I started asking a lot of questions after living in Kenya for a summer. I went shopping and no longer just glanced at the price; I glanced at the tag to find out where it was made. It sounds trite, but I started to realize that there are people who make our clothes. People with their own dreams, good days, bad days...children. One question led to another and I started to see the power clothing production has on millions of people.
These questions kept circling my head as I worked with NGO's in India and Honduras. I realized that maybe the production of our clothing with small fair trade cooperatives could give women in developing countries an education which in turn could give them a source of income which in turn would give their children a better education. Maybe the production of our clothing could be a key in helping whole communities out of poverty.
So I started caring about where my clothing came from.
As a girl with a fashion degree and a little bit of a fabric snob - I had a trouble finding clothing that I wanted to wear, but that was created slowly, meaningfully, ethically from the fabric to the sewing.
One summer I started Liz Alig as just a collection of a few dresses - really as an experiment to see if it was possible to make clothing completely and totally out of recycled materials (because at the time it was almost impossible to find fabrics that were produced ethically).
When these dresses sold and people wanted more I partnered with a group I worked with in Honduras, Mi Esperanza, to produce 100 more dresses...it went on from there.
Today our goal is the same - to make fashion forward, effortless style that you want to wear - clothing that gives women in developing countries hope and a meaningful job. A large portion of the line is still made from recycled materials along with handwoven and other natural textiles. We partner with over ten amazing fair trade cooperatives, workshops, and NGO's that not only create beautiful ethical clothing, but are so much different than traditional production houses. They use funds to offer free skills training to women, they offer free nursery for young children, they not only pay well but give paid holidays and benefits to employees.
Thanks for your support and caring where your clothing comes from. Thanks for believing your clothing purchases can have a positive impact on the world.