Defining Consciously Crafted
This past summer, I set out to find new smaller scale manufacturers for Atèlette that were owned and led by minority women whose values aligned with my own-- to produce in smaller batches and to streamline manufacturing in an effort to eliminate waste and make sustainable fashion costs attainable. My choice is deeply personal, as it reflects my own immigrant background, having grown up in a third-world country, the Philippines. The connection I feel with these minority women-led establishments has been heartfelt and so supportive compared to my previous partnerships.
"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that, I try to make sure that my experiences are positive." — Maya Angelou
My unwavering dedication to integrity, quality, and, above all, compassion for the workers on the assembly line is paramount. This too stems from personal history, as my own mother was once a child laborer in a clothing factory in the Philippines (this is where she told me she began to hone her masterful skills of learning how to sew by just observing, a talent I do not possess, much to my chagrin). These values are not just principles but a testament to my profound respect for both the craft and the individuals who bring it to life.