Brand to Watch: Carcel

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by Johanna Andersson on 12 April, 2019

Danish design. Love it. 100% natural materials. Even better. Made by women in prison. Come again?

Carcel, meaning prison in Spanish, definitely stand out in the way they manufacture their collections, which is by the voluntary labor of incarcerated women in Peru and Thailand – countries with high rates of poverty related crimes, and where the access to social security networks is limited.

The socially responsible fashion brand was founded by Copenhagen duo Veronica D’Souza and Louise van Hauen (so many great women frontrunning sustainable fashion right now!) who see their entrepreneurship as an opportunity to make real change in the world by empowering women and giving them the possibility of a better future.

By setting up shop inside prison together with local production managers, Carcel provide an exposed group of women with new skills and fair wages that give them a chance to support themselves and their families, save up money, and hopefully break free from a cycle of crime and poverty (read more here).  

Carcel source their materials 100% locally in the country of production, working exclusively with natural and biodegradable qualities like baby alpaca wool from Peru and three types of local silks from Thailand. And the design? Clean, minimalist and Copenhagen-esque – sustainable chicness at its best.

Visit Carcel here and follow them here.


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