The Social Issue
For our recent print edition, The Social Issue, we featured several pieces in our regular article, The Valet Edit. We wanted to tell you more about the brands behind these pieces, each with their own social conscious:
It all started with crocheting at college for founders and friends, Kohl, Travis and Stewart. During their summer breaks they volunteered in various developing nations, hoping to gain a better understanding of the global community in which they lived. It wasn’t long before we came to realize how blessed they had been growing up. The desire was planted within them to help. To reach out in love. To make a difference.
It was around this time that an idea was born. One which involved a familiar trade. Friends and family encouraged them to teach people in developing countries how to crochet as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty. At first, they thought the world needed something more drastic than crochet, something much more profound. That was until Stewart returned home after a summer spent in Uganda.
It was then that we realized the simplicity of crocheting to be its most profound quality. With hook and yarn people could make amazing products. Being paid a fair wage to do so would allow for them, for the first time, to provide for their families and begin planning for the future. By teaching these people to crochet, they would be empowering them to rise above poverty. They decided right then that they were going to do exactly that.
Krochet Kids intl. has continued to grow and evolve since they earned their non-profit status in January 2008. Today, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future in creating gifts that give back. The products created abroad have been well received and the collaboration of their staff and beneficiaries around the globe has created a sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment.
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A silent hero, Nudie Jeans doesn’t widely promote their Fair Trade and Organic practices. Their denim is simple and stylish and they match their modern look with modern ethics. Nudie also makes their denim durable and lasting which means less waste and more value, quality over quantity. The origination and the organic contents of every pair of denim they sell is written on the label.
In collaboration with the garment factories Nudie bear the responsibility to provide a safe, fair and ethical working environment for all the people who are involved in the manufacture of their clothes.
They work together with only a handful of partners, all of whom are required to comply with their code of conduct. Nudie’s membership of Fair Wear Foundation is a key element ensuring that everyone across the production chain works under fair conditions.
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS®, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One™.
Realizing this movement could serve other basic needs, TOMS® Eyewear was launched. With every pair purchased, TOMS® will help give sight to a person in need. One for One™.
“I was so overwhelmed by the spirit of the South American people, especially those who had so little, and I was instantly struck with the desire — the responsibility — to do more.”
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