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YOU'VE GIVEN 44% BACK!

FOUR was founded on the idea of creating women’s apparel within a community that honors the makers, the wearers and the values that connect us all. We’ve committed to giving 44% of our profits back to the community where your collection is made and we’re proud to say we’ve made our second donation, a first ever to La Fundación Art Atlas in Peru. Art Atlas produces your namesake Foundation Sweater and your BFT!


FOUR 4.3 FOUNDATION SWEATER

We are proud to announce our 2021 donation to La Fundación Art Atlas of $2351.65! We partnered with Art Atlas because of the superior quality of their craftsmanship, their certifications in Fair Trade and the environment and their outstanding commitment to the community of knitters, weavers and farmers. We interviewed co-owner Jessica Rodriguez about the Foundation and its direct impact on the community right now.


When and why did you start Foundation Art Atlas?

We started the Art Atlas Foundation in 2003. I remember clearly the day when I was on the highlands of Peru doing a photo shoot for a small collection of a French client in the natural habitat of the Alpacas. It was freezing in the highlands (4,000m above sea level). There was a small child with his mother following the car, without shoes and with his face broken and bleeding from the drastic weather. They wanted some food. We stopped the car and gave them the provisions we had and asked them about their home and how they were living. They showed us their humble one room house in the middle of the Andes. The child told me that he needed to walk 1½ hour each day to get to school. He showed me his school. Something changed for me that day and I promised to help! That very day, we decided to start the Art Atlas Foundation and since that day in 2003 we have remained in contact with that family and their school. We have continued our outreach in that community, helping many other women. We offer knitting training and provide a way for them to produce their own incomes while providing school supplies and necessary shelters. We build shelters for the children so they do not need to spend hours walking home everyday. In addition to many other initiatives, we have also built schools.
 FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
"Any one of us could have been born in a humble home on the Andes and without opportunities..." 
FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS

How has it changed the way you think about your company?

I really think that the textile industry, in general, can have a big impact on thousands of lives. The textile industry generates a lot of work positions, and if this is done under Fair Trade standards that mean to do the best for workers, artisans, families and community then it really is a positive value chain. We see the improvement in living conditions year by year. There have been so many beautiful cases of artisans that started with us and whose children are now going on to University.

FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS  
FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 
FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 

What have been the main focus points of the Foundation over the past year?

Training and sustainability. Giving women the opportunity to acquire skills and live from them while improving the lives of her family, supporting the education of her children while giving back to the larger community.
 FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 
FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 

 Where will this money go now?

To continue our women training programs, giving them the materials and tools they need to generate an income. Helping the poor children in our community with food, school and supplies. Helping the artisans with the improvement of their working conditions. And now because of this incredible pandemic, we must begin again. So many families have been hurt by the pandemic in one way or another. Now we need faith, funds and good will to recover again.
 
FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS

What are some examples of how the Foundation has benefitted your workers and your business?

To assist our many working moms with young children, we have built a kindergarden where the moms can safely leave their children while they are working. We've built a school for 150 children in one of the poorest areas in the community. And during the pandemic we've helped quarantining families with the nourishment they needed to stay home, including medicines, oxygen and general support.

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FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
  FOUR 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 FOUR 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 FOUR OBJECTS 44% BACK 2021 LA FUNDACION ART ATLAS
 

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"The foundation sweater is beyond a staple. I would wear it every day if I could. It’s soft, comfortable, and easy to move in. Sometimes I realize I’ve worn it several days in a row to work and I just hope no one notices!"

Nora, Psychotherapist & COLLECTOR

"My rabbit jacket has become one of the favorite go-to layering pieces in my wardrobe since I first bought it over a year ago. I love how timeless and well-made the garment is, with the interior being just as beautiful to look at as the exterior. I receive so many compliments every time I wear this jacket and am always quick to open it up and show off how well-considered and finished the inside is. The slightly shorter sleeve length is ideal for layering over a longer shirt sleeve or sweater, which has always been one of my favorite styling proportions in a good jacket. The fabric is warm but light enough to be worn for at least 3 seasons of the year, with a tiny little woven dot that is special but just understated enough to remain a neutral."

