Last updated: August 2021
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Cashmerette has a strong commitment to making products that include previously marginalized sewists, and using their platform to promote equity. It is at the very core of their business to make products for and include BIPOC sewists and plus-sized sewists. They acknowledge their current shortcomings and see anti-racism and inclusion work as a long-term, ever-evolving project that they aim to improve in continuously.
Here's what they're doing to reinforce and grow their work to promote and support the BIPOC sewist community, especially "behind the scenes" (per their website):
- Increase our number of BIPOC models. To date, 29% of our models have been BIPOC and 36% of our patterns feature at least one BIPOC model on the cover. Our goal moving forward is that every pattern features at least once BIPOC model, and we're also continuing to actively create more size diversity on our covers, too. Want to model for us and live in the New England area? Email us your details and photos to email@example.com!
- Highlight and showcase more garments from BIPOC makers on our social media platforms and newsletters - help us find you by tagging us (@cashmerette, and our pattern hashtags), and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got a blog post you'd like us to feature.
- Include more BIPOC makers in our fabric store partnerships, which we use to celebrate our new patterns and showcase them on a variety of bodies.
- Our blog will feature more interviews and contents from BIPOC makers.
Allocating our spending
- Marketing: More deliberately allocate our marketing budget to support BIPOC makers and businesses.
- Suppliers: Seek out opportunities to use BIPOC-owned suppliers.
- Fabric partnerships: Seek out opportunities to partner with BIPOC-owned fabric stores.
- If you're interested in working with us, drop us an email at email@example.com and let us know!
- Testers: We've never asked about identity when recruiting testers before, but we're going to start, in order to diversify the makeup of our tester pool.
- Feedback group: We're working on a plan to create a diverse group of people to provide feedback on design & initiatives - more on this to come.
- Recruitment. We're committed to building a more diverse team through recruitment of future team members and contractors.
- Education. We're going to allocate time and resources to educate the team on racism, creating inclusive workplaces, and also on the overlooked history of black women in pioneering the body activism movement.
- Assessment and reflection. We're setting up regular check ins to evaluate our progress against this action plan and identify ways to improve.
Cashmerette does their best to recycle, reuse, and reduce waste as much as we can in their day-to-day activities in their studio. They use eco-friendly shipping materials where possible, and are always looking out for additional ways to reduce their impact on the environment.
Cashmerette didn't share any other giving that they do.