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During our recent pop-up events, I had the opportunity of speaking face-to-face with guests on what TJULA Design is about. Oftentimes when explaining that TJULA works with women from underprivileged villages trained by a social enterprise, the response received was “Oh, so you’re trying to help them”. The truth is, the word “help” never crossed my mind. In an ideal world, I envision treating workers fairly, empowering underprivileged individuals to realize their potentials and doing business in an ethical way. These are just some of the natural ways of living. Unfortunately, the economic system in today’s world is mainly driven...

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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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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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I’ll be honest: this venture of lifting women out of poverty through ethical fashion hasn’t been easy. As a tiny organization with very limited resources, we often encounter roadblocks and unexpected changes. We recently ran into significant material sourcing issues. Because we don’t buy and make in large quantity, the supply is not secure. This not only changes prototypes that are half completed, but also pushes some product releases further back and affects half of the planned collection. I won’t sugar coat it. It was very deflating, especially when I was already dealing with damages from an untrustworthy marketing service...

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In the wake of realizing fast fashion’s social and environmental impact, buy local has become a growing movement and Made in (North) America has been a well-received standard regarded highly by many. While I love and support local designers and grassroots businesses, I strongly believe in the under-fulfilled potential in women no matter where they are. Love your local brands, but don’t pass on something just because it’s made in a foreign place. Find out where the product is from and who made it. It could represent the livelihood of a family, or the education of their children. Everyone deserves...

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