To mark our thirtieth birthday, we spoke to two of the longer-standing members of our UK team, Jenny and Kaveri, and asked them to share their memories of People Tree.
What is your fondest memory of working for People Tree?
A very memorable trip to visit our producers in Bangladesh alongside some of my People Tree UK and Japan colleagues. We travelled around in a minibus to visit the different producer partners, and I got to see first-hand the amazing hand-weaving and hand-embroidery production processes. There have also been many fun times with my team in design, tech and production. Many of us have worked together for a long time, so know each other well.
There are so many! I joined as an interim Production Executive but was given a permanent role just 20 days after joining. One of my fondest memories is my first business trip to India and Bangladesh to meet all producers along with Ruth. All our suppliers are such lovely people. It was a very different experience for me as before People Tree I worked with really big factories and when I visited People Tree suppliers, it actually felt like a family: close knit and working extremely hard to make a difference. Another very, very fond memory is the baby shower the team organised for me. I never expected something like that. The whole team had put in so much effort from making handmade soft toys to all the baking. I can never forget the efforts and love the team bestowed on me during my pregnancy.
Has there been a particular favourite garment or collaboration you’ve worked on?
I am a big fan of continuity styles at People Tree. Chandre, Sasha and Samantha shorts being my favourite. Now while we’re working from home I actually live in these and these are part of my staff orders every time
I always love the V&A collaborations we run each season. The team at the V&A are great to work with, and it is so inspiring to have access to the incredible V&A print archive.
How has People Tree changed or developed since you joined?
Since I joined the business we have developed new product categories that have now become bestsellers, including underwear, denim and socks. We’ve also started working with new producer partners alongside the longer term ones, and introduced new fabrics such as Tencel Lyocell and organic linen: both wonderfully sustainable fabrics that are high quality and feel lovely to wear.
I joined People Tree in 2015 and have witnessed a lot of changes. We are more experimental with shapes, and we have collaborated with so many popular names like the V&A Museum, the BBC and Moomin. Lots more fabrics have been added and we’ve even expanded our supplier base to Europe, so our product range has expanded as well. Looking back at these 6 years, it seems we have come a very long way and we are still striving to be better every day. So much has changed and we don’t even realise it when we are actually doing it!
What is your favourite thing about working for People Tree?
I love working for a brand that is producing fashion in such an ethical and sustainable way.
The team! I think the workplace is as good as the people you work with. I have met such lovely people at People Tree. The whole team is so dedicated and honest towards their responsibilities and at the same time so much fun. Then the suppliers who we work with who share the same values as People Tree. They are all different in their own ways and these last six years have been such fun working with them all.