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Our Story

We are People Tree

Pioneers in sustainable, ethical, eco-conscious, Fair Trade fashion, our story started in 1991.  Our core mission hasn't changed in 30 years. Every product is made to the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish.

Contemporary, versatile designs and playful, exclusive prints inspired by the V&A archives create stylish, innovative and affordable fashion while respecting people and the planet.

Our Mission

To support producer partners' efforts towards economic independence and control over their environment and to challenge the power structures that undermine their rights to a livelihood. 

To protect the environment and use natural resources suitably throughout our trading and to promote environmentally responsible initiatives to create new models to promote sustainability. 

To supply customers with good quality products, with friendly and efficient service and build awareness to empower customers and producers to participate in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable solutions. 

To provide a supportive environment to all stakeholders and promote dialogue and understanding between them. 

To set an example to business and government of a Fair Trade model of business based on partnership, people-centered values and sustainability.  

Hand-embroidery

People Tree supports

Traditional Skills

We specially design our pieces to celebrate and showcase traditional hand skills like embroidery, weaving, printing, dyeing, knitting & stitching. Our programmes provide continuous teaching of these skills to new generations, creating truly sustainable artisan communities.

People Tree supports

Education

For 30 years, People Tree has supported initiatives to improve access to education for adults & children in the most vulnerable communities.

Children at KTS school, Nepal

Wheelchairs at Bombolulu, Kenya

People Tree supports

Empowerment

Fair Trade and Social Justice are at the core of our purpose. Your choice to buy a beautiful People Tree piece directly supports opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantage.

People Tree promotes

Fair Trade

We were the first fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organisation product label.

Our certifications guarantee People Tree’s dedication & compliance to the principles of fair trade, covering fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, environmental best practice & gender equality. 

People Tree supports

Campaigns for Change

We've been pioneering campaigners for Fair Trade, Sustainability and Social Justice for 30 years.

People Tree supports

Environmental Renewal

With our partners, People Tree supports initiatives to offset the environmental impacts of the global fashion industry.

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