At LaDress we are of course impacted by the current situation going on in the world. The COVID 19 virus forces us to prioritize what is important, and make responsible choices. We also believe it is important to stay transparant to our customers about these decisions.
The COVID-19 situation is affecting society as a whole, including entrepreneurs. As a fashion company, we believe that now it is more important than ever to take our responsibility. To make responsible choices, not just for the continuation of our own company, but also taking into account our supply chain and the people who work in it. We stimulate a constructive dialogue with our supply chain partners. Only by opening such a dialogue, it is possible to take care of all people working in the supply chain and it is the foundation to make sure that they can go to work in a safe way. We did not cancel any orders. In Romania, where we produce 97% of our styles, the government has taken measures in the public transport system. This means that a group of employees cannot get to work (safely). These employees nevertheless receive their wages. In close consultation with our production partner, we have adjusted the production schedule, so that we both can keep our companies running. During COVID-19, everything is changing so fast. Therefore we will keep monitoring our supply chain with great frequency. This way and by joining our forces, we believe that the fashion sector can grow out of this, even more healthy and more strong.
LaDress has signed the fur-free declaration of the Fur for Animals and is on the Fur-free list of the Fur for Animals. https://www.bontvoordieren.nl/bontvrij/bontvrijlijst/ LaDress has also been added to the list of pet-friendly brands by PETA. https://www.peta.nl/blog/de-lijst-van-alle-winkels-die-geen-bont-verkopen/
This way we do not only contribute to the living conditions from one child, but also to a better life for all the children and their familes in the community. Plan provides nutritious and healthy food, safe drinking water, good healthcare and good education. In short: a better future. For more information go to www.plannederland.nl.
"The most alluring thing a woman can have is self confidence." - Beyoncé
A LaDress is purchased for life: timeless, ageless and perfect for every occasion. But still... we all have that dress, skirt or top in our closet that - for whatever reason - we do not wear that often anymore. And that’s a shame: the item still looks fantastic, but what to do with it? You’re in luck: we’ve found the perfect destination for it!
Help someone with your LaDress
LaDress has joined hands with Dress for Success. As of now, you donate the LaDress that is no longer your go-to outfit at one of our LaDress Boutiques. We give these items to Dress for Success. And you receive a gift from us!
Dress for Success is a non-profit organisation established in over 30 countries that supports women with little or no income finding suitable jobs. How? By providing these women with the right outfit for their job interviews. And by doing that, helping them take the first step towards success, because the right outfit gives you strength and self confidence!
Just like LaDress, Dress for Success has a mission to empower women. 70% of the women dressed by Dress for Success, get the job they applied for! A beautiful step towards economic independence. What a great result! On top of that, handing in your wardrobe items is a real contribution to sustainability. One of the other things we find important at LaDress.
How it works
Per person you can donate a maximum of 5 LaDress items at LaDress Brand Boutiques only. For each donated item, you receive a gift voucher worth €15. These gift vouchers can be used to pay for a maximum of 50% of the purchase price of a new LaDress. Underwear like shapewear and leggings are excluded, as are damaged items.
We believe everyone deserves to feel special and cared for. Therefore, we have made a donation from our Girls collection to Clothing4u. This organisation helps people in the Netherlands who live below the poverty line by sending out personalised clothing boxes. Clothing4u aims to give back someone’s self-esteem, confidence and a part of their identity so that they can fully participate in society without hesitation. This empowerment is also at the heart of LaDress, so we are happy to support Clothing4u and we will continue to do so. For more information go to Clothing4u.
In 2016, LaDress and more than fifty other companies in the clothing and textile sector signed the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. In this agreement it is agreed to work together on making the collection and the production chain more sustainable. It is special that so many parties have joined forces and companies, NGOs, trade unions and the national government are working together on a more sustainable sector.
It has been agreed to collaborate in the production of clothing and textiles on:
- protection against discrimination, child labor and forced labor
- the right to free negotiations by independent trade unions
- the realization of a living wage
- safe and healthy working conditions for employees
- reduction of the negative environmental impact of raw materials
- the prevention of animal suffering
- less use of water, energy and chemicals
- less chemical waste and waste water
We have signed the agreement because we are aware of our responsibility, and we are happy to take this on as a brand. Since the start of LaDress, we have always been actively looking for partners who value an honest and responsible way of working. The agreement is in line with what we consider to be important, and what we are already working on on our own initiative. This includes our collaboration with our partner Fair Wear Foundation. If you would like to learn more about our work and/or policy with the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, then please click here.
We check constantly to ensure that our partners operate by our standards and we feel responsible that the working conditions of workers within our supply chain are according to our standards. Since 2014 we are member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). This is an independent, non-profit organization that works with apparel companies and factories to improve labor conditions for garment workers – in general. FWF is active in 11 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa and its 85 members manage over 120 brands. Through our membership of FWF we have committed to the Code of Labor Practices that declares our position and contains a system to continuously assess the labor conditions of our ateliers and suppliers. More importantly, Fair Wear Foundation checks and verifies whether our suppliers and we, actually do what we say. Every year we prepare a Workplan in which we determine what we have done in the past year and what steps we want to take in the coming year. Find our 2020 Workplan here. Find our 2019 Social report here.