Growing up in an industry where generations of our families have been involved in textile and apparel manufacturing, we’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges of building a business in the fashion industry – a legacy that has taught us that profitability and ethical practices are not mutually exclusive. From navigating the complexities of global supply chains to dealing with the pressures of fast fashion and consumer demand, we’ve seen how the industry can be both rewarding and daunting, and feel a deep responsibility to use our expertise and experience to bring about positive change.
Today’s apparel manufacturing landscape echoes the struggles of the 1912 textile strike, where workers demanded both “bread” (fair wages) and “roses” (a dignified life). Customers in the apparel industry have historically been obsessed with low prices, putting pressure on suppliers and manufacturers to reduce costs at every stage of the supply chain. This has led to a race to the bottom, where suppliers and manufacturers often have to cut corners to stay competitive. We recognize this reality and strive to challenge the status quo by prioritizing fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainability.
“What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist – the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.”
One thing that struck us is the significant role that women play – from the production of raw materials to the creation of finished products, women make up the majority of the labor force. The women of the Lawrence strike knew that life wasn’t just about survival, but also about beauty and joy – the “Bread and Roses” message remains relevant.
Our mission is to address critical pain points in the supply chain to create a more efficient, sustainable, and equitable future for all stakeholders. Combining cutting-edge technology with a customer-centric approach, we’re reimagining what’s possible and driving meaningful change.
We see it as our duty to advocate for a more ethical and equitable industry that provides social mobility opportunities. We believe that the apparel industry has the potential to be a force for good, and that’s what drives us at Modet – the possibility to create a positive impact and leave a legacy of change. We’re on a mission to create a transparent, ethical, and sustainable online ecosystem for fashion that benefits everyone involved – from workers to consumers to the planet. As a female co-founded company in a male-dominated industry, we are particularly passionate about empowering the many women who make up the majority of the industry’s labor force. It’s time to build an ethical, sustainable, and transparent future ✊🌎