Our Story

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Raven + Lily is a lifestyle brand offering trend-forward fair trade fashion, accessories, and home furnishings with its core underlying mission to empower women on a global scale.  Today, the brand employs more than 1,500 at-risk women in 10 countries around the world and counting, providing them with a fair trade wage and access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, and other tools they need to thrive. Additionally, every purchase of a Raven  + Lily product, whether it is artisan jewelry and handbags or handcrafted soaps and soy candles, benefits the Raven + Lily ecosystem while also funding microloans to female entrepreneurs. The brand’s dedication to people and the planet landed it B Corporation status as it works to better the global fashion community, and the company is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

The Problem:

One-in-six people on the planet work in the global fashion industry; a majority are women earning less than $3 per day.

The fashion industry is the world's second-largest polluter, just behind the oil industry.

Our Solution:

We believe in empowering women.  When women are empowered to earn an income, they reinvest 90% of their income back into health, education, food, children, family, and the community.

Our partners set the price we pay, ensuring a fair wage. This empowers the 1500+ women employed by our work to break the cycle of poverty through fair trade wages.

We research the source of our materials, down to the button. By using recycled or repurposed materials, we stop the waste that typically accompanies the industry.

Our partners employ at-risk women: trafficked, HIV+, previously homeless, or in oppressive situations. We empower women to earn a living for themselves and their families. This in turn provides access to healthcare, education, and healthy living.

Accountability: (we mean what we say)

Raven + Lily is proud to be a B Corporation, and we were named the Best for the World in Community Impact in both 2014 and 2016. As a certified Benefit Corporation, we are committed to:

  • employing at risk, impoverished women to improve their livelihood

  • eco-friendly practices in our sourcing of materials and our design processes

  • honoring traditional artisan crafts and techniques

  • providing sustainable fair trade wages

  • creating exclusive, modern designs that reflect the beauty and culture of the women who create them

  • donating back to our artisan communities for healthcare and educational needs

We are members of the Fair Trade Federation, as well as the Ethical Fashion Forum, Sustainable Brand Leader for Jewelry Award.

 

The Raven + Lily Story