Liz Alig is the story of a young designer striving to make clothing that is ethical from fabric to sewing while on trend and fashion forward.
This story begins a few years ago when for the first time Elizabeth Roney, founder of Liz Alig, put a face behind someone who makes the things we buy in the store. An old man sat on top a pile of tires in Nairobi, Kenya, while HAND sewing shoes made out of the old tires. It was not so much the conditions that the man was sitting in or the look on his face, it was rather the first time that she had really considered that there are real people that make our clothes. This realization and her travels in many other developing countries brought her to conclude that the people who make our clothes generally have difficult lives. This began her infatuation with reading the 'made in...' tags sewn in clothes and searching for clothing that she wanted to wear, but was ethical. This search many times came up empty handed.
With a background in fashion design, Elizabeth set off to create her own line of clothing that filled this need. The search for ethical fabric many times ended with confusion or laughter on the phone, so Elizabeth started experimenting with recycling old/unwanted clothing and creating a completely new silhouette. Realizing that upcycling textiles is a wonderful way to design clothing, it has become a primarily source of fabrics for the Liz Alig line.
Because she had already worked with an NGO, Mi Esperanza ("My Hope") in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, she coordinated with about five women in the program to produce her first collection of dresses made out of recycled vintage fabrics. This organization was exactly the kind of place that she envisioned her clothes being made - a place that teaches underprivileged Honduran women skills so that they can become economically independent and help themselves out of poverty.
As we have grown to produce with over ten different groups all over the world this is our goal, to find similar groups that not only pay fair wages, but are working to help people out of poverty. Liz Alig now works with co-ops and production facilities in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ghana, India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and USA.
Liz Alig clothing is vintage inspired and comfortable with little added design details - pockets are our absolute favorite thing. Elizabeth works as the design head from a small studio in Indianapolis. The June 2010 Nashville Lifestyle Magazine stated Liz Alig “has really taken off in boutiques in the South and her native Midwest, and it’s easy to see her popularity growing…the clothes are young, vintage-inspired, fun, wearable, and definitely in your budget.” You can find the Liz Alig label in several stores throughout the country.