A Thousand Threads is all about finding meaning in the little things in life, so I’m excited to announce a brand new column focusing on the best brands that take the most advantage of their unique opportunity to bring a little more meaning to the world. In this column, we’ll focus on brands that give back in interesting ways, and I can’t think of a better company to kick us off.
Oliberté is a lifestyle brand with a mission to support workers’ rights and sustainable manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa.
The company believes that with the right partners, Africa’s countries have the means to grow and support their own people, and that’s what they’re helping them to do. While other companies might simply take a portion of their profits and donate shoes to those in need, Oliberté feels that their work will have a greater impact if it helps to boost a country’s workforce and economy to a place where it might eventually thrive on its own.
Oliberté subscribes to high ethical and environmental standards in manufacturing its leather shoes and goods, ensuring that the service they provide is a benefit to, rather than a burden on, the region as a whole.
And on top of all that, their product is pretty rad.
For more information and to take a look around, you can visit Oliberté’s site here, and as a little extra bonus, take 10 percent off until September 30 with the code OLIFW1310.
Full Disclosure: Oliberté provided the shoes for this post, but didn’t provide any sponsorship beyond that. They — like the rest of the brands that will be featured in Brands That Give Back — were chosen because they’re just plain awesome and I like them a lot.