Founded in 2009, Collective believes in fostering enterprise in local communities to promote international development. By focusing on producing premium ethically made basics, Collective brings greater manufacturing opportunities to developing economies by creating transparent supply chains. By collaborating with partners who believe in the long-term financial security of their farms, Collective’s factories support the best possible employee conditions in addition to various community projects. Collective sources organic cotton from the BioRe Foundation, a company in Tanzania working closely with small holder farmers to train and support local farmers, guaranteeing them buying opportunities and sustainable development. Collective also partners with a fourth generation family business in Athens, Greece to create handcrafted leather sandals. 10% of the proceeds from this partnership are donated to Shedia, the first street newspaper in Greece providing unique employment opportunities for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. By reducing material use, minimizing chemical runoff and curbing water consumption, Collective aims to create a more aware business model – one that takes into consideration and respects the needs and resources of local communities.