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Rachel Faller

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis.

Can ethical entrepreneurship be good business? Waylon chats with ethically-driven eco-fashion designer, Rachel Faller.

Rachel started two ethical fashion labels, KeoK’jay and Tonlé, and believes it’s possible to treat your workers fairly, be good to the environment and still produce a product people want to buy (and can afford!).

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Rachel Faller

Info from Rachel Faller’s bio:

Rachel Faller is a social entrepreneur and fashion designer who started two ethical fashion labels, KeoK’jay and Tonlé.

In 2008 Rachel moved to Cambodia with one suitcase, a conceptual art degree in Fiber and a Fulbright Grant to research sustainability through fair trade.

Her research introduced her to some incredible women and artisans who inspired her to start KeoK’jay. From 2009 to 2013 KeoK’jay grew from small circle of four women working at home to two workshops, two Cambodian boutiques and 40 staff members.

KeoK’jay earned a number of press shout-outs and a dedicated international following because of its quirky approach to recycling vintage fabrics into artistically styled garments. In 2013 Rachel re-branded KeoK’jay as Tonlé, which continues to operate with the same commitment to transparency and a high standard of ethics as KeoK’jay.

Rachel believes that it’s possible to treat your workers fairly, be good to the environment, and still produce a product that people want to buy (and can afford!). She loves traveling but also dreams of living in one place long enough to have a garden.

Rachel’s other appearances on elephant journal:

Our favorite eco-fashion company on planet earth has a hidden social benefit.

Eco Fashion Picks of the Week: Runway in Cambodia, Eco Nerds & Bikes Made of Flax Fiber.

 

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anonymous Jun 7, 2014 12:17am

awesome hand made stuff i really like and admire that kind of jewellery.

anonymous Apr 26, 2014 8:52pm

Thanks, Rachel, for the work you're doing! Very exciting.

In a relatively similar vein, would be interesting to see an interview with the creator of Teeki.

anonymous Apr 24, 2014 12:52pm

I think Rachel is one of my new favorite people, too! So inspiring.

anonymous Apr 22, 2014 8:59am

This is such an interesting inspirational story. Rachel is an amazing communicator and so real. Thank you for posting.