Able's wage disclosure plan is one of the most exciting ideas I've encountered recently. Able has published the lowest wage of their Nashville employees + how it stacks up to the published, Nashville living wage. They plan to do the same for their garment workers involved in making their bags, shoes, clothing + other products elsewhere in the world in the months to come. There are a few holes in this scheme such as the fact that many more hands go into making a garment than just the sewist. There are farmers, weavers, dyers, + transporters to name a few. Living wages can be controversial numbers as well. Fair-trade certification may be a better indicator of compliance, but I do believe that Able's disclosure plan has significance.
A few more developments include:
Hackwith Design House, the Minneapolis-made women's clothing line, has a spot on their site where they sell samples + preowned Hackwith pieces. There is a process for sending in worn pieces + earning money toward new ones. Items beyond repair will be made into new pieces! Amazing commitment toward zero-waste!
Domi, maker of organic cotton sleepwear in GOTS certified factories, is making daywear.
Ijji, maker of California-made, unisex pants + jackets is about to launch the softest looking corduroy pieces. The lines of those pants look just so good.
Industry of All Nations, maker of fair-trade goods, is making sunglasses hand-carved in Ethiopia!
A few new-to-me discoveries in the past year are:
Everybody World :: something inspiring + different...made in the USA clothes, designed for + by everybody...including tees made from 100% recycled cotton!
Mate the Label :: organic cotton basics made in Los Angeles
LA Relaxed :: Knits for women, made in Los Angeles with natural materials, paid fair wages
Elegantees :: knit tops + dresses made by women in Nepal who have escaped sex trafficking, for women + girls (I especially like the girls' dresses)
Freeset :: fair-trade, non-profit for freedom from slavery in India, offering bags, scarves, and organic tees for men + women
The last thing I want to do is to offer another place that promotes consumption. It is my hope that highlighting a few brands doing good work...and assembling a list of ethical brands...will provide a resource for those times when we do need to add a piece to our collection of useful tools (our wardrobes). :) The fairdare list of ethical brands is being constantly updated. I also enjoy celebrating innovation + progress toward a garment industry that we can be proud of...one that not only provides for consumers, but also promotes the flourishing of garment workers, farmers + the environment.
All lovely photos via links.