We are not perfect, but we will be perfectly transparent as we tackle the various humanitarian and environmental issues that have plagued the fashion industry for far too long.
Brands do not know where their clothes are made. Rampant subcontracting and a pervasive “ignorance is bliss” mentality have created incredibly opaque supply chains in the global fashion industry. When journalists report factory collapses, worker abuse, child labor, etc., it is not only news to the public – it is news to the brands responsible.
How do brands know if their working conditions are safe if they don’t know which factories to assess? How do they know if workers are compensated fairly if they don’t know who their workers are?
We believe that a responsible supply chain begins with knowing your supply chain. Below are some of our supply chain policies and practices:
We restrict subcontracting and have direct relationships with all of our partner factories (i.e. we do not use agents to source for us)
We believe in slow fashion – we make seasonless, high-quality garments that are made to last
We pay fair prices for products and do not impose unreasonable deadlines
We require WRAP or SA 8000 certification from all partner factories. We also use a third-party auditor to conduct random (unplanned) audits of our partner factories
Brands, in their pursuit of maximizing profits, are constantly putting pressure on factories overseas to make clothes cheaper and more quickly.
Factories, largely in impoverished areas of the world and desperate for western brands’ business, are forced to cut corners (e.g. subcontract portions of orders without brand’s knowledge to lower-cost factories) to satisfy brands’ unrealistic demands. This translates to underpaid workers, worker abuse, and unsafe working conditions.