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Social Responsibility

At Lafayette 148 New York, caring for the world beyond our four walls is woven into the fabric of who we are. As a company led by women for women, compassion is at our core.

 

For us, simply creating beautiful clothes is not enough— there is a common thread of cultivating deep connections with the people and communities we touch. Of enriching the world through education. And safeguarding the precious resource that is our planet. To us, success means nothing if it’s not shared. Please read on to see a few of the ways we’re giving back.

School of Dreams

In 2007, our Co-Founder, Mr. Siu, had a dream. After establishing our state-of-the-art workshop and production facility in his hometown of Shantou, China, he made an extraordinary commitment to the children of his community. And the School of Dreams was born.

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Fully funded by Lafayette 148 New York and a group of private investors, the school offers an exceptional, completely free private education to its students. Founded upon an ethos of “nurturing the whole person,” the curriculum balances academic excellence with a rich array of athletic and artistic opportunities to nourish the mind, body and spirit. As the school flourishes, it carries Mr. Siu’s dream into the next generation.

Sustainability

From our materials to our business model, to our work to mitigate our impact on the planet, we’re bonded by our belief in leaving a place better than we’ve found it.

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As a rare, vertically integrated fashion brand, we employ all the artisans who create our garments, ensuring an ethical, traceable, transparent production process. We’ve fostered deep-rooted relationships with responsible textile mills who share our sustainable values. We’ve expanded our recycling practices to include textile waste, partnering with local non-profits to give excess materials a second life.

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Our homes near and far are LEED certified, utilizing energy-saving technologies from solar power to rainwater recycling. A model of environmentally conscious construction, our soon-to-be headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard is another giant step towards a sustainable future. And we’re exploring new ways to do more every day. 

Fashion Institute of Technology

Nurturing up-and-coming talent gives us an opportunity to connect with the creators of tomorrow—and hold the door open for those that come after us.

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Our Co-Founder and CEO, Deirdre Quinn, is a Trustee of the school and an active member of their Strategic Planning Committee. Our enduring friendship with FIT includes annual endowments and a longstanding internship program that has brought many gifted students into the Lafayette 148 New York family after graduating. 

New York Cares

Our home. Our Muse. Our heritage. New York is part of the very fiber of who we are. To the city that has given so much to us for over twenty years, we’re devoted to giving back.

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We’ve partnered with New York Cares to train our team for volunteer opportunities throughout the city, from mentoring to serving meals and revitalizing the NYC’s green spaces. To us, giving back to our neighbors is a company-wide effort, one that includes everyone from our CEO to our newest hire. It’s a shared purpose that constantly propels us forward, and our journey is only just beginning. 

Our Philosophy

Discover what drives us, day in and day out.

 

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