Chances are high that something you own was made in Bangladesh. It is the world’s second largest exporter of clothing, but clothing companies rarely communicate or celebrate this–often because the conditions for the workers leave little to be celebrated. But on our frequent trips to the country we’ve been endlessly inspired by the people, textiles, and vibrancy found in every corner.
New Market Goods was formed with the goal of better understanding and highlighting positive production practices in Bangladesh. We’ve partnered with Deshal, a community of local garment producers who’ve been striving to create better working conditions in their factory. We are improving local livelihoods by returning a share of our profits directly back to the community that is the heart and hands of New Market Goods.
Celebrate Bangladeshi artisanship
We want to create beautiful garments that reflect Bangladeshi heritage. Our inspiration comes from the textures and colors on the ground in Bangladesh.
Improve industry honesty
We are highlighting positive approaches to manufacturing in an industry that has become notorious for its extremely negative working conditions.
Make your new favorite garment
Because our textiles are hand-woven, New Market Goods are made of some of the most interesting textures and colors you can find.
We’ve hybridized the style with more traditional button-down features: a slightly more fitted silhouette that hits at the waist and side gussets. The design itself is fairly minimal, and is really meant to highlight the textiles, which are produced in one of the last remaining hand-loom communities called Pabna, in western Bangladesh.
We've been hard at work over the last year on new products, promotion, markets, & methods with the team at Deshal!@newmarketgoods
We successfully raised over $20,000, providing backers with a first chance to grab popovers featuring our first run of textiles.
Since those early days, they’ve built Deshal to be so much more than a brand and a factory; it has become a tight-knit community that encourages its artisans to develop their skills and find passion in their daily work.
Together, Deshal’s founders have built what is quite likely the only factory of it’s kind in Bangladesh: founded by artists, developed as a small community of artisans, producing their own line, still sourcing textiles from hand-loom communities. The brand has achieved wide popularity throughout the country for both their products and their ideals.
Deshal’s progressive methods may not be fully applicable to the mega-factories producing readymade garments for fast-fashion lines. But we firmly believe that it’s extremely important to share what they’re doing by contributing to the growing number of producers that are both responsibly operated and commercially successful.