The Montana Robe Company
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Montana company making local luxury handmade robes. We love robes, but as we grow our company we look forward to sharing exciting milestones and developments along the way… in addition to our (and your) stories, testimonials and encounters.

Holding Ourselves Accountable

In a world of low-cost fabrics, garments and labor sources we are dissapointed, saddened and disheartened by all of the environmental and social abuse. Looking around, I see countless companies exploiting environmental resources, labor pools and business processes favoring short-term payoffs. The challenge is real - I empathize with these companies over profitability metrics, making ends meet and needing to cut costs somewhere. But I don’t believe as an industry we’re doing the BEST that we can possibly do.

That’s why we, as the Montana Robe Company, want to make a commitment to you - our customers, to DO BETTER. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been busy changing fabric suppliers, experimenting with more sustainable fibers like hemp and organic cotton, and reviewing our own fabric and paper waste to find better ways to mitigate negative impacts. Additionally, we’ve been mapping our our growth plans to ensure our expansion involves ethical business practices, living wages, environmental awareness in our outputs and a plan to recycle and compost used scraps and end-of-life robes. As we revisit our design, pattern and sample process I look forward to utilizing many of the burgoning new tools out there to make better, cleaner robes - starting with a couple of robes in our upcoming summer line.

Despite this dust storm, we’ve never been more proud. Hand-making robes using local labor, sustainable fibers, recycled packaging and ethical and transparent dealings is pretty empowering and inspiring. The more we clean up our processes, reduce our waste and be conscious of how much we consumer in resources - the more lean, flexible and determined we get to keep pushing forward. Although we’re a small company now… what if maybe, just maybe, we could lead the difference in the textile industry - right next to Patagonia, Eileen Fisher and other innovators. What if we could use our own purchasing power to incentivize fabric suppliers to adhere to ethical practices? What if, we could make the world a better place through the humble act of making and sharing robes? What if, we as a business held ourselves accountable to the outcome of our actions?

These statements bear tremendous task and hard work, but we believe in their foundation.

In the months and years ahead, I look forward to using this blog as an opportunity for us to share with you how we’ve continued to improve - hold ourselves accountable and make even better products as a result. As we partner with suppliers to try alternative fibers, fleeces and styles we welcome your feedback, ideas and encouragement. Have ideas for how we can do better? We welcome your thoughts and feedback to jenny.thuen@montanarobes.com.

Together, we can make a difference. Today is when we start. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but whatever it is - we’ll be proud of the collaborative and ethical result because we’ll KNOW we did our best.

Jennifer Thuen