We source the finest, environmentally sound raw materials from around the world while offering training and employment opportunities to women rescued from human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and other human rights abuses.
Our circular business model allows our seamstresses, staff and customers to participate in creating a better world not only for themselves but for the next generation by stopping the cycle of abuse, exploitation and poverty through opportunity and personal empowerment.
Our unique training process allows each of our seamstresses to become proficient in making every part of a jean. Within two months of joining Outland Denim, Sikha had learned how to sew the coin pocket, pocket lining, fly and wash label. "At other factories, you keep working on the same part," she says. "Here I can work on new things and learn new skills."
With demonstrated proficiency, our seamstresses are given the oppportunity to progress their careers within Outland Denim. "I can sew the fly and side seam," says Samphy, who was promoted to Team Leader Assistant. "I also bring fabric from the cutting room to the sewing room."
Through the process of making our jeans, our seamstresses come to take pride in their work while also fine-tuning their own skills and talents. "We can talk about how to do things better ways," says Chanmony, who was formerly employed as a team leader in a factory. "At the factory, 50-60% is good enough. Here, it is 100%."
Now that she is earning a living wage without having to meet strict output targets through gruelling overtime, Theary can send more money back to her family. "It has changed my life because in the past I could only send a very small amount, and I worked very hard for too many hours," she says. "If I did not reach my targets, they would take some of my salary away."
Beyond the fine, artisanal style of sewing that our seamstresses acquire to create our jeans, we host practical workshops in English, tailoring and life skills such as budgeting, equipping them for a prosperous future. "One day, if I save money, I can have my own business now that I have the skills," says Dara. "I want to have my own sewing shop."says Dara. "I want to have my own sewing shop."
It is Outland Denim's commitment to selling the highest quality jeans using the finest raw materials from around the world that gives our seamstresses an added sense of pride in their work. "I'm happy with my work," says Neary, who has a disability. "Now that I have skills, I don't look badly on my body. I think I can do anything."
At its core, Outland Denim is about empowering considerably disadvantaged and disenfranchised young women to create a better life for themselves. "When I was young, my family was very poor," says Srey Malis who was put to work from age nine to provide for the family. "There was no future for me. Now I have confidence in myself, and I have joy in my work."
Our seamstresses become powerful catalysts for change within their families and communities, challenging the status quo and paving the way for generations of vulnerable girls to come. "I was a girl who had been abused," says Nakry. "I was embarrassed and could not go home for two years. Now when I go back to my village, people admire me and want to talk to me. I am stronger than before."