5 Clothing Brands Who Empower & Support Women

Today is International Women’s Day and to go along with my video about women working in the fashion industry, here are 5 brands who respect, support, and pay fairly the women who work for them:

Raven + Lily

A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Raven + Lily employs women artisans around the world to make their clothes, jewellery, bags, and home goods.

“We currently help employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages in safe environments with sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.”

 

 

Mata Traders

Working with artisan cooperatives Mata Traders produces a clothing collection made from handmade textiles (including a few plus size options) as well as jewellery.

“Mata Traders partners with several fair trade organizations in India and Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in marginalized communities, with a focus on gender equity and empowering women. This is what we love about working with them.”

 

Indigenous 

A fair trade fashion brand who also prioritizes sustainable materials, Indigenous works with artisans in South America.

“Our Fair Trade strategy is to alleviate poverty and support sustainable development. We create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers.”

 

Passion Lilie

Fair trade brand Passion Lilie works with artisans in India using traditional dyeing (including some natural dyes!) and weaving techniques

“We are committed to providing fair wages and working with organizations that provide safe and healthy working conditions, low cost or free on the job training, time off for education, loans and financial advising, opportunities for health care and most importantly a positive and uplifting working environment.”

 

Sudara

Sudara is the creator of “Punjammies”- loungewear made by women who have left or are looking for alternative employment to the sex trade.

“We are passionate about India- where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. And while it may seem overwhelming, we are hopeful because we are seeing how safe, sustainable jobs are making a way for women to make their way out of the sex trade- or altogether avoid it.”

 

Happy women’s day!

 

Looking for more brands? Check out my sustainable/ethical shopping guide!

 

 

*all images are from brand’s websites