Chic Made Consciously is a fashion accessory company created with high values for people and the planet. The collections empower consumers to wear a story that promotes fair trade opportunities for workers abroad, preservation of traditional craftsmanship, and upcycling of materials for a sustainable future.
Chic Made Consciously believes fashion can be created through environmental stewardship. Thus, everything they create is done with the intention to negate any impact on mother nature. All of the collections are repurposed from materials that would otherwise be in the waste stream. Currently, the line of products are upcycled from tire inner tubes in Bali, Indonesia, and the newest collection is reclaimed from war remnants and crafted in Cambodia. Each collection is created in small batch quantities to ensure quality and handmade which ensures that the environmental impact is very low. In order to trace production and remain transparent, the founder Cassandra, has taken annual trips to Bali & Cambodia to meet with the artisan groups and collaborate on designs. This has allowed for a greater sense of communication and connection with the communities to ensure their needs are being met. The brand also follows the fair trade guidelines to ensure they are operating in a fair and ethical manner -- paying the artisan groups the wages that they set, paying them up front before they begin production so they have funds to acquire materials, and ensuring they are in safe working conditions without child labor. In Bali, the team works together in a communal workshop, and in Cambodia, they are currently working with five different home-based workers, some who are quite disadvantaged, have HIV and are handicapped.