Vietnam is a hub of creativity, innovation, skills, tradition, and local trade. A growing number of designers are producing environmentally-friendly garments, paying their workers fairly, and creating dignified working conditions. Many work in close relationships with ethnic minority tribes, thus supporting ancestral savoir-faire in fabric making, dyeing and weaving.
As fast fashion and consumerism continue to grow, we encourage people to love the clothes they already own and to ask the question: who made my clothes?
We work to support and celebrate local tailors, menders, cobblers, designers, and sustainable fashion businesses.
The textile and garment sector of Vietnam is one of the country’s largest industries and a key contributor to its economic growth. According to the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX) in 2014, Vietnam’s textile and garment exports increased 18% year over year to total approximately US $20 billion, accounting for 15% of the country’s gross domestic product and 18% of its total exports.
Vietnam has fast become a major player in the global textile industry, predominantly within the outdoor, sports, and footwear sectors. With a workforce of more than 2 million in the textiles industry, and more than 6,000 garment and apparel firms, textiles were Vietnam’s largest export sector in 2017. The U.S is the biggest market for a garment from Vietnam while Japan and the EU come second and third respectively.
Though the US remains Vietnam’s largest export market, China is forecast to become Vietnam’s largest export destination by 2030. The textile and garment industry is comprised of approximately 4,000 enterprises and provides (direct and indirect) employment for more than 4.5 million people.
Approximately 90 percent of the workforce are union members. However, workers are not allowed to form their own unions, they usually belong to a government-related institution.
According to studies following factory audits by Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), the most prominent violations of workers’ rights in garment and textile factories in Vietnam are excessive overtime work (sometimes forced or not paid at the correct rate), productivity pressure and a lack of fire safety regulations.
As more research is carried out, a growing number of incidents of gender-based violence are surfacing and being reported.
Other common issues found in FWF audits show incomplete labor contracts, resignation policies that are not correctly implemented, and low awareness among workers of their rights and responsibilities.
cotton: 3 months; wool: 25-40 years; leather: 25-40 years; nylon: 30-40 years; rubber: 50-80 years; lycra: up to 200 years; polyester (in over ½ of our clothes): up to 200 years
We believe the time is NOW for a fashion revolution! We love fashion. But we don’t want our clothes to exploit people or destroy the planet.