All of the items are made with natural fibers, relying on the special hand woven skills of thousands of artisans in South America.
I asked Matt a few question and this is what he had to say…
JH, PureThread: Please tell me your mission as it specifically pertains to your sustainability initiatives and, if applicable, how you intend to be a leader in the field.
MR: Our ultimate mission is to build a leading ethical fashion brand while empowering artisans at the bottom of the pyramid, elevating them to premium status through our indigenous fair trade & organic production model. Indigenous, founded in 1994, has significant first mover advantage as one of the few pioneers in this space. Indigenous has built a one of a kind cottage industry artisan based production model, employing over 1,000 Fair Trade artisans and pioneered luxurious best in class organic yarns. Indigenous is the brand that creates balance through mindful purchase. We strive to appeal to both the style conscious fashionista and the cause related passionista, alike through our deeply rooted socially just trading model and classic European design detail.
JH: What do you think are your company’s three most important sustainability initiatives?
Matt: 1) Environmental Stewardship through exclusively using only the best 100% organic, natural fibers, 2) Social Justice by working directly with indigenous artisans at the bottom of the pyramid and paying them full value for their work, and 3) Global Action by development works of organizations to provide financing, fair trade and organic certifications, education, and other vital forms of assistance to help indigenous artisans elevate themselves and their cultures on the world stage. As well as involving ourselves in our own communities to help further the cause of social & environmental education.