2019 FINALIST

Brad Jeffery - MADE BY FREE WOMEN

Finalist of the The Global Goods Partners Magazine Most Socially Responsible Handbag



United States



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2019 Finalist Brad Jeffery MADE BY FREE WOMEN

Brad Jeffery FINALIST'S PROFILE

What country are your bags manufactured?
India

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
Our MADE BY FREE WOMEN brand bags are socially responsible because they provide life-changing jobs to women vulnerable to human trafficking and extreme poverty in the region of the world with the most poverty and slavery. Every bag is handmade by a women who without this job would be at risk of being tricked, trafficked or sold into slavery. The women are made free through a well paying, empowering self-sustaining job. Women are paid at or above fair-trade wages.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
We design our bags to compete with the best global brands on design and value to offer main stream consumers an ethical choice. We work closely with our crafters to teach them how to make bags and grow their skills. Our management team spends 1-2 weeks every 6 months working closely with crafting teams.

Working Conditions. Are the manufacturers/artisans that are being employed being treated humanely, of age, and working in safe and acceptable conditions? Please explain.
All our factory partners are required to meet or exceed the World Fair Trade Organization standards. This standard assures the best working conditions, pay and quality of life benefits.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decide to give back? How have your bags impacted this community?
Of the worlds current 40 million slaves, India has 40% alone. More than any other country. It also has the most people living in poverty. In addition South Asia is the fasting growing region for apparel manufacturing supported by poverty level paying jobs. To win the war on poverty and slavery we need to change the manufacturing model and provide consumers the opportunity to purchase fashion for social good.

Bag Description
The MADE BY FREE WOMEN - DAY TOTE made from 100% cotton canvas, with strong leather handles. Inside zipper pocket. Life-time guarantee, available in charcoal, mustard, red, burnt orange, and taupe canvas. $50.00

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