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Fashion Week, Saving South Africa & Extending the Life of Clothes: Ethical Fashion Friday

Mar 5th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday | Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion blog

The fair trade fashion revolution is making headlines. From a New York Fashion Week fail, to saving South Africa's clothing industry, see what caught our attention this week. 

New York Fashion Week Drops the Ball on SustainabilitySouth Africas Garment Industry Might be Saved by the Ethical Fashion Movement

Tiger Lily, a new ethical and sustainable fashion store opens in Bristol, UK.Sustainable Clothing Design Award Finalists Unveiled


A Glimpse of Fall Fashion at WWDMagic White 2015

Mar 1st, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

From the runway to 50 Shades of Gray. See what went on at WWDMagic White and preview Ethical Fashion on the horizon for Fall & Winter 2015.

WWDMagic White 2015 | Inside Look at Ethical Fashion for Fall and Winter 2015

Indigenous ethical fashion on the runway at WWDMagic White 2015

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You are Making a Difference

Dec 30th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Thank you and Happy New Year to all those who wear, give, and support ethical fashion.

What's even better than charity? Giving good, steady work to people who need it.  Giving a leg up and a livelihood to people who are bettering their lives and making a difference in their communities. This is what it means to relieve poverty in a truly sustainable way.

You have already made a difference, simply by buying with your heart. Clothes by Indigenous aren't just stylish. They're also made with respect for the people who make them, and for the planet we all share. 

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The Sad Truth

Nov 14th, 2014 - contributed by Indigenous

The Shipibo Bag, Supporting Indigenous Artists and Their Way of Life

Nov 10th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Womens Shipibo Design Shoulder Bag Purse Tote with Traditional Pattern

You respect the rights of indigenous cultures. You give value to their unique ways of seeing the world, and their right to live they way they wish. So do we. 

INDIGENOUS is excited to introduce the Shipibo Bag. Each is a work of art, supporting the Shipibo women of the Amazon, allowing them to continue their traditional art and way of life. 

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Photos from Cavallo Point Mercantile | Ethical Fashion Event

Sep 2nd, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Thanks to all who came out to support Ethical Fashion while winning prizes and supporting RSF Social Finance! The evet at Cavallo Point Mercantile was a stunning success.

Ethical Fashion event at Cavallo Point Mercantile in San Francisco, August 2014

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INDIGENOUS at Cavallo Point Mercantile in San Francisco… Prizes & Give Back Program!

Jul 19th, 2014 - contributed by Indigenous

Cavallo Point – August 22, 2014:

It only takes one look to know that Cavallo Point is an extraordinary place. The warm ambiance and charmed location make Cavallo Point Mercantile the perfect place to shop for elegant, sustainably made clothing, jewelry and accessories. Join us there on August 22nd to celebrate an innovative partnership. You’re invited to preview the future of fashion with CAVALLO POINT MERCANTILE, INDIGENOUS AND RSF SOCIAL FINANCE.

Cavallo Point Mercantile will show Indigenous Ethical Fashion with proceeds benefiting RSF Social Finanance


Enter to WIN Ethical Fashion + Sustainable Jewelry.

May 2nd, 2014 - contributed by Indigenous

This Mother's Day, we'll reward one lucky person with a shopping spree at INDIGENOUS and HOVEY LEE. Enter to win for your wonderful self... or for the Mother who gave you all her love.

Here's what you'll WIN:

$100 for INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion.
$100 for Hovey Lee sustainable jewelry.

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Our Fair Trade Artisans Empowered by Kiva

May 1st, 2014 - contributed by Scott Leonard

There are many steps to the top of the mountain. The vision and business path that Matt and I chose with INDIGENOUS has not always been an easy one, but we have met extraordinary people and organizations on our journey. When pioneering and scaling a fair trade & organic supply chain at the Base Of the Pyramid (BOP) financing becomes particularly challenging.

With the help of social impact investment leaders like Josh Mailman we began to look for a consistent way to finance the fair trade and organic supply chain we had built. Around 2001 our management team began working with The Barred Rock Fund and Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF) on financial modeling and purchase order financing.

In 2004 we engaged with Willy Foote and his amazing Root Capital team to pilot them into the handicraft and textile sector. Root Capital (RC) is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training for small and growing businesses creating positive impact in the BOP. Root Capital was a crucial element in helping us to financially scale our fair trade artisan supply chain. RC continues to lend capital, while delivering financial literacy within our supply chain partners today. Although Root Capital has continued to be a corner stone to scaling our Artisan production model, we have continued on our journey to expand and experiment with other financial partners.


INDIGENOUS is excited to announce that we have become a Kiva field partner—a distributor of microfinance loans raised through Kiva.org. With each of our first three artisans seeking loans already completely funded, we are confident that this breakthrough partnership will serve to improve the lives of artisans and their communities.

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals (like you) lend as little as $25 to help create viable opportunity around the world.

Kiva and INDIGENOUS envision a world where all people— even in the most remote areas of the globe —hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.

So far, 3 of INDIGENOUS’ artisan knitters have pursued funding through Kiva. Below you can read about Ana, Noda, and Antonio, whose loans have completely funded in less than a week! Each one of them is using hard work and entrepreneurship to improve their own life, the lives of their families, and to make a difference in their community.

I’m also very proud to say that my daughter Madison was instrumental in helping put together these first three pilot programs during her internship in Peru.

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Fashion Revolution Day gets us to wear our organic + fair trade fashion #INSIDEOUT

Apr 24th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

The INDIGENOUS crew wore their organic + fair trade fashion #INSIDEOUT to celebrate Fashion Revolution Day and mark the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh.

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