Monday night I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel about slave free fashion with Outland Denim founder, James Bartle. He has quite the unique vision for his new denim company: make jeans for profit in order to employ women rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia. Beautiful jeans and beautiful mission. Y'all know I'm all about that.
Bartle started his jean brand after visiting East Asia with an anti-trafficking organization. While there, he was confronted with the devastation of exploitation, and he knew he had to respond. Outland was born. The company has spent the last five years perfecting their brand, design, and supply chain down to the zippers to make sure no slave labor exists from the cotton to the dyes to the final product. But he even goes one step farther by employing women to get them out of sex trafficking. Their stories are found on the pockets of the jeans.
Y'all, these jeans are legit. They fit great and there are several different styles to try and buy for both men and women. I ended up with a sleek black high-waisted pair, because, hello post partum!
It was a fun night filled with challenging conversation, good food and wine, and great jeans. If you're local to LA, head over to the Rogue Collective in the Arts District and visit Outland's pop-up shop before they're gone. If you're not local, jump online and order your very own pair. After all, nothing beats an awesome pair of jeans.
Photos by Cameron Jordan