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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Info from Rachel Faller’s bio:
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.
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Photos: Rachel Faller