; vegan faux leathers from one of Italy’s most sustainable manufactures; and hand painted snake embossed cork, an entirely new material to make it’s way to the footwear world.
Use code ADIMAY for 15% off your order at Bhava Studio.