I’ve decided it was important for me to speak out about the current labor issues in the apparel industry given the recent tragedy in Bangladesh. Back in 1994 I traveled to South America in hopes of creating a small fashion company focused on products that captured the spirit of indigenous artisans. It did not take long to see the deplorable conditions and tragic life circumstances of so many in the knitting trade. It also did not take long to see the ravages of non-organic cotton farming on the land and on the health of farmers and their children. The traditional livelihoods of generations that have relied on knitting and farming were literally killing those they should be sustaining. There are just some things in life that you can’t turn your back on and this was one of them. This was the moment that INDIGENOUS Fair Trade + Organic fashion was born.
Co-producer and host of Conscious Living TV, Bianca Alexander, recently showed her love for eco fashion on a Salt Lake City morning show. Catch Bianca looking fabulous in an INDIGENOUS organic cotton Cold Shoulder Tee as she discusses her favorite green lifestyle products.
INDIGENOUS is proud to sponsor World Fair Trade Day! Between May 4th and 11th, thousands of people will come together across the globe to support fair trade justice and celebrate ways to empower marginalized producers.
Every stitch of eco fashion created for the INDIGENOUS line is 100% Fair Trade. This is far from a charity. We provide fair wages and safe working conditions for the artisans who expertly handcraft our organic clothing. That’s because fashion that causes human suffering or environmental degradation is far from beautiful!
Join one of the hundreds of celebrations being held throughout the U.S. by visiting the Fair Trade Resource Network website and locating an event near you.
Join the International Labor Rights Forum in calling on Walmart, H&M and Gap, the largest buyers of clothing made in Bangladesh, to make immediate safety improvements in their supplier factories by joining the legally-binding Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. All three retailers have been involved in the scourge of factory disasters in Bangladesh.
In 1969, Jack and Linda Jones picked up a copy of Vogue Magazine and glanced at Jacks’ horoscope. The message was clear and emphatic: “Quit your job and start a new project.”
That same day they found their new project. While reading the Whole Earth Catalog, they came across these words: “…we’ve been telling everyone who’s inquired politely if they could open a store, Go Ahead.” So with the spirit of optimism and adventure that is just what they did. With the help of their friends and family, they quit their jobs and moved to Austin to start a new store based on the Whole Earth Catalog: Whole Earth Provision Co.
As part of our recent Worth Wearing Campaign, we asked bloggers to silence the rumors that eco-fashion can’t be trendy or fun! We invited 12 bloggers to style our fun, fashionable and organic tassel scarf. We were extremely impressed with the responses and wanted to share our top three picks!
This March, INDIGENOUS proudly strutted fair trade fashion down the runway at the Freedom & Fashion Ceremony Show in Los Angeles. Recent tragedies and scandals have highlighted the ever-present use of slave labor within the mainstream fashion industry. It's time we stand up, in our fabulous fair trade frocks, and demand that action be taken.
When you buy fair trade clothing and eco fashion, you're supporting a better world for all. Take a look at our fabulous runway pics and let us know what you think!
Moms think about everyone’s outfits in the morning, except their own. Being a mom sometimes means compromising style for comfort, but you can have both. We have picked some of our favorite pieces from our collections for all the fabulous and fashionable moms. Not only are these looks effortless and quick to put together, they’re also eco-friendly, fashionable and smart!
INDIGENOUS is committed to people and the environment. Together, founders Scotty and Matt have helped form a scalable artisan network through the Indigenous clothing line that reflects a commitment to sustainability and socially responsible actions. INDIGENOUS was formed over 18 years ago and continues to support and preserve fair trade wages and artisan cooperatives while enriching the path for the eco-fashion and sustainability trends of today.
Eco-friendly fashion expresses your personal style while preserving the planet and artisan traditions. INDIGENOUS is a fair trade and organic apparel designer that chooses only the most supple organic cotton to create fashionable, fun and eco-friendly clothing. Timeless yet fashionable, INDIGENOUS pieces are worth wearing, worth sharing, and worth talking about!