What happens when two college fashion-merchandising instructors get together & discover a need in the market? They conduct some research, find a solution & write a paper… or in this case… launch a company. That’s precisely what happened when Mai Vu & Dimitri Koumbis met in the halls outside their classrooms. The solution/company they recently co-founded is called Bishop Collective. The need in the market was for corporate social responsibility among US-based retailers with a priority to on-shore manufacturing jobs.
“Manufacturing in the States is not a new initiative; it is just not a priority,” say the Co-Founders. “The reason is due to costs associated with competitive wage rates, turnaround times due to quality control, & a lack of production hands. These factors drive the cost of goods up & eat into a retailer’s profit margin. We feel it is the retailer’s responsibility to educate consumers on the benefits of American manufacturing, such as job creation, better quality of life for workers &, ultimately, strong design attributes & product quality. If this takes away from overall profit potential, so be it.”
But where does a company that is producing their goods in the US & designing with a strong sense of corporate responsibility go to reach like-minded consumers?
Enter Bishop Collective, whose contemporary retailing approaches & fashion-forward design aesthetics are already impacting consumers who want quality over quantity. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Bishop Collective has created a diverse product mix that both national & international consumers can appreciate, while simultaneously driving manufacturing back to the US where it was once a prolific, well-respected industry. In addition to heightening consumer awareness, Vu & Koumbis state their goal as lowering the cost of production for American manufactured goods & redefining what “American made” means to the fashion consumer.
The site sells a wide range of women’s ready to wear pieces & accessories from an ever expanding list of resources that currently includes labels like Feral Childe, H. Fredriksson, The Furies, Skargorn, State the Label, Daniel Silverstein, Morning Warrior, Imogene & Willie, & Micaela Greg, as well as accessories from Collina Strada, In God We Trust, Ocheltree Design, Jack Germain, All Hands, Laura Lombardi, & Kindred Oak. There are wonderful home décor items like pillows, planters, &, coming soon, candles. There’s even a range of private label items in the works under the Bishop Collective moniker.
Should you want to know more about the mission of the site or simply want to shop (trust us… you’ll find it hard to leave empty handed), visit the site @ www.bishopcollective.com .