In 2018, I received the news that I am a sickle cell carrier. Even though I do not have sickle cell, a blood disorder that affects the amount of oxygen that passes through the body and causes episodes of severe chronic pain and organ damage, finding out that I am a carrier changed my perspective on life. I felt a new fire in me ignite and I became determined to use my energy to help others.
During that same year, the Sickle Cell Foundation led a campaign to encourage more people to donate blood to use in blood transfusions. They also needed more monetary help so that they could expand their research into a cure and support families and individuals suffering from the disease.
These two different occurrences, finding out I was a carrier and seeing the need of the Sickle Cell Foundation, led me to creating Arlokea. I had the idea to develop a brand that was centered around recognizing that we as a society have an ethical and social responsibility to contribute to the community that we operate in, whether or not we are directly affected by a disease or a particular social issue that affects so many people living around us.
As a result, I decided to build Arlokea as an ethical fashion business. This would be an ethical fashion business with a difference as it is designed to champion activists who are working to fight social injustices in their communities.
Transparency is crucial in this as we are dedicated to showing the environmental and social impact that we have. We only sell fashionable, functional and ethical garments that we know you will love. Our non-profit partners uphold the same level of transparency and are treated with the utmost care and respect by us. We are partners together dedicated to building a market of high quality, beautiful, ethical clothing and social change.