As I’ve said many times before, the main reason I started exploring ethical and sustainable fashion was because I see it as a feminist issue. Most garment workers are women, so supporting ethical labor practices in the fashion industry is an extension of my own values.
So when ROUND + SQUARE, a sustainable and ethical brand dedicated to gender equality, reached out to me, the collaboration felt like the perfect fit for my blog!
Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by ROUND + SQUARE. I received a fee and was gifted products in exchange for my creative work (styling, photography and writing) and an honest review. This post also contains affiliate links (in the outfit details at the end). No amount of money or product is worth more than my relationship with you, and I strive to provide transparent and honest content.
How ROUND + SQUARE Fights for Gender Equality
I’m thrilled to find a brand that shares my philosophy—that ethical and sustainable fashion should work towards uplifting women and girls. ROUND + SQUARE is unique even within the ethical and sustainable fashion space for this reason; the brand’s mission is to advocate for gender equality through their designs, supply chain, and philanthropy.
The brand was started after founder Henriette Ernst met Yasmeen Hassan, the global executive director of Equality Now, an organization that fights for women’s rights around the world, tackling issues of legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, and child marriage. Inspired to make a difference, Henriette founded ROUND + SQUARE as a way for consumers to support gender equality while wearing their values on their sleeves.
ROUND + SQUARE donates 10% of profits to Equality Now. In addition, their designs focus around positive messages that promote gender equality and feminism. A feminist tee that’s actually feminist, made with fair labor, donates to women’s and girls’ rights, and sustainable??? I know, dream come true.
I also love that the brand’s models are clearly very diverse! Ethical and sustainable fashion is still not a very inclusive industry, so it sets an awesome example when a brand makes an effort to have models of different ethnicities.
ROUND + SQUARE’s Sustainability
Environmental justice is a feminist issue, too! Environmental crises affect low-income women of color and their families the most. ROUND + SQUARE uses sustainable materials such as GOTS-certified organic cotton and recycled plastic. In addition, their suppliers use the innovative Canepa Kitotex printing process to save water and reduce toxins.
Styling ROUND + SQUARE
OK, so now that you’re acquainted with what a cool brand ROUND + SQUARE is, here’s the fun part! They gifted me a few incredible products that I’ve styled for you in this post. Hopefully you’ll get some outfit inspo for your own #ethicalootd’s!
It’s unreasonably difficult to find a good basic white tee, but ROUND + SQUARE’s super soft organic cotton tee with a relaxed, cropped fit is sure to become a closet staple for me! At $28, it’s also an accessible price point for ethical and sustainable fashion.
When I feel like wearing my values loud and proud, the Girl Power Tee is a simple and playful way to do that – just toss on with jeans or a skirt and go.
To accessorize, I love tying the Girl Power Bandana onto the handle of a bag or in my hair. It adds a fun pop of color and even though the empowering message inside is hidden from view, I know it’s there!
The “Hope” Pin makes a unique statement as well and is the perfect conversation starter to go off about the importance of women’s rights around the world (not saying I would…but I would).
tee: ROUND + SQUARE basic boxy tee | trousers: LACAUSA | belt: Maximum Henry | hair scarf: ROUND + SQUARE Girl Power bandana | sunnies: LA Eyewear | bag: Reformation | pin: ROUND + SQUARE Hope pin | earrings: Mejuri Oversized Hoops (limited edition) | necklace: GLDN Poise necklace