Passion Lilie is a fair trade and sustainable apparel brand with a mission to help artisans empower themselves by creating dignified employment opportunities. By offering fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and long-term employment to artisans in India, these job opportunities lead to sustainable societies and a better world. We are also committed to using eco-friendly materials throughout the supply chain and preserving the artistic and cultural talents of our craftspeople.
By purchasing ethical garments from Passion Lilie, you are helping to reverse the cycle of poverty and improve the world you live in. The best part is that neither Passion Lilie nor our team in India is asking for a penny of your charity. All you have to do is shop ethically. At Passion Lilie, our beautiful, ethical clothing allows you to make a global impact while still looking fashionable.
Fair trade is not charity. It is a trade-based movement that focuses on creating long-term relationships based on transparency, trust, and respect with producers in underserved areas. It’s about promoting trade that is equal, just, and fair.
As a fair trade company, Passion Lilie currently works with several producer groups in India. We provide fair wages and work with organizations that ensure safe and healthy working conditions for their artisans. For us, it is also important to give each worker a voice and make sure they are genuinely happy and comfortable with their job. This can mean everything from clean water to time off. Our business is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and we support positive and uplifting working environments around the globe.
At Passion Lilie, part of our mission as a sustainable clothing line is to be eco-friendly. We are always looking for ways to treat our environment better, which is why more and more of our products are made with organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO cotton. In addition, we use azo-free, organic, and natural dyes. At every step in the supply chain, we make sure we are using sustainable materials to reduce our impact on the environment.
Our production process is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable as well. We are dedicated to preserving the environment through the use of natural energy, waste reduction, and water reduction. Our fabrics are washed by hand in local waterways and dried in the sun, and leftover pieces become the material for various accessories and handicrafts. From start to finish, we aim to be as eco-friendly as possible.
While our apparel and accessories are produced in India, each design is made in New Orleans, Louisiana by our founder and designer, Katie Schmidt. New Orleans is a special place for Passion Lilie: it offers inspiration for new creations around every corner, and its healthy entrepreneurial environment helped encourage the very start of our business.
From her historical New Orleans studio, Katie puts her heart and soul into every Passion Lilie design. She creates all the patterns, samples, and technical drawings by hand, finding inspiration in the people and natural world around her. All of our designs are completely original and made with both practicability and fashionability in mind. Once a design is finalized, we pass it along to our team in India, who bring it to life with colorful, artisanal, hand block printed and handwoven fabrics in modern, streamlined silhouettes.
Thanks to our dedicated teams in India, Passion Lilie proudly contributes to keeping ancient artisanal dyeing and weaving traditions alive in India. Our artisans strike the perfect balance between old, time-honored traditions and new best practices. By incorporating the leading apparel and fabric manufacturing techniques into the production process, Passion Lilie ensures our customers receive products of the highest quality.
In many ways, the world is small. Even a farmer in Africa becomes a neighbor to us in one way or another, because what we do as individuals affects those in other countries, whether we realize it or not. This is why it’s essential that we all make conscious decisions to improve the world around us. At the beginning of each day, you can start with what you’re going to wear. Purchase an ethical garment and start your day by helping to change the world.