We only sell Korean brands. Almost all of their products are made in Korea. Some products, mostly bags, straw hats, sunglasses, padded jackets and shoes are made in China. We will clearly state this at the top of the product page when a productnot made in Korea. Products without a note are made in Korea.
How we choose our winners!
Original designs: no copies
Unmistakable style: We value diversity in our portfolio
EXCELLENT QUALITY: We love a low price, but without sacrifice
Reliability: eg the actual products must match the product photos
Why is that important?
Our values aredon't doit at the expense of others. This means that the people who make these products should be treated safely and fairly. We are pleased to share how the Korean government has been working hard to put in place safeguards to ensure this is the case .
No sweatshops in South Korea
We share your concerns about sweatshops and child labor still used in the fashion industry today. These forms of manufacturing are found in parts of the world where low education limits children's opportunities and where poverty is widespread. You won't find that in South Korea.
South Korea ratified International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions on child labor in 1999 and 2001. In its constitution, it establishes the principle that working children receive special protection. The Korean government has enacted various regulations on exploitative child labor, such as the Labor Standards Law, which sets the minimum age for employment at 15, and the Primary and Secondary Education Law, which prohibits the employment of children if such employment interferes with their compulsory schooling would.
Korea has one of the most educated workforces in the world among OECD countries. The resource-poor nation is consistently ranked among the best for global education. Korea has a youth literacy rate (ages 15-24) of 100% (2008-2012). In 2017, the country ranked fifth for the percentage of 25-64 year olds who have completed a tertiary education, with 47.7%.
Korea has managed to emerge from past poverty, thanks in part to high economic growth and increases in minimum wages.
South Korea is a developed country
It's important to recognize that our brands primarily manufacture their products in South Korea, and that South Korea is very different from the labor-poor, developing Asian countries where much of the fashion industry manufactures their product lines. South Korea is a well-developed country and offers its citizens a welfare system that meets international standards.
Just to illustrate Korea's position in the world, the economic growth rate in South Korea is excellent (6.3%). And Korea's GDP per capita ranks12thstrongest among OECD countries in 2019-2020.
Korean social security system
In order to protect workers' rights and interests, the Korean government introduced the minimum wage system in 1988. The minimum wage in South Korea has gradually increased every year for the past few decades. In 2019, it ranked 7th among OECD countries, ahead of Japan and the US. This means that Korean workers are guaranteed a decent salary even for low-skilled work. However, this is also reflected in product costs: clothing made in Korea costs more than clothing made in countries with lower wages.
In addition, Korea has become a country where equal employment conditions are enforced for both sexes. In 2001, the Ministry of Gender Equality was established, showing how seriously South Korea takes this issue. South Korea was ranked 10th out of 189 nations in the 2018 Gender Inequality Index (GII) published by UNDP.
Employees can take parental leave for a year if they wish. And a 90-day maternity leave is an option for pregnant workers.
All people are covered by national health insurance to keep quality healthcare affordable for all. And social security systems protect workers from the unforeseen costs associated with disasters, illness, unemployment and death. Employment insurance and national pension plans are also available.
The Korean government has been promoting a 5-day, 40-hour week since 2004.
The chart below shows that between 2006 and 2010, overtime in Korea decreased.
A survey of 10,000 employees in 2010 shows that almost 70% of people answered that they were satisfied with their working conditions.
The Korean government ensures the safety and welfare of workers in the Korean fashion industry. And as a developed country, South Korea has emerged from poverty and distanced itself from the low-wage countries of Asia, where labor exploitation and child labor can still exist. Korean workers receive fair compensation for their work and are generally satisfied with their working conditions.
We hope that after reading this information you will feel confident that the products that we offer you on this site are made under good working conditions.
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