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ABOUT THE BRAND

Korbata is a Guatemalan menswear brand selling a range of cotton slim ties, bow ties and synthetic leather wallets. The brand aims to provide sustainable sources of income for local communities, and to promote Mayan and indigenous Guatemalan cultures through its products.

HIGHLIGHTS

THE PROS:

👫 At the end of each year, Korbata gives 10% of its profits back to the communities it works with by purchasing them household items such as beds, water supplies or roof materials.

♻️ No material is wasted in production of Korbata products, as scraps are collected and used in other products.

💪🏻 Korbata states that the workers in its supply chain are the most important aspect, and its aim is to improve their lives by providing a fair wage and a sustainable source of income.

THE CONS:

♻️ We don’t have any information on policies the brand in place to limit the use or impact of hazardous chemicals.

/ Korbata products are available through the brand’s online store and in approximately 20 stores worldwide.

The brand employs 4 people at its head office.

Korbata works with the following suppliers:   

  • 15 artisan families, who make the textiles
  • 5 – 6 people in the workshop making their products
  • 2 – 4 people making their packaging and boxes
  • 1 supplier for its metal accessories
  • 1 supplier for its labels
  • A supplier providing the materials for their monthly subscription boxes

/ The brand reports that each collection takes between 3 – 4 months to launch. It only sells what it has in stock, which enables it to ship products 3 – 5 days after an order is placed.

/ Korbata produces 5,000 – 10,000 products annually, across 3 collections.

/ The brand states that, providing customers care for their products, they are designed to last forever.

/ In February 2016, Start Up Complete reported that all of Korbata’s collections are limited edition and crafted from 100% cotton, each hand woven pattern is unique, never to be duplicated.

/ Korbata works with Guatemalan artisans to produce its products.

/ The brand reports that 85% of its workers are women.

/ Korbata shares a video of its artisans working on the brands products through its Facebook page.

/ The brand states that its cotton is sourced from a supplier in Mexico

/ Korbata reports that it can trace its entire supply chain.

/ The brand does not publicly disclose supplier names and addresses.

/ The brand does not report annually on sustainability practices and progress.

/ Korbata shares images and stories from the workers in its supply chain on its Facebook page.

/ Korbata states that the workers in its supply chain are the most important aspect, and it aims to improve their lives by providing them with a fair wage and a sustainable source of income.

/ The brand pays its workers 50% upfront for an order, with the remaining 50% paid on completion. It reports that its workers are paid 12 – 15% above the local minimum wage.

/ Korbata states that, at the end of the year, it gives 10% of its profits back to the communities it works with by purchasing them household items such as beds, water supplies or roof materials.

/ The brand states that it reviews the social practices of its suppliers during its monitoring visits.

/ In February, Ethical Fashion Forum reported that the brand had been awarded Best New Product at the NY NOW Artisan Resource awards, stating the brands products uphold the traditional Mayan and Guatemalan weaving techniques while providing a sustainable income and empowerment to the communities they work with.

/ The brand uses cotton in its products which is sourced from Mexico.

/ Korbata’s Gualet wallets are made from PU synthetic leather sourced from Mexico.

/ The brand reports that no material is wasted in production of its products, as scraps are collected and used in other products.

/ Korbata’s collections are limited edition, and the brand only sells what it has for each collection.

/ The brand has a partnership with a local recycling company, where it sends all its paper waste.

/ The brand reports that it monitors the fabric manufacturing and production of accessories in it supply chain on a biweekly basis, whilst its collections are being made. During this time, it is onsite with its manufacturers for around 7 days to oversee the selection of the cotton and the initial weaving process. Its workshop head then stays there throughout the process to ensure production quality and fair trade working conditions.

/ Korbata aspires to be a globally recognised brand, with Guatemala being celebrated around the world through men wearing its ties.

/ Korbata has set a goal to reduce its use of paper and electricity in its headquarters by 30%. It is working towards this goal by installing LED lighting in its offices and changing working hours in its workshop to take advantage of natural light.

/ The brand will be launching new packaging in July 2017, which has been certified by PEFC and includes recyclable and reusable bags.

 

/ The brand states that, at the end of the year, it gives 10% of its profits back to the communities it works with by purchasing them household items such as beds, water supplies or roof materials.

/ In March 2017, Korbata joined the Fashion Revolution campaign.

/ In April 2017, the brand announced it was a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum.

/ We don’t have any information on how much the CEO, Jennifer Menegazzo, made in the last financial year.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

 

/ Korbata is a Guatemalan menswear brand selling a range of cotton slim ties, bow ties and PU synthetic leather wallets. The brand aims to provide sustainable sources of income for local communities, and to promote Mayan and indigenous Guatemalan cultures through its products.

/ Korbata offers a monthly subscription service to its Guatemalan customers, consisting of a box of 4 – 5 products, such as ties and handkerchiefs, bowties and handkerchiefs, a mixed box or a “surprise” box.

Korbata’s Gualet wallets are made from synthetic leather.

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“Their work has been most gratifying because they have not only brought their dream to fruition but are helping to sustain Guatemala’s rich weaving history and providing work for those in rural areas of Guatemala. ” – 03/2015

 


 

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