Giving Back With Apolis

Discover designers we love in interiors, fashion and more. Today: the socially-conscious apparel brand, Apolis.  

Headquartered in the arts district in downtown Los Angeles, Apolis is a pioneer in the socially responsible apparel industry. Discover five things you need to know about this game changing brand below.

1. Apolis literally means global citizen. The fair trade retail company was founded in 2004 by brothers Raan and Shea Parton with the simple idea that business should create social change. Their revolutionary model of ‘advocacy through industry’ is based on the notion that people live better lives when given access to the global marketplace. Whether that’s their local Los Angeles-based manufacturers or advocacy projects with cooperatives and non-profits in Uganda, Peru, Bangladesh and Nepal.

2. Apolis is pushing the boundaries of what a socially conscious retail store really is. In 2011, they opened Apolis: Common Gallery in downtown LA, where they not only carry the brand’s complete collection but also host regular advocate keynotes, gallery exhibitions and films. Just this year they opened Apolis: Community Center in Soho where they blend retail and events with skill-building workshops, live music, keynote presentations and third-party residencies.

3. The City Series Market Bags are amongst Apolis’s most popular fair trade products. Great for re-use, these bags save roughly 300 plastic bags a year and support local workers in Saidpur, Bangladesh. There are over 150 locations to choose from, from Waco, Texas to Beverly Hills, California. Don’t see your city? Not to fret – you can always design your own.

4. Apolis: Nomad Market is a traveling installation featuring their collections, stories & films. Since 2012, Nomad Market has been connecting local marketplaces to the inspiring stories of global artisans in locations ranging from Richmond to Detroit to Seattle.

5. Apolis’s range of conscious products offers a little bit of something for everyone, from this sophisticated Indigo  Wool Chore Jacket, to the SIGG Travel Water Bottle, to socially-minded books and magazines.