Ethic Goods provides economic empowerment for women rescued from human trafficking, and those at risk of exploitation. We work primarily in South East Asia, and partner with non-profits that provide holistic care (counseling, education, and health care), focus on strengthening the family unit, and have demonstrated a community centered approach. They also believe business has a role to play in empowering the women they work with, which is where we come in. By coming alongside these magnificent ladies to develop their business skills, they have the opportunity to provide for their families and set their children on a new, hope-filled path.
Each piece is handcrafted by the woman it helps employ.
Through wearing Ethic Goods, YOU become a meaningful part of her story,
and give freedom to women around the world.
It started in 2011 when founder Maegan Hawley noticed a problem in her closet. After accumulating all sorts of accessories while traveling, they sat on the shelf unused when she returned home. Most of the items came from social-impact organizations with the mission of empowering women. While each piece was special and represented a powerful story, the style didn’t quite fit her day-to-day life in Washington, DC. An unworn piece meant an untold story.
“On Valentines Day, 2011 I visited the jewelry shop of an anti-trafficking organization in Thailand and shopped ‘till I dropped. You should have seen my suitcase! Later that evening I went to a red light district in the hopes of connecting with some of the girls working at the bars. I literally had to purchase time to talk with a woman working there. Sitting across the table from her, she shared where she was from, how old her kids were. Normal stuff, but it really impacted me. I realized small shops like the one I visited hours before provided the best and healthiest economic opportunity for women at risk. All they needed was opportunity. -Maegan
Ethic is based in Washington, DC. We work with our artisans to design each line, and while we are designers by trade, our real mission is to use what we love (FASHION!) to help women across the globe heal, step into their potential, and leave a great legacy for their kids. We believe in solving problems creatively, living with purpose, and loving big. Our artisans inspire us to live a beautiful life, regardless of what’s happened. We think their courageous, adventurous, and resilient spirit is contagious in each piece.