Our Commitments

With IMM, you wear your values, not just a marketing strategy.

THESE ARE THE CORNERSTONES OF OUR SOCIAL COMMITMENT: 

 

MADE BY IMMIGRANTS (AND REFUGEES)

SLOW FASHION

PRICE TRANSPARENCY

We pride ourselves on our direct impact, honesty and transparent policy, so feel free to contact us if you want to know more. 

 

Email us at info@made-by-immigrants.com or hit us up on your favourite social network.

Made by Immigrants (and refugees)

Immigrants and Refugees make the news every day for the hardships they suffer during their journeys. Once they reach their destinations, however, the struggle is far from over.

We recognise this and want to help. 

OUR MISSION, AS WE SEE IT, IS TO RECOGNISE EVERYONE'S SKILLS, CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND CREATE OPPORTUNITIES. 

 

Our impact is direct. We hire skilled immigrants and refugees to make our shoes in collaboration with designers also with histories of migration. We give the people we hire not only training and jobs, but also a sense of hope and possibility. Through economic empowerment, immigrants and refugees are able to improve their lives, invest in their families and contribute to the economic growth of their host countries. Many, however, dream to, one day, be able to go back to their homes and, if or when that moment arrives, we hope that the experience given by IMM will enable them to do so with upgraded abilities, renewed sense of possibility and a much bigger confidence.

 

At IMM we ALL have a history of migration. We understand the value of cultural diversity and what it means to start from scratch in a new country. Some of us were born in the “right place at the right time”; some were not as fortunate but we all are firm believers in social justice and human rights: we are advocates of dignity and equal opportunities for all; champions of social activism. We are patrons of change.

 

If you want to know more, contact us though any of our social networks or email us on info@made-by-immigrants.com. 

 

Slow Fashion

We are not supporters of trends but advocates of mindful and meaningful consumption. That’s why we create timeless and durable pieces of exceptional quality that you will be proud to wear for years to come. Mainstream fashion relies on globalised, mass production and mass consumption at the expense of the environment and workers in the supply chain.

WE ASPIRE TO DO WELL BY DOING GOOD THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN.

 

So far this is what we are doing: 

  • Ensuring  the fair treatment and wages of our direct and indirect workers, 

  • Recognising and celebrating the use of traditional techniques to hand-make our products, 

  • Promoting personal and skill development for our employees, 

  • Striving to build long-lasting and healthy relationships with our suppliers, 

  • Connecting consumers with our makers and designers; 

  • Encouraging timeless design over passing trends to contribute to the longevity of the shoes; 

  • Dedicating significant effort, money and time to advance the situation of immigrants and refugees.

And we are working on the rest!

Price Transparency

Price transparency means we will disclose not only the cost and the gross margin on each of our products, but also how we allocate our budget and the extent of our social impact. We recognise that we are not perfect, but we are committed to continue improving as we grow, and we believe that we are moving in the right direction.

THE DEFLATION OF GARMENT PRICES HAVE REACHED LEVELS OF ABSURDITY.

It is difficult not to question how a maxi-dress made in Vietnam using 2 meters of fabric can sell in the high-street at 20 Euros and make a profit. Despite the economies of scale, low prices come at the expense of poor quality raw materials, rampant exploitation of labour, unspeakable working conditions, and a complete disregard of human rights and the environment.

Although pricing in a complex subject, there are some basics that apply to everyone. The price of an item is the sum of the cost of the raw materials, labour and wastage. To that we need to add the costs of packaging, shipping and duties, just to have the products ready to be commercialised. Finally, companies need to add a mark-up to cover all the indirect costs (office rental, warehouses, utilities, wages, social security, marketing, etc).

 

Deducing all that (pro-rata), companies get to their net profit. So, how can we buy a dress for 20 Euros and believe that no one is getting hurt on the way?

 

We will show you how much our products cost to make and to bring them to you, who makes them and who you are supporting by purchasing IMM. We are committed to doing things the right way and to work with sensible margins that allow us to stay on the market and continue to help people with your support.

 
 

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