TRIBE wants to change the fashion industry, so that the focus is on PEOPLE and not just PROFITS.
Did you know?
What are sweatshops? Sweatshops are factories that often have oppressive work environments; unfair and extremely low wages; long hours; unsafe facilities; and sometimes allow child labor and no pay (slavery).
A direct result of the “fast fashion” trend, garment workers are often forced to work longer hours for less money as global fashion brands (i.e., apparel available in chain stores across the country) demand lower costs so that they can sell clothing for only a few dollars to consumers. Learn more about the True Cost of Fashion here.
Does what we pay for clothing matter?
Yes. If we are buying cheap clothing, then we are enabling cheap labor. Whereas people used to invest in a few pieces of clothing to last years, the advent of the $5 t-shirt has allowed consumers to shop ‘til we drop, often at the expense of the garment worker who receives only pennies for their days work.
Our solution to the exploitation and low wages prevalent in the global fashion industry is a fashion line that puts PEOPLE first, and not profit. It is a fashion line that is inspired BY women, purchased BY or FOR women and that benefits women globally.
Thankfully, over the last few years there has been an increase in the number of fashion companies who are adopting sustainable and ethical practices. However, many fair trade stores across the US and on our travels, do not carry fashionable, stylish options. The majority of fair-trade clothing options were not designed for the modern, trendy woman who wants the vibrant colors of Africa or Asia melded with the classic and flattering styles of the West.
This is where TRIBE was born— at the intersection of ethical employment, globally inspired fabrics and flattering design.