1. What is Rags2Riches?
R2R (Rags2Riches, Inc) is a fashion and design house empowering community artisans in the Philippines.
2. Why did you decide to launch a socially responsible label?
R2R was built because of a mission to create a fashion and design house with an inclusive and empowering supply chain and corporate structure. In a world where unfair trade is an open secret, our co-founders and team wanted to put goodness, compassion, and Eco-consciousness, on the spotlight.
3. What was the inspiration behind the collection?
Through bringing together the best design minds of the world and artisanal hands from all over the 7,107 islands of the Philippines, R2R creates fashion and home accessories that integrate conscientious design, artisanal skills, and inspiring stories.
R2R is a life and livelihood partner for these artisans as they strive to weave better futures for their families and communities.
We believe that each Artisan and Advocate who touches the product from raw materials to finished masterpieces, must be dignified, empowered, and enriched.
Each piece illustrates the tactile richness of different handmade textures as well as the artful interpretations of the lives and values of the artisans.
Our products are created for those who seek great design and are equally captivated and inspired by the stories they tell.
4. Tell us about the positive impact Rags2Riches has had on the people and the environment.
Our positive impact can be summed up through our 4 core values;
Collaborative and Conscious Design
Design is woven into the very fabric of R2R as a company. We integrate collaborative, conscious, human-centered design into every step of our work: from community development to product design. Every R2R team member is a designer in their own right.
Empowering and Inclusive Progress
We have designed a unique system to professionalize home-based community artisans, and empower them with our Artisan Academy and Quality of Life Program. We strive for success that does not leave anyone behind. If it's not inclusive, it's not progress.
In a world where fast and cheap labor is sought, R2R places the highest value on every person's humanity and dignity. As a social enterprise, we go beyond charity and beyond aid: we create meaningful, high value, and sustainable trade.
Pagbabahagi ng Sarili
This Filipino phrase means to share one’s self. We are in the business of sharing positive influence. In sharing the best of ourselves to our community, our country, and the world, we become part of each other’s stories of progress.
5. Why is a platform like Fashion ComPassion important for the growth of sustainable fashion businesses?
Fashion ComPassion does not only promote sustainable fashion businesses, it promotes a sustainable lifestyle. A platform like Fashion ComPassion is like a megaphone of goodness that fashion brands like ours could use to advocate for sustainability and responsibility. We are proud members of the Fashion ComPassion family. From the name itself, one can appreciate that fashion can be used for social good.