tonlé is our 2017 “UnDreamed Of” Award winner — an incredible Fair Trade, zero-waste clothing company. They go above and beyond our dreams by making beautiful apparel from garment scraps. Their mostly female Cambodian employees are paid far more than competitors and have excellent benefits. Founder Rachel Faller is not just an incredibly kind person, and talented designer, she is driven to create change in the fashion industry where “fast” is the buzzword.
From tonlé: We design and produce sustainable, wearable clothes that are as original and beautiful as the people who make them. We adhere to principles of transparency, fairness, and waste reduction in everything we do, from the big stuff like wages, down to the little things like the materials in our buttons. We’ve spent years crafting a zero-waste design process that incorporates leftover scraps of recycled materials into original looks. Our workshops on the ground in Cambodia are structured in small teams, where staff work on a variety of different products, contributing creatively in a positive working environment while earning fair wages and benefits. In a constantly shrinking world, we believe you need the people who make your clothes as much as they need you, and we aim to connect people on opposite ends of the supply chain through our transparent policies and marketing.