Ways of Change is a 'co-creation fashion' brand connecting fashion designers and refugee artisans to create change in the fashion industry from the inside out.
As a co-creation fashion design house, our website is a marketplace for uniquely co-created and ethically-sourced and produced products created through connections around the world.
We provide connection, a marketplace and a global reach for disconnected artisans living in refugee situations. The result is entrepreneurship, self-reliance and preservation of traditional skills.
Our base is in the Jungle of northern Thailand where we live and work with refugee artisans displaced from ongoing conflict in Burma.
At the heart of Ways of Change is the belief that we are all connected, all worthy and all Love. We create spaces where these values can thrive, which contributes to flowing creative energy.
Our focus is one of abundance and we live everyday in the belief that we have everything we need.
The Ways of Change mission is to change the global narrative surrounding refugees from one of fear, lack and pity to one of human connection, worthiness and abundance.
We believe that through connection we can see each other as one and that this will change the way that we respond, on a global level, to refugee influxes.
Our vision embodies creativity and fashion as the avenue for individual and global change.
Where the fashion industry embodies globalization and traditions, in an authentic way, only possible through the inclusiveness of co-creation.
By connecting fashion designers and refugee artisans in a space of oneness and creative inspiration we manifest fashion forward capsule collections that carry the story of human connection, worth and abundance.
Our co-created handmade collections facilitate the very thing that fast fashion conspires to stamp out; human connection.
By offering ethically sourced and produced products we are empowering you with a choice when it comes to products that you can be proud to wear and share.
We believe that by connecting people through fashion we can create a space of mutual empowerment where we recognize ourselves in each other and co-create a new story. It's about power. It's about choice. It's about co-creating the world that we want to live in.
Ways of Change is committed to using local, fair, upcycled, organic and cruelty-free products in our production.
We go to extreme measures to decrease our environmental impact, from commuting on bicycles and boats, showering in waterfalls (we live in the Jungle, remember?), using freight shipping when possible, recycling local student notebooks for packaging and using 100% recycled and biodegradable mailers.
We are currently working on connecting with a platform that uses existing travelers to make our shipments.
Don't get me started on 'fair pay!' We have a lot more to offer each other than 'fair.' The artisans that we work with name their own prices. We work with them to make sure they are confident in creating those prices (e.g. we suggest that they increase them).
CO-CREATION WITH COMMUNITIES
This is about the way that we work, the way that we connect. To be honest, we do it deeply, nothing is surface level around here.
Founder, Cara, lives with the communities that we work with and has developed a model of 'co-creating with communities' designed from her journey and experiences, from studying an M.A. with the United Nations, designing and carrying out participatory research in refugee camps, studying Tantra and living remotely in the Jungle.
It looks something like this; experiential deep connection with self and with environment, deconstruction of realities and social constructions, needs-based communication, practical tools and workshop design, authentic connection and co-creation with communities.
Want to experience it? Take our course in the Jungle.
Lots of Love!
CO-CREATION FASHION DESIGN
It's simple...we know that the Magic doesn't only exist in the communities and the Magic doesn't only exist in our designers. The Magic happens in that space of connection...and that space is where co-creation fashion happens.
The result is undeniably original, fashion-forward capsule collections.
Interested? Co-create with us!