Faces Apparel was created with the belief that cause and enterprise can converge, working together to make a difference. By innovating meaningful products for the apparel industry and you, we help transform hardship into hope – one shirt, one face at a time.
Born in 2009, with humble roots first as a nonprofit called Faces Behind the Label, Faces Apparel has grown into a full-fledged, for-profit social enterprise and fashion house. Our mission is to bring dignity, worth and hope to communities at the global and local level (GLOCAL), by changing the FACE of the apparel industry through vertical integration, fair-wage manufacturing and ethical production, so the GLOCAL community can rise from the cycle of poverty.
Faces Apparel consists of two collections:
The Faces Apparel Collection, our namesake line of premium blanks for men and women, available in a rainbow of colors.
The Empowerment Collection, a series of limited edition, artist-designed T-shirts with proceeds supporting numerous humanitarian initiatives globally.
WHAT WE DO
GLOBAL + Local = GLOCAL
Factories don’t make products, PEOPLE do.
The person who makes your shirt has a unique FACE and story.
Unfortunately the story often reflects a person trapped in the cycle of poverty. Faces Apparel believes in breaking this cycle = transforming lives, one FACE at a time. Our mission is to bring dignity, worth and hope to communities at the global and local level.
GLOBALLY, we partner with community-based organizations to provide self-sustaining economic opportunities by building microfactories in rural, at-risk areas. Families stay together, people gain skills and are paid fair wages = lives are changed. If you’re interested in building a microfactory, learn more here.
Faces Apparel also finds opportunities to build long-lasting relationships with ethically responsible leaders in the local garment industry.
Partnering only with factories that provide fair wages and comply with international workplace safety code standards, we are able to produce higher quality products and promote a better quality of life through close monitoring and evaluation.
LOCALLY, we are just as passionate about working at the community level. Designed in our Southern California headquarters, we work with local independent business owners and artisans in a collaborative effort to create a positive force in the global marketplace.
Our apparel is made in Los Angeles by fair-wage master craftsmen. We strive to source our materials here in Southern California from the patterns down to our hang tags, labels, and trim.
If you’re interested in collaborating with us, learn more here about our Private Label services.
GIVE HOPE. Change the game. Partner with us in making a difference, one FACE at a time.
Thanks for taking this journey with us.
Michael G. Lew
Founder, Faces Apparel