Training & Fair Wage Employment

This element of our business structure was a non-negotiable since day one. Since we launched sales and production in 2014, we've manufactured every one of our garments in the United States with the goals of sustaining and creating new US manufacturing jobs, ensuring fair wages and fair labor. Because of our commitment to have our products made in Kansas City, this eliminates freight shipping and therefore lowers our carbon footprint. We pay our sewing contractors and payroll sewing employees not just a fair wage, but a living wage. 2021 living wage standard in Jackson County, Missouri, where we're headquartered is $13.75 an hour. We pay our seamstresses and storefront employees a starting wage of $13.75 to $15 an hour.

Giving Back Locally

We care about creating garments for you that LAST, and we care about the local hands that make them. We care about fair wages, safe work environments and producing quality luxurious eco-friendly pieces that'll stay in your closets and homes forever. We care about the local economy, and that's why our sewing factory is headquartered where we are. Products we sell and underwear that we donate through our buy one give one model are made by our payroll serwers in Kansas City, MO.

Our KC Sewing Factory

Head of our ethical manufacturing factory sew team is Laura Treas, owner of Fashion Tech KC, whose hands have carefully cut and sewn our products for almost six years. #Whomadeyourclothes? We share a factory space headquartered in Crossroads, Kansas City, where our staff payroll sewers earn a living wage to make our products locally.

Head Sewer, Program Manager

Laura Treas

Laura has been cutting and sewing our products and even contributing to design elements in our pieces for over six years. With a career in cut and sew production, her knowledge and experience in the manufacturing industry is unmatched, and we're grateful to have her on our team. Laura leads all of our production and oversees our other payroll sewers and contractors to help her sew our products. She's also on our payroll, getting paid a fair wage to manage and train participants in MADI Makes, our seamstress training program for women facing employment barriers.

Our Sew Team

By keeping our ethical manufacturing factory in the same city as our operations headquarters, we are able to oversee and ensure that workers making our products are paid a fair wage, that environmental standards are met and that child labor and abusive labor is eliminated.

Dye Artist

Alyx Jacobs

Alyx uses natural dyes like avocado pits and skins, ancient indigo with shibori prints, and even real marigold products to naturally dye our products the most striking colors. We're one of very few USA clothing manufacturers to implement natural dyes into our collections.

Our Sustainable Fabrics

We stand by our promise to source only ethical and sustainable fabrics, and we test them months before introducing anything new into our line. Your skin, your health and your comfort are our priorities. Since we make products that lay closest to your body than perhaps others, we figured these are important elements to stay true to. We also care about the people making these fabrics and how the factories we work with are treating the environment.

Cruelty-Free Silk

Bleach-free, chemical-free, 100% organic, natural and made by small family farms in rural India. Rare cruelty-free peace silk - also known as Ahimsa silk - is a process that allows the silkworm to emerge from their cocoon free and happy and complete their natural life cycle. The empty cocoons are then used to produce silk. Cruelty-free silk is not a vegan fabric since animals are used to make it, however, it's animal-friendly. Unlike traditional silk, silkworms are not killed in the process to make it.

Tencel & Organic Cotton Stretch Fleece

Made from eucalyptus wood that's harvested from natural forests and sustainably managed tree farms, these trees are fast growing and require no toxic pesticides and very little water to thrive. It is made in an environmentally responsible closed loop production process, which transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibers with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. This solvent-spinning process recycles process water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99%.

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Viscose from Bamboo

We source ethically-made bamboo fabric because it feels like clouds, it has a wash-and-wear lifespan that lasts for years longer than most fabrics, and breaks down into the soil at the end of it's life. The fibers used to make our fabric have channels that will absorb moisture and wick it away from the skin, keeping you cool and dry.

Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant in the world and helps sustain Earth's resources. It takes in five times the volume of greenhouse gasses when compared to timber trees and releases 35% more oxygen. Pesticides and fertilizers aren't needed, and its roots retain water, sustaining riverbanks and reducing water pollution.

Long-Lasting Laces

Our laces are eco-friendly as they last for years longer than most laces. Longer-lasting products means less apparel production and less waste in our landfills. Most of our lace comes to us in the natural form - undyed. We usually work with a local dye-artist to dye using organic materials like indigo, avocados and flowers.

We have a high standard when testing our laces for quality and comfort before launching them into our line of impactful intimates. We want to ensure that you may wash and dry our products hundreds of times and hardly notice any wear.

Soft Modal Clothing

Like bamboo, modal is silky-soft. It's a bit lighter and more airy but also thinner than our bamboo fabric. It is also biodegradable, ethically-sourced, and carbon neutral.