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Meet the Brand

ABLE

Yes, Able makes clothing and jewelry from sustainable materials but they do so much more than that. Born out of the harsh reality that while 75% of the fashion manufacturing workforce is made up of women, only 2% of them make a living wage, Able decided to harness consumer demand as a way to drive change– to help these women break the poverty cycle and create lasting change. Today, Able is 95% women-run and is dedicated to the future of fashion. Transparency throughout the supply chain is key in their mission to empower the women of the globe and to create a better future not only for themselves but for their communities as well. So now we can answer the question, who run the world?

VETTED BY THE VERTICALE

/ 09.22.21

Brand

ABLE

IMPACT

On a mission to upgrade the female living wage.

VERTICALE VALUES

  • Responsible Materials

    ABLE’s products are made with responsibly-sourced natural fibers such as Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Cotton.

  • Ethical Production

    ABLE publicly holds themselves accountable by using a third party called “Accountable” to calculate and ensure they are paying their production partners a living wage and meeting their needs.

  • Local Craftsmanship

    ABLE partners with the local communities in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and India to manufacture clothing and shoes so as to support their local craft and to help create jobs for women. Meanwhile, all Able’s leather goods and jewelry are crafted in Nashville, TN.

FOUNDED

2010

FOUNDER

Barrett Ward

HEADQUARTERS

Nashville, TN

INSTAGRAM

@able

CERTIFICATIONS

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Cotton

Behind
ABLE

For Barrett, it all started in 2010 Ethiopia, when he saw the difficulties women leaving the commercial sex industry were facing. To support these women, he employed them and taught them to make scarves, and thus the idea of Able spiraled.