A new wave of fashion brands recognise the value of investing in their workers. They also know what this means for the quality of their products.
Able are an American fashion brand selling a range of ethically made bags, shoes, apparel and jewellery. They are leading the way on transparency by publishing their wages. Their focus is on empowering women so that they can invest in their families and end generational poverty.
Handcrafted and beautifully designed, Nisolo specialise in shoes for both men and women. They have constructed their own factory in Trujillo, the shoemaking capital of Peru. This investment means they can pay well above fair trade wage requirements, which shows in the craftsmanship and finish of their shoes.
Sustainably made, on-trend women's wear and another brand that has built their own factory, this time in Los Angeles. This means employees have a healthy, safe environment to work in. Not only are they paid a living wage but they are offered free metro cards and full health benefits.
KOTN's clothes are born out of a love for one fibre: Egyptian cotton. A type of cotton that is finer, softer and more breathable than others. They work directly with farms in Egypt and guarantee the farmers a price to help them better plan against fluctuations in the market. They then work with a factory in Egypt that pays a fair wage and supports employees in developing their craft.
Founded in 2005 by the French pair Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion with a focus on reinventing how sneakers are made and sold. Neither wanted to compromise great design or social responsibility so have created a brand that pursues both. They work direct with Brazilian producers when sourcing their cotton and mutually agree a price in a 1-3 year contract. The average monthly salary in their factories is over 40% higher than the national average leading to high retention.