“If you describe something as ethical, you mean that it is morally right or morally acceptable.”
– Collins English Dictionary
Stories like the collapsing factories in Bangladesh, parents that have to move to factory cities to work for 30c/hour and never see daylight or their kids grow up, with no health or social insurance, often ending up crippled from the harsh working conditions, long hours, toxic fumes inside the building, and uninspiring, inhuman work environments are no rarity, but unfortunately are what allows us Western people to consume cheap products at a fast rate.
Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which maximises benefits to people and communities while minimising the impact on the environment.
To read more on the impact of fashion on the environment, and our approach, click here
We currently are lucky to work with two beautiful factories, both of which are small, local, community workplaces, where old traditions and cultural techniques are cultivated, and education plays an important role.
Made in Nepal
Our knitwear is handmade in Nepal, using traditional and artisanal techniques. Each item is made with love, by women that call themselves artisans and craftswomen, taking pride in their beautiful skills. They get paid fair wages, receive health care, and their kids are involved in their daily life. The kids get sent to school (see more on education below), and have the opportunity to do internships in the craftsmanship but also in business, trade, and are encouraged to get savings accounts at the National Bank, and much more. All with the aim to allow them to grow into strong, sophisticated individuals, that will pride themselves of taking care of their and nature’s destiny.
Our beautiful Nepalese partners are heavily involved in the Fairtrade Women Empowerment, Kids to School and Preservation of cultural heritage and tradition campaigns. Their ethics also include supporting the Post-Earthquake rebuilding, supplying wool products to less fortunate people in remote mountain regions, and a zero waste and zero toxic footprint guideline by using locally sourced, organic products, and handknit manufacturing.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
– Nelson Mandela
At MIANI, we believe education is one of the most important cornerstones to a more sustainable future, and that every person inherently should have the right to the same tools to build their life.
We therefore not only work with manufacturers that pay their staff fair wages, health insurance, holidays, and are in small, rural and friendly factories, but also pay for the education of the worker’s kids, and make sure the kids learn about sustainability practices and are empowered from a young age (see details in section above).
Made in Italy
Our activewear range is manufactured in the haute couture fashion country of Italy, in the picturesque alpine lake area North of Milan.
Not only do Italians and especially Milanesi know their thing about how to produce the highest quality garments, they also know how to live well and make time for family, friends and leisure (the ‘dolce far niente’). Our factory is a small, family-run business, where workers get to be creative, have extensive lunch breaks to enjoy a meal with their family, receive health and social insurance, and get paid a fair wage.
MIANI is slow fashion
At MIANI, we value quality over quantity.
We produce small quantities of the highest quality garments only, from start to finish. The artisans get to take their time when producing each of their “art pieces”, using traditional techniques, the highest quality fabrics, and get paid accordingly.
By purchasing MIANI products, you are contributing to a better, more sustainable and empowered planet.
Thank you for being part of the change.