Together We Can Do More Good
We believe in businesses that distribute fair trade products – an industry which values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure. By educating the value of products and guiding the manufacturing process we build stronger companies that do good.
We also believe in our manufacturers dedicated to transparency and businesses built on lasting relationships. Our work is not possible without the people that make our products and we contribute towards improving their work life and livelihood.
Building a fashion business cannot be done alone. Our mission is to provide fashion entrepreneurs with sourcing solutions, guidance, and resources- empowering brands to be built sustainably and responsibly. We want to be there for you at every step of the way.
Our vision is to be an innovative leader in helping make it easier for fashion entrepreneurs to be socially responsible, provide fairtrade manufacturing solutions and to humanize garment factories. With our help, we hope you are inspired to structure your business in a way that changes the world.
Ethical Manufacturing From Start To Finish
Source My Garment was conceived based on fair trade, corporate social responsibility and the need to provide both quality and affordability. To meet these demands we have established strategic relationships with garment factories worldwide – all of which embody our fundamental values of integrity, honesty, and proper conduct and fair wages. Our relationships with manufacturers are based on mutual respect, shared philosophies, and the desire for all to prosper. We maintain regular contact via phone and video conference and schedule in-person visits to ensure our ethical checklists are being maintained. Wherever possible, certifications are sought. Most importantly we take the time to really know and understand the people we work with – many of whom, like us, are passionate about “giving back” to their community.
We Think And Act Both Globally And Locally
We think beyond our borders. We strive to balance the need to support one another locally as well as globally. We are drawn together by a common interest, connected with the same values of integrity, sustainability and social responsibility. We are a global community focused on impacting the world in a positive way.
Manufacturing a product is only one part of a business. Our smaller scale socially responsible factories support the families and communities who have been doing this for generations. They rely on us for support. They all have very special skills and talent in all areas of production. They live in areas that are completely focused on creating garments and job losses would mean relocating to another state. In North America, we have so many opportunities available. It is important for us to SHARE our good fortune with those in other countries who do not live in such abundance.
Overseas manufacturing has access to a wider range of resources to get the job done. They can easily access mills, materials, fibers, equipment, factories, dyers, printers, notions and quality machinery that all improve the efficiency and quality of producing apparel.
Global warming is not a problem we can solve alone. We support the use of eco-friendly dyes and fabric. Most of these fibers are grown overseas. To reduce our footprint we chose to make the entire garment abroad and help families that are experts in their craft and have been doing it for over 4000 years. They are experts in their craft and in-turn produce the highest quality product available in any market.
As a small business, you help to stimulate economic growth not only by employing yourself but providing employment opportunities in administration, sales, design, sample makers, models, marketing, photography, accounting, logistics, printing & business materials and much more. As a local business, you are spending money to fuel your local economy and workers.
Fashion A Better World
Source My Garment believes in manufacturing environmental-friendly clothing. We provide innovative suggestions on reducing impact right through from the design to logistics. Like any good product design, clothing development, production and distribution can be accomplished in a better, smarter, and more socially and environmentally sustainable way. From raw fiber to finished garments, sustainability is something can be woven into fashion – we can help it happen.
Fair Trade And Beyond
Source My Garment and our manufacturers are fully committed to upholding the 10 Key Principles Of Fair Trade as outlined by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
We stand behind WFTO all the way – and then go beyond by adding a few principles of our own.
We source factories that pay fair wages and demonstrate concern for their employees’ welfare by giving back to their local community. We provide consistent purchases, advances and prompt final payments to factories.
We pre-pay at least 50% in advance and balance payments prior to shipment so our producers do not have to go into debt.
We endeavour to increase market share in North America for fairly trade products made by small to medium businesses.
We strive to educate people about fair trade practices and the process and hard work that go into manufacturing garments overseas.
We cultivate relationships which reflect fundamental values of integrity, honesty and proper conduct and then keep you in the loop by providing certifications, transparency, photographs and even videos so that you know the full “story” behind your fair trade ethically manufactured garment.