Ponte de Roma is an ultra luxe, thick yet breathable material. It has wonderful stretch, is opaque and wrinkle-resistant, and is incredibly flattering on a range of builds. Historically this material is made entirely out of harmful synthetics and untraceable materials, thus it took us three years to find an eco and ethical solution!
This collection is made of a gorgeous eco Ponte de Roma made primarily of cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Our Ponte is created by a family-owned, Los Angeles-based factory, Laguna Fabrics. We even invest in a special treatment to pre-shrink the fabric prior to production which takes places at the nearby Geltman Industries. This pre-shrinking makes it possible for you to wash our pieces and have them keep their shape instead of needing to dry clean, which is better for both the planet and your pocketbook.
For our development as well as production we partner with Lefty Production Company, a woman-owned manufacturer in Los Angeles. All staff at Lefty are paid a living wage and we are big fans of the warm, welcoming ethos of the company.
The fabric creation, product development, production, and shipping and fulfillment of this collection all take place within a ten mile radius in Los Angeles. We are even able to forego the plastic polybags that clothes are often individually wrapped in due to the close proximity of this supply chain.
This collection is created by Mehera Shaw, an artisanal, eco-conscious, fair trade manufacturer in Jaipur, India. Mehera Shaw’s artisans dye our organic cotton fabric and block print our liners by hand using centuries-old techniques that preserve craft heritage and support decentralized village production methods in rural India.
All staff are full-time salaried employees who are paid on time, paid a living wage, receive annual bonuses, and can receive emergency loans for education, illness, and family concerns. Staff work in clean and safe conditions with regular lunch and tea breaks and clean drinking water, do not work excessive overtime, and receive pension funds. Staff work in a transparent team environment with support for additional skills training. There is no discrimination or harassment, forced labor, forced overtime, excessive working hours, or child labor. Mehera Shaw is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Craft Mark.
Mehera Shaw is embarking on a new project to improve their environmental impact through improving water filtration, which would enable them to receive certification by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for their factory. Ninety-five percent of their textiles, and all of those they use for Maven Women, already have this high level certification.
Mehera Shaw supports the Meher Road Foundation, whose products include a micro-enterprise skills training program for women that promotes environmental consciousness through upcycling. Any leftover materials from our production are donated to this Foundation.
We've worked with Green Story to evaluate the social and environmental impact of our supply chain and obtain quantifiable information on how your purchases make an impact. You can find information on our overall impact on our homepage as well as the impact of a single purchase on each product page and upon checkout. If you'd like to learn more check out their Impact Report on Maven Women.
A range of women who span appearances, ages, and builds model our clothing. We never photoshop bodies or create imagery of women that is not an authentic likeness. Our models include both professional models and women who work in other areas. All of our models are inspiring women who live our values in diverse ways. We have partnered with with environmental leader Verena Radulovic, anti-trafficking advocate Mark Story, and the Diversity is Beauty Project on our photography and our digital editing is done by Pixelz.
Our clothing is shipped to you using minimalist, recycled made in America packaging from EcoEnclose and we use carbon offsets whenever possible. We print our hang tags and clothing inserts on recycled paper at Indie Printing in downtown Los Angeles, which is close to both our factory and fulfillment location.
We aim to be as close to a zero waste company as possible and donate our fabric scraps to nonprofits and social enterprises. Domestically we donate to Regenerous Designs and other woman-led social enterprises. Any leftover materials from our fair trade production in India are donated to the Meher Road Foundation, a micro-enterprise skills training program for women that promotes environmental consciousness through upcycling.
Restorative justice is central to our work to remedy the exploitation that is all too common in the fashion industry. We can each vote with our wallets and play a role in turning exploitation into empowerment.
We only showcase our clothing on women who live our values. We consider whether our imagery depicts a healthy, realistic view of women. This also gives you the best sense around how our clothes will fit and flatter you.
We evaluate each step in our supply chain around its impact on people and our planet. We seek partners who share our commitments to caring for people and planet. Learn more about our supply chain and partners.
Most people who buy and who make clothes are women. Yet fashion has often disregarded women's rights, safety, value, and voice. We only work with partners who share our commitment to supporting women.
Ethical and sustainable fashion is growing and we want to propel the momentum. We seek opportunities to share knowledge with members of our community and partner with others who share our vision.