Ethical supply chains offer myriad solutions to an industry full of opaque labor practices, dubious greenwashing by PR departments, and compromising basic human and environmental rights in exchange for the lowest possible cost.
As an ethical fashion retailer, we adhere to a specific set of principles when partnering with fashion labels:
We own everything you see in our store. When you make your purchase, it will be shipped in one package from our warehouse partner in Aurora, Colorado. While drop-shipping will give you more selection and access to ethical fashion, it can be inconvenient, and sometimes detrimental, to independent designers.
Fair Trade, by default, is ethical. However, ethical is not always Fair Trade. (read more in our FAQs). While we can ensure the people constructing our products earn a living wage, there are some circumstances to keep labels from being Fair Trade Certified. For example, many of our items are made from factory remnants (or factory waste) recovered from Cambodian factories that would end up in landfill or burned. In this scenario, the garments are ethical, but they cannot be Fair Trade Certified because it's impossible to know where, exactly, the material originated, who planted the original cotton seed, and who milled the fabric.
We source from labels that are committed to Fair Trade practices within the constraints their unique supply chains. Their oversight goes as far as possible in the current climate of the textile industry.
Full Disclosure: As of November 26, 2015, we have four items that knowingly use petroleum-based, synthetic material. We have no flowery, face-saving excuse for that. We prefer items that will biodegrade within one generation. This is why don't sell synthetic materials like polyester, pleather, acrylic, or nylon.
As for our jewelry, because the mining industry is plagued by child labor and dangerous working conditions, we seek out partners who use repurposed brass, upcycled textiles, scrapped landmines, and renewable materials such as wood.
We're compassionate capitalists. We're actively working to eradicate global poverty. Closing of the wealth gap lies with investing in social enterprises and socially and environmentally-conscious small businesses.