Fashion

Extraordinary jewellery, bags and shawls, ethically handmade by artisans in developing nations.

Artisan and Fox works to bridge artisans in developing nations that are unable to access the international market independently to socially conscious consumers worldwide! Their aim is to raise artisan incomes, reduce gender inequality in patriarchal communities, and preserve cultural heritage — all the while through ethically fashionable pieces that fit contemporary trends. We caught up with cofounder Jaron Soh, …

This street fashion entrepreneur is making an impact through ethical clothing

Adam Khafif is the Founder and CEO of LisnUp Clothing. In this interview with UpEffect, Adam shines a light on his entrepreneurial journey including wins and failures and how over the last six years he’s made LisnUp Clothing the go-to streetwear brand for Muslim influencers and socially conscious fans.   Just like any other kid, at 15 years old, Adam …

This investment banker has created a modest workwear brand that trains refugee women

Kentore is the UK’s first modest workwear label and social enterprise. They design with an obsessive attention to detail, and above all, with a drive to make a real impact on the lives of working women. They use their profits to provide training, jobs, and business mentorship to Syrian refugee women. Kentore has grown from one working woman making bespoke alterations …

Converting storytelling artwork into ethical clothing

Thraedable is a social enterprise that aims to raise awareness about social issues that suffer from invisibility or misrepresentation and to raise funds for grassroots organisations that offer sustainable solutions to those issues. We are an ethical fashion brand, currently producing t-shirts and bags inspired by drawings made by people who face little-told social issues; as well as an online …

These founders have created an ethical lingerie brand

Founders Lara and Julie have created a beautiful ethical fashion brand made from high-quality, soft, organic cotton – better for the environment, better for local farmers and better for the skin. AmaElla manufactures all products ethically and is backed by experts with previous experience at Alexandra McQueen, Tom Ford and DKNY. The two met whilst studying for a Masters in International …

This bracelet helps female entrepreneurs across the world

Orama is an affordable luxury jewellery brand providing microfinancing to female entrepreneurs in developing communities. Founders, Ilaria, Joelle and Yolanda, came up with the idea during their Master’s degree at Imperial College Business School – three women with international backgrounds and experience in different sectors, all tied by the common goal of creating a venture with a strong social impact. …

This startup is eradicating poverty and saving Gorillas in Central Africa

Gorillas are one of the most endangered animals on earth. There are less than 900 mountain gorillas and only around 2-3,000 eastern lowland gorillas alive today. They live in pockets of forestry in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and were made famous by Dian Fossey’s work in the region to protect them. While many people know …