THR3EFOLD: The Platform

THR3EFOLD connects fashion brands to ethical factories around the world so fashion can operate for people, planet, and profit.

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Project Description

WHO WE ARE

THR3EFOLD connects fashion brands to ethical factories around the world. We simplify the production process by making it easier for teams of all sizes to find trusted garment and accessory factories to create their products.

Mission. Building a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry through the power of connections.

Vision. To create a completely ethical fashion industry where no person is enslaved or exploited for someone else's style.

THE PROBLEM

Most apparel production occurs in developing countries where pay is dangerously low and negligent operations pollute our planet at an alarming rate.

Most fashion brands would love to fix this but are not sure how because doing so requires time and education they don't have. 

  • Understanding standards. Ethical standards can vary and have many components that take time to learn. 
  • Demanding change. Most brands do not own their factories so cannot easily change pay and policy when they are only one client of many.
  • Finding factories. Most factories have awful websites which means they can't be found on Google and  provide little helpful information in terms of product, services, and standards offered.
  • Trusting factories. Many factories claim to operate at whatever standards the brand requests but provide no form of proof.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Fashion is a $3 trillion industry that everyone consumes no matter their demographic. Increasing the standards in the supply chain for hundreds of thousands of existing brands can have the largest impact on people and planet worldwide. 

  • Fashion the largest force for female empowerment globally - 80% of garment workers are women aged 18-35, and most fashion professionals in the western world are women.
  • Since the arrival of the garment sector in the late 1970s, Bangladesh’s poverty rate has fallen from 70% to less than 40%, accompanied by increases in life expectancy, literacy, and per capita food intake.
  • Paying a living wage to garment workers would only cost an extra 1% of the retail price. That is just 10 cents based on a $10 t-shirt.

THE PLATFORM

The THR3EFOLD platform takes the time and guesswork out of finding and vetting your factory.

  • Only ethically certified factories are accepted
  • Clear filters and profile templates help you find the best factory for you
  • Robust project management allows you to manage your production process from pricing to production all in one place.

Features:

  • Upload designs and tech packs
  • Set deadlines and order quantity
  • Search factories
  • Share projects and compare price quotes
  • Track sampling and production
  • 2 sided review process

PRICING

Access to the platform will start at $35/mo billed annually ($480) and includes

  • Private community forum
  • Unlimited search & connect with factory database
  • Production management tool from beginning to end

Factory connections are a 6% diminishing service fee based on Production Order

  • 1st order: 6% fee, 2nd order: 5% fee, 3rd order: 4%, continues to 0%
  • Fee based on FOB production order
  • No charge until production order is placed
  • No obligation to work with factories you connect with
  • 6% restarts with any new factory connection

**If you purchase the FLAT RATE FACTORY reward offered here, we will connect with a factory NOW, and bypass the 6% diminishing fee of $2,000+.**

THE FUNDING

Imagine if Airbnb and PLM software had a baby. This platform is an elaborate two sided marketplace coupled with a robust project management tool which requires a skilled team of coders to develop.  

Your contributions will fund the development of the beta version of the platform to begin testing and iterating to best meet your production needs. Total funding also includes necessary fees like platform fees, online processing fees, as well as federal and state taxes.

*PS: In case you pick the Art Fan Reward, here is a more detailed view of the illustrations you can pick from for the large print.

THE TEAM 

Jessica Kelly is our fearless Founder & CEO. She has spent nearly a decade in the fashion industry working in PR, events, sales, and marketing for top brands in New York City. Jessica started THR3EFOLD out of response to the impact her career was having on people and planet and after encountering incredible factories on a life changing trip to India she knew this was what the industry needed and has never looked back. 

N'Djamena Walker is our Brand Manager. Also having worked for nearly a decade within the industry and seeing the need for change firsthand, N'Djamena began a pursuit for knowledge on all things ethical within the apparel industry. Most recently, she has completed the Sustainable Design Certificate Program at FIT, rated among the top 5 programs of its kind, while remaining on the operational front lines for companies within New York's Garment District.

 

Thanks for seeing the vision and joining along to make it happen.

Updates

The Project FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an ethical certification?
A certificate granted by an external auditing body, regularly checking the factory for the following standards: no slave labor, no child labor, fair wages, safe working conditions, clear communication from management, no discrimination, right to unionize, and a decreasing environmental impact.

