Kirsten Dickerson, CEO and Founder, created Raven + Lily to alleviate poverty among women. Kirsten's spent 15 years doing styling work while also working with global non-profits. Through the creation of Raven + Lily, Kirsten found a way to combine her passions and "employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families." In addition to fair wages, Raven + Lily honors the maker's artisan craft and techniques, practices sustainable, eco-friendly sourcing of materials, and donates back to the artisan community for healthcare and educational needs.
I highly encourage you to check out the artisan profiles at Raven + Lily, in addition to how the products are made in each country. The power to know not only how your clothing is made, but the maker's role in creating them is rare in the fashion world. To hear stories of those who were saved from prostitution, who were supporting themselves and their families, to those who hold respected positions in their communities is inspiring and encouraging. When you read about them, you know there are stories behind each garment.
The clothing is beautiful, with modern designs incorporating the crafts and styles of each culture, including beautiful hand embroidery. When you click on a product, you can find out which country the item was made in, who your purchase will be benefiting, and the sustainable practices used in the making of each piece.
For example listed on "Neary Pacaya Print Dress - Ivory With Black Print" (included below) you will find: "Raven + Lily’s Cambodia Collection empowers HIV positive or formerly trafficked women in Cambodia by providing them with sustainable employment. Our partnership is with a zero-waste facility that creates our hand-loomed, naturally dyed jersey skirts, pants, tees, tanks and more out of recycled remnant scrap fabric gathered from factories."
There is a good deal more I could say about this company, but I leave you with a curated collection of some of my favorite designs currently available on their site. Each dress is a work of art. Enjoy and please do check out more about Raven + Lily. They are a transparent company. Anything you want to know is on their site.