We are focused on creating sustainable, inclusive, and finely crafted clothing.
It has been a tumultuous year for so many of us, and we are deeply grateful to you, our customers. Thank you.
We promise you.
Designs and fabrics that are made to last, so you can consume less
Inclusive silhouettes for all bodies
Sustainable and environmentally-sound manufacturing process
Community-based production process
A core philosophy committed to truth-telling, inclusion, and transparency
We are committed to investing in our community.
We believe we can make the most impact close to home. By partnering with LA companies for our fabric, dyeing, and sewing, we can ensure that our dollars flow to support jobs and business within our community.
Rachel Craven Textiles are sewn at Polytime Atelier.
We work with the talented Polytime Atelier, located in downtown Los Angeles. Polytime was founded on the concept of artisan craftsmanship and fair labor practices, and pays its workers an hourly wage instead of the wage-gouging piece work. Polytime’s expert sewers, cutters, and sample makers are essential to creating the high-quality, long-lasting garments our customers love. Polytime is named after owner Ali Barone’s mother-in-law, who founded a clothing atelier in Athens, Greece in the late 60s, making custom dresses and paying college tuition for three of her siblings.
What is piece work and how does it hurt sewers?
In the California garment industry, piece work is the cheapest option for manufacturers, and a common way to get around paying the minimum wage. Piece work is an antiquated wage system where sewers are paid per the item sewn, and required to complete a specific quantity in a limited amount of time. While the lump sums may appeal to some workers, it often requires long hours to complete the assigned quantities, and so in the end the average hourly wage is often very low.
SB399 aims to reform California garment industry wage practices.
Known as the Garment Worker Protection Act, SB1399 will end wage theft in the California garment industry and ensure that workers are paid at least minimum wage. It will close loopholes that allow retailers and manufacturers to avoid responsibility for workers who are subject to wage abuse.
What can you do to support fair wage practices?
Sign the petition by Garment Workers Center to show your support of SB1399 to Governor Gavin Newsom and California legislators.