Last year, THR3EFOLD raised $17,500 in crowdfunding to go into development with a SaaS platform to allow brands to search ethical factories around the world, share designs, compare pricing, and manage their production all in one place. One of our campaign rewards was a reusable tote which was ethically made in India by factory partner Work + Shelter. We sat down with Theresa Vandermeer, Founder of Work + Shelter to learn about their origin story and what it's really like to run an ethical factory.
An estimated 21 billion pounds of textiles ends up in landfill every year. Over 91% of clothing sold in the US has been made in developing nations, likely by underpaid workers. It's no wonder that making a difference in this industry can feel quite daunting. However, change has only ever been achieved one way - one step at a time. That's why when we were introduced to Custom Collaborative, a sewing cooperative providing training to low income and immigrant women here in New York City, we were stoked. Here's more about them.
By Addison Martin, Brand Coordinator, THR3EFOLD
If you’re someone who is looking to start an ethical and sustainable fashion business, take your business in a more conscious direction, or just want to dip your toe in to learn more, here' some free resources you might want to check out.
The fashion industry is at no shortage for conversation about change these days. Everyone is talking about needing to be more ethical and more sustainable. But why is there so much talk and not as much action? To put it simply, the supply chain is too complex for a simple solution, and it's going to take informed individuals and industry veterans working together to bridge
By Kristi Soomer, Founder & CEO, Encircled
Editor's Note: We help founders everyday make smarter decisions to grow their fashion brand into an ethical, sustainable, profitable business. A part of equipping founders with these skills is to tell the genesis stories of the already successful fashion brands shifting norms in the fashion industry for people and planet. Here is the story of beloved ethical and sustainable fashion brand Encircled. As usual, it started with a problem.
Ever purchase something on Amazon, and when you got it you realized it was totally different from the picture? As great as the internet is, it still doesn't replace that in person touch, and the same goes for your manufacturing. No matter where you produce your clothing, you should be prepared (and excited) to conduct a factory visit during your first production run, here's 3 reasons why.
By Rebecca Ballard, Founder & CEO, Maven Women
After years of experience in law, advocacy, and nonprofit management I was propelled to start Maven Women for two reasons. First, I had been a frustrated consumer for over a decade, as I couldn’t find clothes that matched my values, vocation, and aesthetic (i.e., timeless, elegant, urban, and professional). Second, I dreamed of a different kind of company that spoke to the millions of women who share this aesthetic where clothing is created to honor them as well as people and the planet. But dreaming and doing are two different things. Here is how we practically run a socially conscious fashion brand.
Do you find yourself on the brink of starting a fashion apparel company? You know you the basics, maybe you have funding, but you aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of the complicated labyrinth that is sourcing and production? I’d love to de-mystify a couple of things for you. During my time as a Production Coordinator for sweaters at Tory Burch, I learned what to anticipate when starting a production run. Here's the 3 things to expect in fashion production.
Sourcing for a fashion brand can have so many options it feels like a nightmare to navigate. Each collection demands countless fabric appointments to sift through unending swatches to find the perfect match. Well if you can get yourself to New York City July 23rd - 25th, Texworld USA is a show you do not want to miss. With over 500 exhibitors from 12 different countries, you can come to discover upcoming fabric trends, new sustainability options, and get all your appointments done in one day (or three). But if you really want to get the most out of your time at the Javits Center, mark your calendar for some of the incredible seminars Texworld USA has organized to educate and equip you to run a stronger, better business. Here are the 10 must-see seminars for the Texworld USA July 2018 show.
By Jessica Kelly, Founder & CEO, THR3EFOLD
Summer is my favorite season. It has my birthday. It has the best weather. It's prime travel season. Every year I like to go on one big adventurous vacation, and from the avenues of Paris to the beaches of Bondi, I've loved them all. But none have impacted my life the way Zimbabwe and India have. Here's my story of impact travel and why everyone should skip Europe just once to travel somewhere that changes their life forever.