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Today is a day intended to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights. Originally called International Working Women’s day it was first celebrated in 1909 in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. The 1908 march consisted of approximately 15,000 garment workers who marched th
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Little Yellow Bird Founder, Samantha on a recent fabric sourcing trip. One of the most common questions I get asked is, "How do you start a fashion label?" I don't claim to be an expert on this at all, but I've definitely learnt a lot about it over the last two years. Here's a list of my top tips based on things I've l
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It's been one year since I first came to India and begun working with our original factory. 12 months later and we are now manufacturing in five different factories throughout India. Last week we landed in New Delhi to begin our supply chain tour which included inspections of our existing factories and visits to two ne
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This time last year I had just returned home from my first trip to India, it feels like both a lifetime and an instant ago. I received a photo this week that reminded me why we do what we're doing. On my trip, I spent time working in the factory where we produce most of our business shirts. The factory itself is a soci
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The Little Yellow Bird team headed up to Auckland last week to be involved in Festival for the Future, an event that exists to inspire connect and grow ideas with young innovators across New Zealand. We were very privileged to be asked to speak at the event, to an audience of over 900 people (our biggest speaking event
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Every time we purchase something we make a decision about the type of world we want to live in. When you buy Little Yellow Bird, you are buying a whole lot more than just a uniform. We are so proud to work with and support amazing organisations that are changing the world. Last month one of the cooperatives we support
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There are around sixty million people that work in the fashion industry, yet somehow we seem to have forgotten that clothes are made by people. Each garment we choose to buy and wear has the capacity to impact dozens of lives. The origin of the product, how it is consumed and finally disposed of can either positively o
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Last month I was one of three New Zealanders selected to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Silicon Valley. The summit brings together entrepreneurs and investors from around the world with the aim of creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration. The summit had a big focus o
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Part of the Little Yellow Bird philosophy is supporting the communities where we source our raw materials, this includes providing micro-loans to support income generating projects and educational scholarships aimed at keeping girls in school. Sasmita was the first girl we supported - she is the only girl child in her
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All Little Yellow Bird uniforms are made under fair conditions. Our men's and women's business shirts are all made in a small factory in Bangalore, India. The sewing unit is a Fairtrade certified factory that employs primarily women (and two men) from low income communities. Everyone receives free training, an above av
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Ensuring our uniforms are made ethically is highly complex. When we say that our uniforms are ethical we take into account all aspects of the supply chain. We know from seed through to shirt where our raw materials are grown, where our cotton is processed, how it's dyed and who stitches the end product. Little Yellow B
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The only thing better than supplying uniforms to great businesses is when these companies care just as much as we do about where their products come from. Bacon Brothers, now a destination location for Saturday market goers offers more than just a sandwich. With traceability from plate to farm, owner Troy knows where a