At a time when about half the world’s population lives on the equivalent of $2 USD a day, the role that jobs play in advancing development is clear. For a country, jobs bring the opportunity for a thriving economy. For an individual, a job means more than just an income to provide for their families. A job brings independence, confidence and empowerment, especially for women. We create jobs through the production and design process on all of our apparel. We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to earn an income.
We believe fashion is a powerful tool for storytelling. Our designs intentionally incorporate the traditions, fabrics, and techniques of the countries we work in because those stories need to be shared with the world. While the final product will no doubt be celebrated, it’s secondary to the personal, cultural and historical stories of our Partners.
We pay all of our Partners a fair wage. We abide by the definition of fair wages as stated in the Fair Trade Federation. Wages are designed to provide fair compensation based on the true cost of production and are not based on North American wage standards. Fair wages are determined by a number of factors, including the amount of time, skill, and effort involved in production; minimum and living wages where products are made, purchasing power in a community or area, other costs of living in the local context. Artisans receive a fair wage when they are paid fairly for their products. This means that workers are paid a living wage, which enables them to cover basic needs, including food, shelter, education and health care for their families. We'd love for you to explore some resources where we based our fair wages off of, here and here.
Creating responsible products is one of the requirements for our company, but that’s not all they must be. In order to stand out amidst a sea of options, we knew our products needed to be stylish, affordable and inclusive. Inclusive, meaning our sizing ranges from 0 - 20, whereas most US clothing labels only size up to 14. There are limited options for apparel in the U.S. with these stipulations. By providing an option for consumers to purchase, we can empower them to make small decisions in their everyday lives to make a big impact around the world.
At Trove we believe that education is key to changing the way people use their purchasing power. We're not here to bash any fast fashion retailers. Nor are we here to make a claim that your closet needs to look a certain way. We're here to make known some less than ideal standards within a very popular, powerful industry and provide some suggestions on how to make more sustainable choices (HINT: one way is buying our clothes)! Ultimately, we believe when people know better, they do better.