Summer, Florist & COLLECTOR

What a treasure! I got my beautiful shirts, and put them both on this morning and thought, oh jeez, how am i going to decide??? They're different and both PERFECT, literally a perfect fit for me, loose, baggy and comfortable, but not so wide that I look drowned. Such great fabrics, one spring, one summer, both perfection. I had a plan for this summer, to go on a month-long trip in Eastern Europe with two shirts and one pair of pants. I am just so sick of carrying things. Immediately I realized that the chambray would be the shirt to carry FOR SURE!!! I'm wearing the black wool one now and it's so cozy on this chilly day. i LOVE wool + cotton, it's from heaven. BOTH ARE, thank you so much! XXX

Amy Sillman, Painter & COLLECTOR

"The GOK black wool shirt is everything I’d hoped for. A comfort layer, stylish addition, over jeans with black hi-tops leaves me feeling fierce. I’ve made a pledge to only buy things from now on that will last forever, quality, sustainability, timeless - this ticks all the boxes, not cheap but worth every penny."

Sophie Darlington, Wildlife Camerawoman

"I am loving my sweater! I put it on immediately! Great fit, so light, soft and warm. The temperature fell into the low twenties last night so I’m again wearing it all the time. It is like wearing warm love. Four makes me happy in so many ways! Thank YOU!

Sandra, Lover of trees & COLLECTOR

"I just want to say how proud I am to have been a part of this. I have been wearing my jacket the last few days for various occasions. I have received SO many compliments. I love it"

Rabbit Goody, Masterweaver at Thistle Hill Weavers

"I received the second piece of your collection and had to reach out and tell you that I am so impressed. I struggle to find button down blouses that fit right, are stylish and are made of quality materials. You nailed it! It is perfect in every respect and I have received so many compliments - of course I directed everyone to your site. Thank you again for such a lovely addition to my wardrobe."

Julie, Attorney & COLLECTOR

"I LOVE this sweater. Whenever I don’t know what to wear, I put it on. In addition, of course, to the many times I pull it out on purpose, thinking of it all morning as I get ready because it’s simply among the coziest, most stylish, most versatile sweaters I own. And, I adore the color. It literally goes with everything."

Danielle, Independent Journalist

"My Rabbit Jacket is the perfect jacket right now. I can put it on while the sun is shining but the air is chilly. It goes well over most my shirts and sweaters. The best part of wearing my Rabbit Jacket is I get so many compliments!"

Patti, COLLECTOR

"I am wishing for your success. The blue shirt, I kid you not, is my favorite. Sizing is perfection in width, shoulders and I love the lower back. I have 7 closets full of clothes I no longer wear. Too trendy. Nothing fits comfortably. Love my jacket as well. And bought another shirt for my daughter as well."

Polly, COLLECTOR

"Alpaca has always been my absolute favorite fiber because it's light weight but has a loft and softness that is better than cashmere, in my opinion. I love how chunky and boxy this sweater is, without it being too warm to overheat when wearing in temperature-controlled environments. I wear it tucked into high waist jeans and it doesn't feel too bulky, or untucked to show off the hem detail, which is a flattering slightly longer length in the back."

Summer, Florist & COLLECTOR

"I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Rabbit Jacket!!! If there's one piece of clothing I'd save in a fire, this is it. It's perfection. It has a quiet, transformative magic; in it I feel confident, comfortable, and with those pockets, ready for anything. The pockets are seriously phenomenal. There is nothing this jacket cannot do- long walks, parties, work, evenings at home, days running around. The fabric is exquisite-- heirloom quality, really special, yet rugged enough that I feel fearless in it. I do not have to worry! (I also love that little bit of tactile joy in the leather button). It's basically my soulmate in a jacket. I see us growing old together. "

Tania, Entrepreneur

I love this shirt! The cotton/linen fabric is beautiful, with a soft hand and a sturdy weight. The workmanship is exceptional. I will order more and overdye so I can have the shirt in blue and saffron as well. A note about the fit that other customers might find useful: I am 5'3", weigh 150, with narrow hips and a 36DDD bust. I ordered XL, because I want to wear a layering top underneath, because I don't like shirts that are tight across the bust, and because a "fashion fit" is such a crapshoot. XL (Size 5) FIT ALMOST PERFECTLY! The sleeves are barely 1/2" too long (not worth altering). Most important, the shoulder width is spot-on perfect at 19". Good for me, maybe not so good for someone who is taller than me with broader shoulders, which is just about everybody.

Michele K., Collector

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