Finding ethical and sustainable clothing does not necessarily mean you will find yourself wearing Himalayan ponchos or tie-dyed cargo pants. Many designers have begun to value ethical practices and have incorporated sustainable practices to produced cool, modern day, but ethical clothing. A young Brisbane designer has taken into account how the production of clothing can help benefit others and produced the unique brand Mango Rains the Label.
The idea for the label began whilst the young designer was traveling throughout Africa. She experienced first hand the effects of poverty. She was particularly shaken by the lack of education and opportunities that were offered to women.
While poverty burdened many communities, something that caught her eye was the beautiful, eccentric, wax print fabric’s that the local women created. She found it hard not to buy every piece of material she saw. With that came a light bulb moment and she decide to create clothes that could benefit people in need.
Mango Rains now supplies cute, playful clothing from the wax print material woven by African women. Every cent of net profit from every sale goes towards helping educate and train the women in developing nations. Projects initially began in East Africa, however there are discussions under way for similar programs to be established in South East Asia, the Middle East and parts of South America.
Mango Rains recently headed to Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass and opened a pop up store showcasing the labels sensational designs. The clothing proved a hit and from the sales made Mango Rains is now able to buy their first three sewing machines for a sewing school in Mombasa, Kenya.
With the school just recently opened, it hopes to teach the local women to sew, equip them with the basic knowledge of a business that overall will help them get jobs and even create their own businesses.
For the ladies who missed out on a great buy over the three-day festival, Mango Rains just opened their permanent studio at the Boundary Street Markets at West End. The studio is open seven days a week so pop down to see what treats they have inside, or check out their instagram (@mangorains_thelabel) and online website. Being 100% Australian designed and made to benefit women in need who could go wrong.