I started to put faces behind the clothes I bought. People with their own dreams, good days, bad days...children. One question led to another and I become more aware how the production of our clothing is linked to the well being of many.
These questions kept circling my head as I worked with small fair trade groups in India and Honduras. I realized that maybe the production of our clothing with small fair trade workshops could give women in developing countries an education which in turn could give them a source of income and more ownership of their lives. Putting money directly in the hands of women is a proven way to lift communities out of poverty. For every 1 women lifted above the poverty line, she brings another 7 people with her.
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 were created with the producer in mind.
One summer I started Liz Alig as a collection of a few dresses - really an experiment to see if it was possible to make clothing completely out of recycled materials. When these dresses sold and people wanted more I partnered with a group I worked with in Honduras, to produce 100 more dresses.
Over the past ten years Liz Alig has gone from producing thousands of pieces a season to boutiques and retailers nationally back to selling directly to you online. Our goal is the same - to make clothing that makes women feel confident (and comfortable) while giving those who make it a meaningful (and well paying) job. A large portion of the line is still produced with recycled materials, but we now incorporate sustainable and handwoven textiles.
We partner with over ten fair trade workshops that range from single women entrepreneurs to small workshops each sourcing sustainable textiles that are either produced locally or can be easily recycled.
It has been a pleasure knowing the people who sew our clothes for years, and I am grateful for your support!