Does THR3EFOLD certify the factories?
No, THR3EFOLD works with factories already certified by one of the 6 major ethical certifications in the industry.

What kind of products do your factories manufacture? 
Apparel and soft accessories at this time. 

Do you source fabric/mill houses?
No, however all of our factories offer this as a service which also allows you to source fabric local to the factory and reduce shipping costs and environmental impact.

Can you trace and ensure 2nd and 3rd tier supply chains?
Not at this time. We see 3 stages to tackling fashion's supply chain problem. Currently, we are in Phase 1
-Phase 1: Make excellent factories easier to find
-Phase 2: Bring sub-par factories up to ethical/environmental standards
-Phase 3: Find and eradicate the worst and most hidden part of the supply chain where slavery lives.

How much does THR3EFOLD cost?
-The platform will have a monthly fee based on the level of service you purchase.
-We charge a 6% Diminishing Service Fee per factory based on the total production order. This means you are charged 6% on the 1st order, 5% on the 2nd order, and so forth until you own the relationship outright. Your shipping and tax fees are separate from our fee structure.

What if I don't like the factory?
You are only charged if you place an order with the factory, so you can keep searching until you find the perfect fit if you need.

What is the THR3EFOLD Ethically Made label?
This added mark resolves the "Made in" portion of your product label which communicates no information about the standards of your production. Like the Organic food label, this easily communicates that your brand is a safe product to buy.  

Do I pay to use the THR3EFOLD Ethically Made name?
No! We want you to easily include your customers in this movement. You only pay for the cost of your label as you normally would. No additional license fee is charged to stamp your collection with this seal of approval.

What if I have a factory I want added to THR3EFOLD's database?
Please apply on our website to be considered we want all the great factories in the world to be easily discovered. 

I have more/different questions
Please email hello@thr3efold.com we'd love to answer all your questions.

Can I join the THR3EFOLD team?
We are looking for people to build the founding team, please email hello@thr3efold.com your resume and cover letter including what you bring to the table and why you believe in this movement.

Besides contributing how else can I support?
Please share this with your network. At THR3EFOLD we believe in the power of connections, and you have the most influence on those you are closest to. By sharing this campaign you can help change fashion for the better. 

Thanks for being such a rock star!

Anna
09/10/2018
Swag Bag
$125
Lola Sade
09/08/2018
Social Facelift
$600
09/04/2018
Build Your Business Webinar
$55
09/03/2018
Swag Bag
$125
09/02/2018
Build Your Business Webinar
$70
09/02/2018
Membership & Bag
$240
09/01/2018
Monetary Contribution
$250
08/31/2018
Build Your Business Webinar
$35
Daniel McCarter
08/31/2018
Swag Bag
$125
Anna Dougherty
08/31/2018
Be a Supporter
$20
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

36 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Be a Supporter

Believe in our mission? Any amount of money will help:

  • Give $10 and be listed on our website as a Platform Supporter!
24 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Educate Yo' Self

Ethical fashion shopping guide eBook
Learn how to: Purge your closet of clutter, Recycle your purge, Build a capsule wardrobe, How to shop second hand, Ethical fashion brand directory

49 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Bag Special
  • Limited Edition Reusable Tote Bag made by a THR3EFOLD factory partner in India providing jobs to single mothers and disabled adults!
  • Design will feature our signature Sunglasses with Earth lenses illustration and the THR3EFOLD logo
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8 Supporters
Select this reward
$65
Art Fan

Your choice between

  • 1 large 9 x 12 print or
  • 7 blank assorted cards of exclusive THR3EFOLD illustrations by Loveland Studio (mock up pictured)
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10 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Swag Bag
  • Limited Edition Reusable Tote Bag made by a THR3EFOLD factory partner in India providing jobs to single mothers and disabled adults! (design idea pictured)
  • Ticket to platform launch event
  • Exclusive Discounts to ethical fashion brands
  • Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide
  • Thank you card, and mention in website/email
9 Left
16 Supporters
Select this reward
$240
Membership & Bag
  • 1 Year membership to platform ($480)
  • Board seat on Beta Brand Team +On boarding consultation 
  • Limited edition reusable tote by THR3EFOLD factory partner ($75)
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
45 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$600
Social Facelift
  • Shape up your branding with a custom social media template package.
  • Introductory branding call
  • 4 custom graphic designs optimized for Instagram, easily resized for other platforms
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
6 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
$800
Small Brand Consultation

Get your brand ready for launch by industry professionals!

  • 6 month THR3EFOLD Platform Membership ($240)
  • Production 101 Guide (What you need to contact a factory, FAQs, Vocabulary)
  • Marketing 101 Guide (Basic Strategy, Tools, Tips/Tricks)
  • Development OR Production Consultation (2 hr Skype) by a professional w/ 10+ yrs experience at Tory Burch, Bonobos, Reem Acra, Lucky Brand
  • Branding/Social Media Consultation (2 hr Skype) with THR3EFOLD Founder
8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Flat Rate Factory Connection

Bypass our 6 order commission fee structure and pay one upfront flat rate! We will connect you with a selection of factories until you find a good fit. And get connected right away, no need to wait until our platform launches.

  • 1 Flat Rate Factory connection (Normal fee is over 6 orders totaling $2000+) 
  • 1 Year membership to platform ($480) 
  • Limited edition reusable tote by THR3EFOLD factory partner ($75)
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$1,500
Social Strategy

Strengthen your brand strategy with a custom social media package and plan. 

  • 4 custom graphic designs optimized for Instagram, easily resized for other platforms
  • Custom social media strategy calendar 
  • 1 Week of example posts (for one platform)
  • 1 Hour introductory call, 1 hour training call,and Marketing 101 Guide to equip you to run your social media like a pro
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
3 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

36 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Be a Supporter

Believe in our mission? Any amount of money will help:

  • Give $10 and be listed on our website as a Platform Supporter!
24 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Educate Yo' Self

Ethical fashion shopping guide eBook
Learn how to: Purge your closet of clutter, Recycle your purge, Build a capsule wardrobe, How to shop second hand, Ethical fashion brand directory

49 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Bag Special
  • Limited Edition Reusable Tote Bag made by a THR3EFOLD factory partner in India providing jobs to single mothers and disabled adults!
  • Design will feature our signature Sunglasses with Earth lenses illustration and the THR3EFOLD logo
22 Left
8 Supporters
Select this reward
$65
Art Fan

Your choice between

  • 1 large 9 x 12 print or
  • 7 blank assorted cards of exclusive THR3EFOLD illustrations by Loveland Studio (mock up pictured)
10 Left
10 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Swag Bag
  • Limited Edition Reusable Tote Bag made by a THR3EFOLD factory partner in India providing jobs to single mothers and disabled adults! (design idea pictured)
  • Ticket to platform launch event
  • Exclusive Discounts to ethical fashion brands
  • Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide
  • Thank you card, and mention in website/email
9 Left
16 Supporters
Select this reward
$240
Membership & Bag
  • 1 Year membership to platform ($480)
  • Board seat on Beta Brand Team +On boarding consultation 
  • Limited edition reusable tote by THR3EFOLD factory partner ($75)
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
45 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$600
Social Facelift
  • Shape up your branding with a custom social media template package.
  • Introductory branding call
  • 4 custom graphic designs optimized for Instagram, easily resized for other platforms
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
6 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
$800
Small Brand Consultation

Get your brand ready for launch by industry professionals!

  • 6 month THR3EFOLD Platform Membership ($240)
  • Production 101 Guide (What you need to contact a factory, FAQs, Vocabulary)
  • Marketing 101 Guide (Basic Strategy, Tools, Tips/Tricks)
  • Development OR Production Consultation (2 hr Skype) by a professional w/ 10+ yrs experience at Tory Burch, Bonobos, Reem Acra, Lucky Brand
  • Branding/Social Media Consultation (2 hr Skype) with THR3EFOLD Founder
8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Flat Rate Factory Connection

Bypass our 6 order commission fee structure and pay one upfront flat rate! We will connect you with a selection of factories until you find a good fit. And get connected right away, no need to wait until our platform launches.

  • 1 Flat Rate Factory connection (Normal fee is over 6 orders totaling $2000+) 
  • 1 Year membership to platform ($480) 
  • Limited edition reusable tote by THR3EFOLD factory partner ($75)
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$1,500
Social Strategy

Strengthen your brand strategy with a custom social media package and plan. 

  • 4 custom graphic designs optimized for Instagram, easily resized for other platforms
  • Custom social media strategy calendar 
  • 1 Week of example posts (for one platform)
  • 1 Hour introductory call, 1 hour training call,and Marketing 101 Guide to equip you to run your social media like a pro
  • Thank you card and mention in website/email
3 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward