Glossary

Facilities & Impact

BRAZIL

BRAZIL SANDAL, ESPADRILLE, AND MARY JANE FACILITY

The Brazilian facility where we manufacture many of our shoes is woman-owned and operated. Family-run for two generations, our Brazilian partners have a passion for research and equality, and strive to create supportive working conditions for the artisanal leather workers they employ. Their facilities are audited by Bureau Veritas.

BRAZIL SANDAL, HEEL, AND BOOT FACILITY 

This Brazilian footwear manufacturer is woman-co-owned and run, and partners with brands across the world and within Brazil to create women’s shoes inspired by heritage cobbling techniques. Their facilities are audited by Bureau Veritas.

CHINA

CHINA WOVENS FACTORY

Our facility in China was chosen for its proximity to local silk and its WRAP Gold Certification, ensuring that they provide a safe, compliant workplace for all employees.

INDIA

INDIA WOVENS AND ARTISANAL CRAFTWORK FACILITY 1

This facility in India is women-owned and audited by the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) under their most comprehensive 4 Pillar Certification program. The factory has received a certification for their upholding of high standards of labor, environmental, and business ethics.

INDIA WOVENS AND HANDWORK FACILITY

Our primary vendor in India uses a Triple Bottom Line framework, accounting for their social and environmental impact as well as their financial reporting. They are woman co-owned, and have established a foundation that covers the cost of educating the daughters of all employees. They are certified Oeko-Tex and REACH. Currently, select facilities are certified by GOTS and WRAP, and they are in the process of certifying all facilities by WRAP. Their facilities have been carbon audited and offset since March 2021, and our facilities are Bureau Veritas audited.

INDIA WOVENS AND ARTISANAL CRAFTWORK FACILITY 2

This facility is woman-owned and has been certified Platinum level by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), the world’s largest independent certification program focused on the apparel sector. Their facilities also utilize solar power generated from panels on their roof, which contribute to roughly 30-45% of their energy needs. 

ITALY

ITALY ACCESSORIES AND HANDBAG FACILITY

Family-operated since the 1960s, our Italian manufacturing facilities use artisanal handcrafting techniques to produce high quality shoes, bags, and accessories. The facility employs an equal number of men and women, many of whom have been working with the manufacturer for over a decade. Workers at the facility share an on-site community garden, where they produce olive oil for their own use.

ITALY CLOG AND BALLERINA FACILITY

Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, our Italian shoe manufacturing facility has an established expertise in supporting brands that prioritize environmental responsibility. The facility incorporates metal-free tanning processes and recycled leathers into their production processes, and carefully researches all fillers, working with certified companies to ensure quality and compliance.

PERU

PERU CUT AND SEW FACILITY   

Our Peruvian vendor for our cut-and-sew tees has been certified Gold level by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), the world’s largest independent certification program for the apparel sector. This means they comply with WRAP’s core principles and provide a safe, sustainable workplace for all employees. We work closely with this vendor through a woman-owned exporter.

PERU HANDKNITS

Our handknits are made in Peru by a team of local artisans -- most of whom are women and mothers -- under the Promperu Fair Trade Certification program. This program connects women in the regions of Lima, Huancayo, and Cerro de Pascua to an export market, facilitated by a woman-owned exporter. Weaving and knitting experts use local alpaca yarns and pima cottons, and work from home while earning a fair, living wage; they meet twice a week in homes or church halls to discuss the progress of the knitting and any fit issues. The Jefa de Group -- or Chief Knitter -- coordinates with our partner to arrange trims, finishings, and completion of the export paperwork.

PERU MACHINE KNITWEAR FACILITY

This facility in Peru is certified by GOTS, ensuring organic cotton content and an ethical textile supply chain. We work closely with this vendor through a woman-owned exporter.

PORTUGAL

PORTUGAL CUT AND SEW FACILITY 

Our Portuguese facility for cut and sew tees is woman-owned, and has been audited by the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) to assess safe and compliant work conditions. They are Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning that all components and production processes are free of potentially harmful chemicals and other restricted substances.

PORTUGAL KNITWEAR FACILITY
For machine-made knits, our Portuguese partner has been a family-owned and -operated business since 1975. They are Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning that all components and production processes are free of potentially harmful chemicals and other restricted substances.

ROMANIA

ROMANIA OUTERWEAR FACILITY 

Our woman co-owned Romanian facility is powered by 70% solar energy. This facility has been audited by the Fair Wear Foundation and Bureau Veritas to create a safer, more worker-friendly work environment.

TURKEY

TURKEY KNITWEAR FACILITY

Owned by two sisters and founded by their mother in the 1990’s, our Turkish vendor is audited by Bureau Veritas as well as by a member of the DÔEN Product Team to ensure they uphold our principles of environmentally responsible and ethical production.

USA

LOS ANGELES SEWING FACILITY

Our LA facilities have undergone auditing by Bureau Veritas, ensuring compliance to both local and global labor standards. In addition, workers are paid using a non-piece rate payment structure per the newly passed Garment Worker Protection Act. All of our samples for our LA production are sewn in a woman-owned LA-based facility.

Facility Audits & Certifications

BUREAU VERITAS CERTIFICATION

The Bureau Veritas certification process is designed to assess the health and safety of workers, production quality, and sustainability management. Auditors help facilities find ways to limit carbon-intensive activities, improve traceability of raw materials, and responsibly manage natural resources. In addition to ensuring compliance with all local and international laws and workplace regulations, Bureau Veritas assesses the prioritization of women’s rights, including equal pay for equal work, equal representation, and policies for advancement and training. In addition, Bureau Veritas ensures the right to collective bargaining.  

FAIR TRADE USA CERTIFICATION

Fair Trade USA Certification is a sustainable sourcing model that aims to improve the livelihoods of producers, protect the environment, and build resilient, transparent supply chains. The certification requires meeting rigorous standards to ensure safe and healthy working conditions,fair and consistent compensation, environmental protections and product traceability, and elimination of forced/child labor

FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION CERTIFICATION

The Fair Wear Code of Labor Practices was developed from ILO Conventions and the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights. Their standards include the freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, the payment of a living wage, non-discriminatory and safe workplace conditions, the prohibition of child labor, and more. 

GOTS FACILITY CERTIFICATION

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a certification program that determines a set of industry-wide standard requirements for the production of organic, ethically produced cotton textiles. This comprehensive environmental and social certification encompasses the entire cotton supply chain from the planting and harvesting of organically grown cotton through to the manufacturing and labeling processes. GOTS standards.

PROMPERU FAIR TRADE CERTIFICATION

The Promperú Fair Trade Association follows the 10 core principles of the World Fair Trade Organization, and works directly with suppliers and the artisans they employ to uphold workers’ rights. Included in the 10 principles are critical commitments such as reducing poverty through opportunities and ownership, fair compensation for labor including equal pay for men and women (and at minimum a local living wage), and working in non-discriminatory, safe, and environmentally responsible workplace conditions. Promperú Fair Trade is committed to helping all suppliers achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SEDEX AUDIT

The Sedex Database is a platform that was created to exchange ethical and sustainable production information. For the Sedex Pillar 4 Audit, the Sedex Self Assessment Questionnaire uses 4 major pillars – Labor Standards, Health & Safety, Environment, and Business Ethics – to conduct a rigorous audit of a facility that encompasses legal requirements and international standards.

WRAP CERTIFICATION

The Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) audits production facilities for their adherence to 12 core principles of workers’ rights and environmental responsibility. The WRAP certificate is a recognized symbol of a commitment to uphold social and ethical standards.

Material Audits & Certifications

GOTS COTTON CERTIFICATION

This comprehensive environmental and social certification encompasses the entire cotton supply chain from the planting and harvesting of organically grown cotton through to the manufacturing and labeling processes.

OEKO-TEX CERTIFICATION

The Oeko-Tex Certification Program is run by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology, which works with suppliers to confirm the human and ecological safety of textile products and leather articles. They also work directly with production facilities to make sure manufacturing conditions are socially and environmentally responsible per the Oeko-Tex standards. 

REACH CERTIFICATION

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals. As a regulation of the European Union, REACH is centered on the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. This certification helps promote alternative methods for the assessments of hazardous substances in order to reduce animal testing. 

Materials & Fabrics

ORGANIC COTTON

The cultivation of organic cotton improves soil health and biodiversity, optimizes irrigation usage, and eliminates the use of synthetic fertilizers and restricts the use of synthetic pesticides. Our organic cotton is 100% GOTS certified, which ensures these stringent environmental and social criteria are met throughout the organic cotton supply chain.

RAMIE

A linen-like material derived from the natural fibers of the inner stems of a nettle plant, ramie is classified as a cellulose fiber. It is durable, extremely absorbent, and naturally bacteria- and mildew-resistant. 

MADE WITH LIBERTY FABRIC

Liberty Fabrics Tana Lawn™ Cotton and Cotton Poplin are produced using environmentally responsible practices that help improve the livelihoods and welfare of farming communities, and reduce stress on local environments where cotton is grown and produced. Most Liberty Fabrics are printed in Italy and exclusively colored for DÔEN.

COTTON/VISCOSE BLEND

We use a blend of organic cottons and conventional viscose for a variety of styles. Our organic cotton is 100% GOTS certified, which ensures stringent environmental and social criteria are met throughout the organic cotton supply chain. Viscose is derived from wood pulp; due to deforestation and chemical usage concerns, we are actively searching for certified, responsible viscose suppliers that meet our quality standards.

RECYCLED YARNS

Recycled yarns are made by using leftover scraps either from pre-consumer or post-consumer waste, giving a second life to material that would otherwise be discarded. 

VISCOSE

A cellulose fiber derived from wood pulp, viscose is often thought of as a more responsible, biodegradable fabric. However, depending on the supplier, the production of viscose can lead to biodiversity loss and deforestation,and is reliant on many toxic chemicals, which are highly polluting and can contaminate water supplies. We have been searching for a responsible viscose from certified suppliers – including farms that use a nearly closed-loop system for their viscose production – that meet our quality standards.

SILK

Silk comes from the fibers spun by the silkworm. Silk is a natural material that biodegrades, albeit at a slower rate than plant-based fabrics.

ALPACA WOOL

All of our Alpaca wool is 100% sourced from Peru with visibility into its origins and impact. A natural fiber, alpaca is naturally lanolin free, meaning that chemicals used to strip lanolin in other wools do not need to be used. Alpacas have soft hooves that leave practically no trace, and grazing habits that leave their natural habitat healthy. Our raw material partners in Peru have been working with the tradition of alpaca fiber production for generations, and treat their animals like family members. We are proud to continue working with this heritage of craftsmanship and animal husbandry.

WOOL AND CASHMERE

Although both wool and cashmere are natural, biodegradable fibers, there are challenges when it comes to calculating their impact on the environment. Wool is water-intensive, and the sheep it comes from cause an impact on their grazing lands. Some of our knits contain polyamide, a nylon fiber added to natural fibers to increase strength and durability. 

Other

DYES AND CHEMICALS

We work with Oeko-Tex Certified facilities to ensure that no azo or formaldehyde content is included in the dyeing processes of any of our fibers. We also partnered with Bureau Veritas, an auditing and certification organization, to write and approve a Restricted Substances List (RSL) that was implemented with our manufacturing partners mid-2021.

OUR PACKAGING

Our eco-shippers are made from glassine (derived from 100% recycled content and a minimum of 90% post-consumer content) and are 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. In 2022, we implemented the use of our glassine bags to ship our products as a next step in eliminating the use of plastic in our supply chain. The glassine bag is made with paper, cellulose, and vegetable ink, making it naturally compostable and easily curbside recyclable. The new bag meets the ASTM D6400 standard for certifying compostable products and, through testing, we’ve found that the new glassine packaging converted into compost in just 30 days, as compared to the 12 week requirement to meet this standard. These bags are shipped to our manufacturers and each garment you receive has made its journey from our manufacturing partners to your home in this one protective pouch, eliminating unnecessary packaging waste along the way.

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