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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

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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.

A NEW PARTNERSHIP

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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Reflections on the Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse

Apr 23rd, 2014 - contributed by Indigenous

We will never forget.

On April 24th of last year, the ugly reality behind fast fashion was brought into the living rooms of everyday people around the world. Rana Plaza—a massive garment factory complex in Bangladesh—had collapsed into a heap of rubble, killing over 1,000 people (mostly young women), and injuring over 2,500. The truth could no longer be ignored. Accompanying the storm of haunting images of the wreckage and victims were the real stories of Bangladeshi garment factory workers—their horrid working conditions and near slavery status.  We must continue to ask ourselves: what is the true cost of fast fashion?

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Remembering The Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. April 24, 2013.

#INSIDEOUT Photo Contest Winners

Apr 8th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Fashion Revolution Day, April 24th 2014. Who made your clothes? Wear your clothes #INSIDEOUT and let the world know in the name of ethical fashion.

On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in fashion supply chains continue.

Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.

INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion sponsored Fashion Revolution Day's first ever #INSIDEOUT photo contest, and the results are in.

See the winners and find out how you can enter to win the grand prize >>

X INDIGENOUS Honored by Sustainatopia for Extraordinary GOOD in Ethical Fashion

Apr 7th, 2014 - contributed by Indigenous

There are moments along the way when we inevitably pause and reflect upon the path we’ve taken. That’s exactly what’s about to happen to INDIGENOUS Co-founders Matt Reynolds and Scott Leonard. This month, Sustainatopia will honor them for their two-decade commitment to ethical fashion.

To celebrate, INDIGENOUS’ friends at World Ways Social Marketing have put together this short video celebrating INDIGENOUS’ impact in the field of transparent, fair trade production, and the development of the USA’s most versatile, wearable organic + fair trade clothing line for women and men. Please take a moment to watch and let us know what you think.

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There are moments along the way when we inevitably pause and reflect upon the path we’ve taken. That’s exactly what’s about to happen to INDIGENOUS Co-founders Matt Reynolds and Scott Leonard. This month, Sustainatopia will honor them for their two-decade commitment to ethical fashion.

To celebrate, INDIGENOUS’ friends at World Ways Social Marketing have put together this short video celebrating INDIGENOUS’ impact in the field of transparent, fair trade production, and the development of the USA’s most versatile, wearable organic + fair trade clothing line for women and men. Please take a moment to watch and let us know what you think.

Indigenous Wear Your Values from Indigenous on Vimeo.

Women's long organic cotton EZ skirt in white. Fair trade ethical fashion from Indigenous.

INDIGENOUS organic cotton EZ skirt in white from our ethical fashion line for spring and summer 2014

Watch, step-by-step, as ethical fashion is made.

Apr 5th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

INDIGENOUS shows how a piece of organic, ethical fashion is made by fair trade artisans
At INDIGENOUS, we believe in total transparency. That's why we created The Fair Trace Tool™, to allow our customers to find out how their organic + fair trade clothing has been created. Watch this play-by-play demonstration of an INDIGENOUS garment in production, and watch as high-quality knitwear comes to life in the hands of INDIGENOUS' fair trade artisans.

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8 Sustainable Fashion Events to Attend in 2014

Mar 30th, 2014 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Reposted from Shannon Whitehead's sustainable fashion blog.

A host of upcoming events promises to keep you up to date on the latest progress and trends in ethical fashion. INDIGENOUS is sponsoring the Ethical Fashion & Sustainable Design Summit, happening April 16th-18th.

1. )  Ethical Fashion & Sustainable Design Summit April 16-18, 2014 Miami Beach, FL

This Summit is part of Sustainatopia, one of the largest events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability. Sponsored by fair trade clothing brand INDIGENOUS and media platform FASHION ONE, the Summit will facilitate a meeting for the entire eco-system of ethical fashion and sustainable design. Spanning the course of three days, 50 international speakers will be featured from various sectors of the industry.

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INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion during a runway show in 2013. See 8 sustainable fashion events of 2014.

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