Most people who buy clothes are women, as are most of the people who make them are as well. Yet fashion has all too often disregarded women’s rights, safety, value, and voice. We only work with supply chain partners who share our commitment to the inherent dignity of all people and demonstrate it by promoting gender equity and women’s empowerment. As women we all deserve better. Let’s come together to embody the change we seek.
SUPPLY CHAIN AWARENESS
Awareness is the first step towards action. In developing our supply chain we evaluate each step around its impact on people and our planet. We make the best choice possible for a stunning, long-lasting, meticulously created, and affordable piece. We look for partners who share our commitments to the 10 fair trade principles, American eco-innovation, the Global Organic Textile Standard, and more. We are all about transparency (well, except literally!) and love introducing our supply chain partners to you!
Restorative justice focuses on providing rehabilitation and reconciliation between victims, offenders, and the community. It is a central value in our work to remedy the market failure and exploitation that has become the industry norm. Yes, we have all purchased fast fashion in the past, but we don’t have to any more. We can each vote with our wallets and play a role in turning exploitation into empowerment.
“It took one decade…then three years and a baby… to create the perfect dress” -Rebecca Ballard, Founder of Maven Women
- Collaboration and co-creation. We are intentionally based in Washington, DC and highly engage women across ages and professions in our design process. Over 100 women have been intimately involved in developing our styles. We know the biggest frustrations of women with their day-to-evening pieces, why some women love pockets and others don’t, and their favorite design details. This is not a static but ongoing process and we always welcome your feedback.
- Viewing clothing not in isolation but in integration with a woman’s build. Women aren’t built like mannequins or hangers, and most women have very different builds than runway models. Our founder’s background in figure drawing and bodily changes during pregnancy and post-partum heavily influence our design process. Yes, our designs look great on the runway, but they look even better in person.
- A radically different fittings process. Many conventional fashion brands fit clothing on one fit model over just a few fittings and then “grade” it up and down to make it fit different sizes. This is why you find so many pieces with too large or too small armholes, wonky torso and skirt lengths, odd puckering, and more. We use a double digit number of real women across ages and builds to finalize our fit- for example, we fit our first piece on over 30 women across an age span of 45 years before moving into production! We consider how bodies change over time and the natural weight fluctuations of most women in our design process. We don’t follow industry conventions unless they are helpful. If a practice makes a better product we take it on. And if it doesn’t we find a way to do things differently. For example, we use far more shaping and darting than the average fashion brand and will do another fitting for as small as a 3/4″ difference. Yes, it’s hard for us to do this as a new brand, but you can see the difference in our product.