To our La Ligne community,
We stand in solidarity with marginalized communities and are committed to combating discrimination of any kind, both as a brand and as individuals. We must not only protect, but empower marginalized communities. We vow to continually educate ourselves, to take action and to be transparent about our efforts and initiatives going forward.
The following initiatives are some of the ongoing actions we have taken as a company, as well as our pledges for the future.
1. We have donated to the following organizations, and will continue to do so: NAACP, The Bail Project, Black Lives Matter, African Services Committee ICLC Legal Defense Fund, BEAM, Campaign Zero, ACLU, The National Black Justice Coalition, Stem From Dance, Navajo & Hopi Relief, DJ Henry Dream Fund, The American LGBTQ+ Museum in NYC, Taller Salud, Transpire Help, Casa LA, Minnesota Freedom Fund and The Lower East Side Girls Club. We will also match all of our employee donations to these and other groups of their choice that are combating social injustice.
2. We will continue to represent diversity in our model castings, including ethnicity and gender.
3. We will not collaborate with creators - photographers, hair and makeup artists, graphic designers, etc. - who do not share our core beliefs.
4. We will regularly partner with marginalized community business owners for trunk shows and in-store events.
5. We are donating one paid work day a month to give employees the opportunity to participate in community work towards social impact.
6. We are committed to diversifying our workplace - from paid internships to our most senior positions. We are always looking to address both what the pipeline for working in this industry looks like, as well as the issue of how and where we are looking for applicants.
7. An organization that we have had the privilege to get to know over the years is the The Lower Eastside Girls Club. Their community center brings together young BIPOC women in NYC and provides them with the tools, both physical and emotional, for a successful future. Their programs are offered year-round at no cost and empower their members to overcome adversity and enter college and the workforce ready to be the next generation of leaders.
The work done at the Lower Eastside Girls Club has fought for racial, gender and socio-economic justice for almost 25 years and is an organization we are proud to stand behind. We encourage you all to read up on them, and visit their center.
We are working with the Lower Eastside Girls Club to develop a deeper partnership including mentorship and sponsorship. We also empower our customers to pay it forward by giving back to the LESGC at checkout with an automated donation prompt.
There is a lot of work to be done, so as we continue to educate ourselves, we are committed to regularly sharing those resources with you. Your opinion matters deeply to us and we hope you will join us on this journey. We are listening, and we welcome your thoughts, opinions and suggestions. Please email us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valerie, Meredith and Molly