WE BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We are fully committed to the goal of producing products that are not only desirable but positively and respectfully promote change in the fashion industry. We hope each person that wears our clothes will also feel empowered to encourage positive change in their community. We believe a brand has the power to make the world a better place.
Cara Mila is a purpose lead brand. Our cultural currency is not just about the consumption of goods but rather about the collaboration between our suppliers, workers and customers.
Our approach is simple, seasonal drops of the key styles you want today, made from the materials of tomorrow, all produced in ethical factories and available at fair prices. We took the best aspects of fast fashion (immediate gratification, affordability) and luxury brands (exceptional quality and design) and combined them to create the ultimate brand for a growing number of conscious consumers.
We believe that this ‘buy better’ strategy is what the growing number of conscious consumers have been waiting for.
MANUFACTURING AND TEXTILES
Everything we do has an impact; at Cara Milla we are committed to keeping our impact on the earth as small as possible. We are an independent brand that spent the last two years vetting manufacturers and researching textiles, we firmly believe in accountability and traceability of all our materials. The choice of fabrics for our products is carefully made, sourcing the most responsible options to meet the luxurious standard we want to imprint. Therefore, we mainly use certified fabrics and trims such as GOTS or GRS. All our knitwear is made with yarns that bare the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) or the Good Cashmere Standard (GCS). Ensuring that all fibers come from traceable farms using the best and most progressive practices of land management and animal welfare. We also use regenerated fabrics like Tencel and EcoVero low-impact viscose.
We currently offset our carbon use by planting 100 trees for every garment sold. Cara Mila is the proud partner of: Eden Reforestation Projects - Employ to Plant initiative. The Eden project is an educational charity and a social enterprise, their mission is to create relationships between people and the natural world that demonstrate the power of working together for the benefit of all living things. The Employ to Plant initiative’s goal is to reduce extreme poverty and restore healthy forests by employing local people to plant millions of trees every year. Since its inception in 2005, Eden has planted 700+ million trees in nations that include Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, and in Central America.
We produce our collection in rigorously vetted fair trade factories in Portugal. That means everyone that works on our brand is treated fairly and paid a living wage. Cara Mila is also committed to keeping traditional craft alive by empowering women in artisan communities globally. Currently we are working with LaLana Peru to create hand crochet dresses for our spring collection.
We believe in the art of collaboration and plan on inviting socially conscious women with aspirational style to join our design collective. As such we are pleased to welcome creative consultant Olivia Palermo. Our success will come from a mix of purpose and product. We believe in a buy better strategy of limited on target product drops with fair pricing and transparent supply chains. Our collaborative partners, organic and paid ads, traditional and non-traditional pr and media, pop-ups and community initiatives are the ways we plan to share our message.
We are a brand designed by women for women. Our design choices are clearly motivated by our contemporary lives and our preferences for updating our own wardrobe winners without breaking the bank, and by empowering everyone with the opportunity to purchase meaningful new pieces that possess the power of uniting ethics with a veneer of confidence and of-the-moment chic. Cara Mila also keeps to our low impact treatise, by using the world’s most advanced 3-D garment design software to keep the impact of our material waste at a minimum.