Without our team, Standard & Strange would consist of two weirdos rambling incoherently about denim in a storage unit.
Ensuring the well-being and financial stability of our team is our highest priority right now. We've been paying their full salaries and benefits since mid-March when our stores were closed due to the pandemic. We take a long-term perspective - if we continue to invest in them, everyone will be happier and more successful.
We've also created an emergency fund for when life happens - if anyone gets into a tight spot and can't cover a large unexpected expense - we pay for it, no questions asked. We've also granted our team an additional 40 hours of paid sick leave and flexible work hours.
Given what we know about the environmental costs of manufacturing apparel, there is no perfect solution. Our position is that clothes should be built to last, to be repaired, and to be passed on; amortizing the impact of creating and transporting those garments. We work to know what happens behind the scenes for every brand we sell.
Over the next year we will be offering more options for passing along your unwanted clothing, along with more information on how to dispose of those pieces that have been worn to rags.
In addition to that, we are looking into the best options for our packing materials to reduce plastic consumption by our business. This is a bit challenging when it comes to balancing the cost of transport with getting the goods to you safely.
This year we’ve started giving 2% of our top-line revenue to charitable organizations, which will continue in perpetuity.
We pick the organizations based on a combination of current events, need, and efficacy.
In addition to that, we donate two hours per week of our team members' time to work phone banks, send emails, and send letters to effect change at a legislative level. This pressure is very effective in creating change.
We believe education is a major part of driving change, and we are committed to building in content around social justice issues.
The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 1 in 5 residents of Alameda County.
They partner with more than 200 food pantries, hot-meal programs, senior centers and other non-profits to distribute millions of pounds of food every year.
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty.
The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The National Bail Out Collectiveprovides fellowship and employment opportunities for those they bail out to support their growth and create a national community of leaders who have experienced incarceration.
They also work with groups across the country to support ongoing bail reform efforts.