Co-founders Jackie King and Melanie Hunley began Liberate Apparel as a way to help women in the Dominican Republic and Haiti free themselves from a cycle of poverty and destitution.
Liberate Apparel's line of female clothing is handcrafted from the finest material, intended to draw out the natural beauty inherent within every woman. The apparel is made within the dual-country island providing work, sufficient wages and opportunities for women throughout the country. With the intention of instilling their workers with valuable life skills and resources, Liberate Apparel aims to encourage women to "permanently change the direction of life for them and their families."
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Liberate Apparel Provides Jobs, Opportunities for Majority World Women
1. Female Empowerment Fashion - The rise of clothing brands with a social purpose offers opportunity for disrupting the fashion industry by using platform of fashion as tool for self-sufficiency and economic opportunity.
2. Fair Wage Craftsmanship - Promotion of handcrafted clothing for women and use of ethically-sourced materials is promoting new standards for labor and living wages in developing economies.
3. Sustainable and Ethical Fashion - The trend towards sustainability and ethical sourcing is a movement which aims to disrupt the fast fashion industry by making sustainable and ethical practices widespread in the fashion world.
1. E-commerce - Opportunities for start-ups promoting artisanal garments, while utilizing online sales platforms that connect independent designers and ethically sourced materials with conscious consumers, serving newly-defined audience and creating new markets.
2. Apparel Manufacturing - Business competition using eco-friendly materials and fair wages for employees as a method for disrupting traditional fashion industry, through emphasizing the value of quality products and ethical practices.
3. Social Enterprise - Entrepreneurial models like Liberate Apparel, promoting fair labor and creating self-sufficiency for craftswomen in developing economies are opening new avenues for social entrepreneurship, providing innovative approaches to making use of business practices and fashion industry platform to achieve social and economic goals.