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Manufacturing & Supply Chain Ethics in Fashion


Historically, “fashion” focuses on externals—on the styles and shades that change from season to season. This is not by chance, as the “back end” of fashion has long been hidden unless it is an asset to the organization or brand. Over the past decade, progress has been made uncovering systemic faults in the fashion supply chain. Some corporations have gone to great lengths to reduce their dependence on “sweatshop” labor—even as “fast fashion” brands have gained market share with a lack of transparency about their labor practices. However, even the most committed and sophisticated brands (such as Patagonia) have a hard time plumbing the depths of supply chain issues.

Fortunately, we see emerging organizations growing into brand leaders by creating an implicit brand connection to how items are made and who makes them. This trend has improved the treatment of persons working in the supply chain, and has connected buyers to a story deeper than their individual aesthetic preferences.

We're interested in ventures that continue this trajectory, particularly organizations that develop their own manufacturing or partnerships to this end. These endeavors often develop capacities for living wage employment, as well as explicit public branding that will connect their organization’s future to accountability over the long term.


Praxis Ventures

Ventures within the Praxis community working on this ORI.

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is a globally-inspired jewelry brand, creating beautiful designs to lift up and champion women around the world with partnerships that include Neiman Marcus (Brittany Merrill Underwood, Nonprofit 2014; Praxis Mentor Sheeba Philip is now CEO).

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Gifts for Good

offers an alternative to the massive business gifting sector with gifts made exclusively by nonprofit and social enterprise partners (Laura Hertz & Jenise Steverding, Business 2021).

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Known Supply

humanizes the global fashion industry through fair trade production, sustainable materials, and transparency to the maker of each piece (Kohl Crecelius, 2012 Nonprofit with affiliate Krochet Kids).

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Sseko Designs

is an ethical fashion company offering beautiful products that create economic and career opportunities in East Africa (Liz Bohannon & Ben Bohannon, Business 2015).

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