We are delighted to announce that our second and third products are on the way from Vietnam to the UK. Ten new amazing men's formal shirts, with ties to match, will be available on this site ahead of your festive gift purchasing.
We are really pleased to be partnering with Fashion 4 Freedom and their amazing Vietnamese tailors who have just finished making these shirts and ties. A few weeks ago I was privileged to spend time with the team and especially the Founder and CEO Lanvy Nguyen.
Fashion 4 freedom use fashion to bring about freedom from poverty. As I spent time with Lanvy, I was blown away by her vision of how lives and communities can be changed through fashionable products. She has focused her career on finding better methodologies to ensure that those who she works with are provided with fair pay and opportunities to grow their own businesses.
It was also an honour whilst I was in Vietnam to spend time with Quan (middle picture), one of the tailors who has just finished making the shirts and ties. Spending just a little time with him gave a glimpse into the struggles he experiences every day, along with the new opportunities that Fashion 4 Freedom have provided him with.
Quan used to own a tailoring shop, however sold everything to pay for his wife's medical bills. Sadly, getting into debt to pay hospital fees and medication is a regular occurrence in Vietnam. He and his son (21) now live and work out of one small room in the middle of what seemed to me like a maze of alleys. His goal is to grow his business so that he can provide job opportunities for others.
Fashion 4 Freedom offer Quan equipment loans and training on how to run a business. All the equipment loans that go to tailors are 'payed forward' through the recipient offering goods and services to local people who can't afford them. That way the tailors do not have the huge burden of having to repay a debt. These loans and business training are crucial to enable tailors like Quan to get regular work that pays enough to live off.
We hope you will be as excited about these shirts and ties as we are! They will be available (along with new t-shirts from India) in 10-14 days time. Orders made before 20th December will be delivered before Christmas in the UK. If you are in North America its Sunday 14th December, for everywhere else please contact us if you require it to be delivered before Christmas.