Passion Lilie is a fair trade and eco-friendly apparel brand with a mission to empower artisans across the world by creating dignified employment opportunities. By offering fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and long-term employment to artisans in India, these job opportunities lead to sustainable societies and a better world. They are also committed to using eco-friendly materials throughout the supply chain and preserving the artistic and cultural talents of the craftspeople.
Passion Lilie have implemented the fair trade movement into their practices and which focuses on creating long-term relationships based on transparency, trust, and respect with producers in underserved areas. It’s about promoting trade that is equal, just, and empowering.
As a fair trade company, Passion Lilie currently works with several producer groups in India. They provide fair wages and work with organizations that ensure safe and healthy working conditions for their artisans. For them, it is also important to give each worker a voice and make sure they are genuinely happy and comfortable with their job. This can mean everything from clean water to time off. Passion Lilie is a member of the Fair Trade Federation which supports positive and uplifting working environments around the globe.
Part of Passion Lilie’s mission as an ethical clothing line is to be eco-friendly. They are always looking for ways to treat the environment better, which is why more and more of their products are made with organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO cotton. In addition, they use azo-free, organic, and natural dyes. At every step in the supply chain, Passion Lilie make’s sure they are using sustainable materials to reduce their impact on the environment.
The production process is designed to be environmentally friendly as well. They are dedicated to preserving the environment through the use of natural energy, waste reduction, and water reduction. Their fabrics are washed by hand in local waterways and dried in the sun, and leftover pieces become the material for various accessories and handicrafts. From start to finish, Passion Lilie aims to be as eco-friendly as possible.
While the apparel and accessories are produced in India, each design is made in New Orleans, Louisiana by the founder and designer, Katie Schmidt.
New Orleans is a special place for Passion Lilie: it offers inspiration for new creations around every corner, and its healthy entrepreneurial environment helped encourage the very start of their business.
From her historical New Orleans studio, Katie puts her heart and soul into every Passion Lilie design. She creates all the patterns, samples, and technical drawings by hand, finding inspiration in the people and natural world around her. All of the designs are completely original and made with both practicability and fashion in mind. Once a design is finalized, it goes to the artisans in India, who bring it to life with colorful, artisanal, hand block printed and handwoven fabrics in modern, streamlined silhouettes.
Thanks to the dedicated teams in Bangalore, Jaipur, Tirupur, and Hyderabad, Passion Lilie proudly contributes to keeping ancient artisanal dyeing and weaving traditions alive in India. The artisans strike the perfect balance between old, time-honored traditions and new best practices. By incorporating the leading apparel and fabric manufacturing techniques into the production process,
Passion Lilie ensures their customers receive products of the highest quality.
In many ways, the world is small. Even a farmer in Africa becomes a neighbor to them in one way or another, because what they do as individuals affects those in other countries, whether we realize it or not. This is why it’s essential that we all make conscious decisions to improve the world around us.
At the beginning of each day, you can start with what you’re going to wear. Purchase an ethical garment and start your day by helping to change the world.