FORT Dungarees are born out of a love for simple design and production. We believe that what you wear is an expression of yourself, we strive to express respect and celebration of our fellow man and the environment through our clothes.
Behind the Black Collection:
Our Black FORT Dungarees are made in a fair trade certified facility located in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Dharamsala is the political and spiritual capital for Tibetan refugees, and home to the Dalai Lama. The facility was first founded to help Tibetan refugees find work but now there are currently over 50 staff, spanning Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian cultures working there.
The facility produces clothes that are in line with our core values; fairness, sustainability and balance. It is fair trade certified under the Indian Fair Trade Association. Fair wages are paid, proper holidays are given and a real sense of community is felt there. We want to make what's behind the clothes visible and celebrated.
The facility is working towards becoming a zero waste production facility and the future's looking bright….
Behind The Stripped Collection:
The cotton we use is indigenous to a region of Northern India. The farmers do not use any pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in its production and the crop is purely rainfed, making it one of the most water efficient cottons in the world. It is a pure, non-hybrid variety meaning the seeds can be replanted after every harvest, making it a financially viable option for smaller marginalized cotton farmers.
We work with 60 different weavers in 10 different villages. Handwaving provids jobs in rural communities helping stem the need for migration to urban cities. It takes 2 months to weave the fabric with each weaver able to weave between 2 - 3 meters per day, depending on the weave design. A lot of thought (literally!) and time goes into it.
We only use natural dyes in our striped collection, lessening the harm to the environment and the people who work with our dungarees.
Our dungarees are stitched and finished in a fair trade unit that employs local people, pays living wages and allows for decent holidays. The stitching unit is a purpose built mud building designed to withstand earthquakes (something that happens every 50 years in that particular area), with light airy windows and doors. Happy dogs lounge in the sun and chai is served all day!