· Put an end to the clothing industry’s exploitive sweat shops by establishing genuine partnerships with producers and uniting forces to bring about positive economic and social change.
· Instead of simple humanitarian aid, we seek to create employment and economic success through viable business activities and equitable trade practices. We assist our partners in developing sustainable businesses and achieving autonomy by establishing management structures and providing training, and by making key investments in such areas as appropriate technology.
· To create employment in France and in the United States and offer careers in ethical fashion.
· To reinvest a portion of profits back into the local communities in order to contribute to their development through such avenues as organic cotton cultivation, training centers and schools.
· To gain recognition as the pioneers of the Fair Trade and organic movement and prove to the public that fashion can be ethical, profitable, enduring and professional.
· To reduce the destructive impact of the global fashion industry on the environment by engaging in such actions as trash recycling, using recyclable or environmentally friendly packaging and by choosing sea over air transportation for our products.
Behind each beautiful style is a model of eco and social responsibility that encompasses a whole range of business, trade, ecological, and environmental practices. As pioneers of a new economic system, Ethos Paris believes that we can bring about the change needed, by producing stylish, green, fashion-forward apparel, while raising consumer awareness and setting an example of sustainability.
Sustainability and ethics are the foundation of our company.
All the popular fashion items in the Paris Ethos line are produced from 100% organic cotton (some articles allow up to 5 percent Elasthane™, for waistbands, leggings, etc.), natural alpaca, and raffia. Zippers and snaps are nickel-free while buttons are made from seashell, wood or coconut shell. Ties and sashes as well as wrap-around styles are used extensively in Ethos designs to avoid complicated fastening devices.
In 2002, my mother (Ann Leroux) and I (Leslie Leroux), came up with the idea of using fashion to change the way business was being done on the global marketplace. Inspired by the “Trade, Not Aid” slogan adopted by developing countries, we decided to build a fashion house that embodied Fair Trade practices from the ground up. We would pay a fair price for raw materials and for the processing and manufacture of clothing that met international standards of fashion and quality. We would transmit skills and business know-how to our working partners in developing countries and contribute to local communities. And the garments would be created from organic materials cultivated without harm to the environment or the health of its inhabitants.