The Eileen Fisher brand has always brought us effortless elegance and style with surprising details, fun and flattering lines, and sumptuous fabrics. Eileen Fisher is also a visionary company in the realms of sustainability and human rights. Take a look at their vision statement, which concludes with: “We are working toward a world in which the clothes you love to wear create nothing but love.” How often do you hear that from an internationally known brand?
Setting an example in the industry, Eileen Fisher incorporates organic and sustainable fibers and safe dyes, leading to blue sign certification. Their progressive vision is helping create Fair Trade artisan industries throughout the world, in countries ranging from Peru to India to Ethiopia.
I love the idea of fabulous design made with human kindness. When you know where your clothes came from and that your purchase makes someone’s life better, it is a joy to get dressed!
If I haven’t gushed enough, take a look at “Behind the label” on the company’s website. There are even more ways that this company is leading, including a leadership institute that seeks to empower women and girls. In an interview, Eileen discusses how she hopes to transform the clothing industry by looking at all levels of the supply chain and sharing industry secrets with competitors. She insists that sustainability should not be a competition, adding that, “For me, what’s clear is that we need to keep the environment and social issues front and center… We just have to keep looking for new ways to go forward—as fast as we can.” The vision is to get to 100% sustainability by 2020. Brava, brava, brava!