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Pour Les Femmes
When actress and activist Robin Wright visited Congo with her friend and designer Karen Fowler, they witnessed the reality in which women were living and felt the need to give back by founding Pour Les Femmes - a socially conscious sleepwear brand creating economic opportunities for women in need and their local communities. Working with charitable programmes Action Kivu and Give Work, the label supports women in Congo’s conflicted regions by giving them safe working conditions and the opportunity to learn precious skills in order to provide for themselves and their families.
The fairtrade pieces are crafted exclusively with natural fibres such as organic sourced cotton and feature hand embroidered detailing and vintage lace sewn by women in local workshops. “At Pour Les Femmes we practice slow fashion meaning we hand cut our garments and pay three times the normal wage to the women who make them,” explain the two co-founders. In the same vein, the label hopes to bring back a sense of comfort and security surrounding the ritual of bedtime to women around the world.
“French for ‘raised up’, Relevé comes from a desire to raise awareness and ethical standards to lift the fashion experience into an elevated place where sustainability and style coexist,” says Raia Gomez, CEO and Founder of Relevé Fashion. A unique destination for sustainable fashion with a positive social impact, the online platform allows customers to navigate effortlessly across ethical brands according to their social and environmental commitments in order to focus on shopping fashion for good based on informed and conscious choices.
The carefully curated brands featured are mainly female founded with deep ethical values, including funky fashion label Piopio which works with artisans in the Philippines to revive traditional crafts, and Okapi, an accessories brand offering luxurious leather goods handmade in Africa with sustainably sourced local materials. Gomez herself is also part of the Female Founder Collective which supports and empower female entrepreneurs to bring change to our communities.
Every purchase made on the site carries a powerful social action that will make a positive difference as it contributes to a non-profit partner such as FCancer and Nest. With its dedication to transparency and love of beautiful objects made with care, Relevé sheds a light on sustainable brands by showing why and how they’re doing it right, while inviting female customers to join in making a powerful fashion statement.