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While working with a no-sweatshop sewing center to empower women, TJULA Design also intends for the products we put in the world to last for several years, if not longer. This not only applies to how the products were designed and sewn together, but also how they are cared for once worn. Here are four simple tips I follow to increase the lifespan of the clothes we make: Air them out after wear: I grew up in a humid and hot climate in which one could feel like taking five showers a day. So I totally understand the urge of...

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Empower Women, Ethical Fashion, Social Impact Business -

One of the women who is instrumental in TJULA Design’s product development is Alex, who turns design sketches into patterns and then into actual products. She trains the young women at the sewing center advanced sewing skills as they produce a variety of products. Some women have also learned pattern drafting and grading skills beyond sewing and hand finishing. Alex is not only a technical designer, but also someone who guides the younger generation through their work every day. She has been working with the sewing training program for over a decade, changing the lives of young women by teaching...

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Empower Women, Ethical Fashion, Social Impact Business -

April is an exciting month for many, including the fashion industry. It’s the month we celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) and Fashion Revolution Week (April 24 - 30). Earth Day is now recognized in 192 countries around the globe. It’s a reminder to appreciate our planet and to minimize our footprint as though everyday were Earth Day. Fashion Revolution, on the other hand, is a newer initiative which focuses on addressing the impact of the fashion industry. It’s an empowering movement that invites everyone to join the conversation and be an influencer. Ask for more transparency and accountability from brands...

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Empower Women -

The women TJULA works with are daughters and sisters. Some are also mothers, students and entrepreneurs. They’re all hard workers motivated not by personal ambition, but by the desire to see betterment of their families. One such inspiring woman is Sakoam, who helps manage the sewing center. She translates customer requests to the technical designer, coordinates material and delivery logistics and works with the technical designer on managing production. Sakoam comes from a farming family that is hours away from Siem Reap. She first came across Life & Hope Association via PAGE, Program Advancing Girls’ Education, in order to pursue...

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Lifestyle, Q&A -

It’s almost time for spring cleaning. Every few years I review my closet to make sure the items I have are still being worn and if there’s anything that needs to be retired. For years I’ve been shopping very little and trying to stick to the things I wear over the things I want. This helps to keep a relatively lean closet with few items to retire before they’ve worn out. Other times, it’s our life events that call for a wardrobe update and getting rid of irrelevant items. Spring cleaning of our wardrobes is not like cleaning a house...

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