Fashion and Fabric with a Purpose

At Milliken, we are more than just dedicated to sustainability and making meaningful connections.  Our mission to ensure a better tomorrow guides everything we do, from how we approach production to our strategic partnerships and philanthropy efforts. As part of this effort, Milliken Specialty Interiors recently developed a partnership with Gift of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fair trade of goods produced by mothers in Haiti. This remarkable organization is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and keeping families together by building women’s skill sets and education and empowering them to earn a living wage. Without this opportunity with Gift of Hope, these women might otherwise not have the means to provide for their children, resulting in the children becoming orphans.

Starting this year, Milliken Specialty Interiors began donating fabric remnants to Gift of Hope for use in their products. From these remnants, women are able to sew and produce bags, small purses, and other goods, which are sold at giftofhopehaiti.org.  All proceeds from the sale of these items support the women and the expansion of the organization. In addition to the fabric donations, we provided some of our new eco-elegant Breathe by Milliken™ fabrics to Gift of Hope to be made into finished bags that we purchased for promotional giveaways. In fact, if you attended our Showtime showroom grand opening event in June, you may have seen – or even received - one of these beautiful bags already.

We believe these bags are a great way to promote and showcase our fabrics while helping an organization that is trying to make a real difference and shares our vision of creating high quality products through responsible manufacturing processes.           

The effort also aligns well with Milliken’s commitment to purposeful and intentional design by working to eliminate waste and excess and supporting the circular economy by reusing and upcycling fabric samples that might otherwise have been sent to a landfill.  More importantly, our involvement with Gift of Hope allows us to help make the world better by using our fabric to help women rebuild their lives, one stitch at a time.

We hope you share our excitement about our involvement with this fantastic cause and our passion for making a positive impact.  We look forward to sharing more information about our work with Gift of Hope soon.  In the meantime, please feel free to check out their website at GiftofHopeHaiti.org.