Offered assistance for women’s economic independence
Aims to highlight, celebrate and acknowledge community groups of micro-artisans
Great things are happening with United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative. British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood teamed up with the organisation to create a collection of handbags and now eyewear designer Karen Walker has joined the initiative.
Acting locally and thinking globally, everything about the Ethical Fashion Initiative makes sense
EFI utilizes the power of fashion & style as a vehicle out of poverty.
The benefits of the initiative are quantifiable with social impact assessments showing increased food, improved housing conditions, the ability to send children to school and pay for medical supplies as direct results of the project.
Silvia Venturini Fendi, co-designer with Karl Lagerfeld at the Roman luxury leather-goods company and president of the Italian fashion organization AltaRomAltaModa, says a societal shift is expressing itself in clothing.
The initiative has empowered nearly 7,000 artisans, 98% of which are women
FLORENCE — Toys for boys are traditionally of the two- or four-wheeled kind. So it was no wonder that motorbikes at artistic angles and steely, streamlined cars driven into display areas formed the backdrop for the Pitti Uomo exhibition last week.
“Fashion can be responsible. . . .We work with people to transform local resources to beautiful fashion products,”
The EFI imposes a strict code of ethics, including decent wages and safe conditions for 7000 workers
GRACE NDUTA has never ventured far from Korogocho, the Nairobi slum where she lives. But her handiwork has. Bags she helped make were slung over the skinny shoulders of fashion models as they strutted the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.
This isn’t about charity, it’s about “organizing and allocating resources in such a way that this profit is also shared with the first stages. This is ethical fashion,”
“United Fashion is about real fashion produced in a responsible way,”
Mr. Cipriani has brought ethical issues into the 21st century conversation.
By creating cooperatives, mostly groups of women, that supply goods to fashion’s famous — from the eco-conscious Stella McCartney to the queen-of-good-causes Vivienne Westwood — Mr. Cipriani has brought ethical issues into the 21st century conversation.