Made only from Organic Cotton, Maven Women is created using only fair trade in India. With their support for Woman Entrepreneurship, they are an amazing brand that deserves to be read about. Continue reading to learn more, or browse their Eco-Innovation Collection.
What drove you to start your business?
I entered law to pursue social justice. Working on human and labor rights issues around the globe enabled me to understand how complex and harmful the global garment industry can be, yet I had trouble finding clothing that fit my values, vocation, and aesthetic. I dreamed of something better.
I refused to believe the status quo has to be the future. When I voiced my desire for more socially conscious apparel options I found I was not alone. These conversations also shared another common theme: limited options for well-fitting, flattering, and stylish clothing.
And Maven Women was born.
Who are your employees or your artisans?
Our American Eco-Innovation Collection is made of a gorgeous eco Ponte de Roma made primarily of cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Our Ponte is created by a family-owned, Los Angeles-based factory, Laguna Fabrics. We even invest in a special treatment to pre-shrink the fabric prior to production which takes places at the nearby Geltman Industries. This pre-shrinking makes it possible for you to wash our pieces and have them keep their shape instead of needing to dry clean, which is better for both the planet and your pocketbook.
Standing up for women
For our development as well as the production we partner with Lefty Production Company, a woman-owned manufacturer in Los Angeles. All staff at Lefty are paid a living wage and we are big fans of the warm, welcoming ethos of the company.
The fabric creation, product development, production, and shipping and fulfillment of this collection all take place within a ten mile radius in Los Angeles. We are even able to forego the plastic polybags that clothes are often individually wrapped in due to the close proximity of this supply chain.
Our Global Artisan Collection
Our Global Artisan Collection is created by Mehera Shaw, an artisanal, eco-conscious, fair trade manufacturer in Jaipur, India. Mehera Shaw’s artisans dye our organic cotton fabric and block print our liners by hand using centuries-old techniques that preserve craft heritage and support decentralized village production methods in rural India.
All staff are full-time salaried employees who are paid on time, paid a living wage, receive annual bonuses, and can receive emergency loans for education, illness, and family concerns. Staff work in clean and safe conditions with regular lunch and tea breaks and clean drinking water, do not work excessive overtime, and receive pension funds. Staff work in a transparent team environment with support for additional skills training. There is no discrimination or harassment, forced labor, forced overtime, excessive working hours, or child labor. Mehera Shaw is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Craft Mark.
How are you making an impact?
Mehera Shaw is embarking on a new project to improve their environmental impact through improving water filtration, which would enable them to receive certification by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for their factory. Ninety-five percent of their textiles, and all of those they use for Maven Women, already have this high-level certification.
Mehera Shaw supports the Meher Road Foundation, whose products include a micro-enterprise skills training program for women that promotes environmental consciousness through upcycling. Any leftover materials from our production are donated to this Foundation.