Know who made your clothes | KNOWN SUPPLY | Ethical Made Easy

Location

United States of America

Price

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Values

  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste
  • Repurpose Repurpose
  • Transparent Transparent

Boy have we got a good one for you guys. A double whammy, if you will. We ain’t just talking about one ethically and sustainable minded business, but two. Deux. Dos. The founders of these two companies have managed to, well, found two companies. We sometimes don’t even have enough time to walk to the fridge and make ourselves lunch. Do you see the significance?

KNOWN SUPPLY is the driving force of these two companies; a driving force that is generating massive social change. To get to know KNOWN SUPPLY, however, we must first introduce you to Krochet Kids intl.. While they were still in college, friends Travis Hartanov and Kohl Crecelius founded Krochet Kids intl., a business that was started from a desire to change the lives of those in Ugandan government camps. In order to get the idea off the ground, the team began crocheting and selling hats, and this would ultimately be what the established company would do. Since 2007, the Krochet Kids intl. team has managed to employ hundreds of people in not only in Uganda but also in Peru, and they have evolved in way they thought they would.

Cue: KNOWN SUPPLY. Krochet Kids intl. has become a brand of KNOWN SUPPLY, which basically means that all of the Krochet Kids intl. products are made in the KNOWN SUPPLY facilities. What this also means is that, like Krochet Kids intl., you can meet the individual people who helped create and produce your KNOWN SUPPLY garment—individual people who were paid fair wages in an effort to help them bring themselves out of poverty. Oh, and every single item produced by KNOWN SUPPLY is hand-signed by the person who made it. If this isn’t connecting the dots between you and who made your clothes then we do not know what is!

GOTS Certified organic cotton is used for almost everything produced under the KNOWN SUPPLY name, and the team is continuing to introduce sustainable fabrics into the collections. The KNOWN SUPPLY team know how disconnected shoppers have become—disconnected from the process that went into the creation of their clothing and disconnected from the people who made them—and this is one of the many reasons Krochet Kids intl. came to be, and ultimately how KNOWN SUPPLY came to life also.

These companies are the epitome of what it means to use a business for good. They are completely committed to sustainability, both environmentally and socially, and the empowerment and impact they are generating with business exceeds expectations and norms. Be on first name terms with the people who made your clothes with Krochet Kids intl. and KNOWN SUPPLY, and help support them and their mission.

Want to know where KNOWN SUPPLY 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.

“KNOWN SUPPLY was our response to create a fashion line that introduced shoppers directly to clothing producers, and to also create basics that others could customize for use at their own organizations”.

Kohl Crecelius

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