Gender Equality

Kuwaii is still independently owned and run by designer / entrepreneur Kristy Barber, who started the brand in 2008.  Women hold every role within the business – from upper management, to sales staff, to our garment and footwear makers. Even our business lawyer, accountant and business coach are women. We believe in empowering women throughout our entire business, and we are proud to say so. Mentorship is incredibly important to us, and we love seeing younger women on our team flourish. We also believe in giving women opportunities to develop, and have a strong policy in promoting people up through the ranks.

 

Our passion for equality and empowering women doesn’t stop with our staff and suppliers. We think it is essential that the fashion industry broadens its representation of women, and are driving this message through our choices of models every season. By celebrating the real women who wear our garments and shoes, we hope to promote a more diverse, inclusive perspective of women in fashion.

Our Gender Policy includes the following points:

1. Our leaders champion diversity and visibly drive initiatives to mentor and encourage the women on our team
2. We actively source and work with women-run, women-owned and women-led organisations
3. Visible female role models exist and aspirations for increasing diversity are shared
4. Our leaders create an environment that is inclusive, supportive and open
5. We seek to collaborate with, and champion, women artists and designers
6. Our leaders seek out, value, and recognise employee’s contributions
7. Kuwaii provides a sense of collective identity and shared goals within the team
8. We recognise that women require flexible working arrangements, especially post maternity leave, and always work to provide flexibility to our team.
9. We strive to make our workplace an open and warm place to work, that always empowers the people on our team.
10. We actively choose diverse models for our photoshoots every season.

Women hold every role within the business – from upper management, to sales staff, to our garment and footwear makers. Even our business lawyer, accountant and business coach are women. We believe in empowering women throughout our entire business, and we are proud to say so.

Community

We believe we have a responsibility to contribute positively to our local community. All Kuwaii items are produced locally, which is important to us because it means we’re providing jobs and keeping trades alive. We’re also passionate about supporting our local creative community, and we’re lucky to have a network of creative collaborators, and we support this community. We are also proud to stock a selection of pieces from small, Australian-based jewellers in our retail stores, such as Rebecca Koster, Melanie Rice, Abby Seymour and Anna Varendorff. As our business grows, we’re looking forward to being able to continue celebrating and supporting other up-and-coming local businesses (especially women-led ones!)

We work with local charitable services to provide support to those in our community who are disadvantaged or underprivileged.  We also regularly make financial contributions to charities that support women. Although small, we’re really proud of the contributions we have made so far, such as:

  • •$1790 to Oxfam’s Nepal Relief fund
  • •$2500 to GiveDirectly
  • •$1540 to One Girl
  • •$980 to Freeset
  • •$3402 to The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Each season we also set aside a section of our range for product donations to worthy community causes to aid in their fundraising efforts. If you have a fundraiser coming up, please email contact@kuwaii.com.au as we would love to donate to your cause.