A Secret Dress is a clever wraparound dress, which folds into a small and neat pocket to carry around. They are made from vintage saris.
Pre orders from our first round of production have now sold out and is currently be chosen and delivered to waiting customers. A second round of pre-orders has opened and the next big choosing will take place on in September 2017. Dresses ordered in this batch will make perfect Christmas presents. Click here to pre-order.
The story of the Secret Sari Dress Project
In 2016 Secret Projects partnered with an international NGO with a grassroots focus that successfully supports young women who are survivors of human trafficking. These women are rescued from a life of sexual slavery in brothels, in some cases thousands of miles away from home. After rescue the young women live in a protected environment whilst their individual cases come to court and a safe passage home is arranged for them. The vision of the international NGO is for these women to become contributing members of society and live happy and safe lives.
Driven by the customers of Secret Projects and Lucy Siegle, Guardian's ethical living journalist, 1000 dresses were pre order through a successful crowdfunding campaign and through orders on this online shop. These orders enable traiing to take place in six safe homes located in 6 India cities including, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. 70 young women were trained in each of the safe homes and they all received a minimum of 10 orders. This meant that when they moved on from the safe home they have money saved away of an equivalent to 1 months wage. This would be a wonderful reality for the young women.
These Secret Dresses where ready for choosing on Saturday 20 May at 10.30am. An incredible team of volunteers helped around the clock in our London office to pick the dresses and begin the fulfillment.
Customers love their dresses and confidence in the product is high, hence the second round of pre-orders being opened ready for a pre Christmas delivery. Click here to pre-order.
Price of the product broken down for transparency
- 250 rupees (FX dependant) approx. £3 goes to the producer
- 250 rupees for sari fabric and training by international NGO
- Surplus covers shipping, duty and VAT and will contribute to running the costs of Secret Pillow Project UK (core functions: marketing, finance, logistics)
- Picking and postage to customer
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