Bird and Kite - Ethical Made Easy

Bird and Kite

Bird + Kite is an ethical clothing company based in Bali, though they operate with purpose. Their clothing is manufactured with a family run business with which the team have a close personal relationship, as placing a high amount of value on these relationships is essential in Balinese society. There is no child, forced or underage labour in Bird + Kite’s supply chain, no harassment or abuse, no plastic, and an intense support of and high respect for Balinese culture.

Bird + Kite’s story is one of love and inspiration, and this is just one of the things that makes them so darn special. Jodi Gibbs, the beautiful founder, has her parents to thank for making Bird + Kite the business that it is today. The ethical and sustainable processes, the respect for people and the planet, and the unwavering commitment to slow and considered living that are at the core of Jodi’s business are also at the core of Jodi’s own value system. Thanks Mumma and Papa Gibbs!

Location

Indonesia

Price

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You’ve probably heard this before, but we’ll be cheeky and tell you again: 80% of garment workers are women. Bird + Kite know this, which is why they do everything in their power to empower marginalised Balinese women by making them completely self-sufficient. With this, Bird + Kite make monthly donations to BALIWISE foundation, a foundation not only supporting but also educating Balinese women. Talk about girl power.

The Bird + Kite family is extremely aware of the essential role artisans play in not only the creation of their garments but in the creation of garments in general. So, instead of opting for digitalised machines, they are helping keep traditional Balinese artisan methods alive through collaboration with these talented artisans. Not only is this vital in preserving these procedures and techniques for future generations, but it also means these artisans can live in self-sustaining communities.

This is also a company completely dedicated to the culture in which they create their products. As Bird + Kite put it, “culture is valued over commerce”, and we honestly could not think of a more beautiful sentiment. Oh, and because there are a multitude of extremely important ceremonies in Balinese culture, it is widely accepted for employees to take time off from their jobs in order to attend these ceremonies, and the artisans who work for Bird + Kite are no exception.

If the result of female empowerment, fair working conditions, preservation of traditional artisan techniques, and charitable giving is exquisite hand-crafted clothing, we are totally down for the cause. Basically, Bird + Kite is an embodiment of everything we believe in at Ethical Made Easy, and this change-making company has definitely flown into all of our little hearts.

Want to know where Bird and Kite sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founder’s journey?

Read our interview.

“The vision I have for myself and for Bird & Kite is really to maintain and grow things only to the extent that I can continue to create a unique, quality, consciously, artisan crafted product for as long as possible and enjoy the magic of this life! Sustainability is also about sustaining a happy life. I want balance for myself and a brand I can feel proud of that is staying true to it’s roots and values”.

Jodi Gibbs