In 2013 a garment factory in Bangladesh called the Rana Plaza collapsed. In this one moment over 1,100 workers were killed. Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. At the same time the founder of KTO, Charlotte was studying at London College of Fashion, learning the ins and outs of clothing from sourcing to merchandising.
This event made her question her choice for the fashion industry.
Charlotte went to listen and learn from those at the soul of our high street supply chains. From cotton pickers in fields, to global buyers in boardrooms, their stories revealed a brutal reality. The most vulnerable communities and precious ecosystems are paying the price for our mass, cheap consumption. Pushing thousands of factories like Rana Plaza to the limit, leaving it powerless to a highly hidden, deep rooted, system of injustice.
There was hope. To build a new system. One that elevates fashion, empowers livelihoods, lifts people from poverty, builds communities, feeds, creates, loves, restores. So Charlotte found a skilled cooperative of organic cotton farmers in Hyderabad (India) and partnered with an audited manufacturer in Tirupur and built a new supply chain, step by step, face to face, from seed to sewn garment. In 2016 she launched a basics line of 50 pieces under a brand name that wrote itself; Know The Origin.