We don’t want just anyone producing our product. As a women-owned business, we partner with a diverse group of women, who share at least one commonality - the lack of opportunity to harness an independent income. We collaborate with makers from low-income and immigrant communities in the local NYC area, as well as marginalized communities in the Global South. Meet the women that make it happen.
Handmade in Harlem
Our bandanas are made in New York City by Custom Collaborative's community of artisans. Your purchase provides vital income to the women in their programs who rely on sewn goods production work to support themselves and their families.
Custom Collaborative is a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses. By learning the standard techniques and ethical business practices of the fashion industry, our participants professionalize their sewing and design skills, overcome barriers to employment, and ultimately, change the economics of the industry.
Handmade in Nepal
We believe in providing economic opportunities to those often excluded from the global economy. All our wool toys are crafted by fairly-paid, highly trained artisans.
Our partnership supports income-generation for 70 female heads-of-households living within and near the Kathmandu vicinity. Providing fair living wages and stable incomes allow these women to access education for their children, and provide necessary means to strengthen their families' livelihoods in an otherwise marginalized population.
Handmade in Cambodia
Founded in Phnom Penh in 2005, Friends International provides training, a stable income, social support (for example: hygiene, nutrition, child rights, HIV, reproductive health, etc.), and employment assistance to adults in marginalized communities. The majority of producers are mothers who have been unable to access employment, either because they have young children without care facilities available, a low level of education and skills, or because their physical and emotional conditions prevent them from engaging in formal employment.
By helping families achieve sustainable financial security, our partnership reduces child labor and increases reintegration of marginalized children and youth into school and training. Every purchase creates a positive impact, as all profit is reinvested into the lifesaving programs of Friends-International.
Handmade in Peru
Our artisan partners in Peru would like you to know they love what they do from start to finish. Through fair trade means, these 70+ women coordinate, develop and knit beautiful products utilizing organic Peruvian materials showcasing their talent while supporting their families through their fine craftsmanship.