“No matter how a piece of clothing looks, it cannot be considered beautiful if, in producing it, the environment is destroyed or people are exploited. When deciding on what to wear, we all have an obligation to consider how it’s made and the impact that process has on the planet and its people.”
The cotton (hand wash or eco dry cleaning recommended) we used is rescued deadstock fabric that was left over from a larger fashion house. By using deadstock fabric we save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water annually and keep the planet clean.
In 2008, Don Pedro lost his job. So many companies were going bankrupt that year, especially in the fashion industry, and the company where he was working ended up closing. He knew he needed to get another job as soon as possible so he started applying for different positions. But companies weren’t hiring, they were only laying more and more people off. He realized then that the only way he would be able to survive would be to start his own company—so he opened up his own small cut and sew facility. Don Pedro wasn’t interested in mass production. He had little interest in companies that wanted cheap work done—80, 90 cents a piece, he says—making shirts, sweatpants and dresses that would fall apart after just a few washes. Instead of making thousands of items at a time for brands looking to pump out garments, he committed to working only with companies that were making small runs of items with much higher quality. When we met Pedro, we were interested in working with a contractor that would produce runs of 10 garments at a time (“You know, only really big orders,” he laughs). Pedro and his team of 4 dressmakers were the perfect solution. In those early days, we’d talk often about our shared vision of a sustainable fashion industry. We were very much in sync about a business model where everyone wins. We dreamed of joining forces but our production needs weren’t big enough to justify. As time moved forward, demand for our dresses grew and so Pedro hired more dressmakers, eventually growing his team to 21 seamstresses. Finally, in summer of 2017, we brought Pedro and his team under the Christy Dawn umbrella, adding health benefits and paid vacations to their compensation packages. We are SO lucky to have Don Pedro and the feeling is mutual. “Christy Dawn,” Pedro says, “is OUR company. From the dressmakers, to Christy, to the customers, Christy Dawn couldn’t exist without the entire ecosystem. It is something that each one of us takes great pride in. It is such a blessing to work with like-minded folks who genuinely care about people and the planet."