Livelihood is a socially + ethically conscious, weekend-wear apparel company that is inspired by and gives back to extraordinary, everyday people. Livelihood creatively supports and encourages communities across the Nation to remain connected, collaborative, and courageous, both in fashion and in life.
How Livelihood Hopes to Create Change
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these organic-cotton, Made in the U.S.A. hoodies, and 100% of the profits from the launch, will be deposited on a quarterly basis into a community foundation to be accessed by residents in two chosen zip codes across the United States. The first zip codes chosen are 20020 (Anacostia) + 19802 Riverside, Wilmington, DE.
Livelihood will soon be accepting applications from communities across the United States, for the chance to receive up to 12 months of funding for a wide range of community and human service initiatives and projects that improve economic advancement in local communities.
Made in the U.S.A.
Livelihood and the Gilt merchant team worked together to source each component of the garments from different zip codes across the United States.
- The double sheared organic stretch cotton fleece fabric was sourced from AKAS Textiles & Laminations in Bensalem, PA 19020
- The inner seam tape was sourced from Wayne Mills Co in Philadelphia, PA 19144
- The cord ties were sourced from Franklin Braid Manufacturing in Emporia, VA 23847
- The inside and care labels were sourced from Labeltex Mills in Los Angeles, CA 90001
- The gunmetal zippers were sourced from UCAN Zippers USA in Vernon, CA 90058
- The outside print and 3M reflectors were sourced from BCCO NYC in New York, NY 10019
- The dyer who worked with us to dye both the cord ties and the seam tape was Colortex, based in Brooklyn, NY 11205
- The garments were then manufactured by Waverly Grey in New York, NY 10018
Livelihood has established a charitable fund at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) through which tax-deductible gifts will be acknowledged and grants will be made to community development organizations. These grants make it possible for a wide range of community and human service initiatives to fund important projects that improve the quality of life for all people in Delaware. Some grants continue this work outside of the state and even beyond the borders of the US.
Livelihood is about celebrating the resiliency in under-served communities (the artists, the entrepreneurs, and the innovators), supporting them as they work to advance social and economic justice.
Ashley Biden, Founder of Livelihood