Ayesha Barenblat

Founder & CEO, Remake

Ayesha Barenblat is a social entrepreneur, activist, and educator with a passion for building a sustainable fashion industry that respects women and our planet. She is the founder and CEO of Remake, whose #WearYourValues campaign has sparked a conscious consumer movement to turn fashion into a force for good. Public education, leadership development, and transparency campaigns are the heartbeat of her social justice organization. Remake’s films, fact-filled stories, and how-to guides help its audience break up with fast fashion, while its ambassador program encourages women to vote with their voice and wallet to build a more equitable fashion industry. Remake’s Sustainable Brand Directory makes it easier for shoppers to embrace a sustainable fashion lifestyle. In just four years, Remake has inspired 150,000 people to remake their closets. Ayesha is focused on growing Remake’s conscious community to 1 million by 2025.

Prior to Remake, Ayesha led brand engagement at Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations partnership to ensure safe and decent working conditions within garment factories around the world. She has also provided strategic advice to brands including the Gucci Group, Levi Strauss & Company, and adidas on the design and integration of sustainability into business. The resilience and hard work of garment makers remains her constant source of inspiration. 

Fair Trade USA: What is your most memorable conversation with a garment worker?

 

"One of the most memorable conversations that I've had with a garment maker was when we were filming in Cambodia. Srey told me that we were sisters in our fight for a fair, just fashion industry. I think about that conversation often. Fair trade clothing is a step in the right direction to show dignity and the well-being of the women who make our clothes."

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Today, approximately 80 percent of garment workers are women, yet women are notoriously underrepresented in the garment industry. The inner workings of garment factories are rife with gender discrimination, exploitation, harassment, and unsafe working conditions. While the workers inside those factories make our clothes, they are too often stripped of their own dignity, safety, and rights.

Buying fair trade is a way to demand better for the people behind our clothes. It’s more important than ever that we know who’s behind our clothes and how our spending habits are affecting them, so that no one has to suffer as a result of how our garments are made, sourced, and purchased. Fair Trade USA® certifies factories across the globe for more than 45 brands to support the lives, dignity, and empowerment of garment workers, helping women advance in garment supply chains and making ethically-produced clothing accessible to the mainstream.

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