How and Where Are Your Pepper Bras Made?
Pepper started with a simple belief: women deserve to feel beautiful and confident in the body they have. We went on a mission to create a bra that celebrated small chests, rather than forcing women to conform to outdated beauty standards.
As we built the business, we found ourselves making critical decisions about our business that would also have an impact on other communities.
Where did we want to produce our bras? Who was going to make them?
Our mission of inclusivity went beyond making better-fitting garments for our underserved audience: we also wanted to broaden opportunities for the women making them.
Finding the perfect manufacturer
Pepper co-founder Lia is originally from Colombia, where her family owns a button factory and has deep connections to the textile industry. It was a no brainer that we would start our search there!
Colombia is now one of the main fashion centers of Latin America, and is known for having the largest and most experienced clothing and textile industries.
We also evaluated a manufacturer in Vietnam, but ultimately chose to manufacture in Colombia because of the expertise, availability of high quality fabrics, and interests in social and corporate compliance.
We flew to Colombia several times before manufacturing, and met with and vetted more than ten factories. We evaluated everything from global compliance certifications, environmental practices, culture, and worker’s wages and benefits.
We chose our manufacturer because of their long history of quality craftsmanship, and more importantly, their commitment to social responsibility.
We are proud to share that our manufacturing partner:
- Generates employment opportunities on the “oriente antioqueño” rural areas, where single mothers or “head of household” have preference during the selection process.
- Offers an Employee Fund Program to provide credits and savings benefits to their employees
- Is gold certified from WRAP, the world's largest independent certification program focused on the apparel, footwear, and sewn products sectors. WRAP has a zero tolerance policy on child labor, forced labor, and inhumane treatment.
- Recycles more than 76% of fabric residue
It's important to us as a business that we're partnering with socially and environmentally responsible manufacturers. It’s good for small boobs, and it’s good for the planet.