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THE PROS:

The brand was started with the mission of helping designer and local skilled artisan partners enter new global markets. They team up with designers and artisans in emerging markets to create exclusive collection for their wholesale and retail customers in the U.S. and beyond.

The brand aims to have as much transparency as possible, they share videos and photographs of the production process and statements from workers with their customers. The brand believes that every person that touches one of their garments has a story and they want the world to know their stories.

The brand is working toward complete supply chain transparency.

THE CONS:

The brand can not trace its entire supply chain currently, but they have a goal to accomplish this traceability by the end of the year (2015).

The brand hasn’t measured its carbon footprint or water usage.

The brand doesn’t currently have recycling or waste management initiatives. They state that as they moves their production in-house, they intend to implement recycling and reuse programs for their waste materials. The brand also aims to limit the use of dyes that could harm the environment.

 

/ The brand was started with the mission of helping designer and local skilled artisan partners enter new global markets. They team up with designers and artisans in emerging markets to create exclusive collection for their wholesale and retail customers in the U.S. and beyond.

/ The brand currently sells it products online.

/ The brand has 6 employees between NYC, Pakistan, and Dubai.

/ The brand produces numerous small runs (50 – 300 pieces).

/ The brand designs each item to move from season to season and last from year to year. They state that while they watch trends, their designs are classic and constructed to last.

/ The brand shares a list of countries where their suppliers are located; Pakistan, India, and Italy. Specifically, for their pilot collection launched on Kickstarter, the suppliers they used were all from Pakistan except for one fabric sourced from Italy.

/ The brand has 6 fabric suppliers and one in-house production facility in Pakistan. Additionally they have a limited number of partner artisans.

/ The brand is building in-house production capacity in Pakistan to streamline the sampling process, reduce costs, improve turnaround times, and offer the maximum convenience to design partners.

/ The brand aims to have as much transparency as possible, they share videos and photographs of the production process and statements from workers with their customers. The brand believes that every person that touches one of their garments has a story and they want the world to know their stories.

/ The brand can trace its supply chain up to fabric level. They source all of their fabric and trim directly from the mills where the fabrication occurs. They are able to visit these mills to ensure compliance with standards and can trace back each lot purchased to that supplier.

/ The brand has a code of Ethical Standards in the Production of Products. The code covers:

  • Having no child labor or forced or coerced labor
  • Using local products and having transparency regarding material sources
  • Payment of fair wages to all employees, laborers, and artisans
  • Providing employees with skills training and professional development

/ The brand has on-the-ground presence to ensure ethical standards are being met. They visit their suppliers and artisans frequently to ensure all people in their supply chain are being treated fairly and with dignity.

/ The brand states that all of the workers that work for their primary supplier and those that the brand pays directly make a living wage. For some of their outsourced work, they state that they have no control over the wages, however they are working toward building stronger relationships with these suppliers and increasing the wages for everyone in their supply chain.

/ The brand has a close partnership with a factory in Lahore and state that they have thoroughly vetted their operations to ensure that they meet rigorous standards and to ensure the all workers are paid fair wages, treated with respect and operating within a safe work environment.

/ The brand uses natural and hand woven fabrics whenever possible. However, the brand does not limit their materials to sustainable and organic materials, they state that they are seeking to incorporate more in the future.

/ The brand has a code of Ethical Standards in the Production of Products states that vendors shall engage in production methods that minimize negative impact on the environment. We don’t have further information on those production methods.

/ The brand states that they contribute to the local economy and minimize carbon footprint by using locally made fabrics and working with factories they’ve personally visited and thoroughly vetted.

/ The brand does not currently use sustainable energy. However, they plan to implement a rooftop solar system to provide electricity to their workshop.

/ The brand doesn’t currently have recycling or waste management initiatives. They state that as they moves their production in-house, they intend to implement recycling and reuse programs for their waste materials. The brand also aims to limit the use of dyes that could harm the environment.

/ The brand aims to increase the work provided to women-owned workshops and to improve the predictability of the workflow and increase their overall wages. All of their current operations are in Lahore, Pakistan, they hope to replicate this in Karachi in the next six months.

/ The brand aims to provide customers with more specific and detailed information on the costs related to production.

/ As the brand moves its production in-house, they intend to implement recycling and reuse programs for their waste materials. The brand is also seeking to limit the use of dyes that could harm the environment.

/ The brand is committed to ensuring that all people in our supply chain will make a living wage.

/ The brand is working on implementing a rooftop solar system to provide electricity to their workshop.

/ The brand doesn’t state it is currently pursuing any CSR initiatives.

 

/ The brand’s CEO is Shannon Grewer.

/ The brand was started with the mission of helping designer and local skilled artisan partners enter new global markets. They team up with designers and artisans in emerging markets to create exclusive collection for their wholesale and retail customers in the U.S. and beyond.

/ The brand has on-the-ground presence to ensure ethical standards are being met. They visit their suppliers and artisans frequently to ensure all people in their supply chain are being treated fairly and with dignity.

/ The brand is building in-house production capacity in Pakistan to streamline the sampling process, reduce costs, improve turnaround times, and offer the maximum convenience to design partners.

/ The brand has expanded their network to include multiple women-owned workshops where fabric is hand loomed and multi-head embroidery work is developed and executed.

/ The brand is working toward complete supply chain transparency.

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/ “Co-founders Shannon Grewer and Megan Brosterman established Victoria Road to share the richness in design we’ve discovered in some far off places, while ensuring each individual involved in the creation of Victoria Road products is treated with dignity and respect.”

/ We are no longer just buyers. When we collaborate with these talented entrepreneurs, we are truly their partner. We listen to what their challenges are and provide solutions so that they can focus on the core component of their business – design.  This also allowed us to have complete control over the production process and ensure that each step of the supply chain met our standards with respect to materials and the treatment of the people involved in the process.

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