Why We Exist
Today’s for-profit businesses exist to maximize shareholder value at all costs. In the context of fashion, these “costs” are exporting negative externalities abroad.
We hope to provide a template for how businesses can and should be run – one that seeks to optimize three bottom lines (social, environmental, and financial), not just profits.
Donating 5% of Sales
We donate 5% of sales to causes we care about:
- Education - In increments of $1,000, we will give money directly to individual teachers in low-income districts. They will be able to choose how to spend the money (e.g. school supplies). Almost all public school teachers (94%) have spent their own money on school supplies without getting reimbursed, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Environment - We give money to a rotating list of environmental NGOs to help replace the resources we've spent (i.e. environmental offsets).
Ethical & Transparent Supply Chain
When companies get into trouble regarding their supply chain, it is often because they do not know where all of their clothes are being produced (Hidden subcontracting in the garment industry). In order to ensure ethical production, we believe knowing your supply chain and transparency are imperative.
To see a list of all of our factories (cut-and-sew factories and fabric / material supplier factories) and the absolute lowest wages of workers in these factories, download the below excel document. We index all wages against what we consider to be a livable wage (also included in excel). We are committed to ensuring all factory workers earn a livable wage.
To see our cut-and-sew factory audit, download the below pdf.
Assessment of Our Supply Chain
- Social Justice - Our factory workers are compensated fairly and work in humane conditions. However, two of our factories (cut-and-sew factory and accessory supplier factory) do not pay what we deem to be a livable wage to all employees. Additionally, the average workweek for factory workers is 55-60 hours with one day off. As a small brand, we do not have much leverage with these factories as we are one of many clients for them. As we grow bigger and gain more leverage, we are committed to pushing our factories to continually improve workers' compensation and workplace conditions. We have stressed to our factories that we are okay with increases in product costs as a result.
- Environment - We use too many synthetic materials (e.g. polyester, nylon, etc.) that are bad for the environment. This is typical of most athletic wear, but we are actively searching for better alternatives while maintaining a high quality of product. One positive step we have made is shipping our goods in biodegradable packaging.
We are a Benefit Corporation (Pending)
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Returns & Contact Information
We offer free returns. For return instructions and all other inquiries, please email us.
Learn More About Issues in Fashion
If you are interested in learning more about the social and environmental issues that plague the fashion industry, we recommend the below documentaries / videos.