Ponte 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! We just finalized 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.
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.
Our fulfillment takes place in Los Angeles and is done by Elisha C., a woman-owned, fair trade company. Their founder Elisha Chan is also the Executive Director of Fair Trade LA and one of our consultants. By keeping our fabric creation, product development, production, modeling, and fulfillment within a few miles in Los Angeles we keep our carbon footprint low. We are a zero waste company and donate our fabric scraps to our partner Regenerous Designs, a domestic woman-owned social enterprise.
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.
Relationships are key at Maven Women and a core part of living our values. We take partnerships very seriously and visit all of our supply chain partners.
Our founder Rebecca loved trying out block printing during a visit to Mehera Shaw's printing and dyeing facility.
Alexandra Tureau, Product Development & Operations
Andrea Powell, Creative Communications
Elisha Chan, Ethical Supply Chain Consultant, Logistics & Fulfillment Coordinator
Monica Pina Alzugaray, Media & Partnerships
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Shelley Spencer, Graphic